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CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship

Are you an emerging Canadian content producer who is passionate about production and development, with a focus on scripted broadcast content? This is the perfect opportunity for you!

  • Comprehensive five-day mentorship at CBC Toronto (Feb/March 2020)
  • Opportunity to build key industry relationships with CBC staff
  • WIFT-T programming pass (valued at $300)
  • On-stage recognition at the Crystal Awards Gala (December 3, 2019)

The CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship is an immersive week-long learning experience for an emerging screen-based media professional. Through comprehensive one-on-one sessions with expert staff, the recipient will learn how the public broadcaster operates behind-the-scenes, what motivates decisions behind programming, and understand how various departments interconnect. The recipient will meet with teams in production, branding, acquisition, strategy, research, scheduling and more — with a focus in the drama and comedy departments.

The ideal candidate is an emerging Canadian screen-based media professional who is passionate about production and development with a focus on scripted broadcast content. The candidate is independent, curious, and has an interest in the business of broadcasting.

The mentorship will take place in February/March, 2020 at CBC’s downtown Toronto location. The candidate must be available for all five full days.

Application Dates

Opens: Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Closes: Friday, September 20, 11:59 PM, EDT

Eligibility

  • ‍Canadian Citizen, Landed Immigrant, or Permanent Resident
  • WIFT-T Full, Associate, Dual or Student/Senior member in-good-standing (may join at time of application)
  • Emerging screen-based media professional (film, TV, digital/interactive media) with recommended 5-10 years of industry experience
  • Able to participate in all mentorship activities
  • WIFT-T Staff and Board are not eligible to apply

How to Apply

Complete the online application, then submit the following supporting documents to programming@wift.com (reference “CBC Business of Broadcasting 2019” in the subject line):

  • Letter of Intent (max. two pages): What are your objectives for participating in this mentorship, why are you interested in learning about the business of broadcasting, and why is this opportunity important to your professional development goals at this stage of your career?
  • Professional bio (150 words max.)
  • CV/Resume including education and professional work experience (max. two pages)
  • One Letter of Recommendation from an industry professional (max. two pages)
"I am still in awe at the sheer expanse and variety provided by the mentorship. I was given an all access pass to every facet one could dream of interacting with, in a single week. The sheer scope of my schedule far surpassed any expectations I had. I was afforded the privilege of meeting with everyone; from the scheduling team, to publicity, research, legal, add sales, ancillary products and an array of executives in the scripted, unscripted and branded silos. Each person I met with gave me not only their time, but their passion for their job, which was infectious.  Who knew that research could be so fascinating for a math-inept development executive? I walked away from each meeting with not only pivotal information, but relationships and mentors that I now feel comfortable calling on for advice or direction."

Emma Fleury (actor, writer, producer; Odd Squad, The Rest of Us), 2018 recipient

"The Mentorship was a unique opportunity that would be hard to replicate under any other circumstances. I was able to meet with people from all areas of the company and each meeting gave a new insight into how the CBC operates. Coming from a development background, it was especially interesting speaking with the production executives to get an understanding of how they select and evaluate content. The CBC has a responsibility to Canadians that is prioritized over their bottom line and it was eye-opening to see how that mandate trickles down to every person's day-to-day job. Thank you!"

Madison Falle (actor, producer; Gay Mean Girls), 2017 recipient

"The WIFT-T CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship is a rare opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and learn from leading experts in the industry about the changing landscape of programming for national broadcast. The knowledge, direction and genuine support I received from the CBC was exceptional and established my career as a producer, director and creator of content in Canada."

Maya Annik Bedward (director; The Haircut, The Foreigner), 2016 recipient

"Each person I met with gave me not only their time, but their passion for their job, which was infectious. Who knew that research could be so fascinating for a math-inept development executive? I walked away from each meeting with not only pivotal information, but relationships and mentors that I now feel comfortable calling on for advice or direction."
— Emma Fleury, 2018 recipient
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