Julie Bristow, formerly CEO and president of Bristow Global Media, has launched a development and funding company focusing on content developed, delivered and designed by women and about women.

The Content Catalyst Fund (CCF) will be based in Canada but will fund projects internationally. The CCF will develop and invest in unscripted and scripted content, with an initial focus on unscripted and will invest both funds and end-to-end strategic support in viable female-led projects.

In 2013, Bristow launched Bristow Global Media Inc. (BGM) which was acquired in 2017 by Kew Media Group, which was subsequently bought by Quebec-based Datsit Sphere in late 2019.

Prior to founding BGM, Bristow was the executive director of studio and unscripted content at CBC Television.

Julie Bristow said: “There are no end of amazing female creators out there — and no end of audiences hungry for stories told through the female lens. The problem is women working in the content industry do not enjoy the same access to influence and capital, despite market data proving conclusively that female-driven content is profitable. The CCF intends to change that. We believe there has never been a better time to rethink and redesign the way women make content for women. At CCF, content will always be queen.”

CCF has been seeded by Bristow and a small circle of investors. In the first instance, the fund will invest in a robust pipeline of original IP from female creators, while helping to finance the development of promising projects. The longer-term objective is to seek out projects with the potential for equity investment.

Jon Creamer

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