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Rogers Media and AMPIA Join Forces to Support Independent Producers through the Newly Created Rogers Development Fund

The fund will support established and emerging independent producers based in Alberta and Manitoba in the development of Canadian content productions

TORONTO (December 13, 2012) Rogers Media and The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) announced today a newly created development initiative that benefits local production communities. Entitled the Rogers Development Fund, this revolving loan programprovides funding to support the independent producers of Alberta and Manitoba in the creation of new and innovative projects in the mediums of television, film, and digital.

The program is available to individual Canadian producers or production companies who have been residents of either province for at least one yearThe fund will begin accepting loan applications on February 15, 2013; interested producers can visit the Rogers submission website at rogerstvsales.ca/submission or the AMPIA website at ampia.org for additional program and application details.

 “The Rogers Development Fundoffers emerging and experienced producers the opportunity to add their creative voices to the Canadian media landscape,” said Claire Freeland, Director of Original Programming, Broadcast, Rogers Media. “Rogers is committed to the development of new and innovative ideas from Canadian content creators, and we are thrilled to help foster the next generation of Canadian producers."

“We are very pleased to be working with Rogers Media on this exciting new program,” said Bill Evans, Executive Director, Alberta Media Production Industries Association. “This partnership will help us deliver more opportunities to create original content in provinces of Alberta and Manitoba and undoubtedly create new opportunities for production in these communities.”

The Rogers Development Fund will be governed by a committee of Canadian media industry leaders who will determine the successful applicants. The Rogers Development Fund committee will be chaired by Claire Freeland, and include committee members Devan Towers (Partner, Taylor McCaffrey LLP), Colin Minor (Independent writer and editor), andNeil Campbell (Partner and COO of Landmark Cinemas of Canada Inc.Each eligible company or individual that receives financing shall be selected by the committee upon review of a proposal, budget, and financing plan.

A strong supporter of independent producers, Rogers Media is currently in production with local production teams on two new original situation comedies,Seed(Halifax) andPackage Deal(Vancouver).   Both comedies are slated to broadcast this mid-season Rogers Media owned network, Citytv.

About The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA)
The Alberta Media Production Industries Association (AMPIA) is a not-for-profit professional service organization with a mandate to promote and support the growth of screen-based production activities within Alberta. Formed in 1973 as the Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association, the association was the first of its kind in Canada.The Association has approximately 200 members and member companies, in Alberta, representing an estimated 2,200 industry professionals -- a cross-section of our industry that includes producers, directors, screenwriters, performers, craftspeople, distributors, exhibitors, broadcasters, suppliers, lawyers, digital and web-based content creators and students enrolled in film and media studies.

About Rogers Media Inc.
Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), is a diversified leading Canadian media company that engages in television and radio broadcasting, publishing, digital, and sports entertainment.  Rogers Broadcasting has 55 AM and FM radio stations across Canada; television properties include six Citytv stations, five OMNI multicultural television stations, Sportsnet (consisting of four regional channels and the nationally-distributed Sportsnet ONE and Sportsnet World), and The Shopping Channel, a televised and internet shopping service.  Rogers Publishing produces many well-known consumer and online magazines, such as Maclean's, Chatelaine, L'actualité, Canadian Business, and is the leading publisher of a number of industry, medical and financial publications.  Rogers Media’s suite of digital assets reaches 17 million unique visitors per month through more than 1,000 premium owned + exclusive and extended network sites.  Rogers Media Inc. owns Rogers Centre stadium, a year-round sports and entertainment facility, and the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club.

Media Contacts 
Michelle Lomack, Senior Manager of Communications, Broadcast, Rogers Media, michelle.lomack@rci.rogers.com; 416.764.3190

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