Understanding Funders

Funding approaches, challenges & adaptation strategies to help funders cope in a changing media environment.

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This white paper is meant for fund administrators and those who develop support policies. It examines common models used to fund the content production and distribution sectors in various countries while also highlighting predominant challenges and describing examples of adaptive strategies for funding organisations. We hope that this information can help promote discussion and collaborative thought.

A secondary benefit to other industry stakeholders is the overview it provides of the main public, industry-funded and private models in today’s global audiovisual and transmedia industry.

To prepare this discussion paper, we have focused on the following countries: United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, Canada, United-States and Australia. This paper was funded by the Canada Media Fund and produced in collaboration with La Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) to provide support information for the fifth annual Power to the Pixel Think Tank meeting in London, October 2014.