Behaviour’s Rémi Racine appointed CBC chair

Rémi Racine, president and executive producer of Montreal’s Behaviour Interactive, has been named chairperson of the CBC/Radio-Canada Board of Directors for a five-year term, as announced by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. [Read more…]

Sixteen winners take home Digital Alberta Awards

The winners of the 2012 Digital Alberta Awards were revealed earlier this month to a full house.

They include:

Community and Education 
Best in Student Interactive Digital Media and Creative Design: First Generation Albertans, Giannitsos & Poon
Best in E-learning: Time to Drill, Sajak & Farki
Best Digital Media Leader – Community Leader, Educator, Program Leader, or Department Head: Owen Brierley, Guru Digital Arts College

Philanthropy 
Best Digital Philanthropy Innovation: How a Regional Bank will Change the World, Benevity

Film, Television and Gaming 
Best in Cross-platform Content: HDNet Fights Second Screen App, Mobovivo
Best Use of Film, Animation or Special FX: Bear 71, NFB
Best in Gaming: Catch the Princess, Robots & Pencils [Read more…]

Canada’s next-gen digital sector requires new forms of capital to compete globally

Latest study unveils industry growth opportunities through more private investment
(See below for a link to a PDF of the study.)

(TORONTO and BANFF, June 12, 2012) Increased private capital is the missing link for building up successful interactive digital media companies in Canada, according to a new report commissioned by the Canadian Interactive Alliance / l’Alliance Interactive Canadienne (CIAIC).

New Directions for the Financing of Interactive Digital Media in Canada is released by the CIAIC with research conducted by Communications MDR and authored by Maria De Rosa and Marilyn Burgess, in partnership with the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC), Canada Media Fund (CMF) nand the assistance of the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, Department of Canadian Heritage, National Film Board and the Canadian Media Production Association.

The newly released study takes an in-depth examination at the current financing landscape for Canada’s interactive digital media industry. Additionally, it assesses the effectiveness of financial mechanisms that support the sector including from the private sector, and identifies potential new financial vehicles that are of interest to the OMDC, CMF and other relevant funders. [Read more…]

Brazilian International Game Festival & Indie Games Festival open to submissions

The inaugural Brazilian International & Indie Game Festival (BIG) is looking for your game submissions!

BIG is the first international festival of independent games in Latin America and wants game submissions from all platforms for a chance to win one of several awards, including a US$15,000 prize for best indie game.

There are no fees for submissions.

BIG kicks off on November 29, 2012 and runs until December 9, 2012.

Canadian video games shining at E3 Expo

A slew of major Canadian-produced video game titles are shining at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 Expo), highlighting the strength and vitality of Canada’s video game industry.

At this year’s E3 Expo, taking place in Los Angeles from June 5 to 7, 2012, Canadian-developed blockbuster titles such as Ubisoft Montreal’s Assassin’s Creed III, WB Games Montreal’s Batman Arkham City: Armoured Edition for the WiiU, Electronic Arts’ FIFA Soccer 13 and United Front Games’ LittleBigPlanet Karting are taking centre stage.

“Some of the most anticipated titles at E3 are produced in Canada,” said Julien Lavoie, director of public relations at the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC). “Publishers and developers in Canada are making waves with games that will be enjoyed the world over. With each passing year, Canada cements its international reputation as a top location to create video games.” [Read more…]