PVP MEDIA is proud to celebrate the contribution of our friend and partner Peter Viska on the re-release of Ms. Opal Lee’s famous children’s book, Juneteenth: A Children’s Story. This new edition features a multitude of all-new, bespoke, hand-drawn illustrations by Peter that perfectly reflect the heart-wrenching story of Juneteenth.
Juneteenth: A Children’s Story is an engaging story that introduces the history of slavery and freedom to children in words they can understand. The book aims to educate young Americans about their collective history.
Peter Viska has illustrated over 40 children’s books and is perhaps most famous for his illustrations of the iconic Far Out, Brussel Sprout series. He is a three-time winner of the Australian Cartoonist Association’s Stanley Award and also creates and produces animated television series for children, including PVP MEDIA’s very own Jar Dwellers SOS.
First launched as Productions Vic Pelletier and later becoming Groupe PVP, as it has been known for over a decade, the Matane-based company famous for its documentaries, animated series and digital projects is ushering in a new era with a new name that better represents its identity in 2021. Media of all kinds make up the company’s DNA, and so in the summer of 2021, Groupe PVP is set to become PVP MEDIA.
In order to better position itself in the market as a premier media producer, the company has redeveloped its brand image, keeping the PVP acronym and yellow star that has been an integral part of the logo for decades to maintain a strong identifiable link to the company’s past and reputation. The exterior of PVP MEDIA’s head office in Matane, Quebec has been revamped to showcase the new name and visual identity as well as that of its subsidiary Cube Noir.
PVP MEDIA works primarily in the production of documentary, animated and fiction films, and the digital media, games and information technology sectors. With hundreds of projects to its name, the company has a firm foothold and outstanding reputation both in Canada and internationally.
Two thousand and nineteen was a hectic year for the Groupe PVP subsidiary Cube Noir, and we’re pleased to announce that they have been rewarded for their unwavering hard work! In June, the team was presented with none other than a prestigious Numix Award in the “Youth and Family Games” category for its construction-management game Tom’s Patrol, which was created as a component of the Groupe PVP-Cyber Group Studios co-production Tom Sawyer.
in 2010, each year the Numix Awards Gala brings together over 500
digital creators from across Quebec. Due to the current global
pandemic, the 11th edition of the Numix Awards was held
virtually for the first time. The Gala was presented in four parts on
June 15–18 live on Facebook.
Cube Noir and Groupe PVP’s creators are still riding high after their win and are extremely proud of their accomplishment. This level of recognition is now driving the team as they take on new projects for 2020!
Tom’s Patrol synopsis: The inhabitants of a riverside
village have been robbed, and the sheriff thinks you did it. Joe, the
real thief, has carefully hidden his loot around the village. Your
mission: bring Tom’s gang together, don’t get caught, build
treehouses so you can see right across the village, and lead your
friends on a quest to return the hidden objects to their rightful
Groupe PVP is proud to announce that the documentary Florent Vollant, faiseur de Makusham, directed by Éli Laliberté, will have its world premiere at the 11th cinema festival Les Percéides in Percé, on the Gaspé Peninsula, from August 15 to 25.
The film, which has a running time of just under the hour, recounts the life trajectory of Innu singer-songwriter-composer Florent Vollant. Being born into an indigenous group in Canada is an intrinsically political matter and Florent Vollant’s life bears testimony to this. He tells us about his childhood at an Indian residential school in Maliotenam, and his rage-fuelled departure, by which point music had become his salvation and a major part of his life. From his success with the band Kashtin to his fully-fledged solo career, the documentary explores the life of a man who has always been willing to defend his culture and pass on his passion to young indigenous musicians.
From a Gaspesian director who has long nurtured a special bond with indigenous communities, this documentary provides viewers with an opportunity to become aware of the recent history of indigenous peoples. The film will air on Radio-Canada (RDI) at a later date in the series Grands reportages – personnalités.
We are delighted to announce that we have received six nominations at the 34th edition of the Gémeaux Awards!
Firstly, Photographes-voyageurs has been nominated for Best Arts and Culture Documentary Series. This series was coproduced with Lato Sensu, in France.
Éli Laliberté also received a nomination for Best Direction of an Arts and Culture Documentary Series for the same project.
The director Karina Marceau has been nominated for Best Direction of a Society, History and Politics Documentary for her feature-length documentary I speak Français.
For the same documentary, Christina Lamarre has been nominated for Best Graphic Design: All Categories.
Lastly, PVP’s digital branch Cube Noir Innovation received two nominations. The first is for the documentary series Des bateaux et des hommes, which is up for Best Digital Component and the second is for the series Que mangera-t-on demain, nominated in the same category, produced by Nova Média.
Here are the links to the two websites up for nomination:
2019 looks set to be a very productive year for Groupe PVP. Several productions are already being aired, whilst others are in the process of being filmed, soon to be aired or in development.
The coproduction Des bateaux et des Hommes, broadcast every Tuesday at 9PM on TV5, takes viewers on a journey to meet individuals and communities whose boats are an extension of their lives. They need these boats to go to school, trade, receive medical aid, break away from isolation or simply for life’s daily grind… Coproduced with Gedeon Programmes and Docland Yard, this series travels across the world.
Photographes Voyageurs is a documentary series coproduced with Lato Sensu and broadcast on ICI Explora, every Monday at 9PM. It follows five renowned photographers on assignment as they nurture unique and powerful relationships with a variety of indigenous communities around the world.
