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11th December 2008

G4Box Celebrates The Holiday Season With Free Holiday Gifts For Metin2 Players

TorontoG4BOX Inc., a North American publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment media, announced today that it is celebrating the holiday season with a special Holiday Present promotion and a special Mystery Holiday Gift Box sale price for its popular free to play MMORPG, Metin2. Hidden amongst these magical holiday gift boxes is a special Grand Prize that includes every item in the entire Metin2 Q Shop (item mall).

Beginning in mid-December, U.S. players of Metin2 will receive a Free Holiday Present which is a gift box containing a random mystery item. No purchase is required for players to participate. Players simply need to login to the in-game Item Mall. Once there, players will automatically receive a Free Holiday Present. Players must be at least level 35 or higher in order to qualify to receive the Free Holiday Present. The presents are also available to low level players who reach level 35 before mid of January 2009.
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11th December 2008

QuickPlay Media Announces Significant Growth in Consumer Consumption of Mobile TV and Video Content in Q3 2008

TorontoQuickPlay Media, the premier provider of mobile TV and video solutions, today unveiled the findings of its first quarterly consumer consumption analysis. The results—aggregate usage statistics from 15 representative QuickPlay-powered services over the third quarter of 2008—demonstrate that demand for mobile TV and video content is increasing steadily.

The results, compiled from July 1 through September 30, 2008, show mounting consumer usage of both mobile video on demand (VoD) and linear TV. Further, the increase in streaming video and video downloads per unique user shows consumers are becoming more engaged with this medium. Key findings include:

Video Downloads

* Total video downloads increased by more than 87% over the previous quarter*
* Average download per user increased by 42%, to 4 per user/month
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11th December 2008

Online Giving Campaign Lets Club Penguin Players Donate Virtual Coins to Real Charities

Kelowna, BCClub Penguin is encouraging its players to embrace the spirit of giving this holiday season with a unique online giving opportunity that allows children to donate the virtual coins they accumulate playing games in the popular virtual world to real world causes that matter to them.

The second annual Coins for Change campaign runs from December 12, 2008 through December 22, 2008. During that 10-day period, the kids who play Club Penguin can choose to donate their virtual coins to one of three causes dedicated to helping children. At the end of the campaign, the donations will serve as votes which will help the New Horizon Foundation, an organization started by the founders of Club Penguin, determine what portion of a $1 million donation will go to charities selected by the Foundation to represent those causes.

“Our hope is that Coins for Change helps children in the Club Penguin community understand there is more to life than just earning coins, and encourages them to make a difference in the lives of kids throughout the world,” says Lane Merrifield. “Last year more than 2.5 million players donated in excess of two billion virtual coins. They’ve been asking us for another opportunity to give ever since and we can’t wait to see the results!”
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11th December 2008

Corel to Lead Digital Art Discussion at Macworld Conference & Expo 2009

Ottawa Corel Corporation today announced that the company will participate alongside members of its Corel® Painter™ Master program as part of a Macworld 2009 Conference & Expo® panel entitled “Digital Art Pioneers and Trendsetters.” The panel will feature noted artists including Andrew Jones and Jason Manley of Massive Black, Jeremy Sutton, Fay Sirkis, and Bruce Dorn, as well as Corel Painter Product Manager, Rob MacDonald. It is part of the show’s Users Conference “Inspire” sessions and will take place on Thursday, January 8, 2009 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in Room 2002, West Hall.

The “Digital Art Pioneers and Trendsetters” session will explore the new trends and technologies that will push digital art to new heights, and how this will impact traditional art tools and techniques. The panel will also explore how their industries have evolved with the medium and offer their predictions as to where the market is headed. Attendees will learn about the latest digital art tools, techniques and technologies affecting a wide variety of professional artists including photographers, concept artists and graphic designers.
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9th December 2008

Would You Like To Win An iPod?

A Note From Social Media Consultant Monica Hamburg: Hi, I’m doing some promotion for a contest DreamBank.org is running. It allows a person to win an Ipod – or the equivalent amount of $ towards their “dream” which could certainly be money or prizes related to education (if that’s what they want). Please post if you feel it is appropriate to your audience.

Here is the info:

Contest Name: DreamBank Giving and Getting Survey
Deadline: January 10, 2009

More Info:
DreamBank is running a quick, three-minute survey about how you feel about giving and getting gifts.

By completing the survey and providing your email address, you’ll be entered in a draw to win an iPod Nano or the equivalent contribution to your DreamBank dream. (If you want to post a DreamBank dream, you can do so for free at www.dreambank.org.)

