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People, Places and Players Making News in Digital Content Creation, Production and Distribution

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Digital media platforms are key to making Canadian content more accessible.

Canadians love their home-grown cultural content, but according to a new survey, it should be more widely available using digital media delivery and distribution.

The Department of Canadian Heritage commissioned the study to find out how much people valued and were able to access made-in-Canada books, movies, magazines and music.

More than 2,000 respondents of all ages and sexes agreed that Canadian content is essential, according to the June survey.

About 92 per cent of respondents said access to Canadian books and music was important, while about 90 per cent said the same for films and magazines.

Many Canadians already prefer to buy their music online, and 40% of respondents say they will do so within the next six months.

At the same time, fewer Canadians are buying physical albums. Over 10% of survey correspondents said they won’t buy CDs in the foreseeable future.

Listening to and buying music has long been a popular online activity; the study also shows that film and television fans go online for their content.

About a third of respondents said they’ve downloaded movies, part of a continuing rise in the number of Canadians using streaming, pay-per-view or on-demand services.

The popularity of online streaming is mirrored by a corresponding decrease in how people feel about physical DVDs and Blu-rays. While two-thirds of Canadians still purchase DVDs, video stores are much less popular than they used to be, with visits said in the survey to drop by half in recent years.

The one exception to sourcing online content is in reading materials. While 70% of Canadians read print magazines, only 30% download digital copies.

Almost a quarter of respondents replied that they prefer print over digital magazines, and 13% responded that they did not own a tablet or e-reader.

The survey was conducted by Ottawa-based Quorus Consulting.

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Mosaic Welcomes New Partner, Exec Producer

Jesse Lipscombe has been named Partner & Executive Producer at Mosaic Entertainment, joining co-founders and Executive Producers Eric Rebalkin and Camille Beaudoin.

Mosaic says Lipscombe will primarily oversee the private sector of its evolving business strategy, utilizing his unique skill set to seek out and cultivate new partnerships and business models while bridging public and private financing for the company.

“The partnership with Jesse (Lipscombe) was an effortless decision and its potential is bursting at the seams.  Mosaic will now be able to tackle larger more diverse projects, with bigger budgets; creating happy investors and ultimately an even more vibrant film, television and digital arts community in Edmonton and across Canada,” –said Camille Beaudoin, Co-Founder of Mosaic Entertainment.

Lipscombe has over 18 years of experience and over 30 credits (film, television, soundtrack and lifestyle); he’s been a part of Emmy nominated television shows (Children of the Dust & Hell on Wheels), ESPY nominated pieces (Resurrecting the Champ), as well as many nationally and internationally acclaimed productions. 

Mosaic Entertainment Inc. is a multi-platform entertainment production company operating out of Edmonton, AB.

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Khan to Host Impact Media Awards

Internationally-renowned journalist Riz Khan will be the host of the Impact Media Awards on January 24, this year in New York.

Khan, who is widely-recognized around the globe following an extensive career on-screen with the BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera English, will oversee the presentation recognizing a collection of the world’s leading programs that are reshaping the current trends in historical, archival, and investigative and social issue categories.

In expressing his enthusiasm at being the host of the Impact Media Awards, Khan also emphasized the occasion as an important gateway for programmers to highlight issues that affect the human population today and the essential part the media has in documenting them, adding:

"History has shown the role that media has played in changing the direction of governments, wars, and world-shaping events, so it is essential to have a platform such as the Impact Media Awards in order to recognize those achievements,” Khan said. “I'm proud to be part of an event that champions those who are brave enough to risk so much in the name of truth and freedom of expression."

Khan runs an independent production company and works as an author, media consultant, entrepreneur, and moderator of high-profile international conferences organized by key players such as the World Bank, United Nations, and the Clinton Global Initiative.

The Impact Media Awards are a part of the Impact Media Summit (formerly History Makers International) a three-day event in New York City; January 23rd – 25th 2013.

The 2013 Impact Media Awards nominees were revealed last month.

The Impact Media Summit (formerly History Makers International) is the preeminent production and development gathering of the world’s best non-fiction program makers focusing on History programming, Current Affairs, Documentary and Archives.

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Muse Entertainment Names Managing Director

Ann Harbron has come on board to lead Muse Entertainment’s entry into non-fiction programming and becomes Managing Director of Factual Programming, a new executive position at the production company’s brand new Toronto office that opened four months ago in Liberty Village.

Harbron is the former director of commissioning and production at Discovery Channel Canada and is known for leading the channel’s original programming slate to record ratings and acting as network Executive Producer on factual and reality hits such as Canada’s Worst Driver, Canada’s Greatest Know It All, Last Day of the Dinosaurs and How William Shatner Changed the World. Programs under her supervision generated numerous awards and industry recognition.

“We are delighted that Ann, with her extensive network experience, production knowledge and relationships in Canada and internationally, will be leading Muse’s launch into the exciting and popular world of factual entertainment,” said Michael Prupas, Muse Entertainment’s president and CEO.

