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15th April 2013

Liberal Government Claims Times Of India Film Awards Generates Economic Benefits For BC

Province of BCPersonally I feel that a long term investment in our own domestic creative industries would have been money well-spent. However, in a newly issued press release, the Province of British Columbia has provided the following preliminary estimates of immediate economic benefit to B.C. as a result of the Times of India Film Awards (TOIFA). The following preliminary breakdown of production impacts has been provided by The Times Group: Read the rest of this entry »

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15th April 2013

Toon Boom Goes Manga With HeARTBIT In Japan

Toon BoomTwo-time Emmy award recipient Toon Boom Animation Inc. has announced that HeARTBIT Digital Creation, one of Japan’s promising animation studios, has signed a memorandum of understanding formalizing their intention to use the Toon Boom pipeline, namely Toon Boom® Storyboard Pro™ and Harmony™, in their upcoming production titled Francesca, which is based on a highly popular Manga icon, which has already ramped up a great fan base on Facebook and YouTube. Read the rest of this entry »

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15th April 2013

Deadline For Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Nominations Extended

CanWITThe Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is presented to the woman who has shown the most outstanding technological innovation and corporate leadership — leadership that has significantly expanded the frontiers of Canada’s advanced technology industry. The purpose of the Award is to celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship and create positive role models for women in Canada’s technology sector. The Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is presented annually to the woman who has demonstrated consistent innovation and leadership skills, resulting in the creation and international acceptance of significant world-class products and/or services. The Call for Nominations for 2013 is now open until April 19th. Read the rest of this entry »

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15th April 2013

Splinter Cell: Blacklist Stalk Strike Silence Trailer Released

ubisoft canadaA new Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist trailer is now available from Ubisoft. In this latest video we see Sam Fisher stalk his foes, strike with precision, and silence them in the blink of an eye. Available now for pre-order, Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist will be available in North America on August 20th for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC and WiiU. Read the rest of this entry »

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15th April 2013

Kobo Unveils Limited Edition Kobo Aura HD Reader

koboKobo, a global leader in eReading, today announced its limited-edition Kobo Aura HD E Ink eReader. Designed for the world’s most passionate booklover, Kobo Aura HD delivers the best eReading experience with the highest resolution 6.8” E Ink display available on the market today. Its sophisticated, book-inspired design is available in Ivory, Espresso and Onyx. Starting tomorrow Kobo Aura HD will be available for pre-order at Kobo.com and select retailers. The device will retail for $169.99 (CAD/USD MSRP). Read the rest of this entry »

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15th April 2013

Ortsbo And Digital Development Management Team Up To Promote Real-Time Multi-Language Communication Platform

ortsboOrtsbo, Inc., an innovator in real-time, cross-language communication experiences, announces a partnership with Digital Development Management (DDM), a Massachusetts-based consultancy and agency for video games and digital entertainment, to offer game developers and publishers the Ortsbo platform that enables cost effective in-game, real-time communication language transformation. Read the rest of this entry »

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15th April 2013

Rainmaker Entertainment Announces Closing Of Rights Offering And Concurrent Private Placement

rainmaker entertainmentRainmaker Entertainment Inc. has announced that it has completed its previously announced rights offering of unsecured convertible debentures (“Debentures”) for aggregate gross proceeds of $4,726,000 (the “Rights Offering”). Concurrent with the Rights Offering, Rainmaker also issued an aggregate of $425,000 principal amount of Debentures pursuant to its previously announced private placement (the “Private Placement”). Read the rest of this entry »

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15th April 2013

Space Challenges People To Face Their Deepest Fears In New Original Reality Series Panic Button

Space ChannelSpace invites viewers into the world of the unknown with two new hair-raising series premieres, including the bone-chilling and innovative Original Reality Series Panic Button. Premiering Tuesday, April 30 at 10 p.m. ET, Panic Button challenges a group of courageous participants to overcome their greatest fear as they brave an elaborate maze that puts them face-to-face with what terrifies them the most, including confinement, fear of the unknown, snakes, spiders, rats, and cockroaches. Shot in Toronto’s west end in an abandoned slaughterhouse, the ever-changing labyrinth that participants must tackle is customized for each person, and only some will make it to the end without hitting their panic button.

