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Mario Mota has joined Decima Research in Ottawa as a VP to establish a new broadcast/media research practice. For the past three years, he served as president and publisher of Decima Reports. Jeff Leiper has assumed the position of publisher in addition to his existing roles of editor-in-chief and editor of Decima Reports’ Canadian New Media newsletter.

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nextMEDIA contemplating shorter festival in 2004
Berni Wood, executive director for the nextMEDIA festival in Charlottetown PE, says organizers are contemplating shortening the event by a half-day to give attendees a chance to relax and visit the Island. No decisions have been made, but the current plan is to run the festival from October 20 to 22. Festival planning is now ongoing as organizers finalize hiring a programmer, and prepare to contact the industry advisory board to discuss the event’s focus. It’s a safe bet this year that the new media festival will see a broader focus. Complaints have been leveled against the event in past that it has been too broadcast-focused. This year, however, the festival is under new ownership since being purchased by Toronto-based Achilles Partners LLC when it bought the Banff Television Festival (CNM, April 16/04). New ownership may see a rejuvenation of the programming, and attendees will likely hear more about the broader areas of mobile entertainment and video games.

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Canadian developers keen to begin developing with new Macromedia tool

Macromedia is hoping to build on the spectacular success of its Flash authoring tools with a new application that extends the rich client interface of Flash, and its ubiquity, with enterprise data that companies already have to build a new generation of ecommerce and intranet sites. In the process, Macromedia is hoping to bridge the divide between designers comfortable working in a Flash environment and programmers who have access to the back-end.

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Users rights groups struggle to make copyright an election issue

Despite the low profile copyright reform has seen through the federal election campaign, public interest advocates say they won’t let up with pressure on Ottawa to reject the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage’s recommendations on the issue. On June 21, a coalition of users rights advocates launched an initiative to get Canadians interested in the responses by federal contenders on a variety of online issues, including copyright reform, the use of open source software in government, and the issue of spam. The head of one of the coalition’s members concedes that raising consciousness is proving a tough slog, but says heightened awareness about the issues will continue into a new session of Parliament.

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Minorities, Aboriginals still struggle in Canadian new media, WIFT-T study finds

Women working in Canada’s screen-based media have never been better represented, and they are "significantly increasing their share in film and TV," but the sector is still dominated by men, especially when it comes to the high level positions, such as senior management, and top creative and technical positions, a new study, Frame Work: Employment in Canadian Screen-Based Media-A National Profile, has revealed. The study that measures diversity, skills and employment in screen-based media was commissioned by Women In Film and Television -Toronto (WIFT-T), a professional organization that recognizes, trains and advances women in film, television and new media, and was guided by a steering committee and a new media committee made up of Canadian film industry leaders. The results of the research were published June 11.

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Users rights groups struggle to make copyright an election issue

Despite the low profile copyright reform has seen through the federal election campaign, public interest advocates say they won’t let up with pressure on Ottawa to reject the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage’s recommendations on the issue. On June 21, a coalition of users rights advocates launched an initiative to get Canadians interested in the responses by federal contenders on a variety of online issues, including copyright reform, the use of open source software in government, and the issue of spam. The head of one of the coalition’s members concedes that raising consciousness is proving a tough slog, but says heightened awareness about the issues will continue into a new session of Parliament.

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Minorities, Aboriginals still struggle in Canadian new media, WIFT-T study finds

Women working in Canada’s screen-based media have never been better represented, and they are "significantly increasing their share in film and TV," but the sector is still dominated by men, especially when it comes to the high level positions, such as senior management, and top creative and technical positions, a new study, Frame Work: Employment in Canadian Screen-Based Media-A National Profile, has revealed. The study that measures diversity, skills and employment in screen-based media was commissioned by Women In Film and Television -Toronto (WIFT-T), a professional organization that recognizes, trains and advances women in film, television and new media, and was guided by a steering committee and a new media committee made up of Canadian film industry leaders. The results of the research were published June 11.

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