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Aboriginal TV Producers Sought for NSI Storytellers Producer Phase

by NationTalk on November 30, 20071089 Views

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Aboriginal TV producers wanted

Winnipeg — Aboriginal TV producers are now encouraged to apply for the NSI Storytellers producer phase which offers the opportunity to develop television producing skills through an intensive training week and an internship on a western-based television series destined for broadcast in Canada. The training is offered by the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) in association with Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).The deadline for applications is Friday, January 18, 4:30 p.m. Central Time.

Application details are available at: www.nsi-canada.ca/storytellers/index.shtml

Up to three producers will be chosen. Applicants must have some relevant experience working in the film and television industry.

The producer phase of NSI Storytellers includes an intensive week-long group training session in Winnipeg at the end of February 2008 and a three to four month internship on a western-based television series in summer 2008. The group session and internship dates are subject to change.

NSI Storytellers is comprised of three phases. In November 2007, NSI selected five Aboriginal writers for the first phase of NSI Storytellers. Their seven-month training program is currently underway to develop and write scripts for a six-part serial that may go into production for broadcast on APTN. A separate call for applications for the third phase – specifically for directors – will be issued in the New Year.

The program is managed by Brandice Vivier-Burns.

NSI Storytellers is made possible through the generous funding of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, NBC Universal and CHUM.

About the National Screen Institute:
With headquarters in Winnipeg, the National Screen Institute is Canada’s oldest nationally-recognized film and television training school. The National Screen Institute helps emerging writers, directors and producers bring their stories to life to share at home and abroad. Its market-driven programs have led to employment for National Screen Institute graduates by giving them a competitive edge – according to the latest National Screen Institute Alumni Survey, 97% of respondents are working in the industry. www.nsi-canada.ca.

About APTN:
September 1, 2007 marks the eight-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in over 10 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite (DTH), telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. APTN does not receive government funding for operations but generates revenue through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal languages. For more information, please contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862, or visit the website at www.aptn.ca.

The National Screen Institute — Canada operates with ongoing funding from Telefilm Canada through Canadian Heritage, and Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism. Additional support provided by Patrons: CTV, CBC Television and The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation. Also, financial assistance provided by the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

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Liz Hover | Publicity & Outreach | National Screen Institute
Direct line: 204-957-8481 | email: liz.hover@nsi-canada.ca

Chris Allicock | APTN Network Publicist | National Screen Institute
Direct line: 416-319-8003 | email: callicock@aptn.ca

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