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All They Do Is Win – Those Cutie Pugs

Well colour us tickled! Those amazing Cutie Pugs games just keep on charming people worldwide. At the recent KidScreen Awards in Miami, Cutie Pugs won the weirdly titled Digital - Preschool: Best Game - Other. We don't care, we think it's grand! Ben and Maria from the wonderful Little Engine Moving Pictures picked it up. We're thankful that we got to work with them, the great team at TVOKids.com, SRC, TFO, and our funding partners, Shaw Rocket Fund & Canada Media Fund. We're so happy for Connie and Andrew, and are always pleased when people put huge effort and craft into making something special for children. It was clear that Canadian producers are vital to the children's media market, as the KidScreen conference and awards were crawling with thawing Canucks. If you have any projects that require love and that special touch, please feel free to contact us....

I Love it When a Plan Comes Together

We are continuing to see recognition for the Cutie Pugs Games around the world. Our partnership with Little Engine Moving Pictures, TVOKids (thank you, Jessica and Marney!), SRC, and funders Shaw Rocket Fund, Ontario Creates, and Canada Media Fund has been so gratifying. Andrew, our lead developer, and Connie, artist and lead designer, really put their love into this project, and to have people appreciate that, other than the giggling kids who play with them, is gratifying. Cutie Pugs was just named a finalist in the Best Preschool Game category at Kidscreen. Winners will be announced in January at the Kidscreen Summit in Miami. Good luck to Ben & Maria, we'd love to see you have to make another speech!  ...

The Meaning of Loki, er, Life

One of my favourite creative people was adamant that true inspiration couldn't be forced. It happens in casual conversations, accidental encounters, and extremely unlikely places. It all felt a little quantum mechanic-y to me, but I understood the point, which was mainly to stop worrying about the times when you were just drawing a blank, or even worse, noticing your own patterns popping up. Like I've always told Sasha, if I have to make another concentration game for kids, I may randomly move things around because I'm BORED. And kids must be, too. One of the mental wanderings I do involves broad scientific research, probably because I miss the days of working on shows from the legendary TVO science department, but also because I've always wondered if maybe I should have chosen a different path, despite my one angry grade 11 math teacher who worked hard to convince me I didn't...