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36 minutes | May 12, 2022
Building a career in film from scratch, w/Amber M. Sherman, Beyond Film School
We are doing something a bit different with this episode as we talk to a professional behind the camera to learn how they built their career in the film industry with little to no contacts. Today's Global VID Podcast is a true DIY career story meant to motivate all of us, no matter what stage you are at, as we keep marching forward to grow our careers.Please meet NYC-based Amber M. Sherman. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Amber never thought a life in the film industry could be possible. But once in college, she started to get her feet wet as a camera assistant on any shoot available in town. She later relocated to LA and then NYC to finally transition to the Assistant Director department where she finally found her calling in film.So how does someone get started from scratch? How does someone become an Assistant Director? What are Amber's top tips to get into the business & work behind the camera? Listen and find out!---This also marks the end of Season 2 of Global VID. We'll mostly be taking a break but we'll do a few short bonus episodes over the summer months so please subscribe/follow our podcast to not miss any new content. We'll be back with Season 3 in the Fall, so you can also join our mailing list at https://bit.ly/3qPI8dx to be the first to know when!---**More on Amber M. Sherman**Website: https://www.beyondfilmschool.comYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/beyondfilmschoolFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/beyondfilmschoolInstagram: @beyondfilmschoolTwitter: @asherms21---Global VID Season 2, Episode 14 is hosted/produced by Eric Y. Lapointe and And Now Global, a Vancouver based international content consulting company.---https://www.globalvidpodcast.com
18 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
Film Festivals & TV Markets Compared
In this special bonus episode, Global VID Podcast host Eric Y. Lapointe compares the differences between Film Festivals & TV Markets and outlines event options to consider around the globe. This video is geared to educate new-to-mid level producers who want to learn what makes these events different so that they can better strategize which ones to travel to and invest in. Finally, the episode shares a few quick tips on how to research & prepare for these festivals & markets.Join our bi-weekly mailing list to keep up to date with new content, industry news and tips: https://bit.ly/3qPI8dxhttp://www.globalvidpodcast.com
37 minutes | Apr 12, 2022
Learning about Brazil & Rio2C w/ Ana C. Springefeldt
In this latest Global VID episode, we speak with our first South American guest, Ana C. Springefeldt (Rio2C, Civetta Entretenimento), to talk about their top content event Rio2C (formerly known as Rio Content Market) and we get a quick snapshot at how TV & Film projects are currently financed in Brazil. Plus, as always, our guest shares how they got started in entertainment - and it's clear to see just how passionate Springefeldt is about her career.---If you like our podcast, please subscribe or follow us on your favorite app (Google, Apple, Spotify, etc.) Visit Globalvidpodcast.com for more info or join our mailing list at https://bit.ly/3qPI8dx---Global VID Season 2, Episode 12 is hosted/produced by Eric Y. Lapointe and And Now Global, a Vancouver based international content consulting company.--- Ana Cecilia Springefeldt is a Brazilian professional with over 20 years of entertainment business experience. She is not only the Curatorship Coordinator at Rio2C, Latin America’s largest creativity and innovation event organization but she is also the Director & Co-Founder of Civetta Entretenimento, a company specializing in finance & development of audio-visual projects and the acceleration of content production companies. Throughout her career, she has built a broad and strategic market experience, from having worked in the public sector as an advisor to the board of directors at ANCINE (Brazilian National Film Agency) and RIOFILME (Public Audiovisual investment company, linked to the Rio de Janeiro City Hall) to privately held roles at top audiovisual production companies, including the Film Fund RB Cinema 1.For more info on Rio2C, visit: https://www.rio2c.com
32 minutes | Mar 29, 2022
Introduction to TV in Asia-Pacific w/ James Ross, Lightning International
