Rank #1: CMF Trends does SXSW
Why do Canadian businesses from the entertainment and audiovisual production sectors flock to Texas during SXSW? We sent the Canada Media Fund's Director of Industry and Market Trends, Catherine Mathys, down to Austin – microphone in hand – to find out. For more about SXSW 2019, head over to trends.cmf-fmc.ca.
Rank #2: VR and AR: Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You
Even though we’ve been hearing about virtual and augmented reality for years, we’re still far from mass adoption. Could blending VR/AR technologies into physical environments change that? In this episode, industry analyst Alexis Macklin of Greenlight Insights makes the case for location-based entertainment.
Rank #3: Behind Sinking Ship's Success: Taking Risks in Kids’ TV
How can producers of kids’ content differentiate themselves in a newly global and competitive marketplace? For J.J. Johnson of Sinking Ship Entertainment, the production company behind some of the most popular kids’ shows on streaming and broadcast channels, it’s all about doing what others are not.
Rank #4: Cryptokitties: The cats that broke part of the blockchain
What do digital cats have to do with blockchain? A lot, thanks to the game CryptoKitties. In less than a year it’s become one of the world’s most successful blockchain applications, with over $40 million in transactions. Yes, of cats that live on screens.
Rank #5: Wattpad: Leveraging a billion data points a day
Wattpad is the online writing platform with 65 million users worldwide, written by 4 million writers, that generates 1 billion data points per day. This episode goes inside Wattpad studios to find out how all this data is helping TV & film companies make better bets.
Rank #6: Pacific Content on the Audio Renaissance
With Steve Pratt and Dan Misener of the Vancouver-based Pacific Content, embark on an in-depth look at the phenomenon of podcasting and how it’s doing double duty as audio entertainment and as a jumping off point for TV and film projects.
Rank #7: Inside YouTube: Beyond Dogs on Skateboards and Viral Videos
What are the business opportunities YouTube has to offer producers and talent? In this episode, Mark Swierszcz, the YouTube Space Toronto’s head of operations, provides a closer look at the platform’s roadmap for creators.