Blog - Industry Transformations

Digital Players are Expanding Their Offer in the Race for Killer Content

As noted in the second chapter of our previous Trends report, social networks have accelerated their acquisition of live broadcasting rights, whereas over-the-top (OTT) television platforms continue to invest in drama series and youth programming. In their ongoing quest for new audiences, the giants are now adapting their strategies by investing in new content verticals. This article presents... Read More »

Propellor Film Tech: rewriting the business model of the film industry

Propellor Film Tech Hub cofounders Matthijs Wouter Knol (European Film Market), Tine Fischer (CPH:DOX), Bero Beyer (IFF Rotterdam) and Erwin M. Schmidt (Cinemathon) at Cannes NEXT 2017. (Credit: IFFR) There's a growing ecosystem of innovators that work towards finding new business models for the screen-based industry by increasing collaboration between media and technology professionals. This... Read More »

The Industry of Virality (or what a raccoon video can teach us about the Internet)

Once an organic phenomenon, Internet virality is now a well-oiled industry. The author of the recent Pearson Airport racoon video shares his insights on today’s viral content business. If someone told you there is a direct connection between accounting and the now famous airport raccoon video you probably would not be inclined to believe them. Yet... Read More »

Added-Value Services Offered by Crowdfunding Platforms

Major crowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Ulule are now offering an array of complementary services to accompany creators during and after a campaign. The new loft-type offices occupied by the Ulule platform in Montréal house three different types of spaces: a space for the staff members of the company founded in France in... Read More »

The Web Is Virtual Reality’s New Playground

Does the future of virtual reality depend on the web? Many see in this practice a way to popularize VR with the general public. The web and virtual reality (VR) could become increasingly intertwined in the coming years, according to giant Oculus. In a presentation given during the F8 Developer Conference in California, the Facebook... Read More »

TV Transformed: Inside the Shift to Streaming

How did streaming, binge watching and second-screening change the way TV content is written and distributed? A group of industry executives and academics share insights and research. In the world of television, digital transformation has made itself apparent in a number of ways, and they have been nothing short of industry-rattling. We are in the... Read More »

The All-Video Era on Social Networks

Video has taken over social networks and transformed how content is created. What impact has this social shift had on video and how to take advantage of it? Whether streamed on a live or deferred basis, whether lasting one hour or one minute, whether with or without audio, video is currently taking over all Internet... Read More »

Not So Auto-Save

How can we future-proof digital content? It’s an important question as the ever-evolving systems that support these works become incompatible, inaccessible, or obsolete. A look at “digital memory” with William Uricchio and Sarah Wolozin of the MIT Open Documentary Lab. The time-ticking need to find digital documentary preservation solutions, systems and policies is the inspiration... Read More »

The Internet Economy:  Insights on Canada vs. the U.S.

The results are in. The Internet is estimated to be worth $1.12 trillion to the U.S. economy. That translates to the equivalent of 4.1 million full-time jobs and an additional 6 million derived or indirect jobs. But what do these findings mean for the tech landscape north of the 49th parallel? First, a little background.... Read More »

FundingNomad: Equity Crowdfunding Portal for Entertainment Projects in Canada

This article originally appeared on CMF's Crowdfunding in a Canadian Context information website. Equity crowdfunding can be perceived as an expensive and cumbersome method to finance a cultural project. FundingNomad, the first equity crowdfunding portal for entertainment projects in Canada, wants to change that perception by streamlining the process and making it easier for producers to tap... Read More »

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