SXSW 2015 Re-Cap: “Game of Thrones” – Creating Immersive Entertainment

Game of Thrones is unlike many others series in that it is on-air only for a few weeks each year, meaning that the show’s producers face a very particular dilemma: Keep fan passion and interest going for the rest of the year when other shows and content are competing for the fans’ attention. Since its premiere, Game […]

SXSW 2015 Re-Cap: Predicting Box Office Performance

The first notable case or example from SXSW that I would like to share with you in more detail is from the session “The Link Between Social Media and the Box Office“, presented by David Herrin, Head of Research at the United Talent Agency. Herrin and his team have developed a tool called “Preact” which allows […]

SXSW 2015 Key Entertainment Trends

  As some of you may have gathered from my Twitter feed, I was back at SXSW this year. Just like last year, my time at SXSW has been incredibly inspirational and educational, and there are a few key entertainment trends that I would like to share with you. On top of that, there will […]

SXSW 2014 Re-cap: How Jane Austen Conquered Social Storytelling

This is the fifth part of my SXSW 2014 re-caps. You can find a complete list of all re-caps here. Today’s re-cap is about my favorite panel from SXSW 2014, entitled How Jane Austen Conquered Social Storytelling. The two panelists, Bernie Su and Jay Bushman, explained how they made their three web series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Welcome […]

SXSW 2014 Re-cap: A Conversation with Julian Assange

This is part 5 of my SXSW 2014 re-cap. You can find all other re-caps here. Issues of privacy in the age of the internet had their own sub-track at SXSW Interactive. There were skype-in calls with Julian Assange and Edward Snowden amongst other panels, and while I was only able to attend the call […]

SXSW14 Re-Cap: 5 Lessons Learned from Movie Studios on How to Market Your Movie

Welcome to the fourth part of my SXSW14 re-cap, which will focus on the 5 Lessons Learned from Movie Studios on How to Market Your Movie panel. To go to any of my other SXSW14 re-caps, please click here.   Panelists:   JP Richards, Vice President Digital Marketing, Universal Pictures Ethan Applen, Executive Director, Warner […]

SXSW14 Re-cap: Building An Interactive Storyworld

Here comes part 3 of my SXSW14 re-caps: New Narratives: Building an Interactive Storyworld. For an overview of all SXSW14 re-caps, please click here.     Panelists: Aina Abiodun, Founder, Storycode Karim Ahmad, Sr Digital Content Strategist, ITVS Mike Knowlton, Partner, Murmur Ted Hope, CEO, Fandor / Double Hope Films   At the moment, most […]

SXSW 2014 Re-Cap: Second Screens

  This is my re-cap of the How to Monetize the 2nd Screen Evolution panel from SXSW 2014. Check out the overview of all my SXSW 2014 re-caps here.   Presenters: Gregory Consiglio, President & COO, Viggle Inc.  Jesse Redniss, CSO, Mass Relevance Inc.     The most favorite second screen apps remain Twitter and Facebook. Show- […]

SXSW 2014 Re-Cap

    I just got back from my very first SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, and it was simply amazing and invigorating. SXSW vibrated with great minds, great talents, great projects, and great conversations. This conference is where the good stuff happens, and where people do and think cutting-edge. If you’re interested in social and/or […]

“Envisioning the Literary World of Cornelia Funke” @ FMX 2013

  Today I spent the day at the FMX Conference in Stuttgart where I’d been asked to introduce the keynote talk “Envisioning the Literary World of Cornelia Funke.” As you may know, Cornelia Funke is an international best-selling author who has penned Wild Chicks, The Thief Lord, the Inkwell series, and Dragon Rider, for example. […]