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The DM@X Program on January 27, 2018

The program for the conference has been organized to be informative, wide-ranging and provocative. Following a review of revenues, employment and future trends in each sector of the digital media universe in Canada, individual panels will address the nature of the impending crisis facing Canadian production in the audiovisual, music and publishing sectors. Action plans for each of these sectors will be presented and discussed by industry experts, taking into account the Creative Canada Policy Framework announced by the Minister of Canadian Heritage on September 28, 2017. And in a luncheon address, the Chair of the European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity will update the conference on developments affecting local content creation in other countries.

For Ontario lawyers, this program contains 7.0 Substantive CPD hours


PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Saturday, January 27, 2018


8:20 a.m.

Registration

9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction: Don McLean, Dean, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

9:10 a.m.

The Digital Media Universe in Canada: Measuring the Revenues, the Audiences, and the Future Prospects

In 2016, the DM@X conference commissioned a special report from Nordicity entitled "Canadian Media in a Digital Universe". That report reviewed revenues, employment and future trends in each sector of the digital media universe in Canada. In this presentation, Nordicity will update the numbers in its report and will outline the nature of the impending crisis facing Canadian production in the audiovisual, music and publishing sectors.

Speaker:

Peter Lyman , Senior Partner, Nordicity Group Limited, Toronto

10:00 a.m.

An Action Plan for Canadian Film and Television

With the decline in cable and satellite subscriptions and the rise of "over-the-top" Internet services (so far unregulated), the production of Canadian television is approaching a crisis. This is particularly true for Canadian television drama. And the CBC faces its own budget problems. What options are available to address the crisis? Is the government's current agenda, announced in the Creative Canada Policy Framework introduced by the Minister of Canadian Heritage on September 28, 2017, properly addressing the problem? What are the implications of the Netflix 5-year $500 million commitment to Canadian production? This panel of experts will discuss and propose an action plan, which will embrace potential actions by the CBC, the CRTC and the federal and provincial governments.

Moderator:

James Nadler, Chair, School of Creative Industries, Ryerson University

Panelists:

Doug Barrett, Adjunct Professor, MBA Program in Arts, Media and Entertainment Management, Schulich School of Business, York University

Maureen Parker, Executive Director, Writers Guild of Canada

Stephen Stohn, Entertainment Lawyer, Executive Producer, Degrassi

Richard Stursberg, President, Pen Canada, Former Head of Telefilm Canada, former Vice-President, English Network, CBC

11:30 a.m.

Refreshment Break

11:45 a.m.

An Action Plan for Canadian Music

WWhat is the impact of digital media like Spotify and YouTube on Canadian music? Is the revenue model for recorded music broken? What can be done to address the problem of discoverability for Canadian music? A panel of experts will discuss and propose an action plan, which will embrace new and improved support measures for Canadian music as well as copyright reform.

Moderator:

Catherine Moore, Adjunct Professor, Music Technology & Digital Media Program; Special Advisor to the Dean on Strategic Partnerships, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

Panelists:

Graham Henderson, President and CEO, Music Canada

Miranda Mulholland, Founder, Roaring Girl Records; Founder, Sawdust City Music Festival

Josh O'Kane, Music Reporter, Globe and Mail‎ Report on Business; Author, "Nowhere With You"

Andrea Rush, Partner, Blaney McMurtry LLP; Chair of ALAI (Association Litteraire et Artistique Internationale), Toronto

1:00 p.m.

Buffet Luncheon (provided)

1:30 p.m.

Luncheon Address: The Lessons from Europe: A New Vision for the Future of Digital Media

An expert on cultural policy from Europe will update the conference on developments affecting local content creation in other countries

Speaker:

Carole Tongue, Chair, European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity; Chair, UK Coalition for Cultural Diversity; former member of the European Parliament

2:00 p.m.

An Action Plan for Canadian Journalism and News Media

This panel would focus on the world of newspapers and journalism and the crisis facing the print media in Canada, as print ad revenue declines and digital ad revenue migrates to foreign websites like Google and Facebook. A report from the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage published in June 2017 entitled "Disruption: Change and Churning in Canada's Media Landscape" tells the story. And on September 28, 2017, the Minister of Canadian Heritage released her Creative Canada Policy Framework. But is her framework properly addressing the problems faced by print media? A panel of experts examines these developments and proposes an action plan to address the issues. Efforts to support local TV news will also be addressed.

Moderator:

Trina McQueen, Bell Media Professor, MBA Program in Arts, Media and Entertainment Management, Schulich School of Business, York University

Panelists:

Catherine Cano, President and General Manager, Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC)

John Hinds, President and CEO, News Media Canada

Jesse Langdon, General Counsel, Globe and Mail

Christopher Waddell, Professor, School of Journalism & Communication, Carlton University

Kenny Yum, Chief of Staff, CBC News

3:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break

3:45 p.m.

In Conclusion: Addressing the Imminent Crisis for Canadian Content Production

Following the three panels and their prescriptions for the future of Canadian creators in the audiovisual, music and news media sectors, a reality check may be in order. A panel of experienced observers with backgrounds in government policy and the cultural industries assesses the recommended action plans and debates the issues. Canada's digital media are definitely at a crossroads. The Minister of Canadian Heritage has set the stage with her Creative Canada Policy Framework. But will it be enough? What are the best ways to address the imminent crisis in Canadian content production?

Moderator:

Peter S. Grant, Senior Counsel, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Toronto; Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and Schulich School of Business, York University

Panelists:

John Honderich, Chair of Torstar's Board of Directors; former Publisher of the Toronto Star

Michael MacMillan, Co-Founder and Chair of Samara; CEO, Blue Ant Media

Carole Tongue, Chair, European Coalitions for Cultural Diversity; Chair, UK Coalition for Cultural Diversity; former member of the European Parliament

5:15 p.m.

Closing Wrapup: Don McLean, Dean, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto

5:30 p.m.

Termination of Program