In this Global VID Podcast episode, we speak with James Ross, the President & Founder of Hong-Kong-based Lightning International to have a closer look at the Asia-Pacific TV marketplace, TV market conferences people should consider attending and finally we discuss what's in store for the TV/Digital future in the region. If you ever wondered about how to sell into Asia, this is a great first step!---If you like our podcast, please subscribe or follow us on your favorite app (Google, Apple, Spotify, etc.) Visit Globalvidpodcast.com for more info or join our mailing list at https://bit.ly/3qPI8dx---Global VID Season 2, Episode 11 is hosted/produced by Eric Y. Lapointe and And Now Global, a Vancouver based international content consulting company.---More About Lightning International:Lightning International is a global content and media solutions company, with special emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region. Their business is focused on delivering and distributing content of all kinds including channels, finished programming and formats. Their offices are in Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo and London.Website: https://www.lightninginternational.net/
44 minutes | Mar 15, 2022
How to Deal with Nerves When Pitching w/Michelle Miller, Communication Coach
Recently, the Global VID Podcast sat down with NYC actor & communication coach, Michelle Simone Miller to talk about dealing with nerves & handling rejection during the pitching/auditioning process in TV & Film. This episode is meant to inspire up & coming producers, actors but there are so many great nuggets of advice on how to deal with performance anxiety, that this can apply to just about anyone who needs help with any kind of public presentation in sales meetings, in the boardroom or in the classroom.---If you like our videos, please subscribe or follow us on your favorite podcast app (Google, Apple, Spotify, etc.) Visit Globalvidpodcast.com for more info or join our mailing list at https://bit.ly/3qPI8dx---Global VID Season 2, Episode 10 is hosted/produced by Eric Y. Lapointe and And Now Global, a Vancouver based international content consulting company.---Michelle Simone Miller is an actress, communications coach, teacher and host of the podcast, Mentors on the Mic. She earned her BA from Brandeis University in English and Theater, before pursuing a professional acting career in NYC. She has amassed credits in TV, Film, Theater, and Commercials, including roles in “Blue Bloods,” “Homeland,” “Winter’s Tale,” and a lead in an episode of MTV’s scripted series “One Bad Choice.” She loves using her acting background and training to teach clients professional development and communication skills, with a specialty in public speaking and on camera media training.Michelle has interviewed over 50 illustrious Mentors in Entertainment including Emmy-winning Producers, Directors, Agents, Managers, Authors, TV/Film Writers, Casting Directors, TV Executives and more. The guests on her podcast include creator and showrunner Marta Kauffman (Friends, Grace & Frankie), 5x Emmy-winning Director/Producer/Head Writer Rob Burnett (The Fundamentals of Caring, Late Show with David Letterman), and VP at Disney Animation Jay Francis.Instagram Personal: @MichelleSimoneMillerInstagram Podcast @MentorsOnTheMicTwitter Personal: @MichelleSimoneMTwitter Podcast: @MentorsOnTheMicActing/Coaching Website: https://www.michellesimonemiller.com/Podcast Website: https://anchor.fm/michelle-miller4
3 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
Special Announcement: Ukraine Support
Please take 3 minutes of your time to listen to this special announcement and consider donating to Ukrainian citizens through a charity of your choice.Here are two direct links to donate via the Red Cross:Canadian Red Cross: https://bit.ly/3BXp5mUUS/International Red Cross: https://bit.ly/3vqdBqB
37 minutes | Feb 15, 2022
Quebec Formats Going Global w/ Zone 3, Aetios & Aroma TV/KOTV
MILESTONE ALERT - this is Global VID's 25th episode (Season 2, Episode 9)! Thanks to everyone for listening - whether you are a first time listener or amongst our initial supporters! ---In this 25th episode, host Eric Y. Lapointe virtually heads back to Quebec to explore Canada's French-language production hub to talk about how this province punches well above its weight by leveraging their tight-budget productions and turn them into world-famous stories. For this conversation he sits down with three international sales executives: Mélanie Ratté of Zone 3, Kathleen Préfontaine of Aetios Productions and Barbara Vallant of Aroma TV / KOTV.The biggest theme that shines throughout this episode is just how important selling scripted formats has become, for Quebec producers, over the years. Check out the episode until the end to be inspired and learn all the interesting details that came out of this conversation.---If you like our podcasts, please subscribe/follow to keep up to date with our latest episodes. And visit Globalvidpodcast.com for more info or to join our mailing list.