Canada's national interactive media association responds to CFTPA's withdrawal of membership

    OTTAWA, Nov. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Interactive
Alliance/L'Alliance Interactive Canadienne (CIAIC) confirmed yesterday that it
has received a letter from the Canadian Film and Television Production
Association (CFTPA), withdrawing its membership in the CIAIC.
    "Definitely there was a difference of opinion regarding the way forward,"
said Ian Kelso, President of the CIAIC and one of its member organizations,
Interactive Ontario, commenting on the development. "It is regrettable that we
cannot continue to work together within the CIAIC's structure, but the CIAIC
remains open to future opportunities to work with the CFTPA to advance the
interests of Canada's interactive media content creators, enablers, and
associated companies."
    Marc Seguin, the CFTPA's Vice-President of Feature Film & New Technology,
has also resigned his seat on the CIAIC's Board of Directors.
    The CIAIC will continue to advocate on behalf of the Canadian Interactive
Media industry by building on its successful track record of delivering
capacity-building initiatives with partners in government and private
industry. In just two short years, the predominantly volunteer-run CIAIC has
successfully lobbied the federal government to increase the funding available
to Canadian new media creators through the Telefilm Canada New Media Fund, and
undertaken a ground-breaking study of Canada's interactive media industry, the
Canadian Interactive Industry Profile.
    Since the spring of this year, the CIAIC has hired a new Executive
Director, secured funding for a second edition of its Canadian Interactive
Industry Profile, met with key policy-makers in the federal government, and
created a multi-year Priority Action Plan for helping influence the changing
regulatory environment and increasing the opportunities available to domestic
interactive media companies. The CIAIC is also currently executing an export
development packaged aimed at helping Canadian interactive media firms win new
business at key industry events, including the upcoming Game Developers
Conference 2008 to be held in San Francisco from February 18 to 22, 2008.

    About CIAIC

    Formed in June 2005, the Canadian Interactive Alliance/l'Alliance
Interactive Canadienne is a not-for-profit association and the authoritative
voice for Canada's interactive digital media industry on the national stage.
Its membership is composed of seven provincial interactive media associations:
Alliance numériQC, Digital Media Association of Alberta, Interactive Media
Alliance of PEI, Interactive Ontario, Manitoba Interactive Digital Media
Association, New Media BC, and SaskInteractive.

    For more information, visit the CIAIC's website at

For further information:

For further information: James Lewis, executive director, (613)

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