Superpowers on display at Augmented World Expo (Nordicity Snapshot)
Posted by Julie Whelan in Toronto on Jun 21, 2016

Earlier this month I was lucky enough to join our clients, the Canadian Film Centre and OMERS Ventures, for the launch of our study Pulse on VR: A Workflow and Ecosystem Study at the 7th AWE Conference in Santa Clara, California.

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CFC Media Lab and OMERS Ventures Announce Launch of VR Ecosystem Study
Posted by Yahoo Finance UK in Toronto on Jun 02, 2016

Research into the VR ecosystem and workflows to be conducted by Nordicity for the newly announced Canadian Film Centre's Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) and OMERS Ventures study which aims to identify the key players in this emerging industry and the primary workflows used to bring Virtual Reality (VR) to users.

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New Faces in Ottawa and Toronto (Nordicity Snapshot)
Posted by Emily Macrae in Toronto and Ottawa on May 19, 2016

This spring we are thrilled to welcome four new faces to Nordicity’s offices in Toronto and Ottawa. All of Nordicity’s new team members confess to a love of coffee but their tastes in Canadian content are as diverse as their professional skills and experiences.

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International Showcase Fund - Impact Report Launched (PRS for Music Foundation)
Posted by PRS Music Foundation in London U.K. on May 18, 2016

EMERGING BRITISH ARTISTS GIVE MULTI-MILLION POUND BOOST TO UK MUSIC EXPORTS > Impact Report demonstrates nearly nine-fold ROI for International Showcase Fund beneficiaries > UK Culture Minister, Ed Vaizey, praises the success and reach of PRS for Music Foundation’s International Showcase Fund in its 10th year > PledgeMusic announced as additional partner for the International Showcase Fund

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Canuck Cinema Complex (The Sudbury Star)
Posted by The Sudbury Star in Ontario on Apr 18, 2016

Canada 's film and television industry generates about $12.8 billion in labour income and $20.4 billion in gross domestic product according to a 2013 report conducted by Nordicity and commissioned by Motion Picture Association Canada. Local film makers are reflecting on the state of the Canadian film industry on National Canadian Film Day.

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FRIENDS Proposes Four Point Plan for Local TV
Posted by Broadcaster Magazine in Toronto on Apr 12, 2016

Friends of Canadian Broadcasting proposes a comprehensive 4-point plan to revitalize Canadian local news programming at House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on April 12, 2016.

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Lights, Camera, Access! commissions Nordicity to study the employment of persons with disabilities in screen-based industries
Posted by Julie Whelan in Toronto on Apr 04, 2016

Lights, Camera, Access! commissions Nordicity to study the employment of persons with disabilities in the film and television production, broadcast (including television and radio) and digital media industries.

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Post budget, Liberal telecom policy remains unclear
Posted by The Wire Report in Ottawa on Mar 24, 2016

Ideally, new spending programs would be wrapped in an accompanying policy, Stuart Jack, a partner at Nordicity, said in a phone interview. "But life is complicated. And I think they've got a big deficit from the previous government of not having a policy," Jack said, in reference to a lack of a comprehensive digital strategy from the previous government.

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When one degree just isn’t enough (The Globe and Mail)
Posted by The Globe and Mail in Toronto on Mar 23, 2016

Nordicity Intern, Gregory McClary featured in The Globe and Mail

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TV Industry frets over threat from skinny basic and pick-and-pay (CBC News)
Posted by CBC News in Toronto on Mar 10, 2016

The entire television industry is undergoing revolutionary change as people's ability to access creative content shifts. Many in the Canadian television production industry worry that the new CTRC rules around consumer choice will hurt the industry, its contribution to the Canadian economy and the jobs it supports.

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Telecom Policy Should Focus on Innovation, not Competition (The Wire Report)
Posted by The Wire Report in Ottawa on Mar 03, 2016

Stuart Jack and Tanveer Ahmed were invited by The Wire Report provided industry insights after a report was released by the Macdonld-Laurier Institute, authored by Beaudry and Speer.