Mystères des lacs, a documentary series directed by Samuel Côté, reveals the secrets lurking in the depths of Quebec’s lakes. With his team of co-workers and a remote-controlled underwater vehicle, Samuel goes into detective mode and sheds light on tales from the past. Broadcast on the TELUS channel MaCommunauté.
From February 1, an eighth season of Personnalités will be broadcast on ICI RDI’s Grands Reportages, every Friday at 8PM. We will meet passionate and endearing people who have left their mark on Quebec culture, including Michel Rivard, Guy Mongrain, Michèle Deslauriers, Liza Frulla and many others.
The documentary film I speak français will air on Télé-Québec on March 20. It presents the younger generation’s stance on the preserving their mother tongue, the French language.
IN DEVELOPMENT AND IN PRODUCTION
An exhilarating documentary series is currently being filmed around the world. Urgences features hard-pressed emergency teams in the thick of the action at major events in some of the world’s greatest cities. Eight 60-minute episodes will be broadcast on TV5.
Several other projects are in development or production phase. One of them probes La Canadienne, a ship that disappeared in the middle of the Saint-Lawrence Gulf many years ago. Other projects address the themes of male identity today in Quebec, falling in love in rural regions, losing a spouse and long-term physical rehabilitation following a serious accident.
Groupe PVP was extremely proud to take home the statuette for best animated series for its youth series Trulli Tales, at the 33rd Gémeaux Awards Gala which was held on Sunday 16th September.
Trulli Tales is an international coproduction produced with Fandango TV, Congedo Culturarte, Gaumont Animation and Rai Fiction. This animated series, broadcast on ICI Radio-Canada, presents four little characters who attend cooking and magic classes to become great Wizard Chefs.
Well done to François Trudel, vice-president and producer for Groupe PVP’s animation department, as well as all those who contributed to this truly global series!
On the photo from left to right: Nicolas Atlan (Gaumont Animation), Annie Rioux, François Trudel and Marie-Ève Grisé-Blais (Groupe PVP)
Matane, June 15, 2018 – Groupe PVP is pleased to announce that three of its productions are finalists in two categories of the 33rd Gémeaux Awards Gala.
Animated series Belle and Sebastian and Trulli Tales are both finalists in the « Best Animated Program or Series » category. The game Belle and Sebastian, a spinoff from the animated series, is also a finalist in the category of Best Children’s Digital Component for a Youth Program or Series.
Coproduced by Gaumont Animation and Groupe PVP, the animated series Belle and Sebastian features the famous duo who have won the hearts of millions of children worldwide: Sebastian, a young orphan living in the Alps, and Belle, a huge white Great Pyrenees. Proving that friendship can move mountains, these two inseparable friends set off together on a series of fantastic adventures across the spectacular landscapes of the Alps.
The second nomination goes to the colorful animated series for kids Trulli Tales, produced by Fandango TV, Congedo Culturarte, Gaumont Animation, Rai Fiction and Groupe PVP. It tells the adventures of four little characters who take cooking classes at the kingdom’s famous school of magic and cooking.
Finally, the last nomination is for the game Belle and Sebastian, a by-product of the animated series. Produced by Groupe PVP, the game lets children take part in Belle and Sebastian’s expeditions against the enchanting backdrop of the Alps and the lively village of Saint-Martin. It is available in a Web or mobile version.
We would like to acknowledge the excellent work carried out by all of the team at Groupe PVP and we wish all finalists the best of luck!
We were delighted to hear that our documentary L’Empire de l’or rouge, coproduced with France, unanimously won the 2018 Prix Tournesol (Sunflower Documentary Award) at Festival du Film Vert in Switzerland. This accolade saw the film screened in twenty-plus theaters in Switzerland and France as part of the festival, as well as being granted a place in the San Fransisco Green Film Festival.
Festival du Film Vert in Switzerland aims to present a selection of high-quality documentaries that address questions relating to the environment, sustainable development or relations between the North and the South.
L’Empire de l’or rouge, directed by Xavier Deleu and Jean-Baptiste Malet and produced by Groupe PVP, is an economic account of the punishing trade in tomatoes, the world’s most popular fruit. It is also explores social implications, following the course of American, Italian, French and Chinese manufacturers, as well as the lives of field labourers, African migrants in Italy and local workers in China, who make this business model possible.
Groupe PVP is pleased to announce that Konnected.tv has been nominated for Best Factual Series at the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards.
The Canadian Screen Awards are the result of a merger between the Genie Awards (best film productions in Canada) and the Gemini Awards (achievements in Canadian television), and were introduced in an effort to better reflect the multi-faceted reality of the industry.
Co-produced by Groupe PVP and Dundee Road Productions, the documentary series, Konnected.tv was directed by Éli Laliberté and Steven Martin. Broadcast on APTN and Knowledge Network, the series showcases Indigenous peoples around the world who share an important connection: Defending the right to preserve their cultures, languages, spirituality and traditions. Accompanied by Cree musician, Pakesso Muskash, this series goes to meet a young generation attempting to redefine the world of Indigenous peoples in order to hear what they have to say. Dynamic and involved, they aim to use a modern approach to restore and revitalize their cultural heritage while respecting the legacy of their ancestors.
Winners of the 2018 Canadian Screen Awards will be revealed during Canadian Screen Week, March 5 to 11, 2018.