Wednesday, March 05, 2008

At Least It's Not Censorship ...

Supporters of the government's Bill C-10 (denying "CanCon" tax credits to Canadian productions deemed to convey a message or imagery the government feels run contrary to Canadian values) can sleep better knowing that foreign companies can still produce the content the government wants to protect us from - all courtesy of the Canadian taxpayer [Globe & Mail, Hollywood productions can dodge proposed tax rule]:
Under the proposed changes to federal tax legislation, Canadian films that receive public funding may be scrutinized by the government for their moral suitability. Yet Hollywood films shot in Canada that have applied for tax credits will get a free pass.

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The proposed amendment does not apply to the Canadian film or video production services tax credit in Section 125.5 of the Income Tax Act (the "Services Credit," through which Hollywood studios and producers from other countries can apply for labour tax breaks).
So, those horrible and unspeakable messages that the government wants to protect us from could still be produced (and still be produced on the taxpayers' dime), but there would be no advantage for that horrible and unspeakable message to be produced by Canadians.

Like most things in Ottawa for the past several years ...
"The proposed changes were poorly thought out and not well conceived."
I suppose it's just as well, as Canadian media companies are not really interested in Canadian-produced content anyway [Globe & Mail, Domestic TV orbits planet Hollywood]:
Canada's biggest commercial television networks spent $107-million more on foreign programming last year than they did to make domestic shows, the widest gap between Hollywood productions and locally made content the industry has ever seen.

For the first time since the federal broadcast regulator began keeping data, spending on Canadian TV shows fell, which the country's private networks will likely use at hearings next month as evidence of a sector in financial duress.

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[T]he key reason U.S. shows perform better in the Canadian ratings is because they enjoy vastly bigger production budgets, noting that a one-hour Canadian drama will have a budget of less than $400,000, while a top U.S. show may cost more than $4-million (U.S.) an episode.

“How can you possibly compete with that, unless you start producing better product with more money,” he added.
But, at least it's not censorship ...

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