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2015: The Year of Multiple Tipping Points

In the media and entertainment industries, 2015 was not marked by the birth of an entirely new invention, but can instead be summed up as the year of multiple tipping points, when several key breakthroughs that had been building up started along their mainstream paths. -- Frédéric Guarino could not have picked a better title... Read More »

GAFA: How to be a part of this network economy

The GAFAs (Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon) have become global superpowers. If they were a State, they would carry as much weight as Thailand, which ranks 32nd in the world, and could become the world’s leading economic superpower by 2020, according to agency FaberNovel, which published on November 5th the new version of its study GAFAnomics,... Read More »

The “everyday experts” of YouTube—and one MIT physics grad

Ask most people what YouTube is good for, and chances are you won’t hear “a place to learn” among the responses. But that would be a mistake: there are now billions of views going to videos whose aim is to make us smarter. Regular cool guys and gals teaching on YouTube Once the domain of... Read More »

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 »

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