Monday, April 13, 2009

Opportunity Alert: Stupid Fun Club and the Corus PhD Fellowship in Television Studies

Two very appealing new opportunities have been announced over the past few days that I thought might be of interest to readers of Gamine Expedition. The first, via Emily Claire Afan over at Kidscreen, stems from an announcement that Will Wright will be leaving his current position at EA to head up their newest collaboration...a multimedia IP think tank called the Stupid Fun Club. As Afan writes:
The entertainment think tank is in charge of developing new IPs across a variety of media from video games and movies to TV, online and toys. Will Wright, the designer behind the hugely popular Sims franchise, and most recently Spore, will be leaving EA to run Stupid Fun Club, which he and the video game publisher own equally as principal shareholders.

From this investment, EA also gains the right to develop game concepts from SFC projects.

Wright has dabbled with the Stupid Fun Club as some sort of mysterious side project for several years now, but its past projects (and existing website) don't reveal much about the future scope and aims the "idea hub" might take. I'll be keeping an eye out for additional info...and job postings!

The second opportunity is academic-oriented, and comes in the form of a pretty sweet PhD fellowship in television/cross-media convergence studies at the University of Alberta, funded by Corus Entertainment. Here's a reprint of the fellowship position description - notice that the deadline is fast approaching!:
The Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta is pleased to announce the establishment of the Corus Entertainment Ph.D. Fellowship in Television Studies commencing September 2009. The fellowship is worth $10,000 per year and is eligible for renewal subject to successful progress through the program of study. Applicants should be working within the broader area of critical-cultural television studies. However, the specific area of research interest is open (i.e. industry analysis, audience reception, fandom, textual criticism, convergence culture, etc.).

The successful applicant will also receive the Sociology department’s standard PhD funding package. This includes four years of GaP funding initially worth approximately $21,500 per academic year as well as nomination for the Provost’s Doctoral Entrance Award which covers tuition. The University of Alberta also offers numerous competitive doctoral grants and awards and the department’s graduate students have a notably high success rate in securing both on-campus and national research grants. International students are eligible to apply for the fellowship.

The deadline for application is April 30, 2009. It is anticipated that the decision to award the scholarship will be made no later than May 15, 2009.

Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising services, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. The company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, CosmoTV, VIVA, Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107.

Questions about the fellowship or letters of interest should be addressed to:

Dr. Serra Tinic
Associate Professor, Media Studies
Department of Sociology, Tory 5-21
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2H4 Canada
Tel. 780.492.0480

Questions about applying to the Ph.D. program should be addressed to:

Dr. William Johnston
Associate Chair, Graduate
Department of Sociology
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2H4 Canada

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