2006.009 - 2006.009 accrual

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Reference code

CA ON00349 2006.009

Title

2006.009 accrual

Date(s)

  • 1982 - 2006 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

35.7 m of textual records
31963 photographs
· 120 contact sheets (17 col., 103 b&w)
· 17,208 prints (16,775 col., 433 b&w)
· 13,831 negatives (13,091 col., 740 b&w)
· 2,332 transparencies (2080 col., 252 b&w)

147 graphic materials
· 52 posters/framed pictures
· 17 pieces of artwork
· 16 storyboards

1526 audio recordings
· 1511 rolls ¼ in. tape
· 4 DAT cassettes (41 hr., 10 min.)
· 11 audio cassettes (9 hr., 30 min.)

3172 Video recordings
· 3 ¾ in. tapes (2 hr., 2 min.)
· 1 Digital Betacam cassettes (1 hr., 04 min.)
· 3151 Betacam SP (1575 hr., 38 min.)
· 8 CDs (7 hr., 41 min.)
· 8 VHS cassettes (11 hr., 6 min.)
· 1 floppy disk

593 cinefilms
· 593 rolls 16mm negative cinefilm (592555 ft.)

283 electronic records
· 168 3.5in. floppy disks (bearing textual records)
· 5 ZIP discs (bearing textual records)

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Name of creator

(1970 -)

Administrative history

The Insight Production Company Ltd. is an independent production company based in Toronto. It was established in 1970 by Penray "Pen" Densham and John Kingsley Watson. In 1973, the company gained recognition for the documentary film Life Times Nine, which received two Academy Award nominations. In December 1978 John McLeod Brunton, Jr., assistant editor and director with Insight, bought the rights to the company from Densham and Watson, becoming President.

Born in Toronto (ca. 1954), Brunton was the youngest of three children and attended the Ridley School in St. Catharines, ON. Upon graduating, Brunton attended York University, Guelph University and Ryerson University. After being impressed by a short film produced by Insight in the mid1970s (Dazzled), Brunton called the company and expressed interest in their work. He began working for them in 1976. Working with Executive Vice President Barbara Bowlby (who joined the company in the mid 1980s), Brunton established a company that has fostered Canada’s domestic star system. Insight has created programs in several genres (documentary, drama, sports, variety, comedy, music, reality), and has adapted to shifting tastes, technology and formats. Canadian Idol, an Insight-produced iteration of the successful international format, aired between 2004 and 2008 to record-breaking audiences. Insight is also credited with revamping Canada’s national music awards, the JUNO Awards. By moving the show from a theatre to an arena setting, Insight was ultimately able to take the show on the road to cities across the country. The company has produced a number of award-winning programs for youth, including The Truth About Alex and the dramatic series Ready or Not. Insight is also recognized for producing Canada’s first successful late-night talk show, Open Mike with Mike Bullard, for six years.

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This accession includes 13 series: ‘AudioVisual’, ‘Awards’, ‘Business Affairs’, ‘Development’, General’, ‘Legal’, Marketing and Distribution’, Photography’, Post-Production’, ‘Pre-Production’, ‘Production’, Publicity’, ‘Publicity-Posters’.

The first series, ‘AudioVisual’, includes 16mm film (including original camera negative from Ready or Not), sound elements, and video tapes (primarily Betacam SP broadcast quality tapes of preproduction material from Canadian Idol).

The second series, ‘Awards’, includes awards for a number of Insight productions.

The third series, ‘Business Affairs’, includes textual documents pertaining to several Insight productions.

The fourth series, ‘Development’, includes textual documents pertaining to several Insight productions.

The fifth series, ‘General’ includes correspondence, press clippings, and other textual records, related to general Insight company matters as well as specific Insight productions including Open Mike With Mike Bullard, Pumped, Quintuplets, Ready or Not, Stars on Ice, and Test Pattern. The series also includes artwork and posters from various Insight productions.

The sixth series, ‘Legal’, includes legal documents pertaining to the production of several Insight productions.

The seventh series, ‘Marketing and Distribution’, includes textual documents pertaining to the marketing and distribution of several Insight productions.

The eighth series, ‘Photography’, includes extensive photographic material (prints, negatives and slides of various formats) for most of the Insight productions.

The ninth, tenth and eleventh series, (‘Pre-Production’, ‘Production’, ‘Post-Production’) includes scripts, proposals, treatments, and outlines for various productions.

The twelfth series, ‘Publicity’, includes files pertaining to publicity for Insight productions.

The thirteenth series, ‘Publicity-Posters’, includes posters for various Insight productions.

This fonds includes graphic and textual material relating to a number of productions, including:

Heart of Gold (Television, 1982)
Fellini and Me (Television, 1990)
Ready or Not (Television, 1993)
Open Mike with Mike Bullard (Television, 1997 – 2003)
Joni Mitchell: Painting with Words and Music (Television, 1998)
100 Years of Canadian Sports (Television, 1999)
Jann Arden: Live At Last (Television, 2000)
Canadian Idol (Television, 2003)
Canadian Idol (Television, 2004)
The Juno Awards (Television, 2004)
The Juno Awards (Television, 2005)
Falcon Beach (Television, 2005)
Canadian Idol (Television, 2005)
The Juno Awards (Television, 2006)
Comedy Gold (Television, 2006)
This fonds includes audiovisual material relating to a number of productions, including:

Fellini and Me (Television, 1990)
Country Gold (Television, 1992)
Ready or Not (Television, 1993)
Ed’s Night Party (Television, 1995)
Open Mike with Mike Bullard (Television, 1997 – 2003)
Toller Cranston: A Tribute (Television, 1998)
Sonic Temple (Television, 2001)
The Goods (Television, 2001)
Sean Cullen Home For Christmas (Television, 2003)
Canadian Idol (Television, 2003)
Canadian Idol (Television, 2004)
Canadian Idol (Television, 2005)

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  • English

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  • English

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