– The development project also serves as an incubator, supported by The Black Screen Office (BSO) –
– Festivale, a six-part anthology series, examines what it means to be “Black and Becoming” in this country –
TORONTO, March 29, 2022 /CNW/ – Bell Media and Francophone Executive Producers Mary Ka and Richard Jean Baptisteand English-speaking executive producers, Damon D’Oliveira and Virgin Clementhave joined forces to develop FESTIVAL, from Canada first series of bilingual anthologies, by and about, Black Canadians. Product for Crave from Bell Media, FESTIVAL is a collaboration between Crave’s Francophone and Anglophone development teams, and a response to the lack of Black Francophone stories on mainstream television.
This groundbreaking series also serves as a BSO-administered pre-development incubator, supporting creative teams who haven’t had the opportunity to produce content for a major network. This initiative aligns with BSO’s talent development mandate to build bridges between broadcasters and content creators; connect participants to resources; and fostering relationships to cultivate strong talent pools.
“FESTIVAL is a groundbreaking experience where Black Canadian, French and English writers get the chance to finally work together on the same project,” said the executive producers, Mary Ka, Richard Jean Baptiste, Damon D’Oliveira and Clement Virgo. “We can’t thank Bell Media enough for bridging the language gap and supporting this timely creative journey. We hope that this project will be the starting point for future collaborations with Bell Media, for all our participants.
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About Bell Media
Bell Media is from Canada leading content creator with premier assets in TV, radio, digital and out-of-home media, including 35 TV stations across the CTV and Noovo networks; 27 specialty channels, including sports leaders TSN and RDS; streaming services Crave, TSN Direct and RDS Direct; the iHeartRadio Canada brand encompassing 215 music channels, including 109 radio stations in 58 Canadian markets; and the Astral display network. Bell Media is also a partner of Pinewood Toronto Studios, Grand Studios de Montréal, Just for Laughs and Dome Productions, one of North America main suppliers of production facilities. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), from Canada largest communication company. Learn more at BellMedia.ca.
About Black Screen Office
BSO’s objectives are to make from Canada screen industry practices and policies fairly and free of anti-Black racism; work collaboratively with decision-makers to develop tools and strategies that enable system-level engagement and accountability; and empowering Black Canadians working in screen industries to thrive and share their stories.
For more information, visit https://www.bso-ben.ca/.
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