Rogers Wireless today announced the guidelines its new Rogers Wireless Mobile Content Fund, which was launched in June and is intended to help develop Canada's mobile content market. Eligible applicants will be assessed through an evaluation of creative, financial and marketing/distribution plans. The most original and innovative made-for-mobile pieces of a maximum of five minutes in length in the area of music, comedy, drama, animation, performance, documentary and instructional/lifestyle will be chosen for funding. Winners will receive investments ranging from several hundred to several thousand dollars, up to a maximum of $15,000. Rogers will seek a minority copyright interest and Canadian wireless rights must be available exclusively to Rogers for two years. The deadline for application is December 5, 2007. For more information about the Rogers Wireless Mobile Content Fund guidelines visit http://www.shoprogers.com/aboutrogers/communitysupport/overview.
Halifax based international television and interactive content producer and distributor DHX Media Ltd. is reporting revenue of $26 million for the year ended June 30, 2007, which represents an increase of 65% over the $15.8 million the company recorded the previous year. The company is also reporting a gross margin of 37% amounting to profits of $9.7 million, an increase of 245% over 2006. The results represent DHX's first full year of operation; Decode Entertainment and the Halifax Film Company merged to form DHX in May of 2006. "We are pleased with our results for our first full year as a combined group, and achieving profitability," said DHX chairman and CEO Michael Donovan in a news release. "These positive results are a validation of our strategy to date, as well as of our momentum leading into future periods." DHX has 14 children's series currently in first window broadcast on multiple major cable and broadcast networks in the UK, US and Canada, including, Bo on the Go, Lunar Jim, Franny's Feet, The Save-Ums and Naturally Sadie.
Following last week's corporate reorganization by Corus Entertainment Inc., which included cutting 53 jobs and closing the Vancouver office of Movie Central, the Canadian Film and Television Production Association voiced its concern about the impact on its western members. "The closure of this office, and reduction of staff, is a very symbolic message that sends a negative signal to producers in Western Canada," said Sandra Cunningham, Chair, Board of Directors, CFTPA. "Real regional involvement by broadcasters is key to diversity of voices and the health of the broadcasting system in Canada." The CFTPA also noted that when Corus was seeking approval to buy Movie Central in 2000, Corus president and CEO John Cassaday stated before the CRTC, "we are deeply committed to maintaining our presence in Western Canada." Corus closed the Movie Central office in Edmonton in 2005. Now the CFTPA is asking Corus for an explanation on how this latest closure will impact independent producers in Western Canada.
Recent research from In-Stat suggests that mobile operators stand to reap the benefits of increased mobile entertainment usage, but their stranglehold on revenue could be loosened by the emergence of alternative carriers using WiMAX and dual-mode handsets.