Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg, Co-CEO’s and Executive Producers of marblemedia, a leading content creator and distributor, are privileged to honour Ryerson University student Kwame Newman-Bremang with the 2013 Innovative Storytellers Award at the RTA Awards ceremony today.
Launched in 2008, in conjunction with Ryerson University’s Masters of Arts in Media Production program, the Innovative Storytellers Award honours the academic and creative work of a full-time graduate student who has developed a creative proposal that speaks to new audiences, technologies and the future of broadcasting. With the award, the winner receives a mentorship with both Bishop and Hornburg.
Taking inspiration from a range of diverse storytelling mediums and genres, Newman-Bremang’s winning project Ghost Catcher is a compelling interactive role-play narrative that illustrates how a number of convergent features can be leveraged to deliver captivating and engaging mobile content. Ghost Catcher is a paranormal tale of love and loss that takes users on an adventure through Ryerson University’s campus by using the GPS, touch screen and audio features of the Android device.
“Media producers are in a key position to creatively redefine how we utilize and interact with technology,” said Newman-Bremang, who has received his Masters in Media Production. “My aim withGhost Catcher was to illustrate this by leveraging convergent forms, both traditional and emergent, in order to entertain and educate audiences.”
“As a leader in transmedia storytelling, we look forward to mentoring Kwame as he grows his career in the digital industry,” said Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg, Co-CEOs and Executive Producers, marblemedia – and Ryerson alumni. “In this transformative era, we are continually looking for innovative ways to engage audiences and projects like Ghost Catcher are examples of the exciting future of our business.”
“Kwame’s exceptional project results from his passion for combining experiential media, evolving technologies and the diverse use of mobile devices to create new exciting opportunities for both media professionals and audiences,” said Professor Laura Nenych, Ryerson University. “By offering such a terrific opportunity for students like Kwame to work with industry experts, the Innovative Storytellers Award supports a new generation of media entrepreneurs who will advance the rapidly changing landscape of the Canadian media industry.”
marblemedia develops, produces and distributes engaging multiplatform entertainment experiences for audiences around the world. Honoured with Playback’s Outstanding Achievement Award (2013) and named Transmedia Producer of the Year (2011) by Playback, marble has won two Gemini Awards, been nominated for an Emmy® Award and was identified as a Next Generation Content Producer (2009) by The Hollywood Reporter. The company owns a 50-acre production ranch and operates a Toronto-based studio, home to 50 staff. With over 200 hours of programming distributed in more than 200 territories, notable projects include: the upcoming comedic Japanese game showJapanizi: Going, Going, Gong; the award-winning hit preschool series This is Daniel Cook and This is Emily Yeung; the award-winning series Taste Buds; Skatoony, North America’s first animated/live-action quiz show; the animated comedy Dating Guy; the teen competition series The Adrenaline Project; the physical game show Splatalot; What’s in a Name, a discovery of the history behind popular household names; and the first multiplatform series in American Sign Language, deafplanet.com. The company was co-founded by Mark Bishop and Matt Hornburg in 2001. Experience marblemedia atwww.marblemedia.com.
Ryerson University is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-oriented education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 30,000 students, including 2,300 master’s and PhD students, nearly 2,700 faculty and staff, and more than 140,000 alumni worldwide. The Master of Arts in Media Production is one of several graduate programs offered through the Faculty of Communication & Design and administered through the School of Graduate Studies. Designed by the Faculty’s RTA School of Media at www.ryersonrta.com, the program has been designed to launch Canada’s next generation of media innovators. For more information, visitwww.ryerson.ca/graduate/
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