MS Podcast#27

SimonGoodrich

The 27th MediaSnackers podcast discusses a portable film festival.

(WORLD) The MediaSnackers podcast focusses on individuals, organisations or companies who are simply impressing us and which are crying out for more discussion.

As we rack-up the podcasts, Simon Goodrich over in Australia gives us the lowdown on the film festival he runs exclusively for portable devices.

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0.00—0.10 Intro
0.00—2.19 Simon outlines why the International Portable Film Festival was created, his role within it and their current successes
2.20—4.08 new media vs old media platforms
4.09—6.45 impact of new technologies on media literacy levels
6.46—9.45 is participatory media/user generated content the way forward
9.44—11.26 what trends are exciting/scaring you
11.27—11.41 Thanks and outro

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Showcomotion Conference—Part#14

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Blogging from the Showcomotion Conference: Aggregated posts.

(UK/WORLD) Want all the Showcomotion Conference posts in one place? Well, here they are.

A HUGE thanks to everyone who I met, those who gave up a little bit of time to chat and those who allowed me to ‘podcast’ them.

Special thanks to Greg, Claire and Kathy (plus the Showco board) for giving me this amazing opportunity to participate and attend.

Normal service will now resume.

Showcomotion Children’s Media Conference

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Showcomotion Conference—Part#13

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Blogging from the Showcomotion Conference: My closing thoughts.

(UK/WORLD) The Showcomotion Children’s Media Conference was simply superb. I have attended many conferences in my time but never have I met such a warm and approachable group of people. 300 industry leaders but few with egos big enough not to talk to a total newbie who knew half of what they did, and who wanted to ‘blog’ or ‘podcast’ them.

Having the opportunity to simply ‘walk and talk’ with the great and good from the world of children’s media (for there were many International delegates) was inspiring and such an educational. My favourite sessions were the ones that focussed on technology and cross-platforms projects and developments, simply because it floats my MediaSnackers boat, but also because here is where the future lies.

Sometimes I felt like I was voyeur, looking over the hedge and into an industry that is in total flux. Not only are new technologies and gadget ownership directly competing with audiences time and attention, but the looming OFCOM decision about the banning of junk food advertising would impact massively on all broadcasters. These are worrying times for many delegates but equally the message of quality and simple storytelling never failed to come through in all sessions—the core values without which children’s media wouldn’t simply exist.

I really hope I get the opportunity to attend next year and who knows, maybe MediaSnackers will be on the Agenda :-)

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Showcomotion Conference—Part#12

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Blogging from the Showcomotion Conference: Last day summary (from participants).

(UK/WORLD) The end of the Showco conference and the last opportunity to do mini-interviews/podcasts with some of the attendees and also many of the speakers, starting with conference organiser, Greg Childs. To listen just click the links below:

Greg Childs, Showcomotion Conference Organiser—11mins.02secs

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Sarah Baynes, Managing Director, The Creative Garden—1mins.42secs

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Kate Bulkley, Journalist—5mins.43secs

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Estelle Hughes, Controller CITV—1mins.44secs

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Madeline Wiltshire, Joint Managing Director, Libra Television—2mins.15secs

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Claire Fox, Director, The Institute Of Ideas—3mins.39secs

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Rachel Murrell, Writer & Script Editor—2mins.45secs

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Richard Langridge, Director, Rialto Films—3mins.21secs

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Grant Cathro, Writer—2mins.50secs

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Showcomotion Conference—Part#8

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Blogging from the Showcomotion Conference: First day summary.

(UK/WORLD) The first full day at the Showco (what you call the conference if you’re in the know) has been fascinating. Hopefully you would have consumed the posts I’ve already done and got a great flavour about the subjects and issues discussed.

Again I took the opportunity to do mini-interviews/podcasts with some of the attendees and also many of the speakers. To listen just click the links below:

John Bullivant, Managing Director, Kickback Media—1mins.43secs

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Nigel Mitchell, Presenter—1mins.53secs

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Tessa Alps, CEO Thinkbox—2mins.31secs

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Rani Singh, Presenter / Writer—1mins.44secs

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Vaugh Wiles, Senior Project Manager, Endemol UK—3mins.40secs

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Richard Simpson, Writer / Director—2mins.51secs

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Showcomotion Conference—Part#2

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Blogging from the Showcomotion Conference.

(UK/WORLD) The first session of the Showcomotion Children’s Media Conference is entitled ‘The New Gatekeepers’ TAKE OUTLINE FROM SHOWCO

Introduction by Anne Home, Conference Chair, who started by outlining the truly International presence of the conference and thanked the sponsors. She went on to highlight how the conference is going to respect the minute silence for the victims of the July 7th London bombings.

At the heart is a focus on quality. Impact of banning of advertising of high-fat and salt in childrens programming but also the selling off of the childrens programming arm of CITV.

Richard Deverell, Controller of BBC Children is a new boy to the Childrens sector (coming from News) and iterated how hard they have to work in this new industry and keep existing talent. Fully digital world is 5/10 years away but believes children TV will be the first to it. Participatory media is the new dawn to embrace. Habits the adopt will become the new mainstream.

