13 episodes

In-depth interviews with experts for a closer look at emerging trends and the digital transformation of the media and entertainment industry. Now & Next is produced by the Canada Media Fund and hosted by Leora Kornfeld.

Now & Next Canada Media Fund

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    • 4.2, 37 Ratings

In-depth interviews with experts for a closer look at emerging trends and the digital transformation of the media and entertainment industry. Now & Next is produced by the Canada Media Fund and hosted by Leora Kornfeld.

    The Battle for Attention: How Viacom Uses Short-Form Video

    The Battle for Attention: How Viacom Uses Short-Form Video

    First, a *major* shout out to Toronto’s Buffer Festival and its staff, who were instrumental in arranging this interview. Buffer Festival is the world's largest international digital-first film festival. It features theatrical screenings, red carpets, educational keynotes, and awards — and you should definitely check it out at bufferfestival.com

    In this episode of Now & Next we explore how a major legacy media company is navigating the shift from the “lean back” experience of linear television to the short, snappy, and on-the-go mode of mobile viewing.

    We dig into this with Brendan Yam, vice president and general manager of Viacom Digital Studios International. He has been with the company since 2005, and for the past year and a half, has led the company’s short form digital content output — and its conquest of global markets.

    To dig deeper, visit trends.cmf-fmc.ca

    • 20 min
    Audiovisual Production Goes Greener

    Audiovisual Production Goes Greener

    On this episode of Now & Next, a look at the growing call for environmental sustainability in film and television production.

    A sustainability consultant who worked on large-scale productions such as 'Legion,' 'The X Files' and 'The Man in the High Castle,' Green Spark Group president Zena Harris guides us through the array of environmentally sustainable practices productions of any size can start implementing.

    To download a transcript of the episode, to dig deeper into the topic and to find all of our content, visit trends.cmf-fmc.ca.

    • 16 min
    Hot Pod’s Nicholas Quah on the Flourishing Podcast Industry

    Hot Pod’s Nicholas Quah on the Flourishing Podcast Industry

    On this episode of Now & Next we journey into the business aspects of one of the buzziest areas of the media landscape: Podcasting. And really, there’s nobody better to explain the dramatic changes playing out in the audio space than Nicholas Quah.

    He’s a veteran of a bunch of online media companies that you probably know, like Business Insider and BuzzFeed. He’s also a contributing writer to New York Magazine, he’s been a Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard, and he’s also the founder of Hot Pod, the leading newsletter about podcasts.

    To download a transcript of this episode, to consult the show’s credits and to dive deeper into the topic at hand, visit trends.cmf-fmc.ca.

    Excerpts in the opening:

    (00:21) - Podcasts on TV: Big Successes and Major Flops by the CBC on YouTube (URL on trends.cmf-fmc.ca)
    (00:26) - Sarah Koenig Interviewed the Taliban for ‘Serial’ by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on YouTube (URL on trends.cmf-fmc.ca)
    (00:35) - Podcasts See Massive Boom in Listeners and Investment by CGTN America on YouTube (URL on trends.cmf-fmc.ca)

    • 22 min
    Tech Matters, but Voice Prevails: Acclaimed Filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin

    Tech Matters, but Voice Prevails: Acclaimed Filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin

    This episode presents an in-depth conversation with acclaimed documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin, one of the world’s most notable Indigenous filmmakers.

    She has made over fifty films over the span of her fifty-year career. Her documentary on the 1990 Oka Crisis is among her most widely known works. Now in her late eighties, Alanis has not slowed down. Her 53rd film, Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger, premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. It also won the ‘Best Canadian Documentary’ award at the 2019 Vancouver International Film Festival.

    So, what does the iconic documentarian make of all the changes afoot in the doc world but of media and technology in general? Find out in this episode of Now & Next as we focus the spotlight on Alanis Obomsawin.

    To download a transcript of this episode, to consult the show’s credits and to dive deeper into the topic at hand, visit trends.cmf-fmc.ca.

    • 24 min
    Esports: From the Fringe to a Billion-Dollar Industry

    Esports: From the Fringe to a Billion-Dollar Industry

    While you may think—and a lot of people do—that gaming is just something that too many kids spend too much time in their basements doing, you can’t get away from how insanely popular it is. The global gaming industry is worth more than twice the movie and music industries, combined.

    Spurred by gaming’s massive popularity, eSports—or competitive video game playing—are rapidly gaining momentum. The industry is predicted to breach the billion-dollar threshold in 2019.

    Furthermore, data released by GlobalWebIndex in July 2019 show that almost a billion people had watched an eSports tournament "in recent months." That’s close to a 50% increase over 12 months. The trend is increasingly noticeable among internet users aged between 16 and 24 years old. Within that group, 32% say they watch eSports. 31% say they watch traditional sports.

    Because there are no borders on eSports, when a tournament happens, it’s a global event. And in some cases, like the League of Legends World Championship, audiences are bigger than the Super Bowl’s.

    So, have eSports reached a tipping point? Where does it go from here? How does Canada fit into the global eSports scene?

    On this episode of Now & Next, Leora Kornfeld sits down with five time Counter-Strike World Champion and professional gamer Stephanie Harvey for an insightful chat about the fast-growing eSports industry.

    For more about this topic, or to consult the show’s credits, visit trends.cmf-fmc.ca/

    • 23 min
    How AI Could Reshape Filmmaking

    How AI Could Reshape Filmmaking

    For several decades, placing long-shot bets and hoping for the best was pretty much all there was when it came to making TV shows and movies. Then along came data and analytics.

    On this episode of Now & Next we hear from Jack Zhang. Jack is a Waterloo grad who has devised a machine-learning system that breaks movies down to their core elements—tens of thousands of them in total—to predict a movie’s likelihood of success. And as you’ll hear in the inaugural episode of our second season, that’s only one of the many things Zhang’s artificial intelligence program can do.

    For more information about Now & Next, this episode, to learn more about artificial intelligence in filmmaking, or to consult the show’s credits, visit https://trends.cmf-fmc.ca/

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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37 Ratings

Smurftree ,

Must-listen

Informative and entertaining insight into the latest industry trends. The host is smart and funny and asks the questions you want to ask. Highly recommend.

JHF3 ,

Tech + Media = high quality podcast!

Great conversations and thoughtful questions about the rapidly evolving relationships between media and technology. Compact and entertaining, with lots of material covered in each episode. High quality! Recommended! Really enjoying these.

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Great podcast!

If you are interested in new media, definitely a great listen!

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