“I am thrilled to be joining such an esteemed Canadian production company. Muse is already internationally acclaimed for delivering dynamic, high-quality drama programming. Being tapped to build its non-fiction division is an outstanding opportunity,” Harbron stated.

Muse Entertainment’s head office and its Quebec production centre are in Montreal. Muse also maintains development and production operations in Toronto and Los Angeles.

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Members of the Media Honoured with Queen’s Jubilee Medal

George Lee, President of Fairchild Radio Group, was among several Canadian media industry leaders who have been presented with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

They were honoured as recipients for dedicated service to the local community and to Canada.

The Medal was presented to 60 recipients from across the country and various walks of life during the inaugural presentation ceremony on Monday, February 6, 2012, at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presided over the ceremony, along with the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada.

For the award ceremony that took place in Vancouver on January 6, 2013, the Honourable Senator Yohan Martin flew in from Ottawa to present the Medal to Lee on behalf of the Governor General of Canada.

The Medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne.

An immigrant from Taiwan, George Lee was voted one of the Top Ten DJs in his native land before moving to Vancouver in 1995. Since then, he has continued his broadcasting career at Fairchild Radio Vancouver but gradually shifted his focus to management. He was promoted to be the President of Fairchild Radio Group nationwide in 2009 and is now in charge of five radio stations in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.

A member of the nationwide media conglomerate Fairchild Media Group, Fairchild Radio is a multicultural radio station with operations in Toronto (AM1430 & FM88.9), Calgary (FM94.7) and Vancouver (AM1470 & FM96.1). On top of being Canada’s number one Chinese radio station, Fairchild also provides quality radio programming in over 40 languages and acts as the hub of news, information, music and entertainment for the numerous yet affluent ethnic communities in these three cities.

Fairchild Media Group also owns Fairchild Television, Talentvision and Popular Lifestyle & Entertainment Magazine.

Martha Fusca, a leader in the Canadian broadcast and production sectors, has also been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.  Fusca was nominated by Senator Anne C. Cools to receive this honour in recognition of her “innovative contribution to Canada’s communications industry” and as “a woman of firsts.”

Fusca co-founded the television and film production company Stornoway Productions, and spearheaded the launch in 2000 of Stornoway Communications, which today owns and operates the specialty TV services ichannel, The Pet Network and bpm:tv.

Fusca also co-founded the Independent Broadcasters Group, an affiliation of independent pay, specialty and conventional television licensees. A leader in supporting women in the communications industry, she has served as President and Board member of the Toronto chapter of Women in Film and Television. She is also the recipient of the Entrepreneur Award from the Canadian Media Production Association and the Canadian Women in Communications Trailblazer award. Ms. Fusca is currently leading Stornoway’s newest venture: FUSION, an application for a specialty digital licence under a 9(i)(h) order.

And CTV Vancouver Island’s Bruce Williams has been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Recognized for his work on United Way campaigns on Vancouver Island for whom he helped to raise over $40 million in the past 10 years, Williams’ years of service were recognized in a ceremony held Monday, Nov. 19 at Government House in Victoria, B.C., hosted by Lt Governor The Honourable Judith Guichon.

CTV Vancouver Island’s Manager of Community and Client Relations is also well known for his role as on-air TV Host, and host of a daily program on CFAX 1070 Radio. Nominated by the United Way of Canada, Williams’ work with the national charity organization began in Ontario over 20 years ago. After relocating to Vancouver Island in 2001, he began working closely with the Central Vancouver Island and Greater Victoria branches, investing his personal time, being a donor at the Leadership level, and sharing his media expertise through various roles including Campaign Cabinet member, leadership presenter and trainer, and event emcee.

“Every time you meet Bruce Williams, you can’t help but smile,” said Linda Hughes, CEO for the United Way of Greater Victoria. “There’s something special about his energy and personality. He can motivate a room of people into action for a cause in less than five minutes. We are lucky to have him as part of our team.”


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Intertainment Media and Avenza Systems Acquire Poynt Corporation

Intertainment Media and Avenza Holdings have acquired the assets of Poynt Corporation, on a joint 50/50 basis, by recommendation of the Receivers, Alberta-based Hardie and Kelly Inc., and approval of the sale and a vesting order by the Court of the Queen's Bench of Alberta.

A new private company has been formed to operate the asset.

Poynt has a number of early stage patents granted in their key business areas and a vast international user-base of its popular mobile application. Localized mobile marketing has grown significantly in the past few years and the Poynt application has had tremendous growth globally as a leading mobile application on industry leading mobile platforms, such as, BlackBerry, Apple, Android and Windows.

Moving forward, the new private company will in part be focused on the development of geographic based localization opportunities for consumers and businesses as well as accelerating its patent protection efforts. Intertainment and Avenza will work together to add additional core functions and capabilities to the Poynt platform from their own respective company divisions and integrate new and strategic functionality across the products of all three organizations.