---About our 3 guests...MÉLANIE RATTÉ / ZONE 3:With her passion for media communications, Mélanie Ratté lost no time in making a name for herself in the world of Quebec’s television production. From working initially as a writer at Coscient Productions, she moved to Zone3 in 2000 where she has been involved in content development since day one, being successively appointed Director of development in 2009, and Manager, Creation & Business Development in 2017. She demonstrated her outstanding ability for building relationships with industry players in Canada and around the world. As Senior Director, International Distribution & Business Development, she is now responsible for expanding Zone3’s international footprint.KATHLEEN PRÉFONTAINE / AETIOS:Kathleen has a BFA in Design Art from Concordia University and a Minor in Marketing Management from HEC Montréal. In 2006, she began her career in the television format distribution business at Distraction Formats as the Director of Marketing. She then migrated to various Quebec production companies (La Presse Télé, Attraction Média and Trio Orange) where she established the new distribution department. She has participated in the international sales of the shows: Les Parent (France, Greece, Israel, Poland, Russia and Air Transat), En direct de l’univers (France and Lebanon) & 30 Lives (Brazil, France). At Aetios, she manages all aspects of distribution and participates in the development of new series.BARBARA VALLANT / AROMA TV / KOTVBarbara is a Montreal native and following her studies at Concordia University, she left for Germany, where she has resided for over 15 years.The bulk of her career has been focused on international TV distribution, with her first steps selling THE WORLD LIVE, a 90-second LIVE feed around the world from the unmanned camera network, earthTV. She effectively launched this previously unheard of, difficult -to-place segment on international news channels, including CNN, CBC, FRANCE 2, LCI (TF1), TRAVEL CHANNEL, just to name a few. This eventually brought her path towards TV formats, where in 2009, she became a TV sales agent and founded her one-woman company, AROMA-TV.---Global VID Season 2, Episode 9 is produced by And Now Global, a Vancouver based international content consulting company.---
33 minutes | Feb 1, 2022
Creating Comedy Content w/ Bruce Hills, Just For Laughs
In our latest episode of Global VID, we sit down with Bruce Hills, the President of Just For Laughs' English-language business to discuss the TV production side of the company... all leading up to the 40th anniversary summer of the world-renowned comedy festival in Montreal. We also learn about Bruce's early start in the entertainment business which provides great advice for aspiring + up & coming producers alike. If you work within the comedy industry, this episode is not to be missed! ---If you like our videos, please Subscribe to keep up to date with our latest episodes and clips. You can also find episodes on your favorite podcast app (Google, Apple, Spotify, etc.) Visit Globalvidpodcast.com for more info or to join our mailing list.---Global VID Season 2, Episode 8 is hosted/produced by Eric Y. Lapointe and And Now Global, a Vancouver based international content consulting company.---About Bruce Hills:Just For Laughs’ President Bruce Hills has been a driving force behind the world’s biggest comedy festival and most prestigious comedy brand for over 30 years. Beginning his Just For Laughs career as a driver in 1986, Hills has since held countless roles within the organization, including Director of Programming, Vice-President of International Television, COO, and now President. He oversees all of the company’s English business properties across global markets, focusing on growing the business in all divisions. Under his helm, Just For Laughs has significantly expanded its reach by launching festivals inMontréal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney, Australia. Over the past three decades, Hills has discovered and cultivated relationships with some of the industry’s most successful and influential artists, including Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, Trevor Noah, Wanda Sykes, Margaret Cho, Jimmy Fallon, Bill Burr, to name a few.Hills’ talents in TV development have led to over 1,500 Just For Laughs television specials broadcast by various key networks from around the world. The company’s TV deals have reached new heights, partnering with Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Kevin Hart’s HartBeat Productions, to name a few. As an award-winning producer, Hills received three consecutive Canadian Screen Awards for Best Variety or Entertainment Special for stand-up specials featuring Trevor Noah, PK Subban, and Aisha Brown. He served as a consulting producer on NBC's Bring the Funny, and as an Executive Producer on Amazon Prime’s critically acclaimed 6-episode docuseries, Inside Jokes.Hills also helped establish Just For Laughs Live as the #1 comedy promoter in Canada, which produces sold out tours across the country. Named one of Variety’s “50 Individuals Who Impacted Comedy”, declared “The King of Comedy” by The Globe and Mail and hailed by the UK’s edition of GQ Magazine as “the most powerful man in international comedy”, and has been honoured twice by the legendary comedian, Dave Chappelle. First in 2015, as the “Comedy Curator of a Generation” at the Montréal Festival; then again at the prestigious 2017 Canadian Screen Awards where JFL received the Canadian Academy’s Icon Award. Hills is frequently a keynote speaker and panelist at various festivals across the globe. Twitter: @BrucehillsInstagram: @BrucehillsjflLinkedIn: BruceHills