Kicking off the night is Deep South Paranormal, premiering Tuesday, April 30 at 9 p.m. ET. The series follows a bayou-based research team on a mission to uncover the truth behind paranormal events that have baffled people in the southern U.S. for years. The fun-loving charm of these self-proclaimed “rednecks” shouldn’t fool viewers as they’re deadly serious when it comes to their investigations, which deal not only with the hazards of paranormal phenomenon, but also with physical dangers including gators, snakes, spiders, wild hogs, and mosquitos. Exploring everything from swamp apparitions to haunted plantation houses to Southern voodoo legends, their investigations will include Alabama’s Bear Creek Swamp and the Old Cahawba ghost town, Florida’s Manntown Cemetery, and the Mont Helena Plantation in the Mississippi Delta.

“The addition of Panic Button to Space’s reinvigorated programming lineup, strategically placed alongside the series debut of Deep South Paranormal, makes Tuesday night appointment television for fans of science fiction and the supernatural,” said Catherine MacLeod, Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. “It’s an exciting time for Bell Media’s specialty channels as we continue to invest in new and innovative homegrown productions.”

In the series premiere of Panic Button, “There Will Be Snakes,” five subjects enter the craziest haunted house ever built to face their fears. Vanessa, an intense and devoted music teacher endures a series of tests with snakes, while Ruth tackles her childhood phobia of spiders. Kayvon, an ultra-competitive Alpha male, comes face to face with a python, as Ashlee battles an infestation of cockroaches, and Yassin must overcome his fear of rats.

Panic Button Episode 1 participants are:

  • Ashlee, a CEO and mom whose fear is cockroaches
  • Kayvon, pharmaceutical sales rep whose fear is animals
  • Ruth, real estate agent whose fear is spiders
  • Vanessa, a music teacher whose fear is snakes
  • Yassin, a ride operator whose fear is rats

In the series premiere of Deep South Paranormal, “I Feel That Train A Comin’,” the team ventures to an abandoned sawmill in Longleaf, Louisiana where countless paranormal sightings have occurred, as it’s a place where work was dangerous and many people died on the job. Along the way they journey to an overgrown rail depot which was the last stop for many bodies transported out of the mill, and they even manage to get some fishing done amidst the investigation.

Panic Button’s innovative format was developed by Kevin Healey (Destination Fear, Scare Tactics) and Jonathan Dueck (Destination Fear, Pawnathon), with Dueck serving as Producer, and Healey and Jesse Fawcett serving as Executive Producers. Leo Scherman is director (Screwed Over). Joel Klein (Fear Factor) serves as a creative consultant, and Dr. Steven J. Stein, Ph.D provided consultation.

Panic Button is produced by 11 Television Canada in association with Space and Bell Media. Robin Johnston is Director, Independent Production, Factual and Reality, Bell Media. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Catherine MacLeod is Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. Rick Brace is President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports. Entertainment One (eOne) is selling the series in all media as well as format rights.

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15th April 2013

Introducing Kids Coding – Introduction to HTML, CSS and JavaScript Online Course

mammoth interactiveJohn Bura, owner of the game development studio Mammoth Interactive, has announced a new online course that aims to teach kids how to code, Kids Coding -Introduction to HTML, CSS and JavaScript. It’s time to admit it, the anti-social, unkempt, thirtysomething computer programmer who still lives in his parents’ basement is a myth. Today programmers have great job prospects, making on average 78k, which is nearly double the national average. They work for large corporations and small startups, the public and the private sector, for profit and nonprofit organizations. The ability to program is becoming as essential as the ability to read, write and count. The bad news is that the K-12 system hasn’t caught up (yet.) The good news is that kids can learn how to code online. Read the rest of this entry »

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15th April 2013

Shadow Era: Dark Prophecies TCG Expansion Released

wulven game studiosWulven Game Studios has announced the availability of Shadow Era: Dark Prophecies 2.0 on iOS, Android, PC, Mac and the web, bringing the long-awaited expansion to its 3 million registered players. Shadow Era is a free to play, cross-platform collectible trading card game featuring gorgeous card art and deep strategy, while still being easy to learn and have quick battles on the go. The universal app for iOS supports high resolution iPad and Retina displays, and cross-platform gameplay with Android and the online web version of the game. Read the rest of this entry »

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