Looking ahead for Canadian Television

Shortly after the Canadian Screen Awards, TV Guide published 10 Things about Canadian TV we should be celebrating. This couldn’t have come at a better time, as Canadians were coming off of a high from celebrating Canadian talent and productions.

Canadian television has come a long way and I full heartedly agree with the authors when they say that we still have a long way to go. While studying television production, my heart would ache every time I would hear a friend say “that looks Canadian” when talking about a TV show. What they really meant was, “that looks like a low-budget” production.

One of the first things that you learn when studying and working in the production field is how to stretch your budget and pool your collective resources. That’s partially why the “it looks Canadian” comment bothers me so much. I know that amazing things are possible – even with a low budget. I’ve seen it done. I’ve even had the honour of working on a few of these gems…

We’re in the midst of a very exciting time for media, here in Canada. Companies are being forced to rethink their business models and everything that we once knew to be true is being challenged. I like to compare this to builders and the first time that they created the open concept floor plan. It’s time to put our imaginations to the test and push ourselves and our industry so that we all come out of this stronger and smarter.

To all Canadian producers, behind the scenes professionals, talent and students: Think of this as your daily pep talk. Go out there and create magic! In the spirit of Canadian TV (#cdntv) I invite you to send me your favourite Canadian productions (TV/Film) and I’ll add them to the list below!

Favourite Canadian Productions:

  • Flashpoint
  • 19-2
  • Rookie Blue
  • Polytechnique
  • Beachcombers
  • Bon Cop, Bad Cop
  • Big Brother Canada (updated)
  • Incendies  (updated)
  • Gabrielle  (updated)

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