DOC Business Concierge
DOC Business Concierge is a pilot program created with the support of Ontario Creates to support and empower DOC’s BIPOC producers by providing bespoke guidance and tools as they develop, produce, and distribute their content.
This program is first come, first served until resources for the program are depleted.
DOC Business Concierge provides BIPOC producers with the opportunity to sign up for a consultation session with a veteran producing and business affairs consultant, in order to get project-specific advice telling them exactly what they need to know, precisely when they need it most. Whether you are about to sign your first broadcast license agreement, submit a project to Telefilm or the Canada Media Fund, send off a CAVCO A, co-produce with the National Film Board, or sign a rights agreement with a filmmaker, producers receive valuable counsel and tips that will ensure that their project is on the right path and that they avoid costly mistakes. More broadly, this program seeks to develop BIPOC production companies in Canada by building their capacity and growing their experience. Participation in this program is open to any BIPOC DOC member.
This pilot program is available to Ontario-based DOC members only. Based on the success of this program, DOC intends to expand DOC Business Concierge to our national membership.
WE HAVE 2 GOALS
Invest in the sector of BIPOC-owned production companies
Support DOC’s BIPOC membership in the creation of their creative work
AREAS OF CONSULTATION
DOC Business Concierge provides on-demand, one-on-one sessions with a veteran producer consultant over zoom. Once the consultant has reviewed the project to ensure it is an eligible fit for this program, you will be invited to sign up for sessions on a first come, first served basis. The consultations are set up to help navigate the following spheres of independent documentary production:
CORE FINANCIAL SKILLS & STRATEGIES
- Support with financial management of the company
- Assessing the need for / accessing interim financing
- Strategies for investing in development and marketing, and building the capacity to retain staff
- Navigating how to set up and maintain proper accounting records
- Managing fiscal year ends
PROJECT BUSINESS AFFAIRS
- Setting up a project for success in terms of understanding how the various funders work together
- Staying ahead of what type of reporting one’s funders, broadcasters and government agencies will require
- Setting up a project’s cash flow and tracking production expenditures
- Distribution considerations, including windows, licenses and territories
- International treaty co-productions
- Understanding how to legally structure one’s parent company and sole purpose production companies
- Understanding how to correctly set up co-ventures with white-led production companies in order to protect the BIPOC producer’s control, ownership, revenue, and management of the IP
- Putting proper agreements in place with directors, particularly to address questions of copyright ownership and division of profits
- Option agreements
- Maintaining clear chains of title
- Archival clearances and rights
- Errors & Omissions insurance considerations
- Strategies for closing and amalgamating companies once productions are completed
Lisa is an Emmy award winning producer and was most recently acting Industry Programs Director at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.
She was previously Head of Operations at Multitude Films, where she co-produced PRAY AWAY (Tribeca 2020), CALL CENTER BLUES (Academy Award Best Short Documentary shortlist 2021), and ALWAYS IN SEASON, which world premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival U.S. Documentary Competition where it won the Special Jury Award for Moral Urgency, and broadcast on the PBS documentary series Independent Lens.
Her previous film CALL HER GANDA, directed by PJ Raval, was supported by the Ford Foundation and Sundance Institute, and world premiered in competition at Tribeca followed by its international premiere at the Hot Docs. It was nominated for the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Documentary and broadcast on the PBS documentary series POV.
Her first feature length documentary, HERMAN’S HOUSE, won an Emmy for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award: the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social Political Documentary. Directed by Angad Singh Bhalla, HERMAN’S HOUSE played at True/False, Full Frame and Hot Docs, was broadcast on POV, and on Documentary Channel in Canada. The film was produced in association with the Ford Foundation JustFilms Initiative, was supported by the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program.
MIGRANT DREAMS was directed by award-winning filmmaker Min Sook Lee and was awarded the Canadian Hillman Prize as well as the CAW Canada/ Canadian Association of Journalists Award for Labour Reporting. It world premiered at Hot Docs, where it was a Top Ten Audience Favourite, and was also nominated for a Canadian Screen Award: the Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/ Political Documentary. It was broadcast on TVO and Al Jazeera Witness, and was picked up for distribution by Cinema Politica.
SHADOW GIRL, directed by Maria Teresa Larrain, was supported by doc channel, SRC (CBC French Canada), YLE, Chicken & Egg, Vision Sudest and the Chilean Audiovisual Fund and won the Best Canadian Pitch Award at the Hot Docs Forum. It played at Docs Barcelona and won awards at several film festivals in Chile.
She co-executive produced LAILA AT THE BRIDGE (CPH:DOX), produced RESILIENCE: STORIES OF SINGLE BLACK MOTHERS (OMNI TV) and associate produced THE WORLD BEFORE HER (PBS POV, TIFF Canada’s Top 10, CSA Best Feature Length Documentary, News and Documentary Emmy nomination), LONE TWIN (IDFA, CSA Best Documentary Program), THE MARKET (IDFA, CSA Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/ Political Documentary) and THE REAL INGLORIOUS BASTARDS (History TV, CSA Best History Documentary).
She has presented at conferences, moderated panels, sat on juries, been an IFP Documentary Lab Fellow, and later the lead facilitator/ mentor for the Hot Docs Shaw Media Diverse Voices Program. In 2019 she became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Documentary Branch.
Her passion is for film projects which explore issues of inequality and social justice, and which encourage audiences to view their world through a constructively critical and creatively unique lens.
HOW TO BOOK
Submit your project here and DOC will facilitate the booking with your Consultant once you are confirmed as eligible for this program
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
This program is open to any DOC member who identifies as:
a) Indigenous peoples of Canada:
- First Nations
b) Racialized Communities:
- Black people: people who trace their roots to Sub-Saharan Africa including those with origins in the United
States, Caribbean and Latin America
- People of colour: people who are not Caucasian or of European descent who are descendant from one or
more of the following communities:
- Latin Americans (Latino, Latina, Latinx)
- Middle-Easterns and North Africans
- South Asians
- Southeast Asians
- East Asians
- Indigenous people from outside of Canada (from Oceania, United States, Northern Europe and
- Multiracial (a combination of any of the above categories or any of the above categories with
Caucasian or European ancestry)
No problem! DOC has created a membership category that offers BIPOC creators joining DOC for the first time a free two-year membership.
DOC Staff will review your submission and get in touch with you if there is any missing information. You will hear from DOC within 3-5 business days after submitting. You will then be sent a link to book your Consultation.
DOC Business Concierge offers two two-hour sessions with your consultant.
Once you are approved for the program, you will receive a link via email to book your first session via Calendly. Don’t worry, you don’t need a Calendly account to make a booking! Simply follow the link and select a date and time that works best for you.
Once you select, you will receive an appointment in your preferred personal calendar. This will include a Zoom link, which is how you will access your consultation on the date you have selected.
On the day of your consultation, click the Zoom link provided in your calendar booking. You do NOT need to have a Zoom account to launch this window. You will have the option to speak with your Consultant via video conference, or just using voice.