Canadians Want to Bring ‘All Nations Network’ for Native Americans to the U.S. A Canadian cable station expects to launch a U.S. offshoot dedicated to producing programs for Native Americans, by Native Americans.
Variety reports that Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples Television Network would like to launch All Nations Network here in the States, which “will develop and air TV programs written, produced, and directed by Native Americans, among others.” Which is very, very trendy.
Founded in 1999, APTN is a nonprofit and “the first and only national Aboriginal broadcaster in the world, with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples,” according to its own site. (Which also says that “84% of APTN programming originates in Canada, with 56% of the programs broadcast in English, 16% in French and 28% in a variety of Aboriginal languages.”) This programming covers a Great Deal of ground, from news to first shows:
One of the programs APTN has shown in Canada are “Mohawk Girls,” a scripted comedy-drama that has been likened to a “Sex and the City” for Native peoples; “Rabbit Fall,” a supernatural series; and “Anash and the Legacy of the Sun-Rock,” a children’ series based on Tinglit stories about maintaining principles.
Now they’d like to bring that idea to the U.S. “We think the timing is Ideal for Native Americans to have their own channel,” CEO Jean La Rose told Variety, including this:
Native American manufacturers are poised and excited to have the same opportunities, and we believe that we may work together to provide a exceptional window to the lives past, present and future of the community. Variety says filmmaker Chris Eyre is concerned, as well.
Of course, the American TV company is not the same beast. Canada’s telecom regulator, the CRTC, mandates that cable carriers comprise APTN, which means it’s in countless homes across Canada. In the U.S. cable is a dollar-driven scrum where fresh stations like Current have difficulty gaining traction.
It is unfortunately all-too-easy to see unimaginative execs and advertisers looking at Native American poverty levels and carrying a pass. “The company declined to offer specific information about launch timelines or carriage agreements,” Variety noted, although they’re working with Castalia Communications on distribution.