5. What are “Canadian content” regulations? Why do they exist? Outline some of the major problems that have faced the Canadian television industry in the past with special consideration of the CBC, Canada’s national public broadcaster, and consider the new challenges and/or opportunities that the shift to digital distribution presents to the protection and promotion of Canadian content and culture.
6. Over the last two decades, transnational co-production has become the new normal for television programming. What exactly are transnational coproductions? Why do they exist? How do they operate in the global television industry? Evaluate the financial and cultural benefits and drawbacks of this kind of production model using an internationally co-produced program of your choice.
7. The recent shift towards alternative forms of television distribution has increased the quantity of and variety in available content. This has ushered in new kinds of niche programming which has not only fostered formal experiments in television style and narrative, it has also opened up opportunities for more diversity in production and representation. The post-network era has brought increased visibility to underrepresented groups. Using a case study of your choice, illustrate how a particular program represents through its style and/or narrative a group or community that would not traditionally be found on broadcast network television in this way. Evaluate the achievements of these representations, and situate your case study within the larger shifts in the conditions of television production, distribution, and reception.
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