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Good content can find success online without regulation – that’s the message VOD services are presenting to Canadians this fall.
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Last week, I was in the port city of Qingdao for Kidscreen East and my morning run took me past fishermen with cute dogs, old men in swimming trunks and, much to my dismay, a scary Chinese clown pulling a dark, empty cart through the fog. At first, I thought I must be going insane because, when you’ve spent as many years as I have making preschool shows, seeing a clown emerge from the fog is almost certainly the form that your madness would take. But this was not madness. No, it was just one of the many odd and inexplicable things that you see when you’re in China.
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Trevor Lai, founder and CEO of the Shanghai-based UP Studios, recently spoke at CMC about Chinese IP and international companies doing business in China. He followed up his speech with a Google Hangout, discussing how to design apps for the Chinese market, as well as creating apps that are hits in both China and the US.
- Domestic animation features help boost China’s animation revenue to US$14 billion in 2013 (The Hollywood Reporter)
- Why 76 years ago, the NY Times thought Disney would be the future of the economy (The Atlantic)
- Millennials’ love for Instagram is changing traditional advertising (MediaPost)
- How Netflix rules Australia (Mashable)
DHX Media is expanding its preschool presence in Australia, following a DVD deal for the toddler-skewing property In the Night Garden.
Industry veteran Neil Court becomes the new Executive Chairman as the Toronto-based producer/distributor aims to grow.
Last week, The New York Times ran an article on the front page of the Arts section titled “Text Games in an Era of New Stories,” which declared that interactive fiction is having a moment. As a longtime fan of interactive fiction, and a big believer that games can tell wonderful, compelling stories equal to those in any other medium, it’s music to my ears.
As the board searches for a new CEO, Divinia Knowles will take the lead role as president while Acton Smith moves into more creative role at the UK-based digital media company.
- First it was Apple, now Amazon’s in hot water with the FTC over alleged profiting from kids’ in-app purchases (The Wall Street Journal)
- DreamWorks Animation retools Turbo Fast site to get kids on Netflix (Variety)
- Cartoonist, author and long-time Kidscreen contributor Jim Benton talks animation, inspiration and life hacks (The Detroit News)
- The zombie effect: Close to 80% of apps in the App Store see low downloads (Mashable)