Subseries 4 - Records of the Television and Film Unit

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Records of the Television and Film Unit

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  • Textual record
  • Graphic material
  • Sound recording

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CA ON00340 F515-13-4

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  • 1963-2007 (Creation)
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    United Church of Canada. Division of Communication.

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4.8 m of textual records
9 photographs
11 audio tapes

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(1968-2019)

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The Division of Communication was formed in 1968 resulting from studies, consultations and debates cumulating in the amalgamation of the former Board of Information and Stewardship and the former Board of Publication. The original mission was to promote the Christian gospel as well as the work and life of the Church to church members and the public utilizing contemporary media. As a result of General Council restructuring, the Division became the Resource Production and Distribution Unit in 2002. The Unit had a similar mandate to its predecessor: to support General Council Office presentation of the United Church to the public through appropriate media; respond to the needs of congregations and partners for resources of various media; and provide effective distribution. However under this new division, aspects of work moved to the General Council Support and Services Unit: Staff members from the area of information services and media relations moved there and General Council Ministers had the responsibility for development of an overall communication strategy for the church. The remainder of the Division moved to six interconnecting parts: United Church resource distribution, Berkeley and UCTV, Resource Coordination, Graphics and Print, Marketing, Wed Design and Production. In 2010 the Unit was renamed Communications and like the Division’s mission in the past, it is responsible for supporting the General Council Office and the denomination by presenting the public face of The United Church of Canada through a variety of media and services. From a more modern perspective the unit helps to foster congregational life, personal spiritual formation, and effective administration of the church through social media, web services, public and media relations, statistics management, and the production and distribution of print and multimedia resources.

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The Television and Film Unit and its predecessor body, the Department of Broadcasting, produced television materials as well as children's programming.The Unit was housed at Berkeley Studios. United Church Television was created to produce programing for public broadcast on a network. Most of the content was shown on Vision TV but there were a few co-productions with CBC and some relationships with European broadcasters. The other stream of work for the unit were the productions done for other Division’s of the Church. They were distributed through AVEL. The Unit was also a participant in Religious Television Associates, an interdenominational production group and produced various material in partnership with RTA. In addition it worked on or produced several film projects on human rights, development, and subjects related to priorities of other Divisions of the Church. The Unit also took responsibility for work in the field of cable television. One of the priorities after 1986 was the production of "Spirit Connection," a weekly half-hour television programme seen on Vision TV, the interfaith network.

Subseries consists of correspondence with other Divisions of the Church, interdenominational and international bodies and with Canadian broadcasting regulators; production files for films, television and radio; and miscellaneous files. Includes correspondence, legal agreements and contracts of Religious Television Associates.

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