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28th February 2014

Mattel Expands Playing Field With MEGA Brands Acquisition

Mega BrandsCalifornia headquartered toy company Mattel, Inc. and Montreal-based MEGA Brands Inc. have announced a definitive agreement for Mattel’s acquisition, through a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mattel, Inc., of MEGA Brands for US$460 million. The acquisition advances Mattel’s global growth strategy of building upon its world-class portfolio of brands by expanding into two of the fastest-growing toy categories. MEGA Brands, a family of leading global brands, is the No. 2 player in the $4-billion construction building sets category[1] with its MEGA BLOKS brand as well as a competitor in the $2-billion arts & crafts category[2]. Read the rest of this entry »

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27th February 2014

Royal LePage’s New Mobile App Offers New Draw-and-Search Feature

royal lepageRoyal LePage, in partnership with award-winning mobile agency Plastic Mobile, today announced the launch of the Royal LePage mobile app for Canadian house hunters. Available for iPhone, the new app is simplifying the property search process down to the swipe of a finger. The app’s innovative Draw-and-Search feature allows users to easily zero in on a specific geographic area of interest on a map, by simply drawing the area of choice with their finger. Upon doing so, property listings within the selected region will pop up on the screen. On-the-go house hunters with an iOS device no longer need to log in or fill in forms to see search results.  And with one tap, users can save their search to get updates on new homes, open houses, and current listings within the geographic area they selected. Read the rest of this entry »

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27th February 2014

UrtheCast Signs Six New Data Distributors

urthecastVancouver’s UrtheCast Corp. is pleased to announce that it has signed six new data distributors for its high-resolution Earth video and imagery. This Ultra HD color video and medium-resolution imagery will be captured from UrtheCast’s two cameras ? a 1-meter class, full color video camera and a 5-meter class, still imagery camera — aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Read the rest of this entry »

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26th February 2014

Canada-India Audiovisual Coproduction Agreement Signed

Telefilm CanadaThe Audiovisual Coproduction Agreement between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Republic of India was signed on February 24, 2014, in New Delhi, India, during the State Visit of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. The High Commissioner in India, Steward Beck, and India’s Secretary of Information and Broadcasting, Bimal Julka, signed this agreement in the presence of the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, and the Minister of State (Sports) for Canada, Bal Gosal. Read the rest of this entry »

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25th February 2014

Toon Boom Partners With Adrylan To Make Student Assessment Seamless

Toon BoomTwo-time Emmy® Award recipient, Toon Boom Animation Inc. has announced its partnership with California-based Adrylan, makers of the acclaimed Educator’s Assessment Data Management System (EADMS) web-based application. EADMS is a Student Assessment and Reporting System used to create, manage, and report on local assessments in K-12 schools and higher education institutions. Read the rest of this entry »

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25th February 2014

2014 Funding Roadshow Invitation To Entrepreneurs And Funders

fundicaThe 2014 Funding Roadshow, a national event with 10 city stops across Canada, today invited entrepreneurs and funders to register online. Organized by Fundica, the 2014 Funding Roadshow gives start-ups and SMEs the opportunity to pitch their businesses – and potentially secure financing – to a panel of financial institutions, venture capitalists, angel investors, government organizations and private lenders. Funders benefit from exposure to emerging opportunities and the chance to invest before the rest of the market. The objective of the Funding Roadshow is to better educate entrepreneurs and facilitate connections with private investors and public funders. Read the rest of this entry »

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24th February 2014

Sandvine Usage Management Introduces New Mobile Billing Innovations

sandvineIntelligent broadband network solutions provider for fixed and mobile operators Sandvine has announced the launch of Usage Management release 5.0, which offers new capabilities to help both fixed and mobile communications service providers (CSPs) create, manage and implement new service plan offerings. Sandvine Usage Management is currently powering service innovation for more than 100 CSPs worldwide, and this latest release provides several next generation features that will benefit both operators and subscribers, including: Read the rest of this entry »

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22nd February 2014

Canada Feature Film Fund Opening dates For Lower-Budget English And French Projects

Telefilm CanadaTelefilm Canada wishes to inform its clients that applications for funding to the Canada Feature Film Fund for lower-budget projects (projects with budgets of less than $2.5 million) will be accepted as of the following dates for English- and French-language markets. Please note that these dates are not “deadlines;” they are opening dates. Telefilm will continue to accept applications for lower-budget projects after these dates until the closing date. Closing dates for the coming fiscal year will be announced at a later date. Read the rest of this entry »

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22nd February 2014

Recipients Of The Interactive Fund And Arts Innovation Fund Announced

creative bcThe recipients of the 2013/14 Interactive Fund and Arts Innovation Fund were announced yesterday by Creative BC. The Interactive Fund is a program created in partnership between Creative BC and the BC Arts Council intended to support the production of high quality, original, interactive digital media content and software applications owned and controlled by BC companies or individuals. Funding is in the form of a non-recoupable advance of up to $50,000. This year’s successful applicants are as follows: Read the rest of this entry »

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14th February 2014

Angry Birds Movie Nests In Vancouver

imageworksRovio Entertainment has chosen Sony Pictures Imageworks, Inc. in Vancouver as its primary animation house for the production of the Angry Birds movie, the upcoming animated film based on Rovio’s globally beloved brand. The film is being produced by John Cohen and Catherine Winder and executive produced by Mikael Hed and David Maisel. The movie is being directed by Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis; the screenplay is by Jon Vitti. Angry Birds is slated for a July 1, 2016 release and will be distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures. Read the rest of this entry »

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