Digital Media at the Crossroads

An Annual Conference on the Future of Content in Digital Media

Special Report at the 2016 Conference »

Nordicity Group Limited, in a special report commissioned by DM@X for the 2016 conference, presented a review of the revenues, employment and future trends in each sector of the digital media universe in Canada, including television, film, video, music, games and publishing.

Presentations at the 2016 Conference »

The DM@X Program on January 30, 2016

The program for the conference has been organized to be informative, wide-ranging and provocative. It includes panels on the advent of subscription streaming, and the changes in the marketplace for cultural content. Keynote speakers will address current trends in digital media in Canada, and the application of social media metrics to the cultural industries. There will also be a session on how digital media products and companies can be assisted through incubators and accelerators. Guest speakers include key figures in Canada’s music, television and publishing sectors.

For Ontario lawyers, this program contains 7.0 Substantive CPD hours


PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Saturday, January 30, 2016


8:20 a.m.

Registration

9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction: Don McLean, Dean, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

9:10 a.m.

Keynote Address: "Canadian Media in a Digital Universe"

Speaker:

Peter Lyman, Senior Partner, Kristian Roberts, Partner, Julie Whelan, Manager, and Negin Zebarjad, Senior Consultant, Nordicity Group Limited, Toronto

In a special report commissioned by DM@X for this conference, Nordicity will present a review of the revenues, employment and future trends in each sector of the digital media universe in Canada, including television, film, video, music, games and publishing. The full report will be available on the DM@X website.

9:50 a.m.

Break

10:00 a.m.

Digital Disruption in the Canadian Music Industry

Over the past decade, the music industry has been grappling with the biggest challenges in its history. Shaken out of complacency and panicked by their inability to control (and profit from) downloading and file-sharing, record labels are faced with an uphill battle: how to get on top of fast-changing music-delivery technology and make a profit without alienating their customers? Can the new focus on subscription-based and ad-supported solutions and spinoff consumer products offset sinking CD sales? How do the copyright collectives fit in?

Moderator:

Don McLean, Dean, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

Speaker:

Richard Pfohl, General Counsel, Music Canada, AVLA

Panelists:

Catherine Moore, Clinical Associate Professor of Music Business, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Daniel G.C. Glover, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Toronto, co-author, User's Guide to Canadian Copyright Tariffs

SPECIAL NOTE: All registrants will receive a free copy of the second edition of the User's Guide to Canadian Copyright Tariffs, which is being published on the day of the conference. This 600-page handbook will include the text of all tariffs certified by the Copyright Board of Canada, along with summaries of its decisions.

11:30 a.m.

Morning Break

11:45 a.m.

Incubate, Accelerate and Launch

In this session, three speakers will discuss how digital media products and companies can be assisted through incubators and accelerators, and where financing can be obtained for inherently risky ventures. Examples of successful Canadian digital startups will be discussed.

Moderator:

Doug Barrett, Bell Media Professor in Media Management in the Arts & Media Administration MBA Program at the Schulich School of Business of York University

Speakers:

Valerie Fox, Chief Innovation Consultant, The Pivotal Point; Co-Founder, Digital Media Zone, Ryerson University

Kristian Roberts, Partner, Nordicity Group Limited

Salim Teja, Executive Vice-President, Venture Services, MaRS Discovery District, Toronto

1:00 p.m.

Buffet Luncheon (provided)

1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Address: "Social Media and the Cultural Industries Revisited"

Speaker:

Liv Buli, Data Journalist, Next Big Sound, New York City

DM@X is pleased to welcome back Liv Buli, the resident data journalist for Next Big Sound, a company based in NYC that works to uncover insights and provide context for the music and book industries based on social, sales, streaming and event data for more than a million artists and titles. Liv's presentation was a highlight of the 2015 DM@X conference and she will give an updated view of the world of social analytics.

2:00 p.m.

Over-the-Top Programming Services: The New Reality

Video-on-demand programming services through the Internet (so-called "over-the-top" services) are the new reality. Ad-supported services like YouTube led the way, but subscription VOD services like Netflix, CraveTV and shomi, are now attracting millions of Canadian viewers. With the CRTC exempting these services from licensing, their disruptive effect on legacy broadcast services is already apparent. This panel examines the impact of these services on the economics of Canadian production.

Moderator:

Charles Falzon, Dean, Faculty of Communication & Design, Ryerson University

Speaker:

Peter Miller, LL.B., P.Eng., Barrister & Solicitor, Toronto

Panelists:

Josh Scherba, Senior Vice President, Distribution, DHX Media

Marni Shulman, Head of Content & Programming, shomi

Corey Vidal, Canadian online video content producer

3:30 p.m.

Afternoon Break

3:45 p.m.

The Future of Publishing in the Digital Age

This final panel addresses the impact of digital media on the publishing sector. Newspapers, books, magazines – all have been affected by the transition to digital forms of distribution. The disruption is obvious, but are solutions beginning to emerge?

Moderator:

Grace Westcott, Principal, Westcott Law, Toronto; Vice-President, PEN Canada

Speaker:

Christopher Goodridge, Chief Operating Officer, Digital, Star Media Group

Panelists:

Shannon Culver, Manager of Technology, eBound Canada

Doug Knight, President of Media Group, St.Joseph Media

5:15 p.m.

Closing Wrapup: Don McLean, Dean, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

5:30 p.m.

Termination of Program