Chum names mentorship recipients

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Chum Television and the Canadian Film and Television Production Assn. have announced the recipients of the first cultural diversity mentorship program for aboriginal peoples and minorities.

Four aspiring producers were selected for the program, part of Chum’s nearly $20 million investment in programming benefits in Alberta and Manitoba.

They are: Andre Clement, who will mentor with Eagle Vision, co-producer of “Capote”; docu scribe-helmer Jim Compton will mentor with High Definition Pictures; Joe Thornton will mentor with Original Pictures, co-producer of skein “Falcon Beach”; and Jennifer Dysart will mentor with Panacea Entertainment, whose slate of dramas and documentaries includes “Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock,” “Freezer Burn” and “If I Can Dream — The Yangtze River Project.”

Meanwhile, Chum TV’s online news service, Pulse24.com, relaunched Monday as CityNews.ca, offering greater interactivity and on-demand broadband video. Users also will be able to submit stories and photos.

Chum TV owns and operates 33 radio stations, 12 local TV stations and 21 niche channels, as well as an environmental music distribution division.

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