The economic, cultural and audience contributions of the UK’s film, high-end TV, animation and video games industries
in London- UK on Aug 05, 2014

In a project being led by Olsberg SPI, Nordicity has been retained to produce a key study on the economic, cultural and audience contributions of the UK’s film, high-end TV, animation and video games industries.

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Nunavut arts community is talented, growing, but not business savvy (Nunatsiaq News)
Posted by Nordicity in Ottawa on Aug 01, 2014

New report shows need for improved financial literacy SARAH ROGERS Thousands of Nunavummiut take part and earn a living in the territory’s arts sector, including visual arts and crafts, film and media and performing arts. There is a growing arts community across Nunavut, but its stakeholders say they face a growing number of challenges when it come to business and administration.

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Canada Council for the Arts Releases Needs Assessment of Arts Administration Skills in Nunavut’s Arts and Culture Sector
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto and Ottawa on Jul 29, 2014

This needs assessment study highlights many complex business and arts administration needs in the Nunavut arts community, ranging from individual financial literacy to organizational planning and management. It was commissioned in response to feedback from Nunavut artists and arts organizations that building business and arts administration capacity is key to the growth and stability of the territory’s arts and culture sector.

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Web Series Creation Growing in Ontario
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Jun 25, 2014

The supply of new Web series content is likely to grow, if Ontario online content creators continue their pace of production. A new study released by the Independent Web Series Creators of Canada (IWCC) paints an economic picture of the province’s growing content creation and distribution industry, noting that the volume of production has increased by more than 25% since 2012 [...]

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Canada’s IPF invests nearly $2M across 17 web series (Stream Daily)
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Jun 23, 2014

Canada’s Independent Production Fund has announced that 17 scripted drama series will receive funding in its latest round of financing, including 13 new productions, the organization announced Friday.

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Web series production in Canada on the rise: report (Playback Online)
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on May 12, 2014

While web series production in Canada is increasing overall, producers are still facing significant barriers when it comes to financing their projects, according to a report from the Independent Web Series Creators of Canada and Nordicity.

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Nordicity team expands in Ottawa and Toronto
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto and Ottawa on Apr 11, 2014

Nordicity partners welcome new appointments to the strategy consulting firm’s Ottawa and Toronto offices.

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Is the Broadcasting Act crippling the CBC? (The Globe and Mail)
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto and Ottawa on Apr 11, 2014

Discussions of the CBC’s future tend to focus heavily on English-language television: Should the CBC do reality programming? Should the CBC cut low-rated regional newscasts? Does advertising distort the broadcaster’s public mandate? The truth, however, is that the CBC has a broad, multilingual mandate delivered across multiple platforms and much of it established by law. While the CBC’s parliamentary grant has been cut repeatedly since the 1990s, its parliamentary mandate set out in the Broadcasting Act has not been updated since 1991.

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Nordicity presents “MyEIA”
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto and Ottawa on Apr 10, 2014

Nordicity provides a briefing on economic impact assessments for the cultural and ICT industries in Toronto and Ottawa

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Orangeville needs some culture: report (Orangeville Banner)
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Apr 07, 2014

Orangeville should tweak its already impressive arts base, according to the recently released cultural advantage plan. With the help of consultants Culture Capital, Nordicity and GeoPraxis, Orangeville has created its first cultural plan and map. A series of recommendations were presented to council on Monday (March 31).

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Orangeville unveils Municipal Cultural Plan
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Apr 01, 2014

The Town of Orangeville has unveiled the "Orangeville Cultural Advantage" - the Town's first Municipal Cultural Plan and Cultural Map. Initiated last year, Orangeville Council received the Municipal Cultural Plan this week, as completed by Culture Capital in partnership with Nordicity and GeoPraxis.

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In memoriam – Pat MacKenzie, Nordicity office manager from 1992-97
Posted by Nordicity on Mar 14, 2014

As Nordicity grew in its first incarnation (pre-PwC merger), Pat MacKenzie was hired as a dedicated office manager for Nordicity’s practice.

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Report helps attract investors to Nanaimo's tech industry (Nanaimo news Bulletin)
Posted by Nordicity on Mar 13, 2014

Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation and Innovation Island released an economic impact analysis of the Nanaimo region technology sector. Research firm Nordicity was commissioned at a cost of $18,000 to conduct a survey of Nanaimo’s tech sector and build the report, which is a component of the economic development corporation’s Technology Economic Impact Study conducted to create an updated inventory of businesses, data and economic impact analysis of Nanaimo’s technology sector [...]

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High-tech revenues reach $204m in Nanaimo, BC (Nanaimo Daily News)
Posted by Nordicity in Vancouver on Mar 08, 2014

Report from Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation cites huge impact from businesses. Shawn Adrian had the opportunity to move his high-tech company, Input Logic, from Nanaimo to San Francisco but decided to keep operations in the city. Input Logic, a small but growing business with five employees currently, turned heads around the world last year with its concept for the Postach.io Internet technology, which enables users to publish blogs, photos, and other content to the web in seconds from any mobile or desktop computer [...]

