17th April 2015

Banff Media Festival Announces The 2015 Rockie Award Nominees

Banff World Media FestivalThe Rockie Awards, held each year at the Banff World Media Festival is the largest program competition of its kind, with industry members from over 40 countries participating in this prestigious awards program. The Rockie Awards celebrates narrative content across 26 categories in drama, documentary, kids, and digital. Nominees come from many nations around the world, and they are chosen by over 350 international entertainment and media industry professionals. Visit the Rockie Awards page to view clips and learn more about the nominees: Read the rest of this entry »

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15th April 2015

TIFF Announces Primetime: Television Is Coming To The Festival

The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival® shines a spotlight on episodic storytelling with Primetime, a new programme presenting the best in international television on the big screen. The lineup will showcase up to six high-quality programs that demonstrate the strength of contemporary television coming from broadcasters, streaming services or independent filmmakers. Read the rest of this entry »

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15th April 2015

Discovery Canada Has Ordered Its First Original Scripted Series

Discovery Canada announced today from MIPTV that it has ordered its first original scripted series, Frontier, from Canadian independent producer Take the Shot Productions (Republic of Doyle). Created by Rob Blackie and Peter Blackie, Frontier is an action-packed adventure drama following the chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North American fur trade in the late 18th century. Told from multiple perspectives, Frontier takes place in a world where business negotiations might be resolved with close-quarter hatchet fights, and where delicate relations between Native tribes and Europeans can spark bloody conflicts. Read the rest of this entry »

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13th April 2015

Top Digital Influencers Coming To BANFF 2015

Banff World Media FestivalBanff World Media Festival 2015 has announced some key highlights for this year’s digital stream. Take advantage of the Early Bird rate by registering now to save $150.00 and enjoy keynote talks from several industry leaders, including: Read the rest of this entry »

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9th April 2015

MIPTV 2015: Canadian Digital Innovation Takes Viewer Experience To New Levels

movie orbyFour Canadian digital media companies will be among those in the spotlight at MIPTV. Secret Location, Félix & Paul Studios, MiiScan and Zandel Media will showcase their latest innovations in immersive storytelling at the world’s largest TV and digital content market, which runs from April 13 to 16 in Cannes, France. Read the rest of this entry »

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9th April 2015

Bold New Transmedia Initiatives Knock Down International Borders

Canada Media FundThe Canada Media Fund (CMF) and NZ On Air (New Zealand) have announced a contribution of $1.2M (CAD) to three digital media coproductions.  Of the total, the CMF will contribute 618,000 (CAD) and NZ On Air will contribute 582,000 (CAD) towards the projects. Three Canadian production companies will collaborate with New Zealand counterparts on three bold new transmedia projects supported through a fund established late last year by the Canada Media Fund and NZ On Air.   Read the rest of this entry »

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9th April 2015

Murdoch Mysteries Crime Scenes Come To Life With Murdoch Mysteries: The Infernal Device

murdoch mysteriesCBC and Smokebomb Entertainment, Shaftesbury’s award-winning digital studio, has unveiled a brand new online mystery, Murdoch Mysteries: The Infernal Device, available on the TV series’ page on the CBC web site. The unprecedented interactive experience turns Murdock Mysteries fans into detectives through an engaging six-week mystery, including real-world events in Canada and the UK that bring the storyline to life in full turn-of-the-century detail. Read the rest of this entry »

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9th April 2015

Banff Introduces The Brand + Content Exchange

Banff World Media FestivalThe Banff World Media Festival is proud to announce its inaugural Brand + Content Exchange, launching this year at Banff 2015. The program will connect brands directly with content creators, studios and broadcasters across all platforms to explore, connect and commercialize what is arguably the most important medium to speak to consumers since the invention of television programming and advertising. Read the rest of this entry »

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9th April 2015

YO-KAI WATCH Sensation Coming To North American Shores On Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo CanadaAfter selling millions and being a cultural phenomenon in Japan, the Nintendo 3DS family of systems role-playing game YO-KAI WATCH is coming to North America. Published by Nintendo, YO-KAI WATCH centres on a boy who gets a special watch that lets him befriend and help mischievous Yo-kai* and later summon them to fight other Yo-kai. Players can overcome challenges and help various characters solve everyday problems with the help of Yo-kai friends. These eccentric Yo-kai resemble anything from inanimate objects to mythical creatures. Read the rest of this entry »

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9th April 2015

Shaftesbury-Smokebomb Launches Branded Digital Entertainment Pitch Competition With Banff

amp acceleratorWith evolving media consumption habits and funding models continuing to shape the industry, Shaftesbury and its award-winning digital studio Smokebomb Entertainment, have teamed up with the Banff World Media Festival to launch The AMP (Audience Metrics Partnership) Accelerator a branded entertainment pitch competition with a focus on engaging female millennial audiences. The top three finalists will be sent to the Banff Media World Festival to pitch their projects during a live Festival session, where one winner will receive a development deal with Shaftesbury/Smokebomb. Submissions will be accepted until April 20. Read the rest of this entry »

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