We Are Colony announces $2m in funding

My company We Are Colony, the new global film streaming platform connecting content owners to passionate fans through special edition releases, has announced $2m in seed investment, fast on the heels of the company’s controlled platform rollout, which culminated in an expansion to over 100 countries. The latest seed investment round combined additional financial commitments ...

We Are Colony is awarded the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts

Delighted to announce that We Are Colony has been awarded the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, in partnership with Film London and Edge Hill University. The £7m fund – a partnership between Nesta, the Arts Council England and the Arts and Humanities Research Council – supports collaboration between arts, digital technology and research organisation in order to ...

Cannes 2014: VOD, piracy and the future of digital distribution

Today, at the American Pavilion, a panel including representatives of Creative Future, Elevated Film Sales, Saban Films and Alamo Drafthouse discussed the state of digital piracy on the independent film sector, and how new models of hybrid digital distribution can respond. First up was Ruth Vitale, Executive Director of Creative Future: an organisation which seeks to ...

We Are Colony partners with Film London for ‘Build Your Audience’

Delighted to announce We Are Colony is partnering with Film London for ‘Build Your Audience‘: an innovative audience gathering and distribution training programme for UK feature filmmakers.  Addressing the rapidly changing face of feature film distribution across the globe, Build Your Audience provides participants with the skills, knowledge and networks to face the challenge of ...

We Are Colony joins the SeedCamp family

After been selected to SeedCamp London 2014, We Are Colony becomes one of 8 startups offered investment by Europe’s leading micro-seed programme.  SeedCamp is “the most connected international seed investor in the world and is Europe’s leading micro-seed investment and mentoring program“. Since launching in 2007, SeedCamp has reviewed 5,000 applications and funded 80 (just over 1%) of these ...

MIRA: how digital technologies can help preserve cultural heritage

Announcing the launch of MIRA: an innovative and sustainable digital solution for the repatriation of indigenous creative and cultural content, and the largest digital repository of its kind in the world. FORM is an independent, non-profit cultural organisation established in 1968 that develops creativity and artistic practice in Western Australia. I was based at FORM last year, as a Fellow ...

Fuelling innovation in the UK’s creative industries

Today, the UK’s Technology Strategy Board launched a new strategy for Creative Industries innovation and committed in excess of £30m investment to this sector over 2013-16. Having been funded by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) in two of my businesses – feasibility funding for Clarity Productions and a current SMART Award for ZoneFutures – I ...

SXSW Interactive 2013: Highlights

SXSW Inspiration – Airbnb: CEO Brian Chesky talking candidly about the challenges of growing and scaling a truly disruptive business model… SXSW Inspiration – FourSquare: CEO Dennis Crowley on the challenges of growing the business and the opportunity to design the future of maps… SXSW Inspiration – Swiss Miss: Designer Tina Roth Eisenberg on following your passions, and ...

SXSW Inspiration: Tina Roth Eisenberg

As SXSW Interactive draws to a close, one of the stand-out highlights of the festival was an inspirational keynote from Tina Roth Eisenberg. The creator of design blog SwissMiss, Tattly, Creative Mornings and Studio Mates inspired the SXSW crowd to follow their passions and pay attention to their “side projects”… Full talk available here. Tina’s 11 Rules To Live (& Work) ...

SXSW Content: BuzzFeed’s CEO Jonah Peretti on viral content and social advertising

In today’s SXSW session, BuzzFeed’s Founder and CEO Jonah Peretti discussed how to create and distribute content in a world where ‘share’ is the key to success… BuzzFeed  features “the hottest, most social content on the web” and now boasts 40 million unique views per month. Peretti highlights that we are in the midst of a big shift in ...

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