33 minutes | Jan 18, 2022
User Generated Content Strategy w/Jukin Media
In today's Global VID podcast episode, we dive into User Generated Content (UGC) which is essentially all of that self-made content that you see on YouTube and other social media platforms... and in this episode, we talk with Jonathan Skogmo, the CEO of Jukin Media (with content brands such as Fail Army, The Pet Collective, People Are Awesome), arguably the BIGGEST UGC production company in the world. We caught Johnathan Skogmo at a pivotal moment in his career as Jukin Media just sold their company to Trusted Media Brands... ever heard of them?---Visit Globalvidpodcast.com to join Global VID's mailing list.---Well... Trusted Media Brands (a.k.a. the original Reader's Digest Association company) is about to celebrate their 100th anniversary in February of 2022, when they published their very first edition of Reader's Digest, promoting the magazine through direct mail marketing by sending 5,000 letters to nurses and schoolteachers. By 1927, they had 30,00 subscribers, by 1939: 3 MILLION! By 1973? Over 30 MILLION! So what do these two brands have in common? Hang tight.Fast-forward to 2014, a CNBC article explained that Trusted Media Brands was going through its second bankruptcy in 5 years, right around the time when Bonnie Kintzer became the company's President. Nice challenge, huh? By 2017, the company cleaned up its debt and Trusted Media Brands started growing again as a digital-first company.So what do these companies have in common? In our episode, Johnathan Skogmo, labels Reader's Digest as one of the very first UGC content producers as they would often source articles from their readers. Finally, in the middle of the pandemic, Jukin Media was approached as Trusted Media Brands was looking for a video content company to align with their business. And this is where our podcast begins...https://www.jukinmedia.com/---Global VID Season 2, Episode 7 was produced by And Now Global, a Vancouver based international content consulting company.Host: Eric Y. LapointeEditor: Nicole AlmeidaTheme Song Composers: Nightwood (Amber Goodwyn, Erin Ross)
32 minutes | Jan 4, 2022
Exploring Scripted Formats w/ GoQuest Media
In today's Global VID Podcast episode (Season 2, Ep.6), we sit down with the co-founder of India's GoQuest Media, a global distribution company that got its start selling Indian content and later made a strategic decision to focus on scripted formats of non-English language drama series. Why? Listen and find out! Vivek also has a great story on how his career started and stick around to the end to hear great insights about how to negotiate with new VOD platforms. --- Visit Globalvidpodcast.com to join Global VID's mailing list. --- Vivek Lath is an entertainment entrepreneur and is the Co-Founder/CEO of GoQuest Media. Vivek started GoQuest in 2013 as an exporter of Indian content and since then has established an important space in the global distribution space. GoQuest is a global distribution company with content represented from over 15 countries and deals in over 50+ countries to date. GoQuest also is also building verticals in development and entertainment financing for the global entertainment marketplace. Vivek Lath has a Bachelors in Electronics Engineering from Mumbai University and a Masters in Computer Science from USC in Los Angeles. He started his career working for a boutique management consulting firm in Connecticut and in 2007 he moved back to India. In India he initially worked for TataSky, and then after a brief stint at entrepreneurship he ran all monetization for a movie production and distribution company in India. In 2013 he decided to start GoQuest with his business partner Jimmy George. --- GoQuest Media: https://goquestmedia.com/ Moderated by Eric Y. Lapointe of And Now Global https://www.andnowglobal.com
37 minutes | Dec 7, 2021
Hollywood North 101: Intro to Vancouver TV & Film productions
