Definitions

For the purposes of the current guidelines as well as for other Quebecor Fund documents, the words and expressions used have the following definitions:

Agreement with an Internet services provider: Any agreement which allows the applicant to demonstrate that the distribution via high-speed Internet, wireless or not, of the production’s interactive content is assured;

Applicant: An applicant is a company with a distinct legal personality that has been working for at least two years in television, film, multimedia or event production, distribution or broadcasting and for more than two (2) years or five (5) years for the program EXAP. An applicant affiliated with a PU can access financing from the Quebecor Fund provided it is a legal entity separate from the PU, which, is not primarily funded by the government under its licensing terms. The Quebecor Fund will limit its annual contributions to such applicants to one third (1/3) of its resources;

BDU: A broadcasting distribution undertaking as defined by the CRTC, for example a cable, satellite or microwave distributor;

Business plan: A document establishing why, how and in what industry the applicant conducts business;

Chain of intellectual property rights: A document establishing why, how and in what industry the applicant conducts business;
Chain of intellectual property rights: A document or a collection of documents which demonstrate that the applicant holds and controls all rights, including all copyrights, to produce, operate and distribute the production by all means, in all media, including the Internet. Notably, the applicant must have the right to communicate to the public, broadcast to the public, execute and represent in public, reproduce and publish the production in whole or in part, without time or territorial limitations, in French, English and Aboriginal languages, in all media, in any form or on any support known or to be discovered. The document or the collection of documents must also demonstrate that the applicant holds all economic rights relevant to the production and to the works it contains;

Combined budget: Expression meaning the total for the detailed distinct budgets for each of the two main components, i.e. the television, event or film component and the interactive component, each divided by platform type, if applicable. We strongly recommended using the form proposed by the Canada Media Fund or by Telefilm Canada.

Creative artists: Persons employed by the producer and who are responsible for the main activities including conception, creation, interpretation, production and completion;

Creative distribution sequencing: A distribution order that will lead to better use of distribution windows or sequences compared to traditional sequencing. The order must differ from the usual format used for television programs. For example, an independent producer could choose the following distribution order: video on demand, pay-per-view television, subscription television, traditional television, specialised channels, Internet and mobile terminals;

Distribution means description: A short description portraying the synchronization of various broadcasting methods used (technology and media) for convergence and user interactivity;

Distribution means synchronization: A short description portraying the synchronization of the various broadcasting means used (technology and media) for convergence with the public’s reception and user interactivity;

Fiscal year for the Quebecor Fund: from September 1 to August 31;

ICT: Information and communication technologies;

Interactive component: For this component, several digital technologies are used on the following platforms: the Internet, ITV, VOD and mobile terminals. Among other things, some platforms allow the following types of interactivity: interactive games for multiple players, video sequencing, interventions pertaining to the content of the various components, communication with members of a network created as part of a television series, an event and/or a film production and platform synergy;

Interactive television (ITV): With interactive television, the viewer becomes “a player” thanks to ICT tools and services. The viewer can react, choose, search specific content, etc. ITV allows for two-way communication between the supplier and the user, namely with Vidéotron’s Illico Digital TV service;

Interactive television (ITV) Application: An application designed for a user through a digital decoder;

ITV: See Interactive television application and Interactive television;

Linear television component: The linear television component refers to programs presented on a broadcasting platform according to a specific program schedule established by a PU recognised by the CRTC. Programs are composed of chronological visual sequences and it is impossible for the viewer to intervene in the show’s unfolding. This linear service can also be offered on VOD and mobile terminals. For example, a viewer could watch a live broadcast of a unique cultural or educational event on VOD or a mobile terminal. The event would be recorded and then broadcasted or downloaded on one of those platforms at the viewer’s request and convenience (not to be confused with “linear PU” versus “PU on demand” where users program the shows);

List of production projects: A curriculum vitae, including a listing of all relevant productions the applicant has produced and if applicable, his achievement in export;

Market study: A succinct analysis of the production content’s intended clientele as well as a description of how said clientele will be reached;

Mobile terminals: Mobile terminals are platforms that allow the broadcasting of television programs with their multimedia content and for the digital transmission of data and communication based on Internet Protocol. These include cellular phones, portable digital players, computer tablets, wireless game consoles, etc. They are by definition digital since they are used to send and receive data;

Navigation architecture: An organisation chart establishing the general navigational structure for the program content;

New distribution means: Among other things, it includes projects that are intended to be viewed initially by clients with video on demand services, video on demand subscription services, or distributed exclusively in digital format on authorised linear, general or thematic channels, and can include IP (Internet Protocol) broadcasting in ITV format on mobile or fixed terminals;

Paper model: A document establishing educational or production communication mechanisms, its functionalities, its graphical, audio-visual and software treatment, the way content will be treated, etc., with a view towards creating a framework and detailed parameters in order to guide the production’s development;

Platform: A platform is a technology that can receive audiovisual content and other multimedia content associated with the programs. These include televisions, Internet, mobile terminals, interactive television and VOD in particular;

PPV: Pay-per-view television;

Production: A series of programs, an event or a film production with quality content broadcasted on television by a Canadian PU recognised by the CRTC, and an interactive multimedia component using platforms such as interactive television, VOD and/or mobile terminals, and, mandatorily, high-speed Internet;

Proof of citizenship: Any original or certified copy of an original document establishing the citizenship of the creative artists and of the applicant.

Proof of financing: Any documentation that demonstrates a formal commitment or promise with respect to the production, which is the object of the application for the Quebecor Fund;

PU: A programming undertaking, with a licence from the CRTC for program broadcasting;

Quality content: A project with a high quality content that is well developed and researched, and guarantees some durability, meaning that it will maintain its value over time. The quality of the content can be based, particularly, on educational or educational/entertainment aspects;

Scenario: A detailed document describing the project’s scenes that would enable a professional director to direct that project;

Synopsis: The scenario’s outline;

Treatment: A description of the artistic and technical means used in order to develop the production;

VOD: Video on demand. There are two types of Video on demand: Video on demand for television and Video on demand for other forms of broadcasting.

 
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