Go east, young man: Vancouver digital media companies show their stuff in Shanghai

by Liam Britten

Mayor Gregor Robertson may be taking heat in the local media for his $120,000 trip to China to promote green businesses in Vancouver, but local tech companies aren’t going to miss out on the opportunity to promote their business internationally just because of some bad publicity.

22 Vancouver companies make up the Vancouver Green Capital Business Mission, which will be promoting Vancouver as a viable destination for high-tech and green business investment dollars.

The Vancouver Sun’s Marke Andrews has interviewed some Vancouver digital media companies that highlight Vancouver’s representation:

“We're looking to send service [to China], but also to partner with Chinese companies doing animation there,” said Trevor Bentley, president and partner of Vancouver animation studio Atomic Cartoons, who has lined up meetings with five Chinese companies.

“We're seeing some fantastic properties and animation coming out of China,” Bentley said. “It's a matter of doing our due diligence and making some connections. If we're going to send projects there or ask someone to invest in our projects or partner with us on something, we have to meet face-to-face.”

Warren Franklin, CEO of Rainmaker Entertainment, hopes to build on momentum his company created by making a short animation for the Canadian Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo, as well as a film shown at the B.C.-Canada Pavilion during the 2010 Winter Olympics here.

“We're hoping to leverage that [pavilion] work for some new projects and business. The opportunities in China are enormous, and there's a lot of potential for co-productions between Canadian and Chinese companies in the animation and digital media area,” stated Franklin.

The Vancouver Green Capital Business Mission began exhibiting Wednesday, and will continue to showcase what the city has to offer until Sunday.

Rainmaker Entertainment
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver based Rainmaker Entertainment is an industry leader in CG animation. Established in 1993, the company has generated more than $300 million dollars in video sales. Rainmaker Entertainment currently employs more than 350 individuals that specialize in everything from modeling and lighting to feature films and character animation. With close to 40-feature length films already complete,... more

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Liam Britten

Liam Britten

Liam Britten is a writer and editor with a journalism background operating out of Vancouver. In addition to his work at Techvibes, he has been published in student publications across Canada, as well as local newspapers such as The MapleRidge-Pitt Meadows TIMES and The Langley Advance. An aficionado for the finer things in life — such as video games and sports — Liam is plugged into the tech... more

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