New Media BC

New Media BC

January 28, 2008 12:00 ET

Digital Media Pioneer Adeo Ressi to Give Keynote Address at New Media BC's 2nd Annual Fusion Digital Media Venture Forum February 20th & 21st, 2008

Technology Investors and Western Canada's Top Digital Media Entrepreneurs to Come Together

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 28, 2008) - New Media BC announced today that digital media pioneer Adeo Ressi will give the keynote address at the upcoming second annual Fusion Digital Media Venture Forum, an investment and financing event dedicated to digital media ventures, showcasing the hottest Canadian digital media firms and rising stars. The event will spotlight early and growth stage companies that are original content and intellectual property ventures. These ventures include video game production, online communities and social networks, and digital entertainment properties such as animation, film, music, mobile content and eLearning (serious games/training and simulation).

The forum will be presented February 20th and 21st, and is now open for registration for Canadian and U.S. based technology investors, as well as accepting applications from Canadian based digital media companies for possible presentation. Information can be found at

Adeo Ressi, who was profiled in the December issue of Wired Magazine, is The Founding Member of, an online resource for CEO's to research, rate, and review venture funds worldwide. He serves on the Board of the X PRIZE Foundation, a non-profit chartered to inspire human achievements through competition, joining a recognized group of Trustees that includes Larry Paige, Craig Ventor, Elon Musk, and Dean Kamen, among others. Mr. Ressi was an early pioneer in the growth of the World Wide Web, an advocate for the burgeoning private space exploration industry, and a champion of casual games and related entertainment. Mr. Ressi's affable and honest business style has helped him to build and grow companies from inception to market leadership.

Prior to launching, Mr. Ressi founded Game Trust, Inc., the leading community and ecommerce software platform for online casual game play, which was sold to RealNetworks, Inc. last year. He also founded Total New York, Inc., one of the first advertiser-supported web media and entertainment properties, which was later purchased by AOL and became AOL Digital Cities. Prior to these ventures, he founded and helmed methodfive, inc., a strategic web development firm focused on the media and entertainment industry. methodfive developed strategies and systems for global media companies, including The New York Times, The BBC, NewsCorp, The Economist, Scripps, and Fox Networks. Other successful ventures Mr. Ressi has been instrumental in include Xceed, Inc., Sophos Partneres, and

The Fusion Digital Media Venture Forum is the only financing event in the west dedicated to new digital media ventures. Fusion is designed to highlight the hottest digital media companies, provide valuable insights into key issues in the industry, provide a premium networking opportunity and a chance to learn from world-class investment professionals involved in the sector. Along with presentations from Canada's rising stars in the digital media sector, event highlights will include keynotes, a panel presentation, industry case study, and networking mixers. The forum will take place at the Vancouver International Film Centre, and is supported by Telefilm Canada and the National Research Council Canada.

Key players with rising digital media companies in Canada can also register for the Entrepreneur Boot Camp on February 7th at Vancouver's Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

About New Media BC -

New Media BC works to strategically promote and grow BC's digital media companies. Through networking, mentoring, training, business matchmaking and marketing, we support a vibrant community of over 1,100 digital content businesses working in games and digital entertainment, digital film, animation and VFX, interactive design, mobile applications and content and eLearning. NMBC offers research, professional development, advocacy and marketing services to industry stakeholders and provides the voice for Canada's largest digital media cluster.

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