Shift from ‘broadcasting’ to ‘on-demand’. World of infinite choice. Bafflement of current linear packages. Threw out amazing stats on technology onwership like 45% UK kids have access to broadband at home.

When TV died short film. Ending with a ‘digital citizens’ through certificates. ‘Broadband web most distruptive technology childrens media have ever experienced’. Sky looking at investing into broadband.

Chlidren as content creators. 1 in 6 kids have their own website. Showed a short film of how kids still send in their pictures upon a request by a programme. 43,000+ entries for the Doctor Who design a monster competition. 12 kids from ‘Level Up’ who are part of the programme, hooking up online and contributing to the programme through webcams.

Tips for success—relentless pressure on innovation and creators. Bring out the unexpected. Increase the impact of what you do not do more of it. Adopt multi=platform approach and integration. Invest in talent. Invest in it and nurture it. Blur the lines between boundaries. Invest in marketing by understanding your audience. Label content through meta-tagging world.

Tess Alps, CEO Thinkbox. Talking about childrens TV and advertisers. TV is still a joy for children. It’s the ‘software’ they call television although there are still grey areas like cinema and gaming. Showd several slied which basically reiterated how ‘digital’ kids are by access to technology and the hardware (from the living room to the bedroom).

Mobiles are the most popular hardware using it more than just a phone. Even with all the new technologies broadcast TV is still popular—what has changed is how many channeles are now available.

TV still drives use of other media, another words kids go online, IM or text even buy books because they watched something on the television.

The opening session simply echoed the opening lines of MediaSnackers—the world has changed and it’s not turning back. No evidence kids want to watch less television.

Talked about how television programming will be paid for—by the viewers or the advertisers. There is a unwritten understanding that advertisers have paid for some great programming. Advertising to children does have a positive impact in terms of educating them about pro-social activities or products/services.

Food advertising—agrees that certain advertising have had an impact on obesity in children. Commentators are creating moral panics because the effect is very low. Created scapegoats which could be devastating to the childrens TV industry which is highlighted in the recent announcement that CiTV will be closing their childrens programming commitment.

Want to see OFCOM and advertisers working together. Use the media to educate kids and parents about these issues. It’s all about giving a ‘balanced diet’ of television.

Ended with a discussion on stage and also questions from the audience.

I am attending and participating in the Showcomotion Children’s Media Conference, in Sheffield and blogging the event for the next two days.

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Showcomotion Conference—Part#1

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Blogging from the Showcomotion Conference: First day.

(UK/WORLD) First day at conference is like first day at primary school. You’re all a little nervous, trying to catch a glimpse of each others name badges without being obvious and sheepishly wandering round hoping for a friendly smile to instigate engagement, whilst a few ‘packs’ of individuals cling to those people they know.

At the registration drinks for the Showcomotion Children’s Media Conference things couldn’t be more different.

Maybe it was due to the heat of the venue or maybe because all ‘media types’ love to ‘greet’—whatever it was, I had no problems engaging and talking to many of the people.

I took the opportunity to do mini-interviews/podcasts with many of these people which you can listen to just by clicking the links below, starting with the Conference organiser, Greg Childs:

Greg Childs, Executive Producer for Showcomotion Conference—4mins.41secs

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Barbara Slade, Screenwriter—2mins.47secs

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Juliet Roberts, Creative Director, Scream Out Loud Ltd.—1mins.42secs

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Elaine Sperber, Head of Family & Childrens Drama, RDF Media—1mins.33secs

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Carla Dejong, Network 10—1mins.34secs

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David Kleeman, President, American Center for Children & Media—2mins.07secs

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Oliver Ellis, Director Children’s Programming, Target Entertainment Ltd.—1mins.27secs

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Karen Vermeulen, Head of Kids’ Sales, National Geographical—2mins.10secs

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The World Has Changed…#5

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…and it's not turning back.

(WORLD) More evidence that the world is changing from these recent noted articles:

A growing number of “kid-safe” search engines are available.

The city of Taipei is aiming to have 200,000 people making wi-fi phone calls.

A generation which uses technology to facilitate relationships and interactions in a way other generations never have.

If older folks think kids today don’t show enough respect, they may only have themselves to blame.

Microsoft plans to blend phones with computers.

Experientia report on the latest trends in electronic toys and games.

Asian countries lead the world in creating digital homes, with Taiwan and Korea at the forefront.

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The World Has Changed…#4

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…and it's not turning back.

(WORLD) More evidence that the world is changing from these recent noted articles:

Parents of school-age children have been given a dismal C+ grade from Microsoft when it comes to managing their kids’ on-line activities.

Ownership of MP3 players has reached an all time high.

Word of mouth is the No. 1 influence on young viewers in deciding what to watch on TV.

In the UK, person-to-person texts sent across all mobile phone networks averaged 106 million per day last month.

Tweens and teens today know that displaying more logos than a NASCAR driver can help secure a place at the cool table at lunch.

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