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MDM Team Selected As Top 5 Finalist for Innovative Development Lab

Mar 03, 2009 By Anonymous

Finalists announced for innovative Digital Development Lab

 $10,000 to be claimed by a BC new media independent producer

March 2, 2009 – The CBC, BC Film and New Media BC today announced the finalists for the second annual Digital Development Lab. The Lab, open to British Columbia producers, is designed to support the creation of new internet activities and original interactive entertainment. Five teams have been chosen from the 50 applicant pitches received in January. These teams will take part in a Digital Development Lab where they will work with experienced industry professionals to expand and refine their proposals – and ultimately compete for one $10,000 development award.

“The submissions confirm that we have a strong interactive entertainment community here in BC. The way projects evolved over the course of last year’s lab was truly astounding. I am looking forward to working with this group of participants and mentors to flesh out their proposals” says Mary Quinn, Executive in Charge of Development and Production, Television A&E English Services.

The Digital Development Lab is made possible by grants from the CBC Regional Program Development Fund and BC Film with support from New Media BC and the Centre for Digital Media. This year’s lab runs from March 25th to 27th at the Centre for Digital Media on the Great Northern Way Campus with the winner of the CBC development award will be announced in May.

“Last year gave me a good idea of what level of projects to expect, but this year’s submissions were in many ways stronger and more innovative than the last bunch. It’s no surprise really because things in the field have evolved, so you can imagine the ideas have too.” says John Kalangis, Executive in Charge of Original Interactive Programming for the CBC. “The quality of the producers and mentors - the level of personality, passion and skill coming to the lab is exciting.”

The finalists for the Interactive Entertainment Lab, developing new kinds of interactive entertainment are:

Synopsis: A trained mercenary with the technologically enhanced ability to see 5 seconds into the future must use her enhancement to avoid or use objects in her immediate space to solve enemy encounters & successfully find the person who can remove the implanted device.
Producers: Mike Torillo (The xnA Team)

Synopsis: After a future undefined catastrophe mankind has found a way to upload the human conscious into an electronic platform. The characters lives and experiences become a jumping off point for audience participation in general or specific discussion topics.
Producer: Bradley Smith

Synopsis: Follows a 32-year-old sex therapist & educator through the cyber trenches in her hunt for her own elusive relationship. The audience helps her along the path using the "choose your dating adventure" element of the series
Producers: Lauren Grant & Lori Lozinski

Synopsis: Set in the year 2325, an interactive multi-media platform with strong community narrative that presents users with the dire consequences of 20th century living using rich story-telling and engaging characters.
Producer: Jason McCormick

Synopsis: The adventures of Vomby, a young vegetarian misfit with a Vampire mother, Zombie father and a human brain for his best friend. The series combines story-telling and gaming experiences which move the action forward.
Producer: Catherine Winkler, Myron Campbell (Switch Interactive)

For more information, please contact:

Mary Quinn
Executive in Charge of Development and Production,
Television A&E English Services,
CBC British Columbia
Mary.Quinn@cbc.ca or 604.662-6411