CNM update, January 25, 2006 CFC, Telus launch new innovation fundToronto’s Canadian Film Centre has launched a new funding program with the financial backing of Telus Corp. Dubbed the Telus Innovation Fund, the program will provide money for three projects annually – up to $100,000 per project – in the form of an upfront advance. New media, film and television productions that mostly feature Canadian copyrighted content are eligible for funding under the program, but firms with less than 40 employees and total annual revenues of less than $4 million will be given priority. The Canadian Film Centre already runs a training program in conjunction with the telco, the Telus Interactive Art & Entertainment Programme, as well as its own Interactive Project Lab, a talent incubator and mentorship program that also features a funding component. Look for more on the Telus Innovation Fund in an upcoming issue of Canadian NEW MEDIA. Montreal’s Nurun buys Chinese Web marketerWeb communications firm Nurun Inc. of Montreal announced this week its acquisition of Shanghai’s China Interactive, a 35-person interactive marketing agency. The move gives Nurun increased exposure in what’s fast becoming the world’s largest market for consumer goods. China Interactive’s existing customers include carmakers FAW-VW-Audi and FAW-VW-Volkswagen, liquor brands Chivas Regal and Malibu, Dutch consumer electronics firm Philips, and Pepsi. In a media release publicizing the deal, Nurun president and CEO Jacques-Herve Roubert lauded China’s "leading-edge IT capabilities and integrated marketing competencies" as a key factor in the deal. Bell brings it on with NHL clip serviceBell Mobility has teamed up with Montreal mobile entertainment developer Airborne Entertainment Inc. to offer a new pro hockey video clip service. The service, part of the wireless carrier’s Fuel line of monthly packages, gives users day-after highlights from as many games as they want. The one-to-two minute segments can be streamed on the Samsung a920 and Sanyo 8300 handsets, and downloaded on the Motorola E815. Parlay in MSN UK bingo dealMSN UK, the British portal presence of Microsoft Corp., has signed a deal with Oakville ON’s Parlay Entertainment and Maltese bingo operator Bingos.co.uk to bring online bingo to the uk.msn.com Web address. One of the largest bingo sites in the world, Bingos.co.uk will license its games using Parlay’s proprietary technology for use on the MSN portal. Gekido Design Group grows product lineOpen source gaming middleware firm Gekido Design Group (GDG) of Vancouver has rolled out a lower-cost version of its Beyond Virtual game development platform. The new Beyond Virtual Indie offering features the same options as its predecessor – including real-time editing and ‘develop once, deliver everywhere’ – and will be available for purchase at GDG’s website by month’s end. Service provider win for ChartwellCalgary’s Chartwell Technology Inc. has announced that Inside Gaming Ltd., a British services provider and consulting firm catering to the online gaming industry, has contracted the firm to provide Flash-based game development. The UK firm helps Web content providers expand into online gaming through a managed service that allows them to leverage their existing customer base without having to add or dedicate in-house staff to building an online gaming offering.