How has Vancouver, aka Hollywood North, become one of the biggest filming cities in the world? In our special Hollywood North episode, Global VID introduce you to 3 different people who greatly contribute to the Vancouver filming community: Liz Shorten, Brian Hamilton & Rob C. Cooper. ---Visit Globalvidpodcast.com to join Global VID's mailing list.---Our 3 guests banded together to develop the Pacific Screenwriting Program that provides a training ground for BC’s aspiring and active screenwriters alike. In partnership with Netflix, the program equips writers with the skills, experience and connections necessary to establish a sustainable career in this dynamic regional screen industry.---What makes Vancouver so amazing & challenging at the same time?Well, Vancouver and its suburbs are the former homes of world famous actors such as Ryan Reynolds, Michael J. Fox, Seth Rogen and the list goes on. Located a mere 2.5 hour flight away from LA or a 2.5 hour drive away from Seattle, Vancouver has become one of the major filming hubs, just behind Los Angeles and New York City. The Greater Vancouver Area represents a $3B+ local filming industry, but it remains heavily reliant on production services instead of original programming & intellectual property (IP) and there is always the risk of a brain drain down south.That does not mean Vancouver does not have people like Liz, Brian & Rob working hard behind the scenes to create new original IP opportunities for local producers and ensuring that talent remains local.----Guest Details for Global VID Season 2, Episode 5:- Liz Shorten, the COO of the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)- Brian Hamilton, a Principal at one of Vancouver’s longest running production studios Omnifilm Entertainment- Rob C. Cooper, a successful showrunner (known for working on 17 seasons of MGM’s Stargate franchise as well as the owner of his own production company, Mezo Entertainment).- Moderated by Eric Y. Lapointe of And Now Global- Pacific Screenwriting Program: https://pacificscreenwriting.com/
35 minutes | Nov 23, 2021
Targeting Gen Z + more w/ Sandra Lehner, Creative Strategist
This is the Global VID podcast's first "futurist" episode as we talk with independent Creative Strategist Sandra Lehner about all things Generation Z, Branded Entertainment, the Metaverse & NFT's! ---Visit Globalvidpodcast.com for more info or to join Global VID's mailing list.---While normally host Eric Y. Lapointe focuses on international content subjects and what people can do NOW, today we are taking a step back and focusing on the long-term view of what our industry should expect. Skip this episode at your own risk... because Sandra Lehner gives great insight into this next generation and how to best target them in the not-so-distant future. This is NOT about the Millennials and their second screen potential, but rather the diverse 5-screen multi-tasking generation Z (i.e. anyone born between 1995 and 2010).Sandra Lehner contact info:Website: www.sandralehner.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandralehner/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/s_lehner This show was produced by And Now Global, a Vancouver based international content consulting company.
38 minutes | Nov 9, 2021
Turning podcasts into TV concepts w/ Kelly&Kelly Studios
Ever wondered about the business of professional podcasting? I am not talking about your standard interview style podcast like this one, but rather well-orchestrated podcast productions, including scripted audio stories? In today's Global VID episode, we speak with Vancouver's professional podcast production studio Kelly&Kelly as they talk about how they got their start, how they got their popular "This Sounds Serious" scripted podcast off the ground with a Castbox original production and where they are headed as an audio & visual production company.---Visit Globalvidpodcast.com for more info or to join Global VID's mailing list.---Kelly&Kelly’s work has garnered over 80 million listens and views across multiple platforms. They are best known for creating This Is That, a satirical comedy show for CBC which ran for 9 seasons and the aforementioned This Sounds Serious, a true-crime comedy podcast that has been named ‘Best of the Year’ by Apple Podcasts, IndieWire, and The New Yorker. The show also won the 2020 Podcast of Year award at the Banff International Media Festival.Other shows they’ve produced include Dark Air with Terry Carnation (with Rainn Wilson), Al Jazeera’s Hindsight, Unqualified with Anna Faris, Celeste & Her Best (with Celeste Barber), The Plop, and Audible’s Things We Don’t Talk About (starring Luke Kirby & Lauren Lapkus).Their first television series, The Slowest Show, premiered on CBC Gem in Spring 2021. For more information, visit: https://kellykelly.ca/
37 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
What is the Secret TV Format Formula? Part II w/Dave Noll (Chopped)
Chopped/America Says co-creator Dave Noll is back on Global VID with Part II. After learning a great deal from his pitching tips in our last episode, Dave Noll & host Eric Y. Lapointe dive in even deeper to talk about Dave's magic international format formula and the mechanics of what makes a very strong game show.About our guest: Dave Noll co-develops concepts with his business partner Cleve Keller and the two have been working together exclusively since 2007. It could be argued that with 60+ greenlit series together and countless awards, they have become one of the most successful TV development teams in the entire world.---If you missed "Part I - Pitching 101 with Dave Noll", check out the previous episode, or better yet, subscribe to never miss any of our future episodes!
