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Smokebomb builds out exec ranks with new hire

Jay Bennett hires Ted Biggs to lead convergent and tech-focused projects at the digital division of Shaftesbury.

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NFB, imagineNATIVE expand partnership

The new program will include a residency at NFB’s Digital Studio Vancouver. (Interactive installation Ice Fishing, the winning project from last year’s program, pictured.)

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CMF, Screen Australia launch digi fund

The approximately $800,000 incentive fund for interactive digital projects will start accepting applications Nov. 1.

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Digital Howard hires Alex Lalonde as COO

Lalonde takes the operations helm at the digital content studio while founders Daniel Dales and Jarrett Sherman focus on development and sales.

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CMF proposes new financing framework

As the funder kicked off its cross-country consultation in Toronto, execs presented proposals for three new funding verticals and pitched the concept of “landmark content.”

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CMF funding up 3% in 2014/15: report

The CMF’s latest annual report says the organization contributed $365.6 million to Canadian TV and digi projects this past fiscal year, up $11 million over the year prior.

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Deals: PNP, Search Engine, Picture Box, Secret Location

Pacific Northwest Pictures and Search Engine have jointly acquired the Canadian rights to Learning to Drive (pictured), and more deals of the week.

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CMF distributes $6.2M across 28 projects

Development and marketing support for innovative digital media projects was given via the CMF’s Experimental Stream.

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CMF invests $6.1M across 12 projects

The funding, distributed through the CMF’s Aboriginal Program, was awarded to five kids’ productions, five docs and two drama projects.

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On Screen Manitoba lands $3.9M in government funding

The federal funding will go towards promoting Manitoba-based businesses regionally and internationally, as well as a new transmedia lab.

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Look to Latin America, digi producers: report

Latin American markets offer digi producers a chance to work with partners with a similar cultural background who are open to collaboration, says a new industry guide.

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Felix & Paul Studios ink multi-project deal with Oculus

Previous Oculus-powered projects from the Montreal studio include immersive experiences for Cirque du Soleil Media and the feature film Wild.