Officer of the Order of Canada, Knight of the Ordre national du Québec and Knight of the French Legion of Honour, Harold Greenberg was born in Montreal on January 11, 1930.
The eldest of eight children, Mr. Greenberg founded Angreen Photo, a photofinishing company, with his brothers Ian, Harvey and Sidney. It grew quickly and over the years evolved into Astral Communications, a prosperous corporation that would expand its operations into film technical services, film distribution and television programs, videocassette reproduction as well as pay-per-view and specialty television channels.
The FUND (Foundation to Underwrite New Drama) was created in April 1986, at the behest of Harold Greenberg.
After realizing that there was a genuine need for high-quality Canadian scripts but insufficient resources to fund them, Harold Greenberg, president of Astral Communications, created the English-language program.
In 1986 Astral Media launched the Foundation to Underwrite New Drama for Pay Television (H) sponsored by The Movie Network.
To date the English-Language Program has supported 2926 projects for a total of $61,6444,093
FUND launches the Equity Investment Program sponsored by Viewers Choice.
FUND's first equity investment is the film Ganesh .
Name is changed to The Harold Greenberg Fund/Le Fonds Harold Greenberg (HGF) in honour of the late Harold Greenberg.
1000th script development project is supported.
HGF launches the Family Film Program sponsored by Family Channel. The program lasted seven years resulting in 17 new feature and television series developed and/or produced.
HGF launches the Story Optioning Phase sponsored by The Movie Network, designed to support producers acquiring Canadian literary properties to adapt into feature films.
HGF supports the 200th Industry Initiative.
From the tangible benefits associated with Astral Media/Standard Radio’s acquisition of Telemedia, the New Documentary Fund was created, resulting in three feature length documentaries funded.
2000th script development project is supported.
HGF’s Industry Initiative Program introduces the Shorts-to-Features Program in partnership with The Movie Network and Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central, a program designed to finance calling card short films from emerging filmmakers.
Bell Media acquires Astral Media. The Harold Greenberg Fund receives additional funding through the tangible benefits associated with the acquisition.
In 1996, following Mr. Greenberg’s death, when the French-language program was created, the FUND was renamed the Harold Greenberg Fund/Le Fonds Harold Greenberg (Fund/Fonds) in honour of its founder.
THGF/LFHG’s French-language Program was created in 1996, following the launch of Canal Indigo à la carte television service, in addition to the English-language Program founded by Astral Media in 1986.
To date, the French-language Program has funded more than 1,200 film and television projects, with a total investment of nearly $29.5 million.
Creation of THGF/LFHG French-language Program following the launch of Canal Indigo, a pay-per-view service. The annual contribution by Canal Indigo serves to fund the production of special events and feature films.
Introduction of the Documentary, Music Program and Video Production sections funded by tangible benefits resulting from Astral Media’s acquisition of Radiomutuel.
Introduction of the Youth Drama Production section funded by tangible benefits following Astral Media’s acquisition of The Family Channel and introduction of Story Optioning and Script Development for feature films through a contribution from Super Écran.
Closing of the Music Documentary, Music Program and Video Production sections with the end of the application period for tangible benefits. This allocation funds 50 series and 24 single documentaries, six music programs and 21 music videos.
MaxFACT, a program that funds the production of Canadian music videos, with annual contributions from MusiquePlus and Musimax, is now administered by the French-language Program.
TVA Group acquires full ownership of Canal Indigo. End of Canal Indigo’s annual contribution to the French-language Program.
Introduction of the Music-Related Program section funded by tangible benefits resulting from the acquisition of MusiquePlus inc. by Astral Media in June 2007.
Closing of the Youth Drama Program Production section with the end of the application period for tangible benefits. This allocation funds the production of 12 youth drama programs.
Introduction of the Script Polishing section suggested by SARTEC and funded by an annual contribution from Super Écran.
Closing of the Feature Film Production and Special Events Production sections. Canal Indigo’s contribution funds 59 feature films and 14 special events.
Introduction of the Feature Film Production and Television Format/Concept sections, with funding from tangible benefits resulting from the acquisition of Astral Media by BCE.
Since July 2013, following Bell’s acquisition of Astral, Fund/Fonds has been under the Bell Media banner.
Since 1986, Fund/Fonds has contributed financial support to independent Canadian producers through its various sections:
- story optioning, script development and production of shorts and feature films;
- family-oriented programs and films;
- special events;
- music-related programs;
- music videos;
- training programs and industry events.
Over the years, the various sections of Fund/Fonds have supported more than 4,125 projects, representing an investment of more than $91.1 million in Canada’s film and television industry.
We are proud to support the vision and efforts of Canadians who have stories to tell.