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News | 02/04/2005 5:00 am EST

Clarkson promises new media will be a priority
New Telefilm Canada head Wayne Clarkson told an audience February 3 that new media will be an important priority in his leadership of the agency. In a speech to the Canadian Film and Television Production Association annual meeting, he told listeners that new media’s "creative opportunities are only beginning to be revealed. The road ahead is filled with risk. It takes courage, leadership and financial commitment." Clarkson thanked Canadian Heritage minister Liza Frulla for an announcement the same day that the agency’s Canada New Media Fund would be bolstered by a further $5-million next year, before continuing: "With the additional resources, which will increase as the industry evolves, Telefilm will continue to help Canada maintain its competitive edge. These are exciting times with new ways of disseminating culture and new kinds of content creation. Innovations in web, gaming and wireless applications present new challenges and new prospects; now is not the time to fall behind." Clarkson addressed several new media issues in an exclusive interview with Decima Reports, which will be featured in an upcoming issue.

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