"We feel that our partnership with Intertainment for the acquisition of the Poynt platform and assets, in combination with our expertise in mapping, geographic information systems and location-based services will provide new and exciting opportunities to enhance localization and travel opportunities for both Poynt users and commercial partners," said Mr. Ted Florence, CEO of Avenza Holdings Inc.

"We are very excited to have the opportunity to acquire the Poynt platform and its assets and continue to move forward with its leadership position in the global localization arena in partnership with Avenza's worldwide expertise in mapping and location services," said Anthony Pearlman, President and Chief Operating Officer Intertainment Media Inc.

Pearlman has been appointed by the partners as Chief Executive Officer of the new enterprise.

Avenza Holdings Inc. is a private Canadian company that, through its Avenza Systems subsidiary, develops, markets and supports computer software products and royalty-free map data for the mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) industries as well as the award-winning PDF Maps app for mobile map use, distribution and commerce.

Intertainment is focused on developing, nurturing and investing in both North American and global technologies and companies that provide technology solutions for brands and consumers alike. Intertainment also owns and operates a number of key properties including Ad Taffy, itiBiti, Ortsbo, Deal Frenzy, The Sweet Card and Magnum, with investments in leading edge technologies and social media platforms including theaudience.com.

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Newad Consolidates Creative and Client Services

Newad has announced three nominations in its creative department; Didier Lortie (Montréal), promoted to the newly created position of Creative Director, Zacharie Lavertu-Rondel (Montréal), Art Director and Michael Cadamia (Vancouver), Graphic Producer.

"These additions strengthen Newad’s services by consolidating its support to agencies, planners, media buyers and brand managers. By collaborating, we will be able to better provide for our clients during the critical development phase. The creative department is the ideal ally for anyone who wishes to benefit from Newad’s platforms full potential," said Julie Phaneuf, General Manager, Publishing & Content at Newad

Art Director at Newad since 2008, Lortie will now be in charge of the creative team, including the new Art Director and the Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver teams of Graphic Designers. "It is a very exciting challenge to conceive and develop visual and advertising platforms in collaboration with the Experiential Marketing, Indoor Advertising, Web and Content teams. I will also have the pleasure of actively participating in presentations to clients and partners across Canada and help them take advantage of Newad’s creative offer’s potential," said Lortie.

Reporting to Phaneuf, Lortie was previously responsible for the design and artistic direction of Experiential Marketing and Web campaigns. He and his team conceived and produced strategic brand experiences for multiple clients such as Coppertone, Nintendo, Merck, Volkswagen, Pfizer and Cirque du Soleil. In the fall of 2010, Didier redesigned and launched Newad’s visual identity, which included a revised logo. This new identity is particularly present on the website, the corporate video and the Y&A magazine. He began his career by collaborating on the visual production of various projects for clients such as ARTV and Remax. He was subsequently hired by West 49, now owned by Billabong, as head designer where he led the design, research and production of four clothing lines.

With a degree in Design Art from Concordia University, and one in Fine Arts from Cégep du Vieux-Montréal, Lavertu-Rondel previously worked at Sednove and Luz Design. He will join forces with the Experiential Marketing, Indoor Advertising, Web and Content sales teams to conceive and develop visual and advertising platforms, in collaboration with clients and agencies.

Lavertu-Rondel will also oversee every team of graphic designers across the country.

Based out of Newad’s Vancouver office, Cadamia was previously a graphic designer at the head office of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). He contributed to several awarded and honoured projects and also worked for Fillip Magazine, Farmboy Fine Arts and Chalk Media. Michael graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design as well as from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Reporting to the Art Director, Cadamia will work closely with every division’s sales teams to offer clients and agencies creative and interesting ideas in order to optimize their advertising performance.

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TC-Helicon and Sennheiser Join Forces

 B.C.-based Vocal processing expert TC-Helicon and audio specialist Sennheiser have unveiled a partnership in the field of vocal effects microphones.

Combining their extensive expertise in creating tools for vocalists and microphone technology, the two companies have been working on joint research projects since 2011.

“The initial spark for our co-operation was at NAMM 2011, when TC-Helicon premiered a microphone with controls for vocal effects and Sennheiser demonstrated ‘Concept Tahoe’, a beatboxing microphone developed in their research lab in the USA,” described Kevin Alexander, CEO of TC-Helicon. “We had never met, we had never talked – and happened to be showing the same product!”

 “We sat down together right at the show in a very open and friendly atmosphere and talked about what we were working on in our respective companies. We immediately saw each other as partners,” added Michael Polten, Director Customer Relationship Management at Sennheiser. “TC-Helicon’s mission is to give singers full control and Sennheiser’s aim is to provide excellent microphones – so our brands were a perfect fit.”

TC-Helicon and Sennheiser started a joint research project, exploring how to interface their products to provide one-stop solutions for singers and musicians – products that will make a real difference for their users. The first results of the commitment will be seen at NAMM 2013, where the companies will launch a joint product.

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People, Places and Players is an occasional feature of Mediacaster Magazine.com; it also appears in the editorial print versions.

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