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Joly heading cultural trade mission to China in 2018

Media | 10/05/2017 6:36 pm EDT

Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly has announced plans to lead her first “creative industries trade mission” to Shanghai, China in April 2018. The mission will focus on film, gaming, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), performance art and museums, according to a press release. The release added the mission would focus on the creation of partnerships and business-to-business relationships, as part of an effort to promote “the discovery and distribution of Canadian creative content in global markets.” The initiative aims to expand the Canadian media industry access to the large...

Ubisoft adds to Quebec presence

Media | 09/05/2017 3:21 pm EDT

Ubisoft Entertainment S.A. is injecting more capital in Quebec by opening up a new office in the province, which already houses one of its long-running subsidiaries. The video game-publishing giant from France announced in a press release Tuesday that it will be opening up a studio in Saguenay, which it expects to grow to 125 employees within five years with investments in the region of $135 million by 2027. The company already has a big presence in the province with its Montreal studio and it expects to open an...

CMF, Germany partner for coproduction fund

Media | 08/23/2017 5:53 pm EDT

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and a German film funding and media business development body are setting up...

U.S. NAFTA consult targets CanCon, copyright, data rules

Media | 06/27/2017 4:11 pm EDT

American companies and organizations took aim at Canadian cultural...

Interactive Ontario makes changes to board, staff

Media | 06/22/2017 3:20 pm EDT

Interactive Ontario has added three new directors to its board, the industry trade association said in a press release Wednesday. Joining the board are Sean Skelton, a software engineer at Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Emma...

VR users say it will change everyday activities: report

Media | 06/21/2017 5:09 pm EDT

Early adopters of virtual reality (VR) technology believe VR is poised to change pastimes like social networking and video viewing, though issues...

Rogers targets gamers with new e-sports content, peering deals

Media | 05/25/2017 4:58 pm EDT

Rogers Communications Inc. has begun marketing itself as the Internet service provider (ISP) of choice for gamers, acquiring exclusive e-sports content for its Sportsnet streaming service and entering into peering agreements with gaming platforms. Charlie Millar,...

Twitch asks for court order to identify Shaw customer

Media | 04/10/2017 5:52 pm EDT

Amazon.com Inc.’s Twitch is asking the Supreme Court of British Columbia to order five companies, including Shaw Communications Inc., to identify a customer Twitch is accusing of “malicious spambot...

YouTube signs exclusive deal for e-sports content

Media | 03/16/2017 7:58 pm EDT

In another deal that highlights the value of e-sports, Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube has signed a multi-year partnership with competitive gaming company FaceIt to be the exclusive hub for its content. FaceIt, creators of the...

Video game streaming revenue to double by 2021: Juniper

Media | 03/14/2017 5:05 pm EDT

Global revenue from streaming e-sports and video game content will nearly double four years from now, according to Juniper Research, which projected total revenues from video game streaming...

Ontario interactive media companies set to expand: report

Media | 02/15/2017 8:22 pm EST

Interactive digital media companies in Ontario are set for “significant growth” within the next two years, according to a report commissioned by industry trade association Interactive...

24-hour video game channel coming to Canada

Media | 02/15/2017 7:54 pm EST

A Canadian broadcaster and an international entertainment provider are joining forces to bring to Canada a 24-hour channel dedicated to video gaming. The deal between Canadian broadcaster Super Channel, owned by Allarco...

Jeffrey Elliott takes over as Interactive Ontario chair

Media | 09/21/2016 3:59 pm EDT

Jeffrey Elliott, TableRock Media CEO, is the new chairman of Interactive Ontario, the association announced Tuesday. Elliott, a long-time member of the board of directors, was elected...