Blog - Industry Transformations

How bloggers with selfie sticks became brand allies

Corey Vidal, the founder of Buffer Festival, shares some insights on Canadian brands working with YouTubers In 2007 a young woman was turned down for a sales job at her local department store’s cosmetics counter, so she pulled up a chair in front of her computer and started making instructional makeup and skin care videos.... Read More »

Let’s enjoy Peak TV

While some might argue that the over abundance of television content impacts their discoverability by the audience others simply see it as a sign of our time. When does too much become too much? This summer’s buzzword in the TV industry – Peak TV – reflects the current shape of the medium, and it’s quite a... Read More »

Facebook’s black hole or how the platform is invading our lives

There is something strange about Facebook in that the network has taken up so much place in our daily lives that we tend to no longer notice its presence. The network has become a faithful life companion; it accompanies us from morning to night, interferes with our meals with friends and witnesses our happy and... Read More »

Videogames Are Bringing Toys Back to Life

As videogames become more and more mainstream and today represent the dominant form of play in all age groups, they are now circling back to teach a new trick to a former competitor: physical toy manufacturers. Physical toys are now the object of a renaissance in our digital world, as “connected toys” that interface with... Read More »

Gen Z persists as HBO resists

Are teen-focused platforms like Snapchat, Twitch and Buzzfeed really disrupting major players like HBO? Not if they can help it, says MIPBlog editor James Martin. Snapchat means business. The ephemeral photo and video messaging platform even abandoned its usual ‘who cares?’ approach to present its new “3V” video advertising offering in what Techcrunch called a... Read More »

Hot and new: Our KeyTrends mid-year update report

New digital marketplaces for media rights, the rising popularity of real-time video broadcasts and the effects of algorithms on content discoverability… Here are a few of the trends covered by CMF’s latest report on developments shaping today’s screen-based industries. Summer is not only made for having fun around the pool or enjoying a BBQ meal... Read More »

Vice Everywhere

With a market value of over $2 billion, Vice is riding the wave of success from partnership to partnership. How did a tiny Montreal magazine manage to become a global media powerhouse? In less than 20 years, Vice has literally become a media empire – and nothing seems to get in the way of its... Read More »

Screen Convergence in the Festival Circuit

The Consumer Electronics Show, NATPE, Sundance, South by SouthWest and Tribeca have one thing in common: they gather the best and the brightest of the global audiovisual industry. What do they have in common this year? They all have their eyes set on screen convergence. The winds are all favourable to the industry’s new players... Read More »

Telecom regulators are carving a new media landscape

Telecom regulators around the world play a pivotal role in shaping the new online media landscape. Here’s a look at how recent decisions in the US, Europe and Australia are affecting consumers and industry players. April 24, 2015 will probably be remembered as the day regulators the world over made a forceful comeback in the... Read More »

Cannes’ NEXT Pavilion: Do digital and cinema mix?

Building audience loyalty, developing virtual reality and supporting digital media creation: a look back on the main trends that dominated the second edition of the NEXT Pavilion at the Marché du Film of the Cannes Film Festival. According to the L.A. Times, it is in 2015 that the Cannes Festival took the technological plunge. Indeed,... Read More »

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