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4th May 2009

Canada 3.0 Forum to Shape the Country’s Digital Future

Industry, government and academic leaders to explore digital media, trends – define leadership strategy for Canada

Canada 3.0Stratford ON – Industry, government, education leaders and influencers will gather June 8 and 9 in Stratford, Ontario at the Canada 3.0 forum to map Canada’s digital future and create opportunities for new business and jobs. Hosted by the University of Waterloo Stratford Institute and the Canadian Digital Media Network (CDMN), the forum is the must-attend event for anyone interested in Canada’s place in the world’s digital economy.

“The advent of social media, the explosion of the Web as a forum for a wide range of rich content, and the growth in high-tech handheld devices to access this content anytime, anywhere are creating new demands and pportunities,” said David Johnston, President of the University of Waterloo and a speaker at the conference. “Educators, those that set public policy pertaining to digital media, and content developers all have a vested interest in ensuring Canada takes its place as a leader in digital media.”

The forum addresses four themes – content and entertainment, technology and business, government, and research and education – and will provide participants with opportunities to actively engage industry leaders and speakers.

Some of the featured speakers are:
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2nd May 2009

Digital Alberta Unveils New Production Reel

digital albertaCalgary Digital Alberta has put together a new production reel highlighting and promoting the digital media services, animation, special effects, post-production, eLearning and game development industry in that province. The video highlights such studios as Bioware, Reel Girls Media, Fission Media Group and many more. Also highlighted in the reel are the benefits of locating a digital media studio in Alberta.

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24th April 2009

New Appointments At Telefilm Canada This Month

Telefilm CanadaMontrealTelefilm Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Denise Arab to the position of Director, Communications, effective May 25.

Ms. Arab has worked for fifteen years at the Business Development Bank of Canada, where she presently holds the position of Director, Public Relations and Employee Communications at the Montréal office. She has also worked at Canada Post.

“On behalf of all of us at Telefilm I am very pleased to welcome Ms. Arab to her new position as Director of Communications and look forward to her participation on the Executive Management Committee” said Wayne Clarkson, the Corporation’s Executive Director. “Her expertise in management and communications and her extensive national and regional experience will be definite assets in carrying out our corporate plan.”
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24th April 2009

ISPs Applaud Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation

CAIPOttawa – The Canadian Association of Internet Providers (CAIP) is pleased that the Conservative government has taken action to address junk email. With more than 97 per cent of all email considered to be spam, it will also be welcome news for Canadian Internet users.

In May 2004 the then-Liberal government announced the launch of an Anti-Spam Action Plan for Canada and established a government-private sector task force to oversee and implement the plan.

“In 12 short months we brought together a broad group of stakeholders to do what had never been done before,” states Tom Copeland, Chair of CAIP and a member of the federal task force. “We were able to create a plan that involved virtually anyone who sends or receives email. Our recommendations have been adopted around the world and now, I’m glad to say, will be recognized in Canada through the legislation presented today in the House of Commons.”
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23rd April 2009

Magmic Games Signs Carrier Distribution Deal With Connect2Media

Magmic GamesOttawaConnect2Media, the multi-platform entertainment company, has signed a deal with world-leading mobile entertainment publisher Magmic Games to distribute its products in all territories outside of North America. The Magmic Games catalogue of more than 20 games includes titles such as Big Kahuna Words, Boulder Dash Rocks! and Daytona USA.

“Connect2Media impressed us with both their knowledge of the global market and their approach to our games,” said Nicholas Reichenbach EVP of Publishing at Magmic Games.”Through this exclusive distribution deal with Connect2Media, we will have a global distribution footprint allowing us to reach all the major carriers for our Blackberry, Windows Mobile and J2ME mobile games.”
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23rd April 2009

Algoma University Students Qualify for Dare to be Digital Competition in the UK

Algoma UniversitySault Ste. Marie – Four Algoma University students have won the approval of critical judges and qualified for the Dare to be Digital video game design competition being held this June to August in the United Kingdom. Sunny Atwal, Eric Stock, Pedro Melendez, and Chris Iaconis from Algoma University and one student from the University of Abertay Dundee in Scotland have been accepted to take part as a team in the annual competition.

