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My first web series titled doXa (6x16) was launched on May 10, 2018. From writing to distribution and all the way through the shooting and editing stages, here is a condensed account that summarizes the creation of this production that has been viewed close to 500,000 times in the space of less than two months. The script: a strong...
Canadians can now subscribe to 25 online television services, from Netflix to Sportsnet Now and everything in between. Brahm Eiley, president of The Convergence Research Group, explains the potential consequences of this multiplication of services on Canada’s TV production industry. Within the next two years, there will be more Canadian households subscribed to OTT (over the top) services such as...
What are the best options for producers when it comes to selling and distributing a film or TV series? A consortium of documentary buyers takes on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and other streaming giants by offering rights and ownership retention among other things. Where there were once cords, there are now streaming dongles, boxes and sticks. Most of us know...
From smart contracts to real-time tracking of credits, Canada is emerging as a major player in blockchain development. In a recent segment of This Week Tonight, comedian John Oliver described the blockchain, and its most popular application, the bitcoin, as “everything you don’t understand about money combined with everything you don’t understand about computers.” And Oliver is probably right. Despite...
Produced by DV Group, Alice, The Virtual Reality Play is both a technical achievement in the world of VR storytelling and the layout of a possible economic model for ambitious of immersive works. With creative director Marie Jourdren and innovation director Antoine Cardon, we retrace the story of this inspiring experimental project. A few months ago, I had the pleasure of making...
Kids’ live action may not have enjoyed the explosive success of adult scripted series in recent years. But all that is changing now... By Julian Newby (MIP Trends) The pipeline of shows coming out of vertically integrated studios such as Nickelodeon and Disney attest to the growing international appeal of children’s live action programming. “One of the great strengths of live action...
Skyship Entertainment is based in Toronto and produces digital content for preschoolers. With more than 9 billion YouTube views and 9.9 million subscribers, the digital creator is demonstrating how to unlock great success by meeting the needs of a specific market and using data-based intel. “Follow something that’s true to you and that you’re going to enjoy because, especially...
Showcasing regional content, focusing on the user experience and fostering innovation: those are the main topics that Europe’s media industry debated during the Pictured Futures conference, held on the eve of the coming into force of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Pictured Futures provided a venue to put into perspective all of the strengths that make Europe one of the world’s main media...
How can producers and creators successfully connect and cater to niche audiences around the world? You may have heard the business principle which states that 80% of the sales come from 20% of the clients. Economists refer to it as the Pareto Principle, or Power Law, but for most of us it’s the phenomenon that underlies the “Long Tail Theory,” popularized in...
Six hands-on tips on how to keep digital content alive for a long time. We are increasingly numerous to witness the disappearance of digital content. “Will our future historians look back, marvelling at the amount of anthropological data we were simultaneously creating and destroying?” ask the authors of the Future Today Institute’s 2018 trends report. As information and communication technologies constantly evolve—...
Photo: Wuxia the Fox, an augmented book & app Bringing together the real and the virtual can make a project more impactful, while also providing a new alternative to monetize digital projects. Creating in the digital world often means observing intangible things, where interfaces and screens are required to connect audiences with content that was especially designed for them. In fact, one...
If you were told that there is a model that enables you to control your creation and eventually quit your day job, admit that you’d be interested in knowing more even if you didn’t really believe it! This model is subscription-based crowdfunding driven by Patreon and now by Drip, a new Kickstarter acquisition. Many creators and organizations are intrigued by this model that finally promises a steady revenue...
The CMF white paper titled Adjust Your Thinking: The New Realities of Competing in a Global Media Market maps today’s global media landscape and implications for Canadian companies. Globalization—the flow of goods, ideas and people across international boundaries—is nothing new. It has existed for centuries, enabling the movement of everything from tea in cargo ships to cultural and social phenomena. What is new...
What makes Canada digitally unique according to comScore? Our love for desktops, tablets and entertainment apps… In its Global Digital Future in Focus 2018 report, comScore analyzed 13 digital markets, including Canada, by examining key audience and consumption indicators across desktop, smartphone and tablet devices. We learn that, compared to the US, the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, India, Indonesia and...
Creating TV formats for the global market has all the elements of a winning strategy. Format producers share ideas on how to make it in the TV-as-a-franchise world. Create once, sell many times. So goes the saying from the playbooks of entrepreneurs everywhere. And the same wisdom applies to television producers who work with formats. Whether they involve singing, selling, cooking,...

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