"It's a wrap!"

  Le festival a pris fin mercredi soir avec la remise des Interactive Rockies et le traditionnel Great Canadian Barbecue, toujours un grand moment de la semaine (quoique cette fois quelque peu assombri par la victoire des grands méchants Bruins...). Encore une fois, les projets canadiens ont fait très bonne figure au palmarès des Rockies,... Read More »

Netflix in Canada: friend or foe?

And that’s something no one will argue with.One thing has been clear since the beginning of this year’s festival: the arrival of Netflix in Canada is a major concern for many Canadian producers and broadcasters. It is consequently unsurprising that the session In conversation with Ted Sarandos: The Netflix Effect in Canada, was one of... Read More »

CMF Town Hall

Over a hundred people joined our team on Monday at the CMF’s first Town Hall event, an opportunity to look back at the Fund’s first year of operation and exchange with Banff Festival delegates.  You weren’t there?  No worries – you can download our presentation here. Our President and CEO Valerie Creighton kicked off the... Read More »

Back to the future…of television

Even if according to Duncan Stewart over-the-top content (OTT) does not represent an immediate threat to linear television, many in the Canadian industry are worried by the impact of Netflix and other Google TVs on our cultural landscape. Six key players participated in a heated discussion around these concerns on Monday.  Moderated by Telus’ Michael... Read More »

OTT in Canada: the flip side of the coin

The panel OTT Services: The Future of Television allowed us to hear how newcomers see their role in the Canadian landscape. David Hyman from Netflix, Donagh O'Malley from GoogleTV and Avner Ronen from Boxee all had things to say about how they see their contribution to the industry. "We are NOT a cord-cutting device," insisted Donagh... Read More »

The man who knows

The Banff World Festival kicked off yesterday with a series of inspiring sessions, amongst which Duncan Stewart’s highly anticipated nextMEDIA Tech, Media and Telecom Predictions. Duncan Stewart is widely recognized as one of the country’s leading researchers and « futurists ».  Each year, he and his virtual team of about 7000 experts around the world establish... Read More »

Banff: it’s on!

The CMF team arrived in the Rockies yesterday and is already hard at work after a first day of sessions and industry discussions. nextMEDIA participants were welcomed by Mark Greenspan, Executive Producer of nextMEDIA, in an orientation session that reminded everyone of nextMedia’s unique and ever-changing purpose:  “We are trying to create a market for... Read More »

Launch of “Trendscape”

The creation of the Canada Media Fund in June 2009 marked the beginning of a new era in the Canadian audio-visual industry by taking into account the major changes our industry has undergone since the arrival of new digital technologies. It didn’t take long for CMF senior management – with the support of its board... Read More »

Mission: Banff

The CMF team is currently getting ready for one of the year’s most important trendspotting events: the Banff World Media Festival. This annual affair provides hundreds of media professionals with the opportunity to focus on our industry’s major trends and biggest challenges, as well as reflect on current issues as a group. For the first... Read More »

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