Just when I thought Disney couldn’t get any bigger after acquiring Marvel and launching The Avengers as a transmedia franchise, the entertainment giant proves me all wrong. Today, Disney announced that it will purchase Lucasfilm for approximately $4 billion, complete with its rights to the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises and Lucasfilm’s special effects arms. While this message left me – and according to my social media feeds, many others as well – completely stunned, the news probably shouldn’t have come as too much of a surprise after all. If you take a closer look at the current entertainment landscape, you’ll find that
After attending last year’s amazing and truly impressive Storyworld 2011 Conference I was more than happy to be able to attend this year’s Storyworld in Hollywood as well. While it was great to see everybody again, the majority of the presentations and panels unfortunately had only very few new insights to offer. This may be due to a possible indecision among the organizers in terms of whether Storyworld should try to introduce transmedia as a concept to those who have heard little of it before, or whether it should foster a knowledge- and experience-exchange among the existing transmedia community. I
DAY 2 – Morning Talk: It all started with a Mouse – Orrin Shively (Disney) in conversation with Alison Norrington Mickey’s 10 commandments (by Marty Sklar): Know your audience. Wear your guests’ shoes. Organize the flow of people and ideas. Create a weenie. Communicate with visual literacy.