Posts Tagged ‘television’

Will I see you at TEDx Transmedia in Rome?

TEDx Transmedia RomeI am thrilled about participating in TEDx Transmedia. I’ll be the final speaker there at the end of the day.  They have a stellar lineup of speakers, all exploring the future potential for media.  It’s happening in Rome on September 28.   

Below I’ve posted a preview interview that I did for the event.   Personally I find the word “transmedia” inelegant, like new media in drag, but I am a big fan of innovation in television.  I am looking forward to seeing some amazing things in Rome.

 

 

TEDxTransmedia (TXT):   Hi Robert, please can you give a brief overview of your relationship with Transmedia? What do you think of the term? 

Robert Tercek (RT):    The word “transmedia” may not beautiful, but the concept is deeply appealing.  Continue Reading

VIDEO: Robert Tercek at PrimeTime on “TV’s New Ecosystem” with transcript

In my previous post, I shared the first half of the transcript for my opening keynote speech about the future of television at the PrimeTime conference in Ottawa in March. Below you will find the text for the second half of the complete transcript for my speech. This section focuses on Facebook’s impact on social media, Google’s impressive collection of video properties, and it concludes with speculation about how the future media landscape will be controlled. The final section includes a quick survey of the amazing diversity of original video content on digital platforms. Enjoy.

THE FOLLOWING IS THE SECOND HALF OF THE TRANSCRIPT.
To read the first half, click here.
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VIDEO: Robert Tercek at PrimeTime on “TV’s New Ecosystem”

On Thursday, March 1, 2012, I gave the opening keynote speech at the CMPA’s PrimeTime conference in Ottawa. My topic was the future of the television.  This talk examines the disruption of the old television industry and the rapid emergence of an entirely new ecosystem for digital video.

This clip includes the full video of the speech.  I’ve included the text transcript below.

Topics: second-screen apps, social discovery, over-the-top video OTT, cord-cutting, disruption in cable TV and pay TV, the rise of the new ecosystem, the changes wrought by Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon and other technology giants, and the Motorola acquisition by Google. Also includes discussion about Aereo, Boxee, and other new players.

The following text is the edited transcript of my speech. Continue Reading

VIDEO Robert Tercek at TED x Marin: “Reclaiming The Power of Personal Narrative”

Here’s the video of my recent speech at TEDxMarin.  The theme of the event was “Communication Revolution”.  The organizers invited me to speak about the future of television, social media and personal storytelling.

Robert Tercek at TEDxMarin May 2011: “Reclaiming The Power of Personal Narrative” from Robert Tercek on Vimeo.

TED talks are all about passion and ideas.   The ideas that get me most excited these days don’t come from big corporations or even startup ventures.  They tend to come from individuals who are working outside of the context of business entirely.   I decided to focus my comments on four activists who are using media to tell stories that literally change the world.  I find these people very inspiring.   They are some of the 85 Creative Activists sponsored by the Creative Visions Foundation, where I have been involved on a volunteer basis.

The Book is Dead, Long Live the eBook! Video of Robert Tercek’s guest appearance on “This Week in Books”

The advent of table computers and electronic book readers poses a serious challenge to the traditional business of book publishing.  As I’ve written previously, it’s entirely possible that the economics of print publishing will crumble faster than commonly expected.

Recently I was invited to appear on “This Week In Books” to discuss the implications of electronic book publishing for authors, publishers and readers.  There’s no doubt that this transition will present some difficult challenges, but our conversation was focused on the many new opportunities for authors to connect with their audiences via digital media.  Printed books are great in many ways, and that’s why they’ve continued to occupy a central role in modern civilization in more or less unaltered form for  500 years.  But now the Gutenberg culture is going to be transformed.   Watch the video clip:

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Coercion and Cooperation in the Second Century of Electronic Media: Video of Robert Tercek keynote speech at Digital Directions in Sydney, March 4, 2011

Last week I attended the Digital Directions conference hosted by Fairfax Media and X | Media Lab in Sydney.  A series of outstanding speakers, including Tim Wu, Gigi Wang, Kevin Anderson, Baratunde Thurston, Riyaad Minty, Anthony Rose and others shared their perspectives.

My topic was “Coercion and Cooperation in the Second Century of Electronic Media.”   And my message was that the architecture of a business determines how its creative energy is channeled.   Fairfax Media kindly provided me the video, posted here. Continue Reading

Vectors of Change in Television and New Media — video of speech from 5D

In October 2008, I was invited to give a talk at the 5D conference in Long Beach, CA.    Here’s the clip.

I had a great time at 5D.   I met terrific people, including brilliant speakers, visionary designers, committed event organizers and the director of the excellent contemporary art museum.   I learned a great deal, and saw some brilliant examples of the future of TV.   I’d recommend 5D to anyone who is interested in the future of mass media and digital media.  Check the conference out at :   www.5Dconference.com

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Innovation in television? Look to the Web.

Check out this useful comment by Mike Hale in today’s NYT heralding the arrival of original video series on the Web.  For too long, broadcasters have regarded the Web as a dumping ground for uninspired promotional content and lame marketing gimmicks for the regular broadcast schedule.  Recently, however, some TV networks are starting to take the Web seriously as a vehicle for rapid, low cost innovation.

The NY TImes piece highlights the distinction between genuinely new programming concepts and old-school marketing masquerading as original content.   Hale also skewers the dubious quality and relentless product placement as obvious defects in some new programs.  But video is expensive to produce, and after all, somebody has to pay the bills.

Such mainstream TV efforts face stiff competition from web pure plays, who are not beholden to corporate policies and are thereby able to innovate more freely.  I’m still betting on the shock value of sites like Comedy.com to capture viewers with a fresh voice unencumbered with an old school broadcaster’s agenda.

This is a useful meme and one that will certainly be explored in more detail at the 5D conference in Long Beach in early October.

Collaborative Creativity now on Australian TV

My speech at the Cross Media Lab in Melbourne was broadcast last week on ABC 2 in Australia.    The theme of this speech was “Collaborative Creativity”, which refers particularly to my passion for including the audience in the process of creating entertainment.    This is harder than it sounds.  I selected three examples from my personal experience in TV, web and mobile to illustrate some of the principals of collaboration via two-way networks.  Not all of these were successful! Continue Reading