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Nordicity Presents Spectrum Insights at CanWISP Conference
Posted by Nordicity in Ottawa on Feb 23, 2016

Nordicity Partner Stuart Jack made a presentation to members of CanWISP – the Canadian Association of Wireless Internet providers at their annual conference February 23 & 24 in Gatineau, QC.

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Podcasts a bright note in broadcast (London Free Press)
Posted by London Free Press in Ontario on Feb 12, 2016

Just as daily newspapers are facing unprecedented challenges posed by the Internet, mobile devices and changing consumer demand, so too Canadian broadcasters are facing pressures to reinvent themselves and brace for a future that looks very different from the past.

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Stuart Jack as Invited Panelist at the IOT Conference
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Feb 12, 2016

Nordicity Partner Stuart Jack was an invited panelist at the Internet of Things (IOT) Conference Friday, February 12, 2016 in Toronto. This conference sponsored by NSERC for academic researchers and business examined the issues associated with the roll out of IOT in Canada and globally including data management and storage, security, privacy and impacts on networks.

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We need to discuss why Canadian culture is a public good (The Globe and Mail)
Posted by The Globe and Mail in Toronto on Feb 05, 2016

The professional life of a cultural policy nerd is a lonely thing. No conference calls with the Governor of the Bank of Canada; no annual convention in Banff, Alta. I’ve been excited just to be invited to publicly discuss issues in the field on no less than two occasions in the past nine months – a sure sign, I optimistically predicted, that Canada is finally awakening to a crisis.

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Nordicity to Assess Economic Impact of The London Design Festival
in London- UK on Feb 03, 2016

Nordicity has been commissioned by The London Design Festival to undertake an economic impact assessment of the Festival.

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Nordicity to develop economic profile of Ontario's Computer Animation and Visual Effects Studios
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Jan 26, 2016

The Computer Animation Studios of Ontario has engaged Nordicity – with funding from the OMDC – to undertake the next Economic Profile of the Computer Animation and Visual Effects Industry in Ontario. The last study took place in 2012 and reported on our industry’s activity between 2008 and 2010.

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Nordicity is Hiring in Ottawa and Toronto!
Posted by Julie Whelan in Toronto and Ottawa on Jan 18, 2016

Nordicity is looking to expand its teams in Toronto and Ottawa.

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Room to grow: The live music industry in Canada (Nordicity Snapshot)
Posted by Mila Dechef-Tweddle in Toronto on Jan 14, 2016

Music Canada Releases Live Music Measures Up

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Cable Unbundling Will Devastate Canadian TV Production (Ottawa Citizen)
Posted by Ottawa Citizen in Ottawa on Jan 05, 2016

A new study by Nordicity and Peter Miller predicts that the domestic TV production industry will be taking a $400-million-a-year hit by 2020, partly because of the new CRTC unbundling policy due to take effect in March 2016.

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Canada's New TV Rules Could Erode Jobs, Funding, Report Warns (The Globe and Mail)
Posted by The Globe and Mail in Toronto on Jan 05, 2016

Major changes to the television industry are set to roll out later this year, but a new study warns that rules designed to unbundle large cable and satellite packages could cause nearly 7,000 job losses and take away about $400-million in funding for Canadian programs.

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La télé canadienne craint de perdre 15 000 emplois (Le Devoir)
Posted by Le Devoir in Montréal on Jan 05, 2016

Des projections inédites prédisent que le nouveau cadre réglementaire national pour la télé pourrait causer la perte de quelque 15 000 emplois d’ici cinq ans. La prévision envisage aussi un impact économique annuel négatif passant de 400 millions à 1,4 milliard entre 2016 et 2020.

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Reflections on a Maturing Industry (Nordicity Snapshot)
Posted by Kristian Roberts in Toronto on Dec 22, 2015

Montreal – November 15-17 Having returned from the Montreal International Games Summit (MIGS) some things struck me about the on-going maturation process of Canada’s (video) games industry: 1) It’s really darn big! 2) It’s asking big (and hard to answer) questions of itself.

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Four things I learned as an Intern at Nordicity this summer (Nordicity Snapshot)
Posted by Emily Macrae in Toronto on Dec 02, 2015

In May I arrived at Nordicity as a Masters of Urban Planning student with a strong interest in cultural policy but little practical understanding of terms like "KPI" or "ROI." I now feel confident doing f/u on any PPL but embracing abbreviations was not the only thing I learned at Nordicity this summer.

