Bell Fund announces February round winnersSix projects have won production financing from the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund. Another six won development financing and four events won professional development funding.Production: Odd Job Jack (Smiley Guy Studios, The Comedy Network) Home Biz TV/Homebiz.TV (Third Wave Communications Inc., TFO, SRC, Knowledge Network) Rock Camp (Collideascope Digital Productions, CBC) Grande Ourse/www.grandeourse.tv (Jean-François Mercier, SRC) Jardins/Jardinsvirtuels.com (Léa Pascal, ARTV, SRC, TFO) La Troupe (Zone 3 Inc., VRAK-TV) Development: Franny’s Feet Online (Decode Entertainment Inc., Family Channel) Storymill (Zinc Roe Design, Teletoon) Rantdog Web Project (Rantdog Web Inc., CHUM, Superchannel) Blobheads (Decode Entertainment Inc., CBC) Madinmtl.ca (Blue Sponge & Locomotion, CFCF) Mission Arctuque: Le Cyberdocumentaire (NDI Media, Télé-Québec, CBC, France 2, France 5) Professional development: Hot Docs 2003 (Cyber Docs and Cyber Pitch 2003) Canema Inc. (Canadian New Media Awards 2003) Canadian Screen Training Centre (Summer Institute of Film & Television 2003) Project Cyberpitch 3.0 au FCMM (Festival international nouveau cinéma nouveaux médias Montréal) The next deadline is May 1. CFTPA board of directors election now underwayMembers of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association were mailed ballots on April 9 to select a new board of directors from among 33 candidates. The balloting closes April 30. Avrada signs joint marketing agreement for dating servicesAvrada Inc., a majority-owned subsidiary of Toronto-based Digital Rooster.com, has entered into a joint venture with an undisclosed large North American media provider to jointly market Avrada’s 1-on-1 dating services through infomercials. Terms of the the joint venture stipulate that the media company will provide about US$500,000 in media exposure on television and radio to market the dating services in return for a percentage of net revenues derived from the ads. The announcement follows on the heels of a deal struck just a couple of weeks ago to provide high-speed Internet access and content to an undisclosed hotel group (CNM, April 3/03). In a media release, DigitalRooster.com CEO Lex van Arem says: "We are excited that so shortly after signing on the first eight hotels, we have secured the initial deal for infomercials. These will be our two key focal points for marketing online services offline." The release further notes that the company is in discussions with a European group to start promoting the 1-on-1 service there in the near future. Organic launches web site for Magna Entertainment channelToronto-based online developer Organic Inc. has announced the launch of a web site for Magna Entertainment Corp.’s HorseRacing TV digital television station. It’s hoped the site will raise awareness among cable providers about HorseRacing TV, as well as offer consumers information about the channel and playing the ponies. The site also offers Internet and telephone account wagering. HorseRacing TV is currently offered by several cable operators in the U.S. i3Dimensions wins TPC funding for 3D, visualization softwareVancouver-based i3Dimensions Inc. has been awarded a $7-million loan from Technology Partnerships Canada to develop its NGRAIN technology, part of a suite of visualization and simulation software tools as part of a $24-million project. The award was announced April 14 at the New Media Innovation Centre (NewMIC). The company recently retained the services of CFN Consultants’ Noel Bhumgara and Jacques Plante to help it identify procurement opportunities with the federal government (CNM, March 21/03). No, not that Globemedia...Venneri Stefano of Winona Dr., Toronto, has applied for trademark protection for the name "Globe Media International Corporation." The trademark filing notes under related wares that it will be used for "Company providing media and advertising, in newspapers, magazines, radio, Internet and television. We will enable clients to purchase advertising space within our services." OMDC executive forum still accepting applicationsFive spots remain at press time for the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s (OMDC) executive forum Leading the Business of Culture. The intensive four-day program will feature presentations and sessions designed to enhance the leadership and management practices of owners and senior managers. Further information is available under the business development section of the OMDC web site at www.omdc.on.ca. Leitch to build dual format facility for Craig’s toronto/oneCraig Media Inc. has turned to Leitch Technology Corp. to outfit its new toronto/ one facility in Toronto. Degrassi producers Epitome spared CTF funding axeEpitome Pictures Inc., the group behind Degrassi: The Next Generation, has received assistance from the Canadian Television Fund (CTF) to produce 22 new episodes for CTV. Principals Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn, however, have expressed their deep disappointment over the number of projects left in the lurch as a result of recent cuts to the national program. The pair has written to the prime minister to re-instate some of the funding cut in the most recent federal budget. In an open letter, they write:"Today, CBC and CTV, our two national broadcasters with the greatest reach to Canadians, and who are the strongest supporters of independent television production, have seen only a tiny fraction of their production slate supported by the ...You have the ability to bring stability back to the television industry. You have the ability to see that the CBC and CTV are best able to bring Canadian stories to Canadian people." MIMs d’or awards announcedThe MIMs d’or prizes were announced in Montreal April 15. Following are some of the winners. A full list should be available soon at www.mimmontreal.com/English/centre-gagnants2003.htm.CD-ROMs Youth game: Caillou, Mindscape/Brighter Edutainment: Mango Plumo Explore la Terre, Editions Québec- Amérique Adult game: Siberia, Microids Distribution Inc. Corporate: Maxim Roy, portfolio interactif, Vertige Next E.volution Arts Public reference: Les innovations de l’Institut de Recherche d’Hydro-Québec, Zoum L’Agence de commercialisation Training: Tell Me More Solution intelligente, Auratog Web Sites Youth game: La foire aux mystères, Sarbakan/SRC Edu-tainment: Cliposcope : Ultrabug, L’Office National du Film du Canada Adult Game: www.ultimatum.ca, Nurun Inc. SME: www.dieselmarketing.com, Diesel Marketing Large company: www.snc-lavalin.com, Nurun Inc. Public service: www.jarrete.qc.ca, Orénoque interactif Media: SRC Jeunesse, Radio-Canada Tourism, lesisure, travel,cinema: Ilparleaveclesloups.com, Studio Artmedia/Nova Média Marketing campaign using new technology: Jobpoche.ca, Cossette Interactif Training: La SLVQ : une entreprise à découvrir, Technomedia Formation Inc. Advertising: 28 février 2000, Rebelles.com Portal: www.virtualmuseum.ca, Canadian Heritage Information Network Technological innovation Technological Innovation Grand PrizeSpot XDE Média Platform, Voiceage Popular Branchez-vous Grand Prize Montrealplus.ca, Sympatico.ca Linkin Park label says security measures effective in the endThe Los Angeles Times reports that strict security measures including the removal of hard drives from the recording studio and the destruction of tracks from executives’ computers led to first-week sales of 800,000 copies for Linkin Park’s Meteora. Few to no copies made it to the web in advance of the album’s release, reports their label.