Michael Hennessy to helm CMPA

Telus exec Michael Hennessy is joining the Canadian Media Production Association as president and CEO, effective June 18, 2012.

Hennessy takes over from the outgoing president and CEO Norm Bolen.

Over the past 25 years, he’s leveraged his background in communications to help shape the evolution of public policy and regulation in telecommunications, broadcasting, Internet and wireless in both the public and private sectors.

Most recently, Hennessy served as SVP, regulatory and government affairs at Telus where he was responsible for the overall direction of the company’s regulatory and advocacy strategies across multiple business lines. His use of social media helped his team secure important policy wins as part of a collaborative Telus public affairs strategy involving multi-stakeholders. [Read more…]

Digital Alberta Awards 2012 finalists announced

The list of finalists for this year’s Digital Alberta Awards have been chosen from more than 90 nominees in 16 categories.

The awards program is designed to recognize leaders in innovation, creativity and the evolving digital media sector in Alberta. The list of categories and finalists are detailed below. [Read more…]

What’s making headlines

NPD: Kids’ mobile device usage up and so is their gaming time (GamesIndustry.biz)

On developing for Android: is the fragmentation worth the hassle? (Gamasutra)

How Capybara Games became the “envy of the game development world” (Polygon)

China Mobile could finally bring the iPhone to its 667 million subscribers (GamesIndustry.biz)

Game Pill in development on Almost Naked Animals game (KidScreen)

Canada Media Fund embarks on cross-country outreach tour

Starting today, the Canada Media Fund (CMF) will embark on a cross-country Outreach tour to answer questions regarding the changes to the CMF Guidelines for 2012-2013, the 2011-2012 funding results and the application process.

The meetings will be moderated by Nathalie Clermont, CMF director of program management.  She will be joined by representatives of the CMF program administrator Telefilm Canada Roxane Girard and Francesca Accinelli for the English market, and Roxane Girard and Dominique Lapierre for the French market. See below for the current tour schedule. [Read more…]

Ottawa Game Conference announces speakers

The first annual Ottawa Game Conference (OGC), to be held at the Ottawa Convention Centre on May 29, 2012, announced its speaker lineup yesterday, including keynotes from Gabe Zichermann, author and gamification expert, and Jason Della Rocca, founder of Perimeter Partners and former executive director of the International Game Developers Association.

Combining speakers from Ottawa firms and developers around the world, the conferences’ business and content tracks will explore a variety of topics in gaming trends, including social game design, location-based gaming, vehicle-embedded gaming, multi-screen experience design, web, console, PC, mobile and more. [Read more…]