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8th December 2008

Play! Announces Edmonton Performance Date

Today, Jason Michael Paul Productions, Inc. announced that video game composer Jeremy Soule will be attending the all new PLAY! concert in Edmonton, Alberta on January 9, 2009. You could be one of 150 lucky attendees to win a chance to meet with special award winning composer Jeremy Soule! Known for hits such as: Guild Wars, Guild Wars: Factions, Guild Wars: Nightfall, Guild Wars: Eye of the North, Company of Heroes, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and the Harry Potter Series. As a result, Soule’s music is amongst the highest in circulation in the video game industry. Jeremy has also worked on major motion films such as Chronicles of Narnia and The Walk. Tickets now on sale at Ticketmaster.

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5th December 2008

New Studio B Series Debuts on YTV in January

VancouverKid vs Kat, Studio B’s new animated series, is about a little kitty whose big mean streak makes life miserable for Coop, a 10-year-old boy. When Coop’s spoiled sister Millie brings home Kat, a stray of mysterious origin, his idyllic life is turned upside-down. It’s obvious to Coop that Kat is out to get him – the problem is that he can never prove it, because by the time his Dad comes onto the smoking, debris-littered scene, all evidence pointing to the culpable Kat is gone.

Produced in association with YTV, Kid vs Kat will debut on Crunch, YTV’s Saturday morning cartoon block hosted by Andy, on Saturday, January 10 at 8:30 a.m.

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4th December 2008

Former Canwest Execs Launch Arcana Digital Media Strategy

TorontoArcana Trading Company Inc. (Arcana) announced Tuesday the launch of its Arcana Digital Media Strategy consulting services and website.

Arcana is a Toronto-based strategic business consultancy specializing in driving profit through objective analysis, thoughtful planning, and hands-on fieldwork. Established by former Canwest Digital Media executives Tim Lambertus and James Larrue-Baulch, Arcana has been built to consult in
virtually any market category or vertical, and possesses intimate knowledge of the digital media industry attributed to more than 20 years of combined experience of its principals.

Arcana’s specialized knowledge revolves around knowing how to extract and then act on the truth, even when it’s hidden or confusing. Arcana transforms consumer patterns, sales numbers, marketing reports, advertising data, competitive studies, operational costs, and the sea of arcane metrics gathered by a digital business into innovative strategic plans to drive and improve performance. “You would be surprised how many companies operating in the digital space possess extensive untapped revenue potential,” says Tim Lambertus, President, Arcana. “The digital marketplace is continuing to grow, even during these tough economic times. Whether a company is leveraging digital for commerce, audience acquisition, or brand marketing, those who fully understand the anatomy of their business will certainly weather the storm and even add to their bottom line.”

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4th December 2008

Canadian Firms Win Five AVA Awards

Ava Awards today announced winners for the 2008 international award competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, writing, direction, shooting, and editing of audio-visual materials and programs. The 2008 competition saw over 2,200 entries from the United States, Canada and several other countries. The nominated entries included film, analogue and digital productions viewed in a wide variety of mediums from movie screens and televisions to computers. Entrants included video and film production companies, web developers, advertising agencies, PR firms, corporate and government communication departments, producers, directors, editors and shooters.

The Canadian winners are:

Direct Focus Marketing Communications, Inc. from Winnipeg won two awards, one in the Produced For A School category, produced for the University of Winnipeg, and one in the Commercials/Restaurant category for EQ3

Kasian Architecture Interior Design & Planning’s Vancouver office won in the Flash category

Grimsby, Ontario’s  West Lincoln Memorial Hospital also picked up two awards. The work, done by MEDIAIMAGE Communications Group, received the first award for their entry in the Pro Bono category, and the second was in the Medical/Fundraiser category. On a side note, MediaImage also won a 2008 Videographer Award for the West Lincoln  Fundraiser piece.

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2nd December 2008

December 3rd Is TV Access Day For People Living With Disabilities

Until now, viewers with low or no sight only knew what television sounded like. And for many other Canadians living with disabilities and seniors, enjoying TV viewing often is a challenge. Now there is a new and unique TV channel that will respond to the many access challenges faced by more than 5 million Canadians plus their families, relatives and friends. It’s called The Accessible Channel or TAC for short, and it goes on air coast to coast at 6 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, December 3rd, the United Nations International Day for Persons with Disabilities. All TAC programming will be broadcast in open description and closed-captioned. This will allow blind, low-vision, deaf, hard of hearing and many others to tune into TAC at any time during the day or night and KNOW that they will be able to enjoy television.

TAC was licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in the summer of 2007 as a mandatory basic digital open description specialty TV service. That means it will be part of the basic digital service of all cable and satellite services distributing TV programming. The service will be operated by an independent not-for-profit company controlled by The National Broadcast Reading Service Inc. NBRS is a charity set up in 1990 to operate VoicePrint, a mandatory audio programming service that enhances access to print publications for blind Canadians and low-vision, print-restricted and senior listeners. The mission of both TAC and VoicePrint is to enhance access to media for millions of Canadians. Each is operated without government funding.

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