Bell teams up with Cirque du Soleil

Venture to create television, film, digital, and gaming media content.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Bell Media Enterprises (BCE) recently announced a joint venture with the circus – the company has joined forces with Quebec's world-renowned Cirque du Soleil.

The project will develop Québec-based media content for television, film, digital, and gaming platforms. Based in Montréal, the company will create entertainment projects for sale and licensing around the world, leveraging Cirque du Soleil’s creative resources, consumer insight, and infrastructure with Bell Media’s production experience, media platforms, and diverse distribution capabilities, according to an official press release.

“Bell’s multi-million dollar investment with Cirque du Soleil represents two great Montréal companies coming together to further develop Québec’s world-renowned creative industry,” said George Cope, President and CEO of Bell and BCE, in the same release. “Working closely with Cirque du Soleil aligns perfectly with Bell’s commitment to make Québec’s best content available to as wide an audience as possible.”

“Cirque du Soleil has always put creative forces from Québec in the forefront. Like Bell joining with Astral, this commitment to invest in Québec content and job creation benefits not only consumers but the broader Québec creative and media industry as well,” said Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil.

The partnership will be governed by a board of directors including representatives from both Cirque du Soleil and Bell Media, and will also be managed by a programming team with input from both partners.

Photo: bellmedia.ca

Resources:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2012/08/28/bell-cirque-partnership.html

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/bce-huddles-under-the-big-top-with-cirque-du-soleil/article4504675/

http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Bell+Canada+Enterprises+teaming+with+Cirque+Soleil/7157344/story.html

http://www.bellmedia.ca/web/common/en/all_regions/pdf/BellCirqueduSoleil_en.pdf