2009.014 - 2009.014 accrual

Identity area

Reference code

CA ON00349 2009.014

Title

2009.014 accrual

Date(s)

  • 1987 - 2009 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

4.8 m of textual records

252 photographs
· 24 contact sheets
· 225 prints

37 graphic materials
· 37 Awards/Nominations

325 audio recordings
· 228 CDs
· 97 DTRS (digital)

5700 Video recordings
· 4 1 in. tapes (1 hr., 6 min.)
· 2 ¾ in. tapes (3 hr., 8 min.)
· 341 Digital Betacam cassettes (347 hr., 6 min.)
2 Digital Betacam D32 (1 hr., 4 min.)
· 1648 Betacam SP (1234 hr., 42 min.)
· 5 Betacam SX (3 hr., 19 min.)
· 23 DVCam cassettes (20 hr., 48 min.)
· 1063 DVC Pro HD (1169 hr., 18 min.)
· 638 DVD
· 60 HDCam (54 hr., 30 min.)
7 MF2 HD (6 hr., 7 min.)
· 281 MiniDV cassettes (227 hr., 40 min.)
· 1478 XD Cam HD discs (985 hr., 20 min.)
· 139 VHS cassettes (171 hr., 10 min.)

8 cinefilms
· 4 rolls 16mm picture cinefilm (4500 ft.)
· 4 rolls 16mm negative cinefilm (1220 ft.)

26 electronic records
· 26 3.5in. floppy disks (bearing textual records)
6 hard drives

Context area

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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Scope and content

This accession is divided into 2 series according to format. These are: ‘Audiovisual Material’ and ‘Textual Material’
The first series, ‘Audiovisual Material’ includes raw footage/shoot tapes, stock/historical footage, soundtrack elements, various edits/mixes, openings/logos, digital production stills, and final masters.

This fonds includes audiovisual material relating to a number of productions, including:
Country Gold (1992)
Juno Awards (1989-2009)
Radio Weiners (pilot) (2002)
Canadian Idol (2004 - 2008)
Kalan Porter (2005)
Muskoka Stoneman (pilot) (2005)
Mindtrip: Explorations of the Paranormal (2005)
In Essence (2005)
Deal or No Deal Canada (2007)
Project Runway (2007-2008)
Jon Dore Show (2007-2008)
Sabbatical (pilot) (2007)
The Nutcracker (2008)
CanWest Canspell (2009)
Tragically Hip Cinecast (2009)

The second series, ‘Textual Materals’, includes correspondence, production files, casting binders, tape logs, sound reports, scripts, contracts/agreements, budgets, still photos, episode summaries, credits, deal memos, schedules, judge’s comments, cast lists, release forms.

This fonds includes graphic and textual material relating to a number of productions,
including:
Canadian Idol – Season 3 (2005)
Canadian Idol – Season 5 (2007)
Canadian Idol – Season 6 (2008)
Deal or No Deal Canada (2007)
Jon Dore Show (2007)
Juno Awards – 31st Annual (2002)
Juno Awards – 33rd Annual (2004)
Juno Awards – 34th Annual (2005)
Muskoka Stonemen (2005)
Radio Weiners (2002)
Sonic Temple (2001)
Toronto Variety Show (2005)
Ready Or Not (1993 – 1997)
The Stone Angel (2006)
Wasaga Beach 2001 – 2003)

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Accruals

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Media Commons does own copyright of collection materials. Consult rights holder for reproduction(s).

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  • English

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  • English

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