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The recently opened Artscape Daniels Launchpad brings together studio facilities, mentorship and educational programs as well as pathways to funding for digital, technical and artisanal creatives. There’s a lot more going on in Toronto’s east waterfront area than just condos, restaurants and retail outlets, although there are plenty of all of those popping up in the formerly industrial area that...
Why are some of the biggest TV networks now paying attention to the online written word? It’s because of Wattpad, an online platform with 65 million users worldwide, reading 500 million+ stories each month, written by 4 million writers. Wattpad started out a dozen years ago as a user-generated writing community, and 2 years ago launched a division called Wattpad...
This article was written jointly by Vincent Bergeron and Jean-François Normand from ROBIC. As is the case everywhere on the plant, we observe a great deal of interest in Europe since the last few years for everything digital. Several new laws have been passed in Europe to more effectively regulate the new digital reality, including the General Data Protection Regulation...
Your funding is not a problem to solve, it is an opportunity to generate success. Just be mindful of the ideal timing of the different sources of project financing and you’ll have a much greater chance of pulling it off. “I’ve got all the money I need to finish this project,” said no game developer, ever. Project financing is a constant...
The revenue of the global virtual reality (VR) industry is expected to reach $48.2 billion by 2022 according to Greenlight Insights and RoadToVR in their 2018 Virtual Reality Industry Report. Learn how to profit from the fast emerging category of VR entertainment according to Charlie Fink, one of the world’s leading voices in VR and AR, and Ryan Andal,...
This article is presented as part of an editorial partnership between CMF Trends, the Canada Media Fund’s (CMF) strategic monitoring platform, and Digital Alberta. © All rights reserved. The Digital Justice Lab was launched earlier this year to support communities in making informed decisions about digital issues. Here, the Digital Alberta team talked to founder Nasma Ahmed about the...
What’s fuelling the podcast boom? In this episode, we take a closer look behind the scenes of this audio renaissance with Steve Pratt and Dan Misener of the BC-based podcasting company Pacific Content. When most of us weren’t looking, audio made major strides toward becoming a new force in the media landscape, in the form of podcasting. Now, instead of being...
As online creators struggle with declining ad rates and fractions of pennies payments for streams, platforms and artist-entrepreneurs respond with new options. During the closing keynote of the 6th annual Buffer Festival held on September 27 in Toronto, online creator turned entrepreneur Jack Conte threw up a slide that told the story that is the reality for many online creators....
Rather unknown up to now, the new Gostartis Média platform could very well be poised to become a key actor in the cultural sector, namely with video and podcast creators who appreciate subscription-based crowdfunding. To establish its credibility with creators and cohabitate with, or compete against, other platforms, Gostartis Média will need to rise to significant challenges. Here is...
To draw a portrait of Jasmin, a young trans who loves roller derby, the Gender Derby team opted for an unusual format that nevertheless makes full of sense: vertical video. A documentary that rewrites the rule book in every sense of the term. Insidiously and quickly, vertical video has imposed itself in our collective visual imaginary in favour of the...
Listen on: What are the business opportunities YouTube has to offer producers and talent? In this episode, Mark Swierszcz, head of Toronto’s YouTube Space, provides a closer look at the platform’s roadmap for creators. YouTube began in 2005 as random clips uploaded by anyone, and is now a destination for both creators and viewers around the world. In the midst of the...
In collaboration with Femmes du cinéma, de la télévision et des médias numériques (FCTMN), CMF Trends meets inspiring women as part of a content series focused on female entrepreneurship in the screen-based industries. We begin this new series by drawing up the portrait of Montreal-based animation production company CarpeDiem Film & TV, founded 14 years ago by Marie-Claude Beauchamp....
In today’s world, where disorder seems to be the new order, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the documentary format is experiencing a newfound success. As Mark Twain cannily observed, “truth is stranger than fiction… because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.” And truth, it turns out, can make for good business. With budgets...
Last August 7, American producer Jeffrey Katzenberg—famous for his work on Shrek and his association with director Steven Spielberg to create Dreamworks—announced that he had raised the funds needed to launch a new company named NewTV. This announcement, by virtue of which the producer will join forces with businesswoman and Republican politician Meg Whitman, involves the implementation of a streaming...
Last September 13, the second edition of Plateforme(s), Quebec’s media summit organized by Infopresse, was held at the Montréal Science Centre. In a mode focused on solutions and good practises, the event intended to showcase the creativity that certain media companies demonstrate when it comes to dealing with the technological, economic and social changes that their ecosystems undergo. The day...

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