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November 2011

‘Creating Content’ Workshop a Success!

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AMPIA and Digital Alberta’s workshop ‘Creating Content in the Film, TV and Digital Worlds’ was delivered this past weekend at the Banff Centre, and we are happy to report it was a resounding success! Over 50 participants from both the Film/TV & Digital communities heard insightful commentary from a high profile group of broadcasters, digital strategists and Government agencies inlcuding Tessa Sproule, Head of Interactive for CBC, Neal MacDougall, Senior Policy Analyst of the Canada Media Fund, and CRTC Commissioner Peter Menzies.  ***Read Peter’s presentation HERE (as posted on the CRTC website)***

The workshop included panels on Narrative Strategies, Social Media and the Law, and Following the Money. The session also featured case studies of successful cross-platform content productions, and a number of networking events designed to encourage collaboration between Film, TV and Digital Producers. In all, over 60 meetings were facilitated, and participants left the Banff Centre enthused about future collaborations and already talking about next steps – very exciting!

Thanks to Michelle Sklar, Kevin Dahl, Owen Brierley and Joanne Douthwaite of Digital Alberta, Kerry Stauffer, Mark Resch, Greta Hall and Jean MacPherson of the Banff Centre and as well as our moderators, Luke Azevedo, Philip Letourneau, Colin Curwen and Chair of AMPIA’s Professional Development Committee, Joe Novak. Thanks also to our sponsors Telefilm Canada, Alberta Film, The Banff Centre, Calgary Economic Development, Macleod DIxon, Adobe, Chelsea Lukas Creative, techvibes and Prime Capital Leasing. Well done everyone!

2011 David Billington Award Luncheon a Smash Hit!

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From L to R: AMPIA Executive Director Bill Evans, Cael Johnston, Mike Shields, Shaun Johnston & his wife Susan

A great big thank-you to all who came out Saturday November 5th to honour Shaun Johnston at our 23rd Annual David Billington Award Luncheon!

Approximately 200 people were at this year’s event, and many stories and many laughs were shared.  In the words of former Billington Award recipient Fil Fraser: “It was like the room was one big hug.”

Other comments we’ve received:

-“Congratulations to Bill and the team for producing a ‘moving’, entertaining, well organized and successful celebration of excellence in Alberta!”

-“Really enjoyed seeing Fred Keating hosting again!”

-“Your organization did a great job of venue, meals, speeches and overall organization. Great job!”

-“A wonderful event guys. Congratulations to both of you and your team for putting on one of the best Billingtons I have attended.”

-” It was a great afternoon.  Well planned and well executed.  I was proud and happy to be a part of it.  Nice to see Shaun get the award and also so many former winners in attendance.  It was a great day.  Our industry needs a big “hug in” once in a while.  Build a little community spirit!”

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