From Announcements

The Canadian Interactive Showcase at X-Summit is now open to the public!

The Canadian Interactive Showcase, presented by the CMF, is a unique session that allows innovative creators to show off their work on the final day of X-Summit. We’re pleased to announce that we have opened the Showcase up to anyone to attend! From thought-controlled computing to a video game that combines digital and physical gaming in a collaborative way, these projects are on the forefront of interactive digital media in Canada. The session is now open to both conference delegates and the industry at large, and free to attend.

Five Canadian interactive content developers will each present a project or product, followed by a Q&A with the audience of potential investors, partners and peers. The Showcase begins at 4:00pm on Wednesday, November 7th at the Hyatt Regency in Toronto (370 King Street West) and is open to everyone! Come and get a glimpse into the diverse work happening in the Canadian interactive realm and see what X-Summit is all about.

Register for the free Canadian Interactive Showcase at

The X-Summit Protégé Programme – presented by cultureONE

Interactive Ontario is pleased to announce a new program for this year’s X-Summit: The Protégé Programme , made possible with the financial assistance of cultureONE, risk management experts for the creative arts industry.

This important initiative is designed to provide a leg-up for those entering the industry. We realize that there is a lot of keen new talent out there just waiting to be discovered and we want to make sure that these people have an opportunity to experience the X-Summit conference as a full participant. The Protégé Program will provide professional development and networking opportunities to talented producers, strategists or other skilled workers in the interactive space who are just starting out.

This is a great opportunity to bring a junior colleague, intern, recent grad, or someone who would not ordinarily have the opportunity to benefit from a focused industry conference. Protégés must be new to the industry – this program is not designed for established professionals.

How it works:
Industry professionals who have already purchased a pass for the X-Summit conference can submit a short (200 word maximum) description about someone they know who would benefit from attending the conference and why they would benefit from the mentorship.

The first deadline for submissions will be midnight on Wednesday, October 31. After the initial applications are reviewed, if there are still spots available, qualified submissions will be approved as they are received.

Additional Rules:
Person making the nomination must have purchased a regular pass for the conference (e.g. not a speaker, sponsor, volunteer, press, or Start-Up pass holder).

Person making the nomination agrees to assist their Protégé in making the most of the networking opportunities at the conference.

To Apply:

X-Summit delegates may apply of behalf of their Protégé here.

Xbox co-creator Seamus Blackley and YouTube star Corey Vidal added to X-Summit

Seamus Blackley, game industry veteran and co-creator of the Microsoft Xbox, has been tapped to deliver a keynote address at X-Summit, while YouTube star Corey Vidal will join the “TV on the Internet: Success, Lies and Videotape” panel.

Seamus Blackley
In addition to his work on the Xbox, Blackley headed the video game division of CAA and closed over $500 million in deals. Blackley has collaborated technically with Bill Gates and creatively with Steven Spielberg and has designed, programmed, produced and written music for videogames.

Corey Vidal
Toronto’s own Corey Vidal has been making videos on YouTube since 2006 and in that time his videos have garnered over 65 million views – a level of success he has parlayed into a full-time job. His company, ApprenticeA Productions, spans 9 YouTube channels and releases dozens of videos a month, making it one of the largest and most-viewed YouTube networks in Canada.

Visit the Speakers page for their full bios!

Schedule-at-a-Glance and session titles released

Head over to the schedule page to see details of our just-announced session titles and schedule! We have exciting sessions lined up that take the form of presentations, panels, keynotes, interviews, roundtables and workshops. Sessions include:

  • Attracting Audiences: Interactive Digital Media as Marketing Vehicle vs IDM as IP Story Extension
  • I’m Famous/Profiting on teh Internets: The Art and Business of Web Series Success
  • Workshop: Writing a Solid Digital Media Concept Pitch
  • The Nebulous Nature of Producer: Cross-Industry Language Roundtable
  • Evolving the Entertainment Experience

Click here to see the schedule-at-a-glance with all session titles!

Canadian Interactive Showcase presented by the CMF – Applications now open!






Applications for the Canadian Interactive Showcase presented by the CMF are now open! This is your company’s chance to showcase an interactive project, product or service to a captive audience at this year’s X-Summit – an audience that will include potential investors, future partners and peers. This could be the opportunity that sparks your next big success story!

Your 5 minute presentation will be followed by a Q+A with our industry audience.

Some things to note prior to applying:
• Your interactive company must be based in Canada.
• Submissions do not have to be CMF-funded
• It’s free to enter!


Apply here! Applications are now closed. Join us at X-Summit to see the 5 selected companies!



Announcing our first wave of speakers

We’re thrilled to let you know about the first wave of exciting speakers we have on board for this year’s X-Summit. X-Summit attendees will have the chance to learn from professionals at the top of their fields, including:
Evan DeHaven – President & Executive Creative Director, Ignition Interactive
Ignition has handled successful, highly talked about interactive campaigns for Prometheus, The Hunger Games, Resident Evil and many more.


Kirsty Hunter – Managing Director, The Project Factory UK
Hunter’s multi-platform credits include History Detectives (PBS) and Britain From Above (BBC). Her projects have received a Digital Emmy, RTD, Digital Broadcast, History Maker and IVCA awards.


Visit our Speakers page to see the full list of speakers announced today, and their bios – with many more to come!

Announcing X-Summit 2012

X-Summit is a two-day cross-media conference focused on the opportunities where interactive media meets film, TV and more. X-Summit will create a dialogue between content creators in film, TV, video games, interactive online storytelling and other forms of media, and will provide unparalleled networking and partnership development opportunities.

Day one will feature a full day of programming including keynotes, panels and presentations followed by a networking reception. The second day goes into depth with 1×1 meetings, roundtable discussions, workshops and more.

The 2012 edition takes place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Toronto on November 6 and 7 and marks the seventh year for Interactive Ontario’s cross-media conference. Early bird tickets are available now!