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Foreign workers filling talent gaps in Canada’s fast-growing video game industry (Financial Post)
Posted by Financial Post in Toronto on Nov 16, 2015

Source: http://business.financialpost.com/fp-tech-desk/foreign-workers-filling-talent-gaps-in-canadas-fast-growing-video-game-industry

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ESAC report shows healthy growth of Canadian video games industry (Game Politics)
Posted by Game Politics in Toronto on Nov 16, 2015

A new report released today by the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC) about the Canadian video game industry shows that the industry as a whole thrived in 2014. According to the report there are 472 “active” video game studios in Canada, 143 more than in the year prior. It also shows that 20,400 people are directly employed by the video game industry, up 24 percent from 2013. The video game industry’s contribution to Canada’s GDP also jumped to $3 billion/year in 2015, a 31 percent increase according to the trade group. The data was collected through a survey sponsored by the ESAC and conducted by Nordicity. The full report is available on www.theESA.ca.

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Nordicity @ The Creative City Network of Canada (CCNC) 2015 Summit (Nordicity Snapshot)
Posted by Carly Frey in Vancouver on Nov 04, 2015

Given the theme of this year’s Creative City Network of Canada (CCNC) Summit, Cultivating Culture, I felt like a farmhand gazing proudly at our national crop when the final session wrapped up last week in Kelowna, BC. With 170 delegates in attendance from across the country, we toiled, tilled and sowed the seeds of Canada’s municipal and city-led cultural ecosystems.

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‘Business must invest in the UK’s creative sector,’ says John Kampfner (Institute of Directors)
in London U.K. on Oct 31, 2015

During a key month for UK film, John Kampfner, chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation, urges business leaders to view investment in our arts and creativity as essential to commercial prosperity for all. By Chris Maxwell.

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Ontario Developing First Ever Culture Strategy – Will You Participate? (Nordicity Snapshot)
Posted by Julie Whelan in Toronto on Oct 06, 2015

From Panamania to The Stratford Festival, TIFF to Ottawa Jazz Festival, Ontario has enjoyed yet another season packed with cultural events and activities.

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UK film distribution "worth $1.8bn" (Screen Daily)
in London U.K. on Oct 02, 2015

UK film distribution "worth $1.8bn" The Film Distributors Association has today released a report quantifying the value of film distribution in the UK. The analysis, conducted independently by Saffery Champness and Nordicity, is the first to focus solely on film distribution and examines the wider economic impact of UK film releasing.

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The CRTC commissions Nordicity to study the portrayal of diversity within the Canadian broadcasting system
Posted by Nordicity in Vancouver on Sep 30, 2015

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has engaged Nordicity to study if, and how, the reflection and portrayal of diversity in Canadian television has changed over the past decade.

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Film commission rebranded as creative commission (Chilliwack Progress)
Posted by Nordicity in Vancouver on Sep 15, 2015

The Chilliwack Film Commission is now the Chilliwack Creative Commission. The name change points to the shift from an exclusive focus on film and TV industry, to one that includes music, publishing, digital and interactive media, said Tim McAlpine, CEPCO representative on the the Creative Commission.

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Yorkshire Content Fund Evaluation for Screen Yorkshire
Posted by London- UK on Sep 01, 2015

Nordicity has been retained by Screen Yorkshire with lead partner Olsberg|SPI to undertake the final evaluation of the Yorkshire Content Fund.

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Want to see real creativity? Check out the marketing of music (Nordicity Snapshot)
Posted by Peter Lyman in Toronto on Aug 31, 2015

In preparing a proposal on the marketing of Canadian music, I asked a trusted advertising agency advisor, my son, for some examples. Wow! So this is where social media really gets integrated into marketing campaigns.

