Category: Television

Last Year Saw More Leading Roles for Women in Top-Grossing Films, Study Finds

Looking at the North American top 100 grossing movies of 2015, the number of onscreen female protagonists increased but leading women of colour remained the same. Dr. Martha M. Lauzen, executive director of Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, compiled the findings of a content analysis that ...

SXSW Content: Exploring Place with Cross-Platform Storytelling – Case Studies

Next up at SXSW was “Exploring Place with Cross-Platform Storytelling“: examples of how new technologies like geo-tagging, location-aware devices, interactive video and augmented reality are being combined with traditional storytelling methods to explore the world in richer, more in-depth ways than ever before… The panel was made up of: Mike Knowlton, CTO of Storycode; Danny Harris, Creative Director ...

SXSW Content: OVEE, a case study of social video consumption

Today’s SXSW session “Lean Forward and Back: Social Video Can Have It All” explored how great technology and UX can engage audiences with online video as a social experience using the case study of OVEE, the social screening platform created by the Independent Television Service.  The Online Video Engagement Experience (OVEE) platform was created to present ...

BBC iPlayer: future of TV via online access

The BBC has reported usage figures for its web-TV on-demand iPlayer system in 2012, and they are rather startling: 2.32 billion TV and radio programme requests, and 36.5 billion minutes of BBC content accessed in a record-breaking year.   These figures equates to 70,000 years’ worth of material, making iPlayer a major contender even compared to efforts by ...

BBC reveals for-profit business plan for Project Barcelona

Today the BBC gives more insights into a for-profit business model for ‘iPlayer 2.0’ Project Barcelona, and reveals changes to the standard terms of trade to include DTO-rights. Back in March I wrote about the out-going BBC Director General Mark Thompson’s pledge to make “a dramatic leap forward in digital capability” with the launch of ...

The hybrid media challenge facing broadcasters, Gary Hayes ABC Multiplatform

Today I listened to Gary Hayes, Executive Producer for ABC Multiplatform, discussing the “hybrid media challenge” facing broadcasters brought about by the constantly shifting user landscape.   He identified four forces that are bringing about this monumental change: 1) social sharing; 2) connected on-demand TV; 3) mobile; and 4) transmedia or multiplatform, namely “agnostic content spread ...

XMedia 2012: Pitching @ The Lab

XMediaLab Perth 2012 aims to explore how new digital technology impacts and enables storytelling. After a hugely interesting conference day, “What’s Your Story?“, this weekend sees 16 teams pitch digital projects to a group of international mentors for advice, development and the potential of two $20,000 XML development awards.  The projects being pitched at the XMedia Lab ...

Project Barcelona: what is the potential of iPlayer 2.0?

This week, speaking at the Royal Television Society, BBC Director-General Mark Thompson defined the Corporation’s recent successes and its future in an increasingly “digitally fragmented” world. The DG reflected on his eight year term: the highs (a renaissance for specialist factual and drama, and impressive growth in digital strategy and BBC Worldwide revenues); the lows ...

International Creative Entrepreneurs

I am delighted to announce that I have been selected as a Fellow of the International Creative Entrepreneurs programme, part of Creative Futures. International Creative Entrepreneurs is an innovative new development opportunity for leaders working in the creative sectors.  From April 2012, I will be working with multidisciplinary creative agency FORM, in Western Australia, which ...

Twitter TV: the future of programme making?

From the two-screen habit to the twitter bomb, televisionification to crowd-sourced plots, the way we consume and make TV is changing…  The idiot box used to have our undivided attention.  Now it is an increasingly fragmented experience.  According to MediaCom, nearly 75% of us multi-task while watching TV:  42% are online, 29% are talking on ...