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South by SouthWest: No Future Without AI

Three technology trends dominated this year’s South by SouthWest festival: artificial intelligence (AI)—which is increasingly intrusive everywhere and still holds the potential of being a complete game changer—, new conversational interfaces (bots and voice) and, last but not least, altered realities (virtual and augmented) that continue to progress. The growth of (newly ubiquitous) artificial intelligence... Read More »

Speed Watching: An Analysis of Accelerated Consumption

Speed watching is testimony to how media consumption has mutated in this era of overabundant content. It is difficult to know exactly how widespread this practice is, but it is a reminder of viewers’ increasing empowerment over what they watch. When VCRs hit the market a quarter-century ago, the way content was viewed changed forever,... Read More »

TV: The Mobility Centric Replaces the Couch Potato

Ericsson Consumer Lab makes a clear observation: television viewers want custom content that is available at any given time and through any given device. They are not turning their backs to television but refuse to accept the constraints of linear, standardized and rigid broadcasting models. Traditional broadcasters still have the opportunity to adapt, but it... Read More »

Indie Identities: The Rise of Independent Entrepreneurs in Canada

Can indie game developers be entrepreneurs with commercial intents and do meaningful and innovative work? “Absolutely!” says Jason Della Rocca, cofounder of Execution Labs, who looks back at the growth of independent game studios in Canada. As I write these words, I am sitting in Casablanca having just witnessed a truly emotional moment where a... Read More »

OTT’s impact on Canada’s video production ecosystem

Over-the-top (OTT) content providers are boosting the global video production market, including TV production and acquisition expenditures in Canada, according to data gathered by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The last few years have often been referred to as a golden age for television, a statement that is confirmed by BCG’s report titled The Future... Read More »

Ten media takeaways from Silicon Valley

What is Canada’s media moonshot? Media policy expert Dr. Irene S. Berkowitz presents ten takeaways from a workshop in Silicon Valley on how emerging technologies are disrupting and transforming industries. Media was scarcely discussed during Singularity University’s Executive Program, a workshop looking at the impact of cutting-edge technologies on industries, even though a bunch of... Read More »

The secrets to developing narrative podcasts

How is it that successful podcasts like Serial reach millions of listeners? A look back on the strengths of a good story, whether it’s told by a campfire or in front of a screen. Following in the wake of Arte, Télérama and Libération, France’s Slate website has just launched its first podcasts. It’s a sign... Read More »

Podcasting is conquering transmedia and virtual reality

Podcasting is a soaring market that is no longer limited to radio. Both adaptable and responsive, it now rubs up against transmedia storytelling and some even go so far as to predict a surprising honeymoon with virtual reality. Released around the same time as the first mobile devices, the audio podcast represents an extraordinary vector... Read More »

It’s here! Our KeyTrends mid-year update report

The Canada Media Fund published last January the 2016 Trends report titled Entering the Age of Experience which dealt with an environment of content in which the industry’s actors are increasingly equipped and aware of the new avenues opened up by digital and are gaining in both experience and audacity. This experience—that one could compare... Read More »

CANNES NEXT 2016: Prototypes and the future of film

Big data, the agile method and incubation: startup fever hits La Croisette. Imposing, sprawling and community-building, NEXT, the Cannes Marché du film pavilion for innovative business practices and technologies in the film industry, is poised to become a marketplace in and of itself, according to Jérôme Paillard, the money man of the world’s biggest film... Read More »

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