Film4 wins 60% budget increase after record BAFTA and Oscar nominations

Film4, Channel 4’s feature film division, will receive a record £25m in funding next year after securing 22 Bafta and 15 Oscar nominations in this year’s awards season. The £10m funding increase, up from £15m in 2015, represents a significant vote of confidence by the network in its big-screen division, which backed acclaimed productions including Room, Carol, 45 ...

We Are Colony shortlisted for the 5050tech Challenge

Doteveryone, a new organization led by trailblazer Martha Lane Fox, aims to identify female tech influencers and put women at the heart of the UK technology sector. Women currently occupy just 17% of tech jobs. According to Pitchbook, only 13% of venture-backed companies had at least one female co-founder. In the software sector, women-run businesses ...

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 ...

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