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28th January 2009

NEEZO Animation completes Positive Living broadcast design

neezo animationMississaugaNEEZO Animation has completed the show introduction to Positive Living in time for the show’s launch January 2009.

Executive Producer Aida Memisevic has created Positive Living to inspire and educate viewers to achieve fulfillment and happiness in their lives.  It is essentially about the science behind success, and each half hour episode will feature internationally acclaimed authorities who will discuss these principles.

NEEZO has created the complete broadcast design for Positive Living, as well as an animated character that will be used within the show for various purposes.

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28th January 2009

HMS Software Celebrates 25th Anniversary

HMS SoftwareMontrealHMS Software, a leading provider of project management and enterprise timesheet systems is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The Montreal-based company continues to specialize in project-oriented products and services and has expanded operations this year.

“It’s a remarkable milestone in the history of the company,” said Chris Vandersluis, President and founder of HMS. “When we got started in 1984, we’d never have imagined a company that would have had such a worldwide impact and that we’d still be here, thriving, 25 years later.”

HMS has established a reputation as a world class provider of enterprise project management and enterprise timesheet systems for mid-to-large-sized organizations. HMS has two main components to its business: the HMS services business that assists organizations in deploying enterprise project management systems and designing the organizational processes that such systems require and is also the publisher of TimeControl, an enterprise timesheet system that has sold over 100,000 licenses worldwide.
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28th January 2009

Astral Media Supporting Young Creative Talent During Adweek

Astral MediaAstral Media Inc. is proud to announce its support for the Institute of Communication Agencies and Virgin Unite during Canada’s 2009 Advertising Week. In the “A day in the life of an agency” contest targeting young aspiring marketing and advertising students Astral Media will contribute $100 000 in media space on the Company’s out-of-home and radio advertising platforms to the winning student campaign.

The 2009 Advertising Week takes place from January 26 to the 29, a week-long celebration of the business of ideas and communication. As part of “Youth Day,” one of AdWeek’s key events, Astral Media is actively sponsoring the A day in the life of an agency contest, which will involve 150 students working in teams with 15 agencies on a communications brief to promote a benefit concert for Virgin Mobile and Virgin Unite’s RE(*)Generation program. Students will be mentored by various ad agency teams in building a campaign during the course of an intense morning of brainstorming. The winners will have the benefit of seeing their advertising concept developed and publicized on Astral Media’s out-of-home and radio properties in Toronto and Vancouver during the course of the summer.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Astral Media to demonstrate its ongoing investment in developing tomorrow’s creative talent,” said Jacques Parisien, Group President, Astral Media Radio and Astral Media Outdoor. “We are always pleased to be able to showcase the country’s next generation of talent, and we look forward to seeing the creativity they apply to such an exciting project as Virgin Unite’s at-risk and homeless youth program, RE(*)Generation.”

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27th January 2009

6S Marketing Expands Into Social Marketing

Delivering Cutting Edge Services and Introducing Expert Staff, 6S Marketing Advances into the Social Media Scene

6s MarketingVancouver6S Marketing, one of North America’s top internet marketing companies, announces today that it will officially expand service offerings to include social media marketing. This expansion news is further amplified by the addition of a top ranking social media expert to the 6S team. Services will allow greater impact and outreach in online presence and allow clients to market and communicate via densely populated online networks.

Jenn Lowther

Jenn Lowther

“We have had our finger on the pulse of the social media scene and have offered limited services to clients over the past year. But in officially launching this new division of our business, we knew that we wanted to have a true expert and trend-setter to lead our team. Our main priority is to ensure that all of our services are absolutely cutting edge and valuable for clients.” explains Chris Breikss, Co-Founder and Director of 6S Marketing.

Spearheading the expansion for 6S is newly appointed Director of Social Media Marketing, Jenn Lowther, a highly regarded veteran of North American social media scene. Jenn joins the 6S team following a position as Social Media Strategist at Invoke and a lengthy history of similar work in the gaming and technology industries.
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22nd January 2009

Ottawa Invests $10.7 Million In Digital Media Commercialization For Waterloo – Stratford

Corridor for Advancing Canadian Digital Media’ will be Canada’s largest concentration of digital media R&D and commercialization expertise

Govt of CanadaWaterloo ONCommunitech and the Stratford Institute of the University of Waterloo have been awarded $10.7 million from the Minister of State (Science and Technology) to establish the Corridor for Advancing Canadian Digital Media (CACDM), which will focus on commercialization and research.

The digital media sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the knowledge economy, expected to reach US$2.2 trillion worldwide in the next five years. Digital media is created by using visual images and video, as well as sound and user interaction software, to communicate and use information from large data sources.