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Economic Profile of Web Series Content Creators Develops at Nordicity, IWCC (Mediacaster Magazine)
Posted by Nordicity on Mar 06, 2014

The challenges and opportunities faced by online video producers and Web series creators will be documented in an economic profile and industry study now being conducted by Independent Web Series Creators of Canada (IWCC-CIWC), with the financial support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) [...]

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Behind the shots: Mr. X and Pompeii (Playback)
Posted by Nordicity on Feb 21, 2014

It’s Mr. X’s biggest-ever job since its inception in 2001, and likely among the most ambitious any Canadian FX shop has tackled. The Toronto-based company helped re-create ancient Italy and the AD 79 explosion of Mount Vesuvius for the Canada-Germany copro Pompeii, which shot last year in Toronto. The 3D action flick – with an estimated budget of $90 million – tells the story of Milo (Kit Harrington), a gladiator-slave who battles in the Pompeii amphitheater when the nearby volcano explodes, sending the city’s inhabitants scurrying [...]

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Budget Pledge To Expand Internet Access To Rural Canadians Won't Cut It, New Report Says (The Huffington Post)
Posted by Nordicity on Feb 13, 2014

The $305 million federal budget pledge for expanded high-speed internet in rural and remote communities is only a fraction of the billions a new report says it could take to upgrade connections in Canada’s three territories alone [...]

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Nordicity studying the impacts of translating Linux-based Ubuntu for the Inuit language Inuktitut (Nordicity)
Posted by Nordicity in Ottawa on Feb 12, 2014

OTTAWA – January 2014 - Nordicity has been retained by the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) to identify the socio-cultural impacts of a project currently proposed in Nunavik to translate ‘Ubuntu’ –an English-language, open-source (Linux-based) operating system into Inuktitut [...]

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Nordicity report finds Canadian indie TV production down by almost 10 per cent last year (The Globe and Mail)
on Jan 29, 2014

Canadian independent TV production fell 9.8 per cent in 2012-13, to $2.32-billion, as broadcasters moved away from buying shows from outside producers and spent more money producing their own shows. There were a couple of bright spots: After a 10-per-cent drop in 2011-12, U.S. TV and film producers spent 3.1-per-cent more on production in Canada, for a total of $1.74-billion. That sector, known as “foreign location and service,” comprises 30 per cent of the industry’s total revenue. The report, published by the CMPA, an industry trade group, in association with the Association québécoise de la production médiatique, the federal Department of Canadian Heritage and the consulting firm Nordicity Group Ltd., drew numbers from the last TV season, which concluded in March, 2013.

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Nordicity to present findings of Northern Connectivity Study in Whitehorse, Yukon on 11 February 2014 (Nordicity)
Posted by Nordicity on Jan 28, 2014

OTTAWA — January 28th, 2014 — Nordicity Partner Stuart Jack will be presenting the findings of the recently released study Northern Connectivity: Ensuring Quality Communications to the Northern Connectivity Information Systems Working Group (NCIS WG) in Whitehorse, YT on Tuesday February 11th, 2014 at 9:15am (PST) [...]

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Nordicity analyses the economic impact of alternative wayleave regimes on UK broadband for the Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)
Posted by Nordicity on Jan 11, 2014

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) has published a new report that highlights the potential economic and infrastructure benefits to the broadband market of adopting any one of three alternative wayleave regimes, which might make it easier, faster and cheaper for ISPs and mobile operators to install new telecoms infrastructure [...]

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The games people play: An investigation of relocation in the video games industry (Re:Locate Magazine)
Posted by Nordicity on Jan 09, 2014

Canada's videogames sector is the world's third largest in terms of employment, and the country's wider information, communications and technology sector is also a significant contributor to the Canadian economy. Mark E Johnson investigates how this is affecting relocation. Canada can now boast that its videogames sector is the third-biggest in the world in terms of employment; it overtook the UK’s back in 2010. With the global industry likely to be worth US$93 billion in 2013 according to IT research firm Gartner, that’s no mean feat [...]

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WorkInCulture to Examine Cultural Industries Labour Market Information (LMI)
Posted by Nordicity on Jan 02, 2014

WorkInCulture has engaged Nordicity to develop and conduct this short survey in response to gaps in timely and relevant labour market information specific to the creative industries. This survey is aimed at HR professionals or those responsible for hiring in film, television, books, magazines, music and interactive digital media (IDM) companies located in Ontario. Your responses will help shed light on the highest priority labour market information gaps common to organizations across Ontario's creative industries. Priorities were determined through interviews with a group of key stakeholders from the creative industries.

