Transparent, Girls, True Detective – The golden age of story

Panel at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

During the latest edition of the Sundance Film Festival, the premier showcase for American and international independent films, on January 25, I attended the “Golden Age of Story” panel gathering the talented people behind today’s most highly acclaimed TV series: Jill Soloway, creator and director of Transparent (Amazon), brothers Mark and Jay Duplass, creators and... Read More »

State of the Union Address in the US: When the Web Makes Better TV than TV Itself

This year, Barack Obama broke with tradition regarding the preparation of his annual State of the Union address, which the New York Times qualifies as a classic old-media event. After having lifted the embargo on the address’ content by making it available to the entire planet through Medium more than one hour before the scheduled... Read More »

Data-driven development: Should creators drink the data Kool-Aid?

One of the compelling anecdotes that sustains the new trend of a ‘data-driven approach’ in online content development is the story of how Netflix’s Ted Sarandos acquired House of Cards. The Los Angeles Times provides a good summary of this transaction: “Sarandos studied Netflix data to determine how many subscribers watched political dramas such as... Read More »

The Next Billion Series: Facebook’s Efforts to Connect Developing Countries

The Next Billion is a three-part series examining the impact and opportunities created by the explosive growth of the connected world. Read the 1st and 2nd articles of the series.  In an effort to get the next billion internet users online more quickly, mobile carriers across the globe are experimenting with offering digital content and service bundles... Read More »

The Next Billion Series: Digital India

The Next Billion is a three-part series examining the impact and opportunities created by the explosive growth of the connected world. Read the 1st article of the series.  There are only two countries in the world with a population of more than one billion people: China and India. From a digital adoption standpoint, India’s growth... Read More »

The Next Billion Series: Connecting the Next Billion Internet Users

The Next Billion is a three-part series examining the impact and opportunities created by the explosive growth of the connected world. It took 22 years to connect two billion people to the internet. Over the next few years, that number will more than double as the global internet population swells to over four billion. This... Read More »

You’ve Been Noticed… and Noticed: Illegal Downloading in Canada Just Got a Bit More Consequential

In the wake of the New Year, we’ve started seeing more and more information surface about the Notice and Notice regime – in which, following a complaint from the rights holders, Internet Service Providers and Search Engines will be required to forward notices of infringement to subscribers who are alleged to have downloaded copyrighted content.... Read More »

Online recommendation - A concern for public bodies?

The gradual delinearization of content broadcast across different screens has led to a surge in popularity for online recommendations, also known as content curation. This trend can be directly linked to television channels and content broadcasters hoping to retain their respective audiences. Today, recommendation tools and systems help content broadcasters to better understand their viewers... Read More »

Storytelling by creators and brands: focusing on audiences

The C21’s FutureMedia in London demonstrated some of the exciting global experimentation that is taking place across all platforms with storytelling. Audiences are playing an ever-increasing role in the creation, production and dissemination of this content. The takeaways are very clear from this conference. Content producers need to have an authentic relationship with their viewers,... Read More »

The Need-to-Know Game Industry Trends of 2014

As 2014 draws to a close it’s natural to pause and look back on the year that was in the game industry. Between mobile, console, new business models and increasingly closer ties to trends and technology in the greater consumer technology world, it’s been a fascinating year. Here are three need-to-know trends that shaped 2014.... Read More »