Commissioning Editor, Buyer
P.O. Box 9, Station 'O,' Scarborough
M4A2M9 Toronto, Ontario
Bravo! Canada has been on the air for 15 years. It is the third ranked entertainment-based specialty channel in Canada. Our primary audience is aged 35+. We broadcast blockbuster movies, series such as "Law and Order", "Without a Trace" and "Dexter". We also showcase the arts through shows like "Arts & Minds" and Bravo! news. Bravo! has a long history of commissioning documentaries about the arts such as "Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould", "Metal: A Headbangers Odyssey", "Flicker" and "Manufactured Landscapes". We also broadcast live concerts with big name musicians like Michael Buble, kd lang, Diana Krall and Rod Stewart. We look for programming that will resonate with our entire audience and will entertain from coast to coast.
Area of responsibility (acquisition, pre-buy, co-production). Will it be the same next year? Please, specify if there are any changes planned:
I pre-buy and at times, co-produce, series and one off documentaries for Bravo! We are currently undergoing some changes in our programming but the new changes have not been determined as of yet. We seek to bring big audience to Bravo!
Documentary genre(s) programmed:
Arts related documentaries in the form of biography, stories about music, theater, art, literature and dance.
Number of hours annually commissioned/acquired:
Number of hours from international producers:
Usually 30% of the Canadian portion the budget.
30% of the budget if all Canadian money.
I do not pre-buy foreign unless it is a co-pro.
Jonah.Zalken@ctv.ca looks after B! acqs.
Three recent examples of international co-productions commissioned or acquired (with country of origin):
Prokofiev: The Unfinished Diary (Europe); Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould (US, Europe); Tattoo Odyssey (US); Nebbia (Europe); Toscanini: In His Own Words (Europe).
Preference regarding the length and format (single/series):
Approx: 46:00 for an hour, 23:00 for a half hour.
What do you expect of the East Doc Platform?:
I am looking to make new contacts and to see new trends in film making.