35 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
How to Pitch a TV Show like an expert! Part I with Dave Noll (Chopped)
We are pleased to launch Season 2 of Global VID. After summer break, we are back with a bang with this first episode (and #17 overall !) as we interview successful show creator Dave Noll one of the masterminds behind the international franchise "Chopped" and his latest series "America Says", hosted by John Michael Higgins.Dave Noll co-develops concepts with his business partner Cleve Keller and the two have been working together exclusively since 2007. It could be argued that with 60+ series together and countless awards, they have become one of the most successful TV development teams in the entire world.That's right, we said "60" greenlit series and this includes over 3,300 episodes filmed in the USA around the world. The list of shows that Dave & Cleve have worked on include Chopped, Chopped Junior, Chopped Champions, Chopped Canada, Chopped South Africa, America Says, Beat the House, Book Obsessed, Cover Shot, Deathwish Movers, Dinner Takes All, Don’t Sweat It, Face the Truth, Factorious, 50 Funniest Women Alive, Fit Family, Hammered, Inner Chef with Marcus Samuelsson, Insider Training, It's All Geek To Me, Lovesong, Model Latina, Momentum, Movies 101, No Kitchen Required, Party Girl, Punchline, Quizzicle, Ready Set Dance!, Rocco’s Dinner Party, 10 Things You Must Know, Weird Weddings, Winsanity, Your Mama Don't Dance and many more.This is the show to pay attention to if you aim to get your show greenlit. No matter your expertise level in this industry, Dave Noll generously provides great tips that anyone can learn from!
35 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Exploring India TV with Mansi Darbar, IN10 Media
Today's Global VID podcast continues to expand with its first Asia Series, with a look into the Indian TV market with Mansi Darbar, the Network Vice President for Strategy & Development at IN10 Media.In this episode we introduce Mansi Darbar's impressive background and growth within the industry as she takes us through her rise from an early childhood dream to finally landing her first job at Big Synergy Media, before taking on new roles at Balaji Telefilms, ALTBalaji, Applause Entertainment and now finally switching from the production side to broadcasting with IN10 Media, a company that runs 8 business brands (5 linear TV channels including Epic TV for non-scripted content and Gubarre for children + 2 OTT channels including Docubay + 1 production company called Juggernaut). That's a lot to juggle! Host Eric Y. Lapointe of And Now Global/Global VID not only discusses Mansi’s journey within the industry which includes a big focus on Format acquisitions, and be sure to stick around until the end to find out what foreign programming is currently being acquired by IN10 Media + Mansi will share a few 101 tips on doing business in India.
