Tags "Entrepreneurship"

Start-up on Fast Track to Success

The Canadian Technology Accelerators (CTA) initiative helps Canadian companies with an existing technology, product or service explore opportunities in foreign markets. This article was first published in CanadExport, the official magazine of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service. UNLTD VR of Montreal, Que. continues to make a name for itself after having worked on a television series and on... Read More »

The South African Film and TV Industry is Breaking Into The International Market

Here’s an insider's look at the burgeoning South African film and TV industry. As this industry grows, the ties between South Africa and Canada are getting stronger: Canada and South Africa have recently announced a codevelopment incentive. When one thinks of South Africa, a portrait including mountains, lions and possibly former president Nelson Mandela may... Read More »

Los Angeles Trade Commissioner: “To Sell To a Global Market, Create For a Global Market”

What are the best strategies to crack the highly competitive Hollywood market? On behalf of CMF Trends, I recently spoke with Patricia Elliott, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner in the Los Angeles office of the Canada Trade Commissioner Service (TCS), to learn how TCS assists Canadians media firms seeking to do business in Los Angeles.... Read More »

Barriers to Commercial Success: The Field of Dreams Syndrome

Many game developers are afflicted by what Jason Della Rocca calls the “Field of Dreams Syndrome”. This is also known as the “build it and they will come” fallacy. Given the young average age of many budding game developers, the reference to Kevin Costner’s great baseball movie of the late ‘80s usually results in blank... Read More »

Propellor Film Tech: rewriting the business model of the film industry

Propellor Film Tech Hub cofounders Matthijs Wouter Knol (European Film Market), Tine Fischer (CPH:DOX), Bero Beyer (IFF Rotterdam) and Erwin M. Schmidt (Cinemathon) at Cannes NEXT 2017. (Credit: IFFR) There's a growing ecosystem of innovators that work towards finding new business models for the screen-based industry by increasing collaboration between media and technology professionals. This... Read More »

Building a Successful Studio After a First Indie Game

Through the Canada Media Fund’s Accelerator Partnership Program, indie studio Thunder Lotus Games worked with incubator District 3 and earned over $1 million in revenue. Founder Will Dubé recalls the journey, from crowdfunding his game Jotun to building a successful business. Jotun, the first game from indie studio Thunder Lotus Games, is a hand-drawn action/exploration game... Read More »

Canada’s digital talent a hit in Hollywood

Canadian trade commissioners and digital companies offer advice to media and entertainment businesses aiming for the Los Angeles market: think internationally from the start, build trust, and develop expertise in a specific area. This article was first published in CanadExport, the official magazine of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service. Hollywood’s film and television industries have... Read More »

Added-Value Services Offered by Crowdfunding Platforms

Major crowdfunding platforms, such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Ulule are now offering an array of complementary services to accompany creators during and after a campaign. The new loft-type offices occupied by the Ulule platform in Montréal house three different types of spaces: a space for the staff members of the company founded in France in... Read More »

The amazing story of Indie Game: The Movie

Directors and producers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky are true pioneers of the ‘direct to fan’ approach. The success of their film Indie Game: The Movie showed the huge potential of hybrid distribution strategies. Unfaltering dedication explains this amazing achievement in terms of creative entrepreneurship. Innovators despite themselves? Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky could never... Read More »

Promoting your indie game: ten lessons learned by Versus Evil

Steve Escalante, general manager of indie game publisher Versus Evil, shares ten lessons he learned about PR campaigns and launch windows. With 15 years of experience in video game development and publishing, Steve Escalante knows what works and what doesn’t when it comes to launching and promoting a game. He presented some of the lessons... Read More »