New Videogame Player Psychometric Model – 5 Domains of Play

As I prepare to head off to GDC 2013 in a couple of weeks’ time, I am reminded of a fantastic presentation that I saw at GDC 2012 by Jason VandenBerghe, Creative Director of Ubisoft. The presentation was called, “5 Domains of Play”, and its purpose was to redefine the model that is used to… Read More»

The Facilitator – “I’ll Be Back”

I ran into somebody yesterday who’d read my post, “The Middle-Man IS the problem”, and dismissed it by saying that there will always be middle-men, so what’s the point of dreaming otherwise? I think they missed my point. Yes, there will always be middle-men, especially if they add a useful service that other people want… Read More»

Crowdfunding Paradigm Shift – Kickstarter & Double Fine Adventure

I hate using the phrase, “Paradigm Shift”, because it sounds so phoney and hyperbolic but in this case I think it’s warranted. The video game project – Double Fine Adventure – has just raised $3.3m – from 87,142 fans on Kickstarter. There are a number of reasons to be excited about this. The first is… Read More»

Storytelling is a search for meaning

We enjoy stories that either confirm what we already know to be true, or to change our perspective entirely. Stories entertain, but they also educate. And, above all, it is a community activity. A Shared Experience. We enjoy stories because they connect us to one another and to the human condition. Sometimes, they give us… Read More»

The Middle-Man is the Problem

When I see how successful “The Artist” has become ($81m worldwide BO as of this writing), I am reminded of how difficult it is to get unusual films made yet how much the audience enjoys them. Film is really more than a medium of escape – it is a place to find fresh new ideas,… Read More»

Jane Wright & Paul Grindey – Independent Feature Films

In this podcast, I brought together Jane Wright and Paul Grindey to discuss feature film development, finance and distribution. I was particularly interested in their advice for the independent producer, given that they have worked both as independents and for large organisations. Jane Wright has worked for the BBC for 15 years, most recently as… Read More»

When Loyalty Pays Off

As an independent producer, I meet with a lot of financiers, distributors and sales agents. It reminds me that I’m not making films for the audience. I’m making them for the middle-men. This is far from ideal. The ideal scenario would be to have a direct line to the consumer – like you do in… Read More»

Liz Rosenthal – What is Transmedia?

I’m starting a new series entitled, “State of the Union”, to examine how the entertainment business is developing in the European Union. I’m doing this because I feel that we are lacking shared resources here on this side of the pond, compared to what’s on offer in America. My hope is that by holding roundtable… Read More»

Will Tablets Kill the Television Star?

Apologies for the kludgy headline but I had that song stuck in my head as I was writing this. If you don’t know the song, then I’m showing my age. They said that 2010 was the Year of the Tablet… but it only turned out to be the Year of the iPad. Now, post-CES, we… Read More»

What does Crowdpower mean for Entertainment?

I just wrote an article on Nomadz, “Dematerialising Posessions into The Cloud.” In it, I wrote about the effect of the weightless economy on goods and services, inspired by the work of Rachel Botsman and her thesis, ‘collaborative consumption’. What I didn’t do was discuss at length how this will affect the entertainment industry… Even… Read More»