51 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Creating Documentaries with the NFB w/ Cedar Island Films & Nathalie Bourdon
Welcome to episode 15 of Global VID! In this episode, host Eric Y. Lapointe introduces listeners to BC-based producers Cedar Island Films (Andrew Williamson & Henrik Meyer) and their co-production & international sales partners, The National Film Board (NFB), as we invite their Director of International Distribution & Market Development, Nathalie Bourdon.The first half of the episode, we focus on Cedar Island Films, this Vancouver-area production company that creates documentaries, doc series, scripted series and feature films with a strong focus on international co-productions. In this segment, we learn how Andrew & Henrik first got started in the business, how they ultimately banded together to form this new prodco and how they helped support the creation of their new NFB documentary The Magnitude of All Things.Stick around for the second half of the episode as Nathalie Bourdon joins the conversation to further discuss the NFB's collaborative distribution approach with Cedar Island Films as they work towards international exposure for The Magnitude of All Things. The NFB is Canada’s long running public film & digital media producer AND distributor that has been operating since 1939. The NFB has produced some iconic Canadian films in their history so it was interesting to discuss the above documentary further as it shares a uniquely Canadian perspective on a very global story.
29 minutes | May 26, 2021
African TV Explained w/Monde Twala, ViacomCBS Africa
Global VID and host Eric Y. Lapointe proposes a special series focused exclusively on Africa and it all starts with our guest Monde Twala, the SVP & GM of ViacomCBS Africa, who is based out of Johannesburg, South Africa.In this episode we learn how Monde Twala got his start in the industry through his passion for sports and how he ultimately got the top position at ViacomCBS in Africa as well overseeing the global strategy for the BET channel. We also uncover how local African content and intra-African trade is expanding with ViacomCBS shows like Isono and Black Tax and why these local stories are an important part of the overall strategy for the company. Finally, at the very end of the video, we learn what's next for ViacomCBS with the looming expansion plans of the digital platforms Paramount+ and Pluto TV within the continent.As one of the world’s last emerging television markets, this African series is an excellent opportunity to introduce the continent’s content strengths abroad, while also providing a deep look on how African television executives and producers are creating quality African stories for its own audiences. How are African producers exporting their content within their continent and beyond? How can other territories explore co-productions to support African-made content?Global VID is produced by Canadian-based international distributor And Now Global.
41 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Introduction to Channel Sales with Chris Knight, Gusto Worldwide Media
Today’s Global VID podcast (episode 13) guest is a Canadian named Chris Knight, the President and CEO of Gusto Worldwide Media, an Ottawa-based media company that produces and distributes original content but also acts as a broadcaster with their own international TV channel called Gusto TV. In this episode we learn about the notion of channel sales (i.e. selling a themed channels) with vs. distribution sales (i.e. selling individual programs). We also talk about the different business models with OTT platforms by either doing revenue-share deals or inventory-share deals. What does this all mean? Have a listen and stick around because at the end, we find out how Chris' career first took off. A story "that never happens" (but it did). Hosted by And Now Global's Eric Y. Lapointe
33 minutes | Mar 17, 2021
The 101 on TV Formats with Sophie Ferron, Media Ranch
In this episode of the Global VID podcast, we sit down with Media Ranch's CEO Sophie Ferron to look at the world of TV Formats. This episode is perfect for beginners or established producers looking to branch out their IP (intellectual property) by making it adaptable for international sales in different territories and languages around the world. We all know your typical competition-based shows that have been locally adapted around the world like Big Brother, Survivor, American Idol, America’s Got Talent, Dragon's Den (Shark Tank the US). Spoiler alert: None of these concepts were born in the United States.Sophie Ferron of Media Ranch generously dives into the details to explain the approach and distinction between "proven formats" and "paper formats". Ferron also shares the latest format industry trends and the differences between dealing with unscripted & scripted IP (intellectual property). Lastly, Ferron also opens up about the challenges of creating game-show formats in Canada, how she has implemented her very own formats incubator in the province of Quebec and what fundamental changes would be required to help Canadian producers become format industry leaders on the world stage.About Media Ranch: A company well known for premium television formats, distinguishing itself through its two-fold mission as both a producer and a distributor of entertainment formats. With headquarters in Montreal, and offices in Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Warsaw, the company represents, and produces, a catalogue of internationally renowned titles and thousands of hours of premium content ready for distribution. With over a decade of experience as Canada’s premier Format television expert, Media Ranch embraces their company motto that: Great Content is Worth Sharing.
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