Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Toronto, March 16, 2010 - C.O.R.E CLOSES IT'S DOORS

CASO is sadden to hear of the closure of C.O.R.E, a founding member studio of CASO and a cherished institution within the Canadian and International Animation & VFX industries.

C.O.R.E. was established in 1994 and attracted some of the industry's top talent The studio was a full production and output facility offering a broad range of services such as C.O.R.E. Visual Effects, C.O.R.E. Toons, C.O.R.E. Film Productions and C.O.R.E. Feature Animation. C.O.R.E. was also the creator of ground breaking visual and animation techniques and became the gold standard for production in Canada.

CASO is working closely with C.O.R.E. to help transition existing projects and former staff quickly and effectively where needed.
Although a great loss to our industry and community, Ontario Animation & VFX studios continue to be the best in the world offering unparalleled creative, technical and production management.

Established in 2005, CASO is a non-profit trade association representing the digital animation and visual effects community in Ontario, Canada. As an advocate for the industry, CASOs primary areas of operation are: International Marketing and Promotion, Industry Statistics and Competitive Advantage, Education and Organizational Relations, Government Relations and Member Services. www.casont.ca

New Media - Brazil and Canada Chamber of Commerce

The Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce has an amazing event on March 31st that would be ideal for those that deal in new media or international partnerships.

Canadian games, mobile and animation companies need international markets. Brazil has 150 million cell phone subscribers but estimates suggest that just 11 million use mobile internet regularly. Opportunities abound when touch screen devices are brought together with mobile marketing companies.

Leverage Brazil the largest market in Latin America. It’s partnerships that will win!

Learn from expert speakers including Ubisoft from Brazil and RIM in Canada.

Date: Wednesday March 31, 2010
Location: Ontario Investment and Trade Centre
35th Floor, 250 Yonge Street
Toronto, ON M5B 2L7
Time: 8:00am to 11:00am
Member of BCCC, CASO or IO: CAD$35.00
Non-member: CAD$55.00


Brigitte Grossmann Cairus
Vice President - Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce - BCCC - Toronto
PhD Candidate - History Department - York University - Toronto
Executive Member - Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean - CERLAC - York University - Toronto
Contact: bcairus@iecanada.com

Thursday, March 11, 2010

NEWS RELEASE TORONTO, ON, March 10, 2010 - CASO Receives Funding Support from the OMDC’s Entertainment & Creative Cluster Partnerships Fund.

CASO is pleased to be one of this year’s recipients of the Entertainment & Creative Cluster Partnerships fund (the Partnerships Fund). This funding will enable CASO to revitalize their existing website in order to support a suite of web-based social networking and marketing tools which aim to strengthen the links between CASO members; improve membership outreach and recruitment; and provide a centralized marketing platform for new business & employment opportunities in the digital animation & effects realm.

“With this financial assistance, computer animation and visual effects studios in Ontario will be in a much stronger position to better showcase the cutting edge work of our members. Ultimately this will contribute to more innovation and jobs in Ontario.” states Michael Carter, President of CASO.

The Partnerships Fund is co-administered by the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) & Ministry of Culture. The Fund was designed to help Ontario’s entertainment & creative industries invest in smart ways to grow and increase their competitive advantage in the global marketplace.

Established in 2005, CASO is a non-profit trade association representing the digital animation and visual effects community in Ontario, Canada. As an advocate for the industry, CASO’s primary areas of operation are: International Marketing and Promotion, Industry Statistics and Competitive Advantage, Education and Organizational Relations, Government Relations and Member Services. www.casont.ca

For more information, please contact:
Marianne Culbert
Chair, Communications

Monday, March 8, 2010

OMDC Launches New Online Application Portal

TORONTO, February 22, 2010 – Ontario Media Development Corporation (www.omdc.on.ca)
is digitally transforming the way it does business with the launch today of a new paperless, secure online application portal (OAP).

