IFC (Canadian TV channel)
|Launched||August 15, 2001|
|Owned by||Shaw Media|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Slogan||Where all the cool movies go.|
|Bell TV||Channel 330|
|Shaw Direct||Channel 614 / 213|
|Available on many Canadian cable systems||Check local listings for channels|
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 330|
|Optik TV||Channel 222|
IFC is a Canadian English language Category A specialty digital cable and satellite television channel that is owned by Shaw Media. The channel broadcasts independent films, documentaries, and television series. Its name is licensed from the American company AMC Networks, the owner of IFC.
In November 2000, a joint venture between Salter Street Films (95%) and Triptych Media Inc. (5%) were awarded a broadcasting licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for a channel called The Independent Film Channel Canada, intended to emulate the American IFC service, the channel was described as "a national English-language Category 1 specialty television service consisting of dramatic and non-fiction short and feature-length independent films, and programs focusing on the independent film-making process, film makers and film festivals."
On February 9, 2001, the CRTC approved a proposed corporate restructuring that would allow Salter Street Films acquire Triptych Media's 5% in the service. Three days later, on February 12, Alliance Atlantis announced that it would be purchasing Salter Street Films, acquiring the licence for the Independent Film Channel Canada in the process.
The channel was launched on August 15, 2001 as Independent Film Channel or IFC, under the sole ownership of Salter Street Films, with its name licensed from its American counterpart, IFC. In December 2001, the CRTC approved the purchase Salter Street Films by Alliance Atlantis.
On January 18, 2008, a joint venture between Canwest and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners known as CW Media, acquired control of IFC through its purchase of Alliance Atlantis' broadcasting assets, which were placed in a trust in August 2007.
Like its U.S. namesake, the channel originally focused almost exclusively on smaller independent films. However, it has broadened its programming to include more mainstream films from large production studios. It has also de-emphasized the use of the full Independent Film Channel name, instead using the IFC acronym, possibly due to the decreasing number of independent films in its programming lineup.
The channel has also begun to regularly air TV series. However for reasons that are not clear, these are mostly second-run programs previously aired on other Canadian channels, such as sister channel Showcase, and as of September 2013 it does not appear that any of IFC (U.S.)'s original programming airs on its Canadian counterpart. Some of the U.S. channel's original programming, such as Portlandia, has been picked up instead by competing Canadian channels. In December 2013, rival broadcaster Bell Media announced it had secured an exclusive deal for the American channel's original programming.
A list of notable shows that air on IFC Canada, as of March 2014:
- Body Language
- Crime Stories
- Episodes (TV series)
- Game of Thrones
- The Girl's Guide to Depravity
- Secret Diary of a Call Girl
- True Crime Scene
- True Pulp Murder
- Decision CRTC 2000-459 CRTC 2000-12-14
- Decision CRTC 2001-55 CRTC 2001-02-09
- Alliance Atlantis buys Salter Street Films CBC 2001-02-12
- Decision CRTC 2001-752 CRTC 2001-12-13
- Canwest Global receives final CRTC approval for acquisition of Alliance Atlantis CNW press release 2008-01-18
- Goldman's happy ending at CanWest The Globe and Mail 2010-05-03
- CanWest Completes Acquisition of Alliance Atlantis Investor Point 2007-08-15
- Shaw Communications closes purchase of Canwest TV assets, rebrands as Shaw Media
- CRTC approves Shaw’s purchase of the Canwest Global television properties
- "The Movie Network Presents World-Changing IFC Comedy THE SPOILS OF BABYLON Beginning Jan. 9 at 10 p.m. ET". Bell Media. 2013-12-11. Retrieved 2014-03-12.