The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. If there’s one thing I’ve learned since becoming editor four months ago, it’s that the world of new media is always exciting – and unpredictable. The few outlets for funding mean competition can be intense, and only the best projects survive. However, there’s also a wonderful spirit of cooperation in the community, and a sense that all must pull together to maximize collective benefit. With a new coalition of provincial new media associations pulling together under a national charter (CNM, Oct. 15/05), the creative side of the equation has shown it understands a common voice will work best. On the other side of the production partnership, many funding agencies still face a cloudy future. The Telefilm Canada New Media Fund has won a year’s extension, and the Ontario Media Development Corp.’s new media efforts seem to be moving ahead for now, but both still face reviews within the next 12 months. Despite the uncertainty, it’s fantastic to see the Telefilm and Bell Broadcast and New Media funds taking the initiative and moving back towards synchronizing their funding templates (see cover story) after the furor last spring (CNM, April 29/05). The new media community needs to know that agencies such as Telefilm and the Bell Fund – which literally hold most producers’ livelihoods in their hands – have the industry’s best interests at heart. Telefilm new media head Mare Burgess opined that, once a cohesive strategy is agreed upon by the national grant-giving bodies, provincial agencies such as OMDC might be brought into the harmonization fold, making it even easier for producers to access even more funding and credits with a minimum of paperwork. Good things could be around the corner in 2006 – let’s keep our fingers crossed.