Canadian Interactive Industry Profile highlights economic impact of interactive digital media
December 3, 2013
The Canadian Interactive Industry Profile 2012 (CIIP)
[PDF], which provides an in-depth look at the interactive digital media
(IDM) industry in Canada, was released today during Interactive
Ontario’s X-Summit programming at nextMEDIA.
This report follows
two previous editions of the Canadian Interactive Industry Profiles
released in 2006 and 2008 but proposes a revised methodology that
includes a more narrowed definition of the digital media industry to
provide more of a focus on companies creating true “rich interactive
experiences” (in terms of content creation) and those that supply
services that directly enable other firms to create those experiences.
all Canadian regions and comprising data collected from big, medium and
small companies through a national survey, this report provides an
extensive view of Canada`s IDM industry. In addition to the key economic
indicators found in the first chapter, this study also includes a
chapter on human resources, training and skill gaps that can currently
be observed in the IDM sector. Finally, the report provides a future
outlook for Canada’s IDM industry.
Launch of Alan Sawyer Memorial Graduate Award
November 19, 2013
On June 8, 2013, the Canadian media industry lost Alan Sawyer, an industry professional with an extraordinary grasp of the interconnected worlds of technology and creativity, where he helped many of us in the Canadian media environment make sense of the changing landscape.
To keep moving Alan’s work forward, friends and family have joined with Ryerson University to create the Alan Sawyer Memorial Graduate Award. The annual award will encourage a graduate student in Ryerson University's Media Production Program to pursue a major research paper or media project exploring storytelling across multiple screen platforms.
Celebrate the launch of the Award:WHERE:
Brazen Head Irish Pub,
165 East Liberty St.
December 5th, 2013, 6pm
Can't make it? You are welcome to make a donation online: http://www.ryerson.ca/supporting/alansawyer
For more information, contact the foundation at: ASFoundation2014@gmail.com
or via https://www.facebook.com/AlanSawyerMemorialAward
IT'S A START Pitch Competition at Digifest 2014
November 18, 2013
The IT'S A START
pitch competition at Digifest 2014 is open to creative professionals, budding entrepreneurs, start-ups, students and recent graduates looking to pitch their ideas in a competitive format. Finalists will have 60 seconds on stage during the festival to show the jury why their project deserves to win one of the prizes, which includes $10,000 and incubation space in the George Brown College Digital Media & Gaming Incubator and OCAD University’s Imagination Catalyst Incubator. Digifest 2014 will be taking place at the Corus Quay from May 8-10 2014. For more information, please visit torontodigifest.ca
WorkInCulture's Labour Market Insights survey
November 18, 2013
Interactive Ontario is pleased to be working with WorkInCulture to
collect and track labour market information in Ontario’s creative
sector. The vision is for the results to provide creative industry
executives and HR decision-makers with timely and relevant insights
- Recruitment strategies,
- Salaries and non-salary benefits,
- Hiring trends, and
- Succession planning
a professional immersed in these issues, we request your participation
in a short survey developed in response to gaps in labour market
information that is specific to the creative industries.
Please click here to take the survey: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/WiCLMI-Pilot/
ESA Canada's Essential Facts 2013
November 4, 2013
ESA Canada has released their Essential Facts 2013
report on the Canadian video game industry. The report details impressive stats about the industry and its impact on our economy, as well as information about game industry workers and those who play their games. See the video trailer
and then read the full report here
Kidobi partners with Simon & Schuster on new reading web app
November 4, 2013
Online video platform Kidobi
(an IO member) and publisher Simon & Schuster
have introduced the new Ready-to-Read Recommendation App, which provides reading recommendations for early readers ages three to eight. The web app analyzes the child’s age, interests, and reading level, helping parents find books that suit their child’s reading level. Kidobi sees the launch of the new Ready-to-Read web app as an extension of its mission to provide powerful tools that support parents in today’s digital age.
The app is available at http://www.kidobi.com/Ready-to-Read
Interactive Ontario presents X-Summit at nextMEDIA
October 29, 2013
Interactive Ontario is pleased to announce that X-Summit programming will return this year as part of nextMEDIA
. Replacing our traditional two-day X-Summit conference, Interactive Ontario and X-Summit will present 4 sessions at nextMEDIA on December 3rd in Toronto. X-Summit programming focuses on cross-media convergence, enabling content producers to better tell their stories seamlessly across multiple platforms. Sessions include:
- The Facebook Era May Now Have its "Citizen Kane"
- You Can't Go Viral
- You Asked For It! Public Funding Speed Round
Learn more about nextMEDIA's full programming schedule, including X-Summit content, here
. Interactive Ontario members receive a discount on nextMEDIA - watch your email for the info or contact us
Registration now open for WIFT's Media Leadership Program
October 21, 2013
The Media Leadership Program (MLP)
is a biennial program that returns in 2014. Designed for screen-based executives and entrepreneurs with 8+ years of experience, it offers a unique, intense exposure to exceptional thinking and research on media industry management with practical applications from high level executives. MBA professors will provide the latest knowledge on leadership, strategic planning, change management, financial literacy, marketing and entrepreneurship as well as personal management skills. Successful course participants will receive a Schulich School of Business
Certificate. To find out more about this transformative program and registration details please see our website
CMF offers new funding for accelerator participation
October 21, 2013
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) has announced a new pilot program
designed to offer existing Experimental Stream funded projects increased access to mentorship, markets, and capital. The Accelerator Partnership Pilot Program (A3P) will support digital media projects that have previously received Experimental Stream funding for development or production by enabling their producers to enroll in acceleration programs. The A3P guidelines can be reviewed by clicking here
ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab for wearable technology
October 7, 2013
Introducing the ideaBOOST/Mind Pirate Production Lab
: a 3 month bootcamp for developers and companies that want to navigate the incredible potential of games on the next consumer mega trend of wearable technology.
A select group of innovative developers will be selected to learn, collaborate and co-create a multiplatform game or other consumer experience with this unique team of technologists and visionaries. Developers will work with experienced Mind Pirate developers and will have early access to Mind Pirate’s Callisto platform – the only wearable technology platform on the market – to create 3-D games and apps across both current (iOS, Android) and future (Google glass & other wearables) mobile platforms. Please visit www.ideaBOOST.com/mindpirate
for more information and to apply. Applications close on October 21st. This program is a partnership between the Toronto-based CFC Media Lab and Silicon Valley-based Mind Pirate.