I’m in Banff, Alberta for my second trip to the Banff World Media Festival.
For the uninitiated, Banff is part festival, part conference, and part market. It’s bias is towards TV, and has a distinct Canadian flavour, but it’s embracing all things digital and a global outlook.
For four days, a major players from content creation and transmission (in all it’s forms: tv, OTT, web, mobile, etc) come together in the mountains to talk trends, create opportunities, and gasp at the scenery.
The big ideas, questions, and trends being explored thus far (and we’re only 2 days in) seem to be…
— Is there too much TV? (you’ve probably read the vulture piece, but if not…it’s worth a read)
— Consolidation in the Canadian television market — good, bad, indifferent?
— What are the next big technologies? (there are a lots of people in corridors wearing VR headsets)
— What should the future be for Canadian Heritage policy? (Melanie Joly is @melaniejoly on twitter)
and of course…
— What are you watching and what’s your favourite show? (I’m proud to say I’ve introduced the pure pleasure of Channel Four / Amazon’s Catastrophe to loads of people, you can thank me later Rob & Sharon!)
For me, it’s great to be in the traffic and discussions, and to share new ideas. I’m delighted to be showcasing Surface Tension, the incredible graphic novel we’ve just optioned.
On the younger side, people are getting excited about MetaWars…especially with its impressive wattpad reads.
And speaking off wattpad, I’m delighted to see that my friends from Toronto are getting some overdue recognition. You can read Nicole LaPorte’s Fast Company Create piece here. (I’m on wattpad as @thejeffnorton)
The mood feels buoyant, focused on the creative, and happy to be in such an exciting industry. Yesterday, during the DHX party, during a rainstorm, the clouds parted and suddenly a stunning double rainbow appeared over the Bow Valley.
Everyone stopped their chit chat and clamoured to the windows to take in the vista. People stopped looking for their pots of gold for a few moments and enjoyed the view of the rainbows of Banff.