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Omnia recommends sweeping changes to mandate, guidelines of Telefilm fund

News | 06/13/2003 4:00 am EDT

An as-yet unreleased report by consulting firm Omnia Communications Inc., obtained by Canadian NEW MEDIA, makes a sweeping series of recommendations to improve the Telefilm Canada Canada New Media Fund, including dropping controversial cultural requirements and diverting the distribution funding envelope to other purposes, while bolstering the pool with greater resources and a clear mandate to support commercial products. The report, Making New Media Work For Canadians, was completed in February 2003, and its findings were discussed at a closed-door meeting of the fund’s advisory committee on June 3 in Toronto. Initial reaction to the report has been positive, though at least one prominent new media lobby group, the Alliance numériQC, has made calls for further changes.

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