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It's Time for the Music Industry to Speak Up About CBC Funding Cuts (Huffington Post)
Posted by Michael Raine- Huffington Post on Aug 27, 2015

Funding cuts are slowly killing the CBC and severely damaging the Canadian music industry. According to a Nordicity report, Canada had the third lowest level of per capita funding for a public broadcaster among 18 major western countries in 2011. At that time, the CBC's funding was $33 per capita. In the last fiscal year, that dropped to $29 per capita. Considering this, it is very impressive what the CBC has been able to do for Canadian music.

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Arts Council England commissions Nordicity to review career and talent development for artists and bands in England's music sector
Posted by Nordicity in London U.K. on Aug 03, 2015

LONDON – August 2015 – Arts Council England (ACE) commissioned Nordicity, in association with our partners Sound Diplomacy, to undertake a review of the career and talent development of artists and bands in the contemporary popular music sector. By taking into account the existing support and opportunities across the music and cultural support ecosystem, the research aims to identify and address gaps for the development of artists' careers.

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Senate of Canada committee cites Nordicity expert testimony and research in new report
in Ottawa on Jul 20, 2015

OTTAWA – July 2015 – On 20 July 2015, the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications published its comprehensive report, Time for Change: The CBC/Radio-Canada in the Twenty-first Century. As part of the extensive review, Nordicity partner Dustin Chodorowicz and manager Stephen Hignell were called upon as expert witnesses by the Standing Senate Committee to provide broadcast expert witness testimony. Nordicity’s report for CBC/Radio-Canada, entitled "Analysis of Government Support for Public Broadcasting and Other Culture in Canada", which included an comparison of 18 international public service broadcasting regimes, was also cited. The report culminates in a list of 22 recommendations to support the future of CBC/Radio-Canada, the Government of Canada, “as the CBC’s mandate, governance, funding and programming are modernized to reflect our current media environment”.

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Creative Scotland publishes Nordicity’s Literature & Publishing Sector Review of Scotland
Posted by Nordicity in Edinburgh- UK on Jul 10, 2015

EDINBURGH – July 2015 Creative Scotland recently published a review of the Literature and Publishing sector in Scotland that was undertaken by Nordicity in association with Drew Wylie Ltd. The Review was the largest and most comprehensive ever undertaken of the sector in Scotland, with findings based upon more than 60 individual interviews, a series of open session discussions with the sector and a thousand responses to a segmented consultation survey. It was commissioned by Creative Scotland and overseen by a steering group comprising representatives of the literature and publishing sector. A broad range of stakeholders was consulted from writers to publishers, to libraries and sector support organisations, amongst others.

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Most Scots writers on less than minimum wage (The Scotsman)
Posted by Nordicity on Jul 09, 2015

The report for arts agency Creative Scotland has warned that writers are having “great difficulty” trying to make a living out of writing, with many combining it with other jobs. A major industry summit will be held in Glasgow at the end of this month to address issues thrown up by the report, by consultants Nordicity, which has 38 recommendations.

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Report: Create new body to promote Scottish literature and writers overseas (heraldscotland)
Posted by Nordicity on Jul 09, 2015

The Literature and Publishing Sector Review, a £40,000 report by consultants Nordicity, says that the new body - whose precise role, funding and remit has not been defined - would increase the level of travel and exchange for Scottish writers and "develop a repository of international resources and information", as well as tracking which countries writers visit to develop a "robust intelligence base."

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A ‘shocking’ 80% of writers earn less than the minimum wage (The Times)
Posted by Nordicity on Jul 08, 2015

More than 80 per cent of writers in Scotland are paid less than the minimum wage, even when income from advances, published works and public appearances is taken into account.

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Should CBC go ad-free? (Media In Canada)
on Jul 08, 2015

Should CBC go ad-free? July 21, 2015 by Sonya Fatah Does TV advertising benefit CBC/Radio-Canada, or create undue pressure for it to compete with private broadcasters? That long-standing question, plus dozens more, were raised by the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communication in its Time for Change: The CBC/Radio-Canada in the Twenty-first Century report released Monday. CBC/Radio-Canada has been at the receiving end of a series of funding cuts in recent years with the pubcaster losing $27.8 million in 2012-13 and $69.6 million in 2013-14 from its government allocation. A Nordicity study commissioned as part of the report shows that government support for the CBC was about $33 per capita in 2011, compared with $95 per capita in the U.K.

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