Dare to be Digital bills itself as the United Kingdom’s premier video game design competition for students. Now in its tenth year of operation, Dare to be Digital is an annual summer event that allots teams of students ten weeks to design and build a video game prototype. At the conclusion of the ten weeks, the teams are brought together at a showcase event where their games are evaluated by industry experts. The competition is open to all university students across the UK and also regularly attracts international competitors from nations such as China, India, Japan and Malaysia.
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23rd April 2009

Bandzoogle Artists Reach $1 Million in Commission-Free Indie Web Sales

BandzoogleMontrealBandzoogle.com, the leading website builder tool for musicians, has announced its member artists have exceeded $1 million in music and merchandise sales direct from their websites–a milestone made sweeter for members by the fact that Bandzoogle doesn’t charge fees or commissions on those sales.

“The fact that Bandzoogle lets artists keep 100 percent of their sales sets us apart from the vast majority of e-commerce solutions for musicians,” says Chris Vinson, president of Bandzoogle. “And our team is proud to have helped our members reach this million-dollar milestone,” he says. “It demonstrates how our tools are helping musicians succeed on the web.”
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22nd April 2009

EA Sports Online Games Setting Records

EA Sports Announces 500 Millionth Online Game Played This Week

EA SportsBurnabyEA SPORTS™, a label of Electronic Arts Inc., today announced that 500 million online games have been played since launching its ‘09 product line last June. On average, more than 2.2 million EA SPORTS games are played online eacFIFA 09h day, which reflects an increase of more than 175 percent over last year.

“The massive migration to online gaming has transformed the video game landscape, and this week’s 500 millionth online EA SPORTS game highlights the radical shift that we’ve helped pioneer in the industry,” said Peter Moore, president of EA SPORTS. “Online gameplay allows real-time competitions with fans from around the world who speak the global language of sports. EA SPORTS is committed to providing personal access to the emotion of sports by continuing to create immersive online features, compelling new downloadable content and daily real-time stats updates.”
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20th April 2009

Digital Alberta Appoints René Smid to Executive Director Position

Long-term contributor to Alberta’s ICT sector takes on key role

digital albertaCalgary – In order to meet the needs of the continued growth in Alberta’s digital and interactive media industry, Digital Alberta’s board of directors is pleased to announce the appointment of René Smid to the position of Executive Director.

René Smid

René Smid

“We are grateful that René has accepted this position”, says Digital Alberta President Ron Thiele. “As a true professional, she has developed a key understanding of our industry and the challenges faced by our member companies.”

Smid is no newcomer to the industry. She brings a plethora of skills to the table – having been Digital Alberta’s program manager since the organization’s inception in 2001. She’s also had eight years Executive Director experience with the Calgary Council for Advanced Technology.

“Rene has been the cornerstone of Digital Alberta’s ability to deliver solid programs to our members,” says Thiele. “She is a valuable asset, for Digital Alberta as well as for Alberta’s Digital Media Industry.

Backed by a strong board of directors, a solid mandate and proven programs, Thiele is confident Smid’s role will be a significant contribution to the digital media industry.

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15th April 2009

Brain Fitness Gaming Site Keeps Minds Fit and Motivated

Fit BrainsVancouver – Research has shown that brain health begins to lag as early as age 25. However, the same research has shown that with regular brain fitness training, the brain can create new neural connections and pathways at any age.

In response to this research, Vancouver’s Vivity Labs has created FitBrains.com, a new online brain fitness platform that hosts fun, casual games developed by brain fitness experts, specifically designed to exercise the brain and improve the five major cognitive brain functions – memory, concentration, language, executive functions (logic and reasoning), and visual-spatial skills.
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