The OAP will make it easier for OMDC’s stakeholders to apply for tax credits and other programs, by allowing them to track the status of their applications online (including uploading and storing corporate documents), as well as enabling them to communicate directly with OMDC staff via the portal.

The new service will be available to both OMDC stakeholders and to the juries who adjudicate many of OMDC’s funding programs. The online application portal will be phased in as follows:

• All OMDC clients may register now by filling in their corporate profiles.
• Applications may be made online immediately for the following tax credits: Ontario Sound Recording Tax Credit (OSRTC), Ontario Book Publishing Tax Credit (OBPTC) and Ontario Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit (OIDMTC).
• On March 22, 2010, applications will also be accepted online for the following tax credits: Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit (OFTTC), Ontario Production Services Tax Credit (OPSTC) and Ontario Computer Animation and Special Effects tax credit (OCASE)
• Applicants to OMDC’s Industry Development Programs will be able to apply online as the respective programs roll out during the 2010-11 fiscal year.

Ontario Media Development Corporation is an agency of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture responsible for stimulating jobs and investment in six cultural media sectors: the book and magazine publishing, film & television, music and interactive digital media industries. OMDC achieves its mandate through a variety of programs, funds, services and tax credits, and by providing support for festivals, markets and events. The entire entertainment and creative cluster produces $15 billion in revenue and over 200,000 jobs, contributing $12.7 billion to the province’s GDP.

For further information, please contact:
Sharon Wilson - 416-642-6616

Sunday, March 7, 2010

CASO Registration Discount for the Banff World Television Festival and nextMEDIA Banff – One Ticket, Two World Class Media Events, June 13-16, 2010

For over 30 years, the Banff World Television Festival has offered television professionals the chance to pitch ideas, discover new talent, connect with top executives and make career-changing deals on an international scale. This year, Banff is taking TV to new heights by joining forces with Canada’s premier digital media conference, nextMEDIA. Connect with the interactive talent that will take your content properties to new and growing audiences. Partner with digital media leaders and explore new funding opportunities that will place your business at the forefront of the emerging media ecosystem. See your ideas go from pitch to program while networking with over a thousand of world’s top entertainment and digital technology executives.

NEW! Banff 2010 Kids & Animation Program will feature invaluable sessions, workshops, face-to-face meetings and networking opportunities where you will have the chance to interact with - and learn from - the most influential leaders in the Kids & Animation industry.
Take the next step – Register Now and Save 30% off with your CASO Discount!
Discount ends May 14, 2010.
Visit us at www.banff2010.com

Monday, March 1, 2010

CASO is excited to invite you to meet Pixar's Supervising Animator

Mike started working at Pixar Animation Studios in September 2000 where he showcased his considerable animation skills in characters from a number of Pixar’s acclaimed feature films, including Monsters, Inc., the Academy Award-winning features such as Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Up. Venturini is currently working on Disney•Pixar’s
Toy Story 3, scheduled for release on June 18, 2010.

Prior to Pixar, Mike was a 2D animator at Warner Bros, working on a variety of films including Space Jam, The Iron Giant and Osmosis Jones. He also spent some time at DreamWorks where he animated on Road to El Dorado. At a young age Mike was already a big fan of the Goofy shorts, Masters of the Universe and the classically animated Disney films in general. But it was only after seeing a Disney special about how people made cartoons by drawing all day, that Mike decided to pursue a career in animation.

Raised in Paso Robles, California, Mike graduated from the Vancouver School of Animation (VanArts) in Vancouver, BC in 1995.

Ricardo has over ten animated feature films to his credit, such as Monsters Inc. and The Incredibles (Pixar), The Iron Giant (Warner Bros.) and Horton Hears a Who (Blue Sky Studios) as an animator, story artist and head of story.

Friends and collaborators for years, they will cover Mike’s artistic work and experience, paired with some shared stories. Q&A session to follow.

Members Tickets:
$25 + GST (RSVP - rsvp@casont.ca)
$30 + GST (At the door)

Non-Member Tickets:
$40 + GST (RSVP - rsvp@casont.ca)
$45 + GST (At the door)