Author Archives: markleaver

Los Angeles

Across a sparkling visit to Los Angeles I met with the innovation leads of three major studios and a number of interesting digital production services businesses. What was striking was the significant strategic focus on the use of real time … Continue reading

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Frankfurt

To Frankfurt for Me Convention, “a ‘future lab’ for exploring major issues and promising ideas for society, business, science and our planet.” Within the convention SxSW produces a “start up cities” strand with a focus on places where there is … Continue reading

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Framing Immersion / Italy

As detailed below the Framing Immersion report I recently authored – a collection of personal testimonies exploring the challenges and opportunities in creating immersive experiences in an emerging market – is now published. Download here: SWCTN Framing Immersion report And … Continue reading

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Framing Immersion / Madrid

Over the past couple of months I have been putting together a report capturing the current developments in immersive tech based on the insight of the producers who are the architects of this new form. Framing Immersion is a collection … Continue reading

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Bristol / Cardiff / Porto

Channel 4 has now announced the location for its Bristol Creative Hub in the centre of the city (https://www.channel4.com/press/news/channel-4-chooses-bristols-finzels-reach-home-its-new-creative-hub). It will be interesting to see how this accelerates an already shifting geographic focal point for the media industries in Bristol. … Continue reading

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Stockholm

Cold in Stockholm, so retreating to the Pickled Herring pub within the British Embassy as the venue for a presentation on UK creativity / technology seemed like a good option. Whilst not a big city there is a clear sense … Continue reading

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Paris

To the British Embassy in Paris, for a collaboration between Department for International Trade and French TV industry event Série Series (http://www.serieseries.fr/en/prog_hors-murs.php). The day event highlighted British excellence in television production – with a focus on drama series – and … Continue reading

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Helsinki

To a dark, cold Helsinki and Slush, still a show like no other and always valuable. Slightly less VIP / political presence on stage this year but a high quality attendance across European tech – with AI and healthcare standing … Continue reading

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Channel 4 Creative Hub – Bristol

Bristol successful as location for new C4 Creative Hub! Fantastic news https://t.co/IeIY3cBA3W — Mark Leaver (@mark_leaver) October 31, 2018 After a process which started in Spring 2017, amazing news last week from C4. Having authored the submissions from Bristol, working … Continue reading

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Sao Paulo / Santiago / Buenos Aires (London)

This blog could be subtitled: the failure of politics (with an exception) A fact-finding / relationship building visit across LatAm was in some ways an object lesson in a seemingly global failure or polarization of politics. The rise of Bolsonaro … Continue reading

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