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Netflix Targeting European Audiences?

Will Netflix come to Europe in 2011?

Recently, a contact from our Facebook community pointed out that Netflix is obviously preparing to expand their activities to European markets while referring to related news headlines and job openings at Netflix. Interesting enough, I thought, for writing a short blogpost on the topic. For those not too familiar with Netflix: as of today, it happens to be the world’s leading Internet subscription service for TV shows and movies with about 23 million members in the U.S. and Canada (also see Netflix company profile at Crunchbase). Read the rest of this entry »


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MIPTV 2011 Review: Branded Content, 3D & IP Protection

At the Heart of Digital Content Business: MIPTV in Cannes (France)

For us, April and October always means visiting the City of Cannes in southern France in order to attend the MIP markets, which happen to be among the largest digital content markets worldwide. Accordingly, we again spent a few days at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes to check what’s new and to take part in various presentations as well as panel sessions that are offered in parallel to the buying and selling activities of broadcasters, production companies, studios and other media companies. This year’s MIPTV, which took place from 4 to 7 April, essentially focused on 3D TV, branded content and the protection of IP rights in the digital multiplatform era. Read the rest of this entry »

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Summer 2011: Media Business ‘Case Study’ Competition in Strasbourg

European Students to find Solutions for Challenges in Today's Media Business

From June 27 to 2 July 2011, the media business school etma in Strasbourg, France, will become the hub for a variety of young and innovative European students who are ready to find solutions for some of the most pressing issues of today’s media industry. The event will provide an exciting opportunity for delegate university teams to explore real-world business problems in a case study competition called the ‘etma case challenge’. The teams will work on three categories of cases covering cinema, television and new media with a cash prize of EUR 4000,00 for the winning team in each of the categories. A jury of recognized academics, potential employers and industry professionals will assess the presented solutions and overall performance. The three winning teams will then, in a final step, compete again for the “super trophy”, the top prize of the event. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Documentary is Dead, Long Live Documentary”: The Future of Factual Entertainment Business

53rd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film

Last week, our Director had been invited to the 53rd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig, Germany) for a keynote speech to producers and film industry representatives about the development of the international documentary film market. Accordingly, Paul Pauwels presented his take on the fundamental changes that, more or less, disrupted and reshaped the factual entertainment business over the past years. The full version of his speech is available as a PDF via our official website. Please find below a summary of the key issues that had been addressed in his speech. Read the rest of this entry »

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MIPCOM in a Nutshell

MIPCOM 2010: Redefining the Entertainment Experience

MIPCOM 2010: Redefining the Entertainment Experience

Last week saw the 26th anniversary of the world’s leading market for the content and entertainment business. Like everyone working in this business and being affected by its development, I was also in Cannes to see how the media industry is “Redefining the Entertainment Experience“. The latter was the official teaser of this year’s MIPCOM. A quite catchy phrase that actually managed well to communicate the sense of ongoing consolidation in the industry, especially between major conventional players and digital platforms. In other words: optimism was in the air. This is not to say that all channels, distributors and producers are having the time of their life, but there seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel. After the crisis, the drop in ad sales and years of uncertain experiments with revenue from digital, there is now some evidence for alternative ways to cash in, even if we’re still in the infancy of that novel economy. Read the rest of this entry »

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What if you’re new to MIPCOM?

I don’t exactly know whether you could call me a MIP veteran, but it’s certainly not my first market here in Cannes. I’ve been strolling around the Palais des Festivals since 2008. And yet, I felt intrigued by an offering called “Firsttimer Invitation Cocktail” and I thought it might be a good idea to check what you’re told in case it should really be your first visit to a MIP in Cannes. So the central question is: how do buyers (eg. broadcasters) and sellers (eg. producers) come together and how do you actually strike a deal? Read the rest of this entry »

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MIPTV 2010 Review: Total Convergence and Digital Urban Entertainment

Apart from the major aim to bring ‘buyers and exhibitors’ together, this year’s MIPTV again offered lots of insightful presentations with inspiring views on today’s fast evolving patterns of media consumption.

Palais des Festivals et des Congrès in Cannes

One central theme was certainly ‘connected audiences’, providing an explanation for the increasing popularity of everything that has to do with ‘social’. Kevin Slavin (Area Code Entertainment LLC), for example, pointed out that the connection of users brings us back to where entertainment originally came from: theatres and cinemas, where people usually never went alone. The ‘laugh track’ of sitcoms was to compensate this lack of social experience in TV, but social media obviously do this job much better. Read the rest of this entry »

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