Nordicity Insight: International Institute of Communications 2016 Conference
Posted by Sabrina Wilkinson in Ottawa on Nov 21, 2016

The International Institute of Communications (IIC) 2016 Conference Towards an Innovation Agenda for the Communications and Media Sector at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa last week is one of several events in Ontario this month concerning Canada’s digital economy, however, its symbolism should not go unnoticed. Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais’ keynote on Wednesday serves as a book end to many of the ideas espoused in the Chairman’s keynote at this same conference in 2012.

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Nordicity Insight: Differential Pricing Practices
Posted by Sabrina Wilkinson in Ottawa on Nov 11, 2016

Last week, telecom operators, public interest groups, academics, industry groups and concerned citizens clashed before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on the issue of differential pricing practices related to Internet data plans.

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UK Theatre and SOLT launch first-ever survey of UK's off-stage theatre & performing arts workforce
Posted by Stephen Hignell in LONDON UK on Nov 03, 2016

UK Theatre and SOLT have launched their first-ever survey of the UK’s off-stage theatre and performing arts workforce. The results will help improve routes into and through the sector, and aid decision-making over the next ten years, including addressing anticipated skills gaps. The report will be published in early 2017, and the findings will be used for the benefit of the workforce and employers.

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New economic analysis to be carried out into Irish TV, film and animation sector (Government of Ireland)
Posted by Department of Arts- Heritage- Regional- Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Government of Ireland) in DUBLIN on Nov 02, 2016

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Wednesday) announced that she has commissioned an economic analysis of our screen based creative industries. The study will examine the economic impact and potential of the Irish film, TV and animation sector. The commissioning of the study is committed to in the Action Plan for Jobs 2016. Following an open tender process, Olsberg SPI Ltd in association with Nordicity, have been selected to conduct the study.

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Nordicity Insight: Learning from the creative industries
Posted by Stephen Hignell in London U.K. on Nov 01, 2016

The reasons for gathering evidence of impact are more important now than ever before. Demonstrating an impact helps organisations express their legacy and demystify their activities, and equip trustees, staff and supporters with the strongest possible messages when speaking on behalf of the organisation. Measuring impacts can also help assess internal progress and plan strategically for the future. This tenet is true for an individual artist, a company, a venue or an arts administrator.

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Nordicity Insight: When minor accessibility adjustments lead to major research results
Posted by Emily Macrae and Julie Whelan in Toronto on Sep 29, 2016

We at Nordicity are thrilled to celebrate the launch of ScreenAccessON: The Employment of People with Disabilities in Ontario’s Screen-based Industries, a study prepared for Lights, Camera, Access! (LCA!) with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, CBC Accessibility, Inclusion and Diversity, OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Centre, Accessible Media Inc. and ACTRA Fraternal Benefit Society. We believe that this research has the potential to catalyze new approaches to accessibility for people with disabilities working in film, television, broadcasting and digital media. We wanted to take a moment to reflect on what we learned over the course of this project, as far as integrating accessibility into our own consulting practice and research processes, from engaging with stakeholders to formatting the final report.

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New LCA! Research Report, "#ScreenAccessON" Published: Exploring Issues in Employment, Accessibility and Inclusion in The Screen-Based Industries
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Sep 27, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Lights, Camera, Access! (LCA!) Marking 10 Years of Advocacy and Advancement For Persons with Disabilities In Canadian Film, Television & Digital Media New LCA! Research Report, "#ScreenAccessON" Published: Exploring Issues in Employment, Accessibility and Inclusion in The Screen-Based Industries

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Nordicity’s 2016 Price Comparison Report Grabs Canadians’ Attention (Nordicity Insight)
Posted by Sabrina Wilkinson in Ottawa on Aug 22, 2016

The release of Nordicity’s 2016 Price Comparison Study of Telecommunications Services in Canada and Select Foreign Jurisdictions, commissioned by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), was greeted with interest from news outlets and Canadians across the country including the Globe and Mail, National Post, and the CBC.

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Nordicity's 2016 Telecommunications Services Price Comparison Study published by the CRTC
Posted by Nordicity in Ottawa on Aug 11, 2016

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) published the 9th (2016) edition of the Annual Telecommunications Services Price Comparison Study. This Study was commissioned by the CRTC and prepared by Nordicity.

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Globe and Mail: How Canada’s Internet, wireless rates compare with international prices
Posted by Globe and Mail in Ottawa on Aug 11, 2016

Canadians continue to pay among the highest telecom prices in many cases, reveals an annual report comparing the prices of Internet, wireless and home phone services across several major developed countries. Published on Thursday, the lengthy report – which was commissioned by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and prepared by consultancy Nordicity Group Ltd. – also looks at how home telephone and wireless Internet prices stack up internationally.

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CBC: Canada's cellphone rates rank among highest in 8-country study, report says
Posted by CBC in Ottawa on Aug 11, 2016

Canadians continue to pay some of the highest rates for wireless service in the G7 and Australia, according to a study commissioned by the CRTC and released Thursday. The study, which was carried out by Nordicity Group for the telecom regulator, found that Canadians looking for 150 minutes of monthly mobile service paid more than consumers in every other G7 country and Australia.

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Nordicity commissioned to undertake UK theatre and performing arts workforce review
in London U.K. on Aug 04, 2016

UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) has commissioned Nordicity, in association with Alistair Smith, Editor of The Stage (print), to undertake a research study of the UK’s theatre and performing arts sector.

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Three things I learned about smart cities at Accent on Planning (Nordicity Snapshot)
Posted by Emily Macrae in Toronto on Jul 28, 2016

The phrase “smart cities” has captured the imagination of policy wonks, conceptual artists and start-up founders alike. So when I saw that smart cities were one of the themes of this year’s Canadian Institute of Planners conference I was curious to see how urban and regional planners working across the country for all levels of government, as well as in the private and nonprofit sectors, would address the topic. Accent on Planning lived up to its name and from keynote speeches to casual conversations I discovered the implications of smart cities for Canadian communities of all sizes.

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Striking a chord in Trinidad & Tobago: Nordicity commissioned to develop five year strategic plan for the music industry
Posted by Carly Frey in Vancouver on Jul 06, 2016

The Trinidad and Tobago Music Company Limited (MusicTT) has asked Nordicity, along with University of the West Indies Consulting (UWI) and entertainment attorney Lloyd Stanbury, to prepare a strategic plan for the development of the music industry in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Nordicity to develop CARICOM’s Strategic Plan for the Cultural Industries
Posted by Carly Frey in Vancouver on Jul 06, 2016

Together with University of the West Indies Consulting (UWI), Nordicity has been commissioned by the Caribbean Community and Common Market (known as CARICOM) to prepare a regional plan for the cultural and entertainment industries in its 15 member states.

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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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