CBC and TVO win Canadian Screen Awards
March 10, 2014
IO members CBC and TVO won Canadian Screen Awards this past week, with
CBC taking home the top prize for Best Original Program or Series
produced for Digital Media - Non-Fiction for The Beetle Roadtrip Series,
among others. TVO was awarded multiple honours for The Defector: Escape
from North Korea, including Best Documentary Program.
Survey on Innovation Process in the Entertainment and Creative Clusters
March 10, 2014
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport has undertaken a survey entitled "The Innovation Process in Ontario's Entertainment and Creative Clusters." The ministry will use the data to develop a provincial policy to better support the cluster. This will in turn help businesses to grow and compete in global markets and contribute to Ontario’s economic growth.
The survey will taken approximately 20 minutes and can be completed here
NEXT pre-accelerator program
March 10, 2014
NEXT is the #1 pre-accelerator program that helps committed early stage
startup teams to get into accelerators. NEXT consists of 3 hour weekly
sessions for five weeks.
During NEXT teams will:
- Test their startup idea and team
- Get weekly mentorship
- Grow their network of startup experts and other founders
best NEXT teams will get invited to the NEXT First Look Forum - a
global demo day style event with accelerators, investors, and media.Learn more and apply by March 16th.
Digital Media Town Hall recap
March 10, 2014
On February 26, we hosted our first ever Digital Media Town Hall. Digital Media creators came together at Google Toronto to discuss challenges and opportunities in the digital media industry and meet their peers.
After opening remarks from IO board member Andrew Lane, Google Toronto's Jason Kee and RBC's Andrew Giosa, IO President & CEO Donald Henderson discussed the state of the industry. He emphasized the growth potential for digital media in Ontario, as well as steps that should be taken to assist in that growth - including keeping policymakers informed, a process IO has been undertaking through advocacy to provincial ministries, the Premier and the Minister of Fianance.
Audience members then shared their stories, questions and ideas. Discussion ranged from innovative models for raising capital to issues with finding the right talent for available jobs to how to best promote Ontario's IDM industry in other jurisdictions.
Thanks to everyone who came to the event. It was a sell out crowd, so if you weren't able to get a ticket, check back for info about future Town Halls.
Interactive Ontario announces upcoming departure of President & CEO Donald Henderson
February 20, 2014
Interactive Ontario announced today that President & CEO Donald Henderson will depart the organization in late April, after two successful years leading IO.
During Mr. Henderson’s tenure, Interactive Ontario has increased its research and advocacy activities, resulting in greater engagement and understanding of interactive digital media with government policymakers and other key stakeholders. IO has provided comments on equity crowdfunding to the Ontario Securities Commission, presented IDM priorities to provincial Ministers and opposition leaders and participated in a digital media roundtable with Premier Kathleen Wynne and leading Ontario companies.
IO has also undertaken a thorough reexamination of its programming and in association with key partners including OMDC, CMF, Telefilm and Bell Fund, has moved to offer more frequent and more affordable events. As well, events hosted in partnership with organizations such as FACTOR, nextMEDIA and the Writers Guild of Canada have allowed for cross-sector collaborations and greater opportunities for IDM creators in Ontario.
“Don has steered IO at a critical juncture in its evolution as the voice of of Interactive Digital Media in Ontario. He has enhanced our expertise and our credibility and will be sorely missed,” said Peter Miller, Chair of Interactive Ontario’s Board of Directors. “On behalf of our Board and members, I thank Don for his leadership and dedication to IO, and wish him the very best in the future.”
"I am pleased to have had the opportunity to lead Interactive Ontario over the past two years and look forward to assisting in the transition to IO's next leader," said Mr. Henderson. "I want to express my gratitude to the members of IO's board of directors as well as the staff I've had the pleasure of working with. Together, our efforts have solidified Interactive Ontario as the voice of the interactive digital media industry in the province. I am proud of work that we have done in establishing the foundations for IO's future success, and I am excited about the future of Interactive Ontario and its crucial role in helping grow this important industry."