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Interactive digital media industry worth $3.8B in Canada: study (Playback)
Posted by Nordicity on Dec 04, 2013

Interactive digital media (IDM) is a $3.8-billion industry in Canada according to a report released this week, and a large majority of the companies surveyed are projecting future revenue growth. The Canadian Interactive Industry Profile 2012 delves into the economics of those that are in the business of creating digital content for the purposes of entertainment, information or education. It was presented at the Interactive Ontario’s X-Summit programming at nextMEDIA on Tuesday.

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CMF Releases Interactive Industry Profile (Broadcaster)
Posted by Nordicity on Dec 03, 2013

The Canadian Interactive Industry Profile 2012, which provides an in-depth look at the interactive digital media industry in Canada, was released today during Interactive Ontario’s X-Summit programming at nextMEDIA. This report follows two previous editions of the Canadian Interactive Industry Profiles released in 2006 and 2008 but proposes a revised methodology that includes a more narrowed definition of the digital media industry to provide more of a focus on companies creating true “rich interactive experiences” (in terms of content creation) and those that supply services that directly enable other firms to create those experiences [...]

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Nordicity study for On Screen Manitoba buttresses Manitoba Throne speech support of creative industries (Gov't of Manitoba)
Posted by Nordicity in Winnipeg on Nov 12, 2013

Nordicity study for On Screen Manitoba buttresses Manitoba Throne speech support of creative industries

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Growing Media Industry On Screen in Manitoba
Posted by Nordicity on Nov 05, 2013

Home-grown productions, foreign location services and a growing digital media sector have put Manitoba’s media production industry on a roll, and a new economic impact analysis released today points to the significant contribution the industry makes to the province. Analyzing data from numerous sources for the five-year period from 2008 – 2009 through 2012-2013, Snapshot 2013 provides a comprehensive review of the Manitoba media production industry’s structure, workforce, emerging trends and significant contributions to the province’s economy, as well as the social and cultural benefits it generates [...]

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Game Industry Contributes $2.3 billion to Canada's Economy
Posted by Nordicity on Nov 01, 2013

The game industry contributes more than $2.3 billion to Canada's GDP, according to a new report by the Entertainment Software Association of Canada. The research into the Canadian industry stated the country's game sector was the third largest development sector in the world behind the US [...]

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Manitoba Sees Payoff From Film Investment
Posted by Nordicity on Oct 30, 2013

The province of Manitoba's stake in film and media production has paid off to the tune of more than half a billion dollars in production volume in the past five years, according to a new economic impact analysis released Tuesday morning at the offices of On Screen Manitoba. OSM commissioned the study, which analyzed data from 2008-09 to 2012-13, and showed a dramatic rise in the industry's production volume, from $74 million during the global economic crisis in 2009 to $129.9 million in 2012-13. The five-year total was $542.3 million [...]

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Manitoba Film Industry Growing: Nordicity study
in Winnipeg on Oct 29, 2013

The province of Manitoba’s stake in film and media production has paid off to the tune of more than half a billion dollars in production volume in the past five years, according to a new economic impact analysis released Tuesday morning at the offices of On Screen Manitoba.

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Manitoba film industry sees major growth, influx of cash
in Winnipeg on Oct 29, 2013

On Screen Manitoba notes big increase in co-production in media production industry

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Canada’s growing video game industry pumps $2.3B into economy
Posted by Nordicity on Oct 27, 2013

With more than 300 video game companies operating across the country, Canada now has the world’s third-largest video game development industry in the world, after the U.S. and Japan. The gaming industry employs more than 16,000 people and contributes $2.3 billion to Canada’s GDP, according to the latest figures from the Entertainment Software Association of Canada [...]

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Game industry adds CA$2.3B to Canada's GDP
Posted by Nordicity on Oct 22, 2013

A report released by the Entertainment Software Association of Canada (PDF) has revealed that Canada's video game industry generated over CA$2.3 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) for the country's economy in 2012 [...]

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New survey maps Nanaimo's tech sector
Posted by Nordicity on Sep 28, 2013

A new $18,000 economic survey will test the strength of Nanaimo’s technology sector. The Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation and Innovation Island are partnering on a new technology survey that will peg down the scope of the sector, the jobs it generates and economic spinoffs. The initiative is part of the economic corporation’s effort to collect benchmark information on different sectors in the Harbour City so it can promote growth. It recently collected information on the economic benefits of arts and culture. The results of the estimated $19,000 survey is expected this October.

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Fredericton to Develop Cultural Plan
Posted by Nordicity on Sep 03, 2013

The City of Fredericton’s Economic Development Tourism and Culture Department is developing a Culture Plan for Fredericton which will guide decision making and identify priorities for strengthening Fredericton’s cultural resources. The plan will include specific measures and action items for cultural development over the next three to five years. Fredericton’s Culture Plan will also link cultural activities with tourism and other economic development initiatives. Work on the plan began in August and is expected to be complete by the end of the year. This planning process will take into consideration the other related studies currently underway, including the feasibility study for the Playhouse as well as the City Centre Plans. To undertake this important initiative, the City of Fredericton has partnered with consulting firm Nordicity.

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