June 11, 2007 13:05 ET

Record-Breaking Attendance at nextMEDIA-The Future of Digital Content 2007

BANFF, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 11, 2007) - This year, more then any other, has been the year of the digital media executive, and nextMEDIA - The Future of Digital Content, held June 8-10, in Banff, Canada was the place to be, scoring record delegate attendance from leading digital media executives from around the world. The sold-out, three-day event, which wrapped on Sunday with a fascinating question and answer session with BBC Director General Mark Thompson, attracted close to 350 attendees.

nextMEDIA - The Future of Digital Content included a tightly-run, comprehensive program of keynotes, panel discussions and briefing sessions. The event hosted back to back presentations from the world's leading organizations responsible for creating innovative solutions and distributing digital content. Speakers included: Joanna Drake Earl, President, New Media, Current TV; Stacey Seltzer, Senior Vice President, Content Strategy, Acquisition & Operations, Joost; Sean Love, Business Development Manager, Media and Entertainment Group, Microsoft (Xbox Live); Benjamin White, CCO, Sling Entertainment Group (Slingbox); and Peter Bradley, VP of Business Development, Azureus.

Present at the event were the world-leading next-generation storytellers and organizations responsible for shaping the way in which we experience entertainment, including: Greg Goodfried, Producer, Lonelygirl15; Peter Cowley, Managing Director of Digital Media, Endemol UK; Michael Hulme, Centre Director, CSMTC; and Dale Herigstad, Executive Creative Director, Schematic.

nextMEDIA also brought together a collection of international broadcasters and internet portals looking to partner with content creators from across the spectrum, including Atom Entertainment, Yahoo, Sympatico/MSN, CTV, Divx, Channel 4 and the Sundance Channel.

"nextMEDIA 2007 has brought the digital community closer to uncovering the recipe it takes to effectively launch and profit from digital media initiatives," said Mark Greenspan, Director of Digital Media, Achilles Media Inc. "The amount of learning and networking that took place this year is a testament to how hot the digital media industry is right now. We are thrilled to have captured a global piece of it amidst the beautiful mountains of Banff."

Not only were seasoned professionals in attendance at nextMEDIA but also emerging content creators and web entrepreneurs, whose digital media careers were launched at the event. won $10,000 in development funding for their winning pitch at the inaugural Telefilm Launch Pad pitching event. Vancouver-based Catherine Pudue and Jessica Dunphy walked away with $10,000 in development funding from Telefilm Canada for their sexy and satirical show Miss Kitty.

"We will be expanding the conversation that was started here at nextMEDIA - The Future of Digital Content," said Robert Montgomery, CEO, Achilles Media, "We looking forward to involving the publishing and advertising industry in our next event in November."

Achilles Media recently announced the launch of nextMEDIA - Monetizing Digital Content, the first in a series of new events that will address the highest areas of growth in the digital media industry. This inaugural, two-day event will take place November 21 -22, 2007, at the Diesel Playhouse in Toronto, Canada.

About nextMEDIA:

nextMEDIA is owned and produced by Achilles Media Ltd. with the support of an international advisory board from the digital media industry. Achilles Media Ltd. ( is an international events management company serving the television and digital media industries. Achilles Media Ltd events include: the Banff World Television Festival (June 10-13, 2007); the World Congress of History Producers (November 2007); and NATPE Mobile++ (Jan 15, 2007).

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