The CACDM, which will provide a common space for the corporate and academic communities to come together around digital media, will have hubs in Kitchener and Stratford, ON:
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20th January 2009

New Animated Series Features the Musical and Voice Talents of Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran

Atomic Cartoons, creators of the international hit series Atomic Betty, partners with high powered creative team, Punktuition LLC, to develop and produce Sally Boyden’s new CG kids’ comedy series, PUNKTUITION

Atomic CartoonsVancouverAtomic Cartoons, creators of world famous Atomic Betty have announced a partnership with New York-based Punktuition LLC on the new animated comedy series, Punktuition. Vancouver-based Atomic will debut the project to buyers and broadcasters at the 2009 Kidscreen Summit in New York in February.

Punktuition is the brainchild of Australian singer-songwriter, Sally Boyden, a former child star and Jason Lake, son of British icon, Diana Dors. The colorful comedy has been developed for television by Sally Boyden and former UK Daily Mail writer, Tania Shakinovsky. Creative consulting was provided by Christopher Cerf (Sesame Street, Between The Lions) and Atomic Cartoons co-founder, Rob Davies. “We are very fortunate to be guided by such high caliberAtomic Betty creative advice in bringing Punktuition to fruition. says co-creator, Sally Boyden.” And in Atomic Cartoons we know we have a partner with as much passion for the project as we have.”

The series is random comedy with a dose of adventure about a cast of fun young characters who are lost on a purple planet in the center of the Luniverse, not knowing how they got there or why they now bear more than a passing resemblance to punctuation marks. As if that wasn’t perplexing enough, they were in possession of mysterious super powers that definitely weren’t there before. The central theme of Punktuition is the gang of friends finding their way home, and on the journey Read the rest of this entry »

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19th January 2009

Family Channel boosts online offering with Disney content deal and re-designed broadband player

Family ChannelToronto – Astral Media’s Family Channel is enriching its online offering and presence by extending its long-standing relationship with Disney-ABC-ESPN Television to provide users with hit Disney Channel programming on Family’s website, Family.ca. With this deal, Family Channel will feature a selection of top-rated Disney Channel Original Series such as Hannah Montana, The Suite Life On Deck and Wizards of Waverly Place, and internationally popular Disney Channel Original Movies on Family.ca.

This new content complements online offerings from Family’s existing lineup, including Canadian original series, and will be presented on a re-designed broadband player that will provide enhanced functionality for users and new opportunities for promotional partners targeting Family’s coveted demographic of 8-14 year olds.

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12th January 2009

PTPA Media Partners with Kaboose

PTPA Media Inc. announces a content partnership with Kaboose, one of the largest family-focused new media companies in the world, under which PTPA will provide Kaboose with reviews of new products that are designed for children and families and tested by PTPA and parents.

PTPA MediaToronto – PTPA Media is a highly regarded awards program that recognizes new family- and child-focused products that are “parent tested, parent approved”. Its mission is to discover and appraise new products designed for children and families by researching new products and coordinating testing with parents. Award winning products are selected based on value,Kaboose functionality, quality and appeal. Every quarter, PTPA Media does an annual awards program to recognize the best products in a broad array categories that are important to today’s parents. This year, Kaboose will be announcing on Kaboose.com the PTPA Media Award recipients in the four key product categories of innovation, green-friendly, mom-focused and dad-focused.

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12th January 2009

Atlantis To Receive $1.5 Million In Tax Credits

Approximately $0.8 million expected in the next eight weeks

Atlantis SystemsTORONTOAtlantis Systems Corp. today announced that it has been notified by the Ontario Media Development Corporation of its eligibility to receive an Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit, which is a refundable tax credit based on eligible Ontario labour, marketing and distribution expenses with respect to interactive digital media products produced in Ontario. Under this program, Atlantis expects to receive approximately $1.5 million in fiscal 2009, net of applicable fees. The Company expects to receive $0.8 million in February 2009 and the balance once the 2008 tax returns have been filed. The tax credits relate to expenses incurred in the 2007 and 2008 taxation years. The Company plans to apply for future credits through the Ontario Media Development Corporation and through a similar program in Nova Scotia.

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12th January 2009

Airborne Mobile Closes $2 Million Growth Financing Round

iNovia Capital’s Funding Allows Company To Maintain its Expansion and Launch New Product Offerings

Airborne Mobile Montreal – Garner Bornstein, CEO of Airborne Mobile Inc., a long-time innovator and leader in the mobile media industry, today announced the closing of a $2 million growth financing round with iNovia Capital. The injection of capital will be used to finance Airborne’s new initiatives in mobile media and other business opportunities.

A 10-year pioneer in the mobile content industry, firmly-entrenched in partnerships with every major North American wireless carrier as well as with high-profile consumer brands like Fox’s Family Guy and Food Network, Airborne is enjoying a renaissance
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