Submit by August 15 for Canadian Screen Awards digital categories
July 28, 2014
Submissions are now open for digital media categories at the Canadian Screen Awards. If you have a project that is cross-platform or produced specifically for digital distribution, apply by August 15, 2014 for the chance to be nominated in one of seven digital categories. Learn more and apply at submissions.academy.ca

In addition, Louis Calabro from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, the organization behind the awards, will be on hand at our Interact on August 13th to answer any last minute questions you may have. 



Premier Kathleen Wynne visits Ubisoft Toronto
July 28, 2014
On July 17, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure Brad Duguid and MPP Cristina Martins visited IO member Ubisoft Toronto. With support from the province, Ubisoft opened a Toronto production studio in 2009, followed by a state-of-the-art performance capture facility. The Premiere touted Ubisoft's valued role in Ontario's economy saying, "By partnering with businesses like Ubisoft, we are creating the right climate to attract investment, create jobs and show the global economy what Ontario can do."

Canadian Videogame Awards 2014 nominations open
July 14, 2014
The Canadian Videogame Awards will be coming to Toronto for the first time this year and honouring games from both 2013 and 2014. Award submissions for 2014 games are now open. Submit your games by August 31 for the chance to be recognized at this high-profile event.

The Digis are back - Awarding Canada's digital leaders
July 7, 2014
Canada's annual showcase of incredible people and projects making waves in the digital media industry returns this fall. From video content, to marketing and advertising, to digital technologies, the Digi Awards will honour the country's top digital leaders.



Eligible entries include projects made by Canadian companies and individuals that are released between June 1, 2013 and September 1, 2014.  Entries based on media properties beyond Canada are eligible provided the project itself is produced by a Canadian entity.  



All entries are reviewed by a panel of well-known community leaders, influencers, technology experts, and content programmers from across the country, who will determine Canada's next digital leaders. Previous nominees include major media properties such as Murdoch Mysteries, Rookie Blue, The Amazing Race, Wild Kratts, and Continuum along with projects featuring major brands such as Volkswagon, Samsung, Skittles, and Kokanee.



In addition to the awards show, nominees will receive an all-access pass to nextMEDIA 3.0, featuring a roster of programming that reflects the trends of digital technologies, marketing and measurements, digital entertainment, and more. 



This year's Digi Awards will take place on November 11, 2014 at the MaRS Discovery District where we will celebrate the very best in the digital media landscape.

 Deadline to apply is September 12, 2014.  Apply today at nextmedia3-0.com



Dr. Sara Diamond renewed as OCAD U President and Vice-Chancellor
June 30, 2014
On June 19, OCADU announced that Dr. Sara Diamond - a valued member of the Interactive Ontario Board of Directors - will be renewed for a third five-year term as President and Vice-Chancellor. The new term will begin on July 1, 2015. 

Dr. Diamond has facilitated the university's transition to a leader in the digital world through programs such as the Digital Futures Initiative, which integrates traditional and digital technology and teaching, as well as the Digital Media Research + Innovation Institute. 


IWCC releases report on Ontario webseries industry
June 30, 2014
The Independent Webseries Creators of Canada has issued a new report on webseries creation in Ontario. The report highlights the high volume of webseries in Ontario - many critically acclaimed and award-winning - as well as the challenges to address around the financing of webseries. Read the report here

Phantom Compass signs with ATLUS for Rollers of the Realm
June 16, 2014

IO member Phantom Compass has signed with award-winning publisher ATLUS for the release of their pinball-meets-RPG Rollers of the Realm. This exciting news means that the game will not only be released on PC, as originally planned, but will also come to the PS Vita and PS4. 

marblemedia partners with Cirque du Soleil Media
June 16, 2014
IO member and cross-platform producer marblemedia has announced a partnership with Cirque du Soleil Media, a joint venture between the world-renowned Quebec-based Cirque du Soleil and Bell Media. The development deal will see the two companies develop three projects including a mini-series, a one hour drama and a live-television musical event. We look forward to seeing the result of the collaboration between these unique and innovative companies. 

Google Community Grants for registered Canadian charities
June 16, 2014
Google Canada offers community grants for local organizations in Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo and Montreal that are making a difference. These community grants supports organizations and initiatives that focus on supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education for underrepresented communities, increasing internet adoption, promoting online safety and digital literacy or greening our communities. 

The application for Google Community Grants is currently open with an application deadline of June 30th.  If you are or know of an organization that has a project underway in one of the areas listed, please go to one of our three Community Grant Program application sites: 

Google Toronto Community Grant Application
Google Waterloo Community Grant Application
Google Montreal Community Grant Application

In order to be eligible for the Google Canada Community Grant Program, an organization must be a registered Canadian charity. If you know of an organization fits these guidelines, please encourage them to submit a proposal today! 


Interactive Ontario looks forward to continued collaboration with Government of Ontario
June 13, 2014
With Ontario's election of a majority Liberal government, we look forward to continuing to work with Premier Kathleen Wynne; Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Chan; and others through the Digital Media Working Group they initiated. We are eager to see the enactment of further IDM-supportive policies as outlined in the party's responses to our election questionnaire. 

Every1Games named Changemaker; launches summer program
June 2, 2014
IO member Every1Games has been named one of 45 worldwide Changemakers by American Express and Ashoka for their programs that provide youth on the autism spectrum with life and social skills through video game development. 

Their summer program in Toronto begins on July 21st. IO members wishing to register someone for the program can save $100 - email us for the discount code.


XMG releases Dragonwood Academy: A Game of Stones
June 2, 2014
On May 21, IO member XMG released their latest game Dragonwood Academy: A Game of Stones on Google Play, Apple's App Store and Amazon's App Store. The game boasts elegant simplicity, captivating art, accessible depth and some fierce fun as players navigate puzzles as a young wizard. See XMG's trailer for the game here

Interactive Ontario questions for Ontario party leaders
May 28, 2014
Recent studies suggest that the fast growing interactive digital media (IDM) sector in Ontario comprises more than 1,000 companies, generates in excess of $2B in revenues, and is responsible for 17,000 direct jobs. IDM is a new medium, a growth path for traditional cultural industries and a key component in the digital transformation of other sectors, such as health care and education. As a result, IDM creates "future proof" new economy jobs for youth that instill skills and expertise relevant to a myriad of future employment opportunities.

Continued financial and policy support is required from the provincial government in order to ensure our sector continues to grow and thrive. We have requested responses to the questions below from Ontario's party leaders in order to learn more about their commitments to IDM in Ontario. We will post their responses as we receive them - click "Read more" below for our first responses from the Ontario NDP and Ontario Liberal Party. 

Questions

1. What is your party's vision for the future of digital media in Ontario?

2. How does your party plan to grow and retain talent in Ontario?

3. Does your party endorse the tool kit of digital media support mechanisms currently in place, from tax credits to grants?
a. If not, what would your party change?

4. Does your party support the role of the OMDC as an expert third party administrator of these mechanisms?
a. If not, what would your party change?




IO member launches video management and measurement platform BackSpin
May 20, 2014
Toronto-based IO member BackSpin has launched a robust video asset management and measurement platform enabling content producers to access, distribute, and track their video libraries from a single platform. 

BackSpin has established a partnership with Vimeo LLC enabling the platform to synchronize previously existing Vimeo accounts with BackSpin adding a layer of team collaboration functionality to Vimeo


Bell Fund Annual Report 2013
May 20, 2014
The Bell Fund - a financial supporter of many IO events - has launched its annual report in a fantastic interactive format. Learn more about the productions and professional development events they funded in 2013 at annualreport2013.bellfund.ca.

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