James Milward talk to kick off rebranded ACCT workshops

The announcement comes as the Academy makes a final membership drive ahead of the voting for the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards, the nominations for which are unveiled Tuesday.
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The Academy for Canadian Cinema and Television has rebranded its industry workshop offerings as a new series of sessions called the Academy Breakfast Club, the organization announced last week.

The announcement comes as the Academy makes a final push for industry professionals to join the organization to take part in the voting process for the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards. The registration deadline to vote in this year’s awards is Monday midnight (tonight). The nominations for the CSAs will be unveiled Tuesday.

The sessions, meanwhile, will provide an opportunity for attendees to connect with industry leaders in information-sharing and networking opportunities.

The first session, featuring Secret Location’s James Milward, will look at how creators can leverage digital extension opportunities around their traditional TV content. Milward will review the ways in which content producers can supplement conventional programming through broadcaster integration, micro sites, social media, mobile apps and connected TV.

Following the session with Milward on Jan. 23, Rodney Murphy, the education and outreach manager for SOCAN, will discuss how SOCAN fits into the multi-screen content space on Feb. 13. Then on March 29, Astral Media programs manager Allan Bacchus will discuss Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund short films program.

The Academy Breakfast Club, newly sponsored by the Copyright Collective of Canada with participation of Pinewood Toronto Studios, are open to both members and non-members of the Academy.

The sessions will additionally be webcast, with password-protected access for Academy members only.