Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Bravo Media, Canoe Ventures, DMA, Channel 4

--Bravo Names Suejin Yang VP of Digital Media
--Canoe Ventures' RFI Interactive TV Advertising Product Wins DMA Innovation Award
--Channel 4 Trumpets August Increase in VOD Usage
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us a couple of days to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. Bravo...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): ITV, Moonbot Studios, NDS, BSkyB

--UK Broadcaster, ITV, to Launch Interactive Online Spin-Off of Soap Opera, "Coronation Street"
--Moonbot Studios Develops iPhone/iPad-Based Interactive Music Video for The Polyphonic Spree
--NDS Software Powering Sky's Sky+HD Set-Top and Sky Anytime+ VOD Service
--NDS-Designed Remote Control Wins Red Dot Product Design Award
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV , is planning a three-episode, interactive, online spin-off of its long-running soap opera, "Coronation Street," Jessica Davies writes in New Media Age. The spin-off, which is being produced by ITV's ITV Studios arm, will see "Coronation Street" character, Rosie Webster, moving from Manchester to London to...

Announcing the Winner of the Breakaway Video Contest

The votes have been counted, and we are thrilled to announce the winner of the first-ever Breakaway Video Contest . Congratulations to ActiveVideo Networks , winners of an iPad 2! ActiveVideo's answer to "What is Interactive TV?" is straightforward and laugh-out-loud funny at the same time. We couldn't have explained interactive TV in less than a minute using as few words--while still making viewers laugh--as they did if we tried! Visit to see their...

UK Interactive TV Company, Strategy & Technology, Wins Queen's Award for Enterprise

Strategy & Technology , a UK-based company that specializes in software solutions for standards-based interactive TV, has been awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise . According to the company, the award recognizes its achievement in growing sales of its products internationally over the past four years, thanks to a well-defined and effective marketing strategy.

S&T (as the company is usually referred to) was founded as a two-man consulting firm back in 1996,...

DirecTV Launches Interactive TV Crime-Mapping Application from SpotCrime

--emuse ITV App for "Australia's Next Top Model" Wins ASTRA Award
SpotCrime , a Baltimore-based start-up that bills itself as "the largest independent data and news company mapping crime worldwide," has launched an interactive TV application in DirecTV 's TV Apps app store ( ). The app provides DirecTV viewers nationwide with near-real-time crime data, including listings of local crime incidents and a map of that local criminal activity. "Using the new TV App, DirecTV customers will receive up-to-date details about actual crime incidents that...

Radio Interview: Members of the Awards Committee of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group

In this recorded interview, members of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group Primetime Emmy Awards Committee--Sanjit Das (ABC), Geoff Katz (Code and Theory), Marcelino Ford-Livene (Intel), Suzanne Stefanac (American Film Institute), and Marcia Zellers (Vendaloo)--discuss the finalists for the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media and why they were chosen; describe the judging process; explain why the Awards are focusing increasingly on interactive storytelling; outline...