Interactive Ontario has engaged the services of mediaINTELLIGENCE to assist with the search for a replacement head of IO. Mr. Henderson will assist in the selection and transition process.
Kidobi partners on content to get kids moving
February 10, 2014
Personalized video platform Kidobi
has announced a new content partnership with Master Karate Todd, an interactive exergaming video series that promotes fitness and health. The content will be available on the Kidobi website and mobile apps beginning next month. Children are encouraged to perform the exercises and get moving while learning the basics of karate, nutrition, and physical fitness.
Kidobi CEO Leo Henning will speak at the iKids Conference
in New York City this Thursday.
TFO releases first Edululu report
February 10, 2014
With the vast number of apps available for smartphones and tablets users, discovery and assessment of the educational value of content available for children is a challenge. To help, IO member TFO has released its first Edululu report, rating a number of children's apps. View the PDF report here
Ontario government announces new venture capital fund
January 27, 2014
The Ontario government announced the launch of a new venture capital fund, Northleaf Venture Catalyst Fund. The fund had its first closing with a total value of over $217 million in commitments, which could rise to $300 million as additional private sector partners invest in the fund. Learn more here
IO members receive multiple Canadian Screen Award nominations
January 27, 2014
The nominees for the Canadian Screen Awards
were announced earlier this month, and IO members scored multiple nominations.
Both Nerd Corps Entertainment and TVO were nominated in the Best Cross-Platform Project - Children's and Youth category. CBC and Smokebomb Entertainment were nominated jointly for Murdoch Mysteries (Best Cross-Platform Project - Fiction), as well as both securing solo nominations in numerous other categories.
Good luck to all when the awards are handed out on March 9th!
XMG to host open data hackathon
January 27, 2014
Hosted by IO member XMG Studio Inc., and supported by the Government of Canada, the Canadian Open Data Experience (CODE) aims to inspire an entire generation of developers and designers to develop apps based on open data. From February 28th to March 2nd creative do-ers, movers and shakers are invited to participate in this race against the clock and liberate the data available on http://data.gc.ca
. All teams that successfully submit an application compete for Gold Sponsor OpenText’s $25,000 Grand Prize, as well as a $5,000 second place prize and a $1,000 third place prize.
Visit this link
to find out how you can take part.
DOC Toronto Breakthrough Program applications now open
January 16, 2014
Applications for DOC Toronto's Breakthrough Program (formerly the OMDC-DOC Toronto Mentorship Program at Hot Docs) are now open. Emerging documentarians should apply before January 30, 2014 at midnight.
Eight participants chosen for the program will work hands-on with a group of industry professionals with the goal of optimizing their experience at the Festival. Once per week, participants will practice their pitches and receive real-world advice in an intimate setting from industry professionals, including senior producers, broadcasters, funders, as well as peers.
Participants will be able to attend all DOC Institute events taking place during the Program free of charge and will receive a Hot Docs All-Access Pass, which includes entry to the Hot Docs Forum as an observer.
Learn more and apply at http://docinstitute.com/breakthrough-program/
TFO launches EduLulu
January 13, 2014
recently announced EduLulu, a new public service that will evaluate
educational applications for tablets. Geared towards parents and
educators, EduLulu will offer independent evaluations of iOS (App Store)
and Android (Google Play) content available in the Canadian market.
has set up a panel of educational experts to develop, consider and
update evaluation criteria for applications with educational value. To
help guide informed choices regarding applications for young learners,
TFO’s EduLulu will publish its results regularly to allow parents and
educators to choose among a wide selection of educational content. The
first set of results will be available early this year.
Canadian Videogame Award nominations are now open
December 16, 2013
Nominations are now open for the 2014 Canadian Videogame Awards, to be hosted in Toronto for the first time. Nominations will be accepted for work developed in Canada and released in 2013 and are welcome from all parts of Canada’s diverse video game industry. The Call for Nominations will close on January 24, 2014.
Visit the CVA website
to find out how to submit your work.