Strengthening Ontario's Cultural Industries



    McGuinty Government Supports Innovative Economy

    TORONTO, Nov. 26 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is strengthening its economy with a $3.3 million investment in
its cultural media industries.
    Sixteen initiatives (click here for details:
http://www.omdc.on.ca/PageFactory.aspx?PageID=5235) received support through
the province's Entertainment and Creative Cluster Partnerships Fund. The fund
was designed to help Ontario's entertainment and creative industries grow and
increase their competitive advantage in the global marketplace. The industries
include commercial theatre, film and television production, interactive
digital media, music recording, magazine and book publishing.

    QUOTES

    "Ontario's cultural industries are a vital contributor to economic growth
and prosperity in this province. This investment will help our cultural
industries seize the economic opportunities before them and increase their
competitive advantage in the global marketplace," said Culture Minister Aileen
Carroll.

    "Since its inception, the Entertainment and Creative Cluster Partnerships
Fund has provided support to 43 projects involving 285 partners with combined
budgets of $15.9 million dollars," said OMDC Chair Kevin Shea. "OMDC is proud
to co-administer a fund that encourages innovation and fosters new business
partnerships that encourage growth across Ontario's cultural media industries
and academic institutions."

    "By investing in our cultural media industries, we are helping drive
innovation in Ontario's knowledge-based economy and ensuring our home-grown
talent succeeds at home and abroad," said Laura Albanese, MPP for York
South-Weston and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Culture.

    "As a recipient of the Partnerships Fund, we are excited to work with
people who know the challenges and obstacles for people with disabilities in
exploring opportunities in the film and television community," said Laurie
McArthur, Services Co-ordinator, University of Toronto, Adaptive Technology
Resource Centre (ATRC). "The development and implementation of a uniquely
accessible, interactive online support system with social networking and an
online learning system will provide extensive knowledge, break down
attitudinal and physical barriers to inclusion, and will build lasting
alliances between the University of Toronto and the broadcast sector which
will benefit the industry as a whole."

    "DIG London is pleased to have the support and backing of the OMDC's
Partnerships Fund. Ontario colleges and universities are producing some of the
best talent in the world in the area of interactive media. The DIG London
conference will help grow and strengthen local video game companies by
facilitating communications and promoting industry opportunities to this
talent pool, said Michael Schmalz, CFO of Digital Extremes."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   Between 1999-2007 Ontario's Cluster created over 80,000 net new jobs
        in Ontario - an increase of 38.3% compared with 17% in the overall
        provincial economy.

    -   The Entertainment and Creative Cluster Partnerships Fund is a
        three-year $7.5 million fund that was launched in September 2006 to
        stimulate growth in Ontario's entertainment and creative industries
        by promoting capacity building, marketing, innovation and skills
        development.

    -   Since inception the Entertainment and Creative Cluster Partnerships
        Fund has provided support to 43 projects involving 285 Partners and
        leveraging $15.9 million dollars.
    

    LEARN MORE

    Ontario Media Development Corporation
(http://www.omdc.on.ca/Page3283.aspx) (OMDC) is an agency of the Ontario
Ministry of Culture (http://www.culture.gov.on.ca/english/index.html) that
facilitates economic development opportunities for Ontario's cultural media
industries including book publishing, film and television, interactive digital
media, magazine publishing, and music industries.

    Backgrounder available: http://files.newswire.ca/653/PFUND-Bkg-En.doc

    
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For further information:

For further information: Contact for OMDC: Sharon Wilson, OMDC
Communications, (416) 642-6616, E-mail: swilson@omdc.on.ca; Contact for
Minister Carroll: Sarah Petrevan, Minister's Office, (416) 325-1676;
Anna-Maria Mountfort, Communications Branch, (416) 314-3497


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