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Great line up for Connecting UK & Germany digital media event in Berlin – new additions

  Some great names have been confirmed to speak at the Connecting UK & German Digital Media event in Berlin on 15 th Sept.   The event will bring together the hottest Berlin start ups alongside established German media businesses and financiers, providing a unique opportunity to get an instant introduction to opportunities in one of Europe’s most dynamic...
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MIP TV round up – social, participative, accessible, connected, cannibals

  An interesting MIP TV – one full of subtle tensions. Whilst the business of global TV distribution continued in the Palais, there was a sense that the digital revolution in consumer behaviour and personal technologies was finally beginning to change the game, especially highlighted in the excellent Connecting Creativity conference. But there was a matching counter to that,...
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Technology meets Creativity workshop – MIPTV, Cannes 6/4/2011

  The Technology meets Creativity workshop, staged as part of the Connected Creativity / Content 360 strand of MIPTV in Cannes, sought to explore the dimension of the impact of technology infrastructure on creative content development.   The theme of Connecting Creativity was the digital era of social, connected experiences – but through this workshop we sought...
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What would you nominate as the most important UK innovations in creative and digital media?

  Imagine you were making a film to promote UK innovation internationally – what would you feature as exemplars of real game changing innovation? who would be the individuals or businesses you’d highlight?   Could be creative content or a games producer, an effects tool or a digital platform, a software application or social network…   ...
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Chinwag’s Global Grill @ SxSW Interactive

  Chinwag and UKTI are organising the Global Grill, an official SXSW party, for all the international folks heading to Austin for South by South West (SXSW).   As they put it themselves “what better way to celebrate than with an opportunity to network with fellow out-of-towners and our American friends with some fine local BBQ and cold beverages?” ...
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Deadline today: last call for entries for Content 360 competition

  Content 360, the digital creativity festival attached to MIPTV (Cannes, 4-7 April), has a deadline of today to enter its pitching showcase – a last chance to “submit your game-changing ideas to the world’s most influential multi-platform audience“.   Entry is free and prizes of up to €12k are available, but you’ll need to be...
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Losing our cutting edge? NESTA Next Gen. report identifies a UK skills problem

  The recently published NESTA Next Gen report (Transforming the UK into the world’s leading talent hub for the video games and visual effects industry), also known as the Livingstone-Hope Skills Review, makes for fairly depressing reading.   As it puts it “there are severe misalignments between the education system and what the UK video games and visual...
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Silicon Roundabout? Silicon Gorge? Where are the UK innovation hotspots?

  In November 2010 David Cameron delivered a speech in East London which identified the aim of the UK “becoming the most attractive place in the world to start and invest in innovative technology companies”.  [ Full transcript ]   Over the next few weeks the CIKTN will be working with UK Trade & Investment to explore the current landscape,...
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Activision closure adds to fears for British games industry

Activision, the world's largest publisher of video games, has announced the closure of its Liverpool based development subsidiary, Bizarre Creations. See this Independent report for background.   Straightforward business decision off the back of a disappointing release or further evidence of the exodus of work and talent from the UK? I was discussing with the CEO of...
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Content Across Continents - connecting SW UK and Singapore

  Unfortunately the opportunity below is only open to companies based in the South West.   The second version of the ground-breaking Content Across Continents initiative has now been launched in partnership between the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) and South West Screen .   Under the 2011 scheme Singaporean and British producers will...
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Cameron in China

David Cameron’s “largest ever trade delegation” to China is a little light on creative industries representatives, although perhaps unsurprisingly. In putting the trip together the Government wanted to focus on the largest UK companies (with a bias towards financial services), and preferably those with a deal which could be announced, so only a couple of creative...
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EUREKA Eurostars funding

European funding often feels slightly out of reach of most creative SME’s. After a bit of research the main €50Bn FP7 fund gets more and more complicated, needing a tight fit to criteria and 3 country partners. Add into this the stories of those who bear the scars of the volume of administration required to manage EU funding and suddenly it looks like more hassle than it’s...
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Asia TV Forum, Singapore 8-10 December 2010

The creative industries in Singapore are the fastest expanding sector on the island, delivering around 6% GDP (Media sector value in 2008 = S$22Bn). They are seen as a key growth opportunity and through the Singapore Media Development Authority over £100M is currently being invested in digital infrastructure, innovation and international connections – reinforcing the position of...
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UK / China Animation Forum - 6th & 7th Dec, Beijing

China is now officially the second largest economy in the world and continues to grow, despite the global recession, at nearly 9% p.a.   The animation industry in China is also expanding fast and is viewed as representing a significant growth sector, attracting Government support at both national and regional levels through preferential taxation, industry funding and the...
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NASSCOM Animation & Gaming Summit, India

UK Trade & Investment is organising a mission to the NASSCOM Animation and Games Summit in Hyderabad, and also including a visit to Pune, India from 8th to 13th November.  If you are a UK games or animation company interested in doing business in India, then UKTI would like to help you.   The first half of the mission will take place in Pune, a city with around 1000...
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UK Trade & Investment Creative Industries & ICT Marketing Toolkits

Over the course of the year we will be partnering in our activities with UK Trade & Investment – the UK Government agency which provides expert trade advice and practical support to UK-based companies wishing to grow their business overseas. As a first step we are linking to two “toolkits” which they have compiled, aimed at the Creative Industries and ICT sectors....
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What would you nominate as the most important UK innovations in creative and digital media?

  Imagine you were making a film to promote UK innovation internationally –...

Silicon Roundabout? Silicon Gorge? Where are the UK innovation hotspots?

  In November 2010 David Cameron delivered a speech in East London which identified...

NASSCOM Animation & Gaming Summit, India

UK Trade & Investment is organising a mission to the NASSCOM Animation and Games Summit...