Getting The Arts Right On TV

Drama may be dying on Canadian TV, “but we’re very good at producing performing-arts TV. In fact, we’re brilliant at it, and Canadian productions in the genre regularly awe international audiences. There are complicated reasons for this, partly rooted in the CBC’s role in the Canadian culture. So many performers depend on the CBC for employment that the arts have become interwoven with the TV world. Thus, in Canada we make arts productions uniquely sensitive to television’s needs and nuances. We don’t just film arts performances for TV. We make and create television art…”