Several hundred senior-level content creators working in book publishing, film, interactive digital, magazines, music, television gathered at the Allstream Centre in Toronto, June 29th, to discuss key issues facing Canada’s creative sector – including the shaping of a national Digital Economy Strategy.
The conference, organized by the Ontario Media Development Corporation, featured top experts sharing their observations of what is happening both online and offline.
Highlights of the conference included a talk by Virginia Heffernan, author of “The Medium,” a weekly column about Internet culture, for The New York Times Magazine. Heffernan noted that digital media is encouraging reading rather than leading to its demise. “The apocalypse is not coming. People are reading all the time,” she said. “People are measurably engaged and relaxed when they are on the Internet.”
The day-long OMDC conference included panels on digital strategy and inspiring success stories.
The Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is an agency of the Government of Ontario. OMDC’s mandate is to build Ontario’s cultural industries’ capacity and competitiveness. Through tax credits, programs and services for the film and television, book and magazine publishing, music, and interactive digital media industries, OMDC maximizes opportunities for growth and innovation in Ontario and abroad. Ontario’s cultural industries contribute billions of dollