Thursday, July 29, 2004   nextMEDIA postponement confirmedRobert Montgomery, one of the partners in Achilles Partners LLC, confirms that its nextMEDIA festival will be postponed from its planned October start date. Achilles acquired the festival when it rescued the Banff Television Foundation from bankruptcy earlier this year. Montgomery says it is searching for a suitable date next year that will be amenable to the new media community, and give festival organizers time to broaden the show’s horizons from its current form to one that brings in players from other sectors. Canadian NEW MEDIA will have full details in its next issue. New media absent from Ont. minister’s arts councilOntario minister of culture Madelaine Meilleur has appointed a 13-member advisory council for arts and culture – with a list of participants that doesn’t include representation from the digital content creation community. Jim Fleck, who is also chairman of the Council for Business and the Arts in Canada, will chair the council. The stage, page, visual arts, television, film and music all have representatives on the council, as well as Franco-Ontarians and the fundraising sector. Etraffic online tool purchased in FloridaEtraffic Solutions Inc. has sold its Educational Leadership Assessment online tool to the staff development department of the Sumter County FL school district. The package helps institutions identify candidates to become school principals.Mainframe inks telecast dealVancouver-based Mainframe Entertainment has signed an agreement that sees the Cartoon Network broadcast its property, Scary Godmother Halloween Spooktakular. "Scary Godmother is becoming a Halloween tradition," said Rick Mischel, CEO of Mainframe Entertainment, in a media release. "The combination of magical story telling, feature film quality 3D, and computer generated animation from Mainframe make Scary Godmother Halloween Spooktakular ideal holiday entertainment for today's generation."Office of Learning Technologies issues callThe Office of Learning Technologies has issued a call for proposals to research and test innovative approaches to helping adult students find and keep employment in a knowledge-based economy. Successful projects will effectively use technology to support learning for the workplace, with results that are applicable at a national level. Further details are available at http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/en/hip/lld/olt/01_index.shtml.Nurun sees increased revenues and operating incomeQuebecor Media Inc.’s subsidiary Nurun Inc. says it recorded $13.4 million in revenue in the second quarter of 2004, compared with $11.7 million in the same period a year previously. Operating income rose to $589,000 from $213,000 over the same period. The company recorded a net loss of $527,000 for the second quarter, compared to $990,000 a year ago. The higher revenues for the period ended June 30 compared with the same timeframe in 2003 are mainly due to the acquisition of Atlanta-based Ant Farm Interactive Inc., the company says in a news release. Improved operating income was the result, it says, of “better employee utilization rates and the various restructuring and cost-control initiatives taken in previous periods.”Watchfire acquires web security firmWatchfire Corp., which operates from Ottawa, has acquired web security company Sanctum to broaden its online privacy and regulatory offerings. Watchfire has acquired Sanctum’s intellectual property as a result of the acquisition, and expects to retain approximately 75 Sanctum employees, according to a press release.