Drama

 

Who We Are and What We Are Looking For

We are actively interested in finding, developing, producing, co-producing and offering the strongest and most original dramatic properties for conventional and digital delivery. In other words, we are looking for sophisticated, absorbing and above all, entertaining dramas. These should be character-driven series with a strong story engine that will appeal to Canadians. We are looking to reach a broad 25+ audience.
 
We are also looking for two-hour TV movies and limited series, between 6 and 8 episodes, for stories of a more epic nature. Typically, we look for programming that has historical or cultural significance to Canadians or is based on important Canadian literary properties.
 
Our current programming strategy is focused on one-hour series and miniseries that can air between 8:00PM and 9:00PM or, 9:00PM and 10:00PM, as well as two hour movies for an 8:00PM timeslot.
 
TV Drama has a special responsibility to work alongside independent producers and creators in Canada. To that end, we look forward to having the opportunity to consider your ideas as we work toward making this your first port of call for new, popular, distinct, and relevant Canadian dramas. We have a particularly strong interest in continuing our commitment to regional voices and production.
 

What to Submit

What kind of material do you want to see in my submission?

Submissions may take the form of a pitch document, bible, outline, treatment or script. Proposals should consider the schedule, audience, personality and priorities of the network.
 

What should be included in my submission?

While there is no formal set of requirements on what should be included in a proposal, it is important to ensure that as much information as necessary is provided to portray a complete picture of your vision while keeping the volume of material to a minimum. Our scripted programming department reviews over 1,000 drama proposals, scripts and pitches every year, so shorter materials (three to five pages) are preferred. A short document allows us to evaluate as quickly as possible whether the concept is a priority under the current programming strategy, and whether it is a candidate for further discussion and consideration.
 
Submissions can include, but are not limited to:
  • A synopsis of the project, including setup, scenario, story engine and theme;
  • Character descriptions;
  • Sense of tone, style, look, and any setting considerations;
  • An idea of the audience it is targeting;
  • Possible episode ideas;
  • Opportunities for multi-platform content or companion pieces;
  • Bios and CVS of the Key Creative(s) presently attached, if any, including affiliated Canadian or foreign partners and the nature of their involvement.
Please be sure to include a fully executed Submission Release Form. We cannot review materials prior to receipt of this executed release.
 

Diversity

At the CBC, inclusion and diversity are a priority. This means reflecting all of our regions and our country's multicultural and multiracial nature.
 
Please be advised that as part of our commitment to this priority, we have been and will continue to reach out to our business partners in programming production to ensure that a concerted and documented effort is made to represent Canada's diverse population wherever and whenever possible/feasible both on and off-camera.
 
As the national public broadcaster, we want to reflect all of Canada to our many diverse audiences.
 

Canadian Reflections

Canadian Reflections is Canada's longest running showcase of independent short film. For over thirty years, we have given Canada's best and brightest filmmakers a national audience, currently broadcasting into homes across the country Sundays at midnight.
 
Over the course of its history, Canadian Reflections has acquired films from now top filmmakers such as Atom Egoyan and David Cronenberg, as well as various Oscar nominees and winners.
 
For more information please visit: http://www.cbc.ca/reflections/
 

CBC Submission Release Form

Materials will not be reviewed unless accompanied by a signed CBC Submission Release Form, downloadable here: Submission Release Form (PDF)
 
We will respond to all submissions within 4 - 6 weeks of receiving a signed CBC Submission Release Form. The Drama Department cannot return written materials, screeners, source material or any other elements you may submit. Please do not send your only copy.
 

Contact Information

All submissions should be emailed to:
 
dramapitch@cbc.ca
 
A hard copy can also be forwarded to:
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Attention: Drama Department
205 Wellington St. W.
Toronto, ON
M5V 3G7
Fax: 416-205-7107
 

Acquisitions

The Drama Department deals solely with the commissioning, development & production of original content, and not the acquisition or pre-buy of completed programming.
 
Independent Producers, Sales Agents and Distributors looking for the network to acquire completed content should send materials to the following:
 
pitch.acquisitions@cbc.ca

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