Now & Next show

Now & Next

Summary: Now & Next is a podcast featuring in-depth interviews in which experts take a closer look at emerging trends and the digital transformation of the media and entertainment industries. Now & Next is brought to you by the Canada Media Fund, produced by Katie Jensen and recorded in Toronto at Vocal Fry Studios. Leora Kornfeld hosts the series.

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 VR and AR: Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1185

Even though we’ve been hearing about virtual and augmented reality for years, we’re still far from mass adoption. Could blending VR/AR technologies into physical environments change that? In this episode, industry analyst Alexis Macklin of Greenlight Insights makes the case for location-based entertainment.

 Behind Sinking Ship's Success: Taking Risks in Kids’ TV | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1659

How can producers of kids’ content differentiate themselves in a newly global and competitive marketplace? For J.J. Johnson of Sinking Ship Entertainment, the production company behind some of the most popular kids’ shows on streaming and broadcast channels, it’s all about doing what others are not.

 Cryptokitties: The cats that broke part of the blockchain | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1965

What do digital cats have to do with blockchain? A lot, thanks to the game CryptoKitties. In less than a year it’s become one of the world’s most successful blockchain applications, with over $40 million in transactions. Yes, of cats that live on screens.

 Wattpad: Leveraging a billion data points a day | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1483

Wattpad is the online writing platform with 65 million users worldwide, written by 4 million writers, that generates 1 billion data points per day. This episode goes inside Wattpad studios to find out how all this data is helping TV & film companies make better bets.

 Pacific Content on the Audio Renaissance | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1887

With Steve Pratt and Dan Misener of the Vancouver-based Pacific Content, embark on an in-depth look at the phenomenon of podcasting and how it’s doing double duty as audio entertainment and as a jumping off point for TV and film projects.

 Inside YouTube: Beyond Dogs on Skateboards and Viral Videos | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1977

What are the business opportunities YouTube has to offer producers and talent? In this episode, Mark Swierszcz, the YouTube Space Toronto’s head of operations, provides a closer look at the platform’s roadmap for creators.


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