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APTN partners with media company to launch channel in U.S.

The Aboriginal People’s Television Network (APTN) has partnered with a U.S.-based independent media development company to develop a cable channel that looks like it will offer similar programming to what it currently offers in Canada.
Cast of APTN's popular series "Mohawk Girls." (Philippe Bosse/Rezolution Pictures)

The Aboriginal People's Television Network (APTN) is aiming to expand south of the border.

The Canadian broadcaster has partnered with a U.S.- based independent media development company to create a cable channel for that country that looks like it will offer similar programming to what it currently offers in Canada.

APTN broadcasts news, dramas like Mohawk Girls and Blackstone, children's series, documentaries, and education shows. Over 80% of production is Canadian.

According to Variety, a trade publication, the "new U.S. channel will gradually license U.S. content produced, written and directed by Native Americans, with a goal to nurture a production community similar to the thriving Canadian one that APTN has helped build."

The Canadian broadcaster is working with U.S. company Castalia Communications. Castalia Communications was founded in 1991 and produces television programming, provides sales and marketing for international television networks, and acts as an independent distributor of television content.

APTN, with headquarters based in Winnipeg, launched in 1999 and is considered the first indigenous television network in the world.

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