Canadian New Media Awards and nextMEDIA Events Launch Partnership

    Making Canada's most national digital media event international - Where
    Business Meets Innovation

    TORONTO, March 12 /CNW/ - The country's most prestigious national new
media awards, The Canadian New Media Awards (CNMA), today announced its
partnership with nextMEDIA's - Monetizing Digital Media Conference (MDM). This
merger provides an incredible opportunity for businesses across Canada to
profile themselves while engaging in national and international business
development. The CNMA and MDM conference will remain distinct events but will
be combined over a two day time period in October, 2008. The resulting world
class event awards show and conference will bring together the best and
brightest new media talent that Canada and the world have to offer and
celebrate them in a unique and innovative way. Visit or for more information.
    "Partnering with nextMEDIA allows the CNMA to broaden both its reach and
influence by providing Canada's interactive industry with a truly national
industry conference and awards initiative," explained Adam Froman, founder and
executive producer of the Canadian New Media Awards. "We are also thrilled
that the CNMA will now be integrally linked with other national industry
events that will showcase the CNMA throughout the year," concluded Froman.
    "Canada is a world leader in the development of digital media companies,"
said Robert Montgomery, CEO of Achilles Media. "This partnership provides a
national platform to highlight the best in Canadian innovation while also
facilitating critical business relationships amid an important international

    About the Canadian New Media Awards

    The Canadian New Media Awards (CNMA) were established in 1999 to promote
and celebrate excellence within the digital interactive industry. The Awards
recognize the accomplishments and outstanding contributions made by Canadians
working in this sector. Judges from across the country select 42 finalists and
14 winners from hundreds of entries submitted in featured categories (seven
product and eight individual or company) that showcase the world-class skills
of the new media industry's top talent, services and products. Each year,
hundreds of business and new media professionals from across Canada gather to
honour the country's top talent, services and products at the Gala Awards
Ceremony. The Awards are presented in partnership with Telefilm Canada,
Deloitte and RBC. For further information, visit

    About nextMEDIA: Monetizing Digital Media

    nextMEDIA: Monetizing Digital Media is a digital entertainment,
interactive advertising, and technology conference dedicated to connecting all
sides of today's rapidly evolving digital media marketplace. The event brings
together key decision makers from advertising, broadcasting, publishing and
new media to look at the many ways digital content can be monetized.

    About Achilles Media

    Achilles Media Ltd. is an international events management company serving
the television and digital media industries. Achilles Media Ltd. events
include: Canadian Innovation Exchange (April 29 - 30;) nextMEDIA: The Future
of Digital Content (June 6 - 8, 2008), The Banff World Television Festival
(June 8-11, 2008); Just Comedy (July 17, 18th ) History Makers: International
Summit of History and Current Affairs Producers (January 17 - 19, 2008); and
NATPE Mobile++ (January 28, 2008).

For further information:

For further information: Tannis Wengel, Canadian New Media Awards, (905)
598-2544, or email:

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