October 16, 2023

TORONTO, Ont. — APTN, CBC and the Indigenous Screen Office (ISO) are excited to announce the selection of two Indigenous scripted series that will soon be in pre-development through the CBC-APTN Early Stage Scripted Development Program in association with the ISO. The creative team for each production will have access to CBC and APTN executives, who will provide custom-tailored support for both series. The program aims to advance the projects of emerging Indigenous storytellers to the next stage of development and, ultimately, into production.

The projects for 2023-2024 are:

Halfbreed (Drama)
Producers: Berkley Brady, Erin Sharp and Nicolina Lanni
Production company: Nika Productions Inc.
Province: Alberta

Matter of Time (Comedy)
Producers: Janelle Wookey and Jérémie Wookey
Production company: Wookey Films Inc.
Province: Manitoba

Now in its second year, the Early Stage Scripted Development Program provides training and support for Indigenous creators who are at a stage in their careers where they are ready to start developing a major scripted series. The program will see each team work with the broadcasters through various steps in the pre-development process: creating a series bible, deepening character and story arcs, nurturing broadcaster relationships, building a team, pitching the project, preparing the budget and more.

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For more information or to book an interview:
Jean-François D. O’Bomsawin
Director of Marketing & Communications
[email protected]

About APTN
APTN launched in 1999 as the first national Indigenous broadcaster in the world. Since then, the network has become a global leader in programming that celebrates the rich diversity of Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island and beyond. A respected non-profit and charitable broadcaster, APTN shares authentic stories in English, French and a variety of Indigenous languages with nearly 10 million Canadian households. APTN proudly features over 80% Canadian content and inspires audiences via multiple platforms, including its Indigenous-focused streaming service, APTN lumi.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Punjabi and Tagalog, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

About Indigenous Screen Office
The Indigenous Screen Office is an independent national advocacy and funding organization serving First Nations, Inuit and Métis creators of screen content in Canada. The ISO’s mandate is to foster and support narrative sovereignty and cultural revitalization by increasing Indigenous storytelling on screens and promoting Indigenous values and participation across the sector.