Singapore to take the spotlight at MIPTV in Cannes

At MIPTV. Photo by ulybug

Come April 12-16 at MIPTV, one of the biggest market places for the sale and purchase of television content worldwide, Singapore will be the Country of Focus and have the honor of hosting a half-day conference to promote our local content and services.

Making the trip with the largest contingent of 14 media companies there, will be MIPTV’s Guest-of-Honor and the island-city’s Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts, Lui Tuck Yew.

Click here to read the full article from PR Newswire.

That’s such exciting news from home!  And congratulations to MDA for the great work in pushing our local content to the world. I’d love to see what one of these conventions is like, but the $1.3K price tag makes that impossible right now. Perhaps I’ll get my chance in future. In the meantime, though, I look forward to hearing good news from the team heading to Cannes soon! :)

Media Impact Spotlight Ep1: Jabari Zuberi

I’m pleased to announce the start of my new web video series Media Impact Spotlight. In each episode, I’ll chat with professionals utilizing various forms of media for positive social change. To subscribe to the series, click here.


In this first episode, I catch up with Chicago-based photographer Jabari Zuberi, who spoke at the Tell Us Your Story event organized by Inspire Films. I ask him about his work with CeaseFire – a campaign working to end gun violence in Chicago – and the impact he hopes to have on viewers.

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When one door closes, one more always opens.

When Oprah rocked the world with the announcement of the final season of The Oprah Winfrey Show come 2011, a huge grey cloud loomed over many a Chicagoan’s mind. What will the media giant’s departure mean for the city and its people? Will her employees and local suppliers be left stranded and lose their source of income?

Well, the good news is, Harpo Productions is here to stay. In an article on Ruth L. Ratny’s, it states that:

“Harpo Productions plans to develop and produce new and continuing shows for syndication, prime time, cable, digital, radio and emerging platforms from Chicago.

The transition to a large assortment of content produced out of the Washington St. studio will be a huge boon for the local industry.

To everyone’s relief, it won’t suffer the loss of millions of dollars worth of annual Harpo business that might have left with Oprah’s departure.”

(read full article here)

I guess that means good news for production peeps like me too. With the focus moving from a single show to an entire network, The Oprah Winfrey Network is bound to lead to the rise in demand for content to fill their slots… 24 hours a day, 7 days a week… you can do the math.

Add that to the stringent content selection process I’m sure she’ll put in place to maintain the positive image of her brand, the content demanded will likely be right in line with the type of production I’m passionate about – social issue media. Nice. Content on air really doesn’t always have to be about sex, drugs and violence. Whether or not I’ll still be in the city to witness these changes, I’m glad that there’ll at least be more positivity on television.

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Social Media. There’s no escaping this revolution.

“We no longer search for the news, the news finds us.”

“If Facebook were a country, it’d be the world’s 4th largest.”

“YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine in the world.”

These are tidbits of facts gained from the video below giving us a reality check on just how huge the world of social media has become and why there’s no escaping it. A tremendous shift is happening. People are increasingly moving away from traditional thought leaders. Here comes the rise of the citizen journalist.

Believe it. The power now lies in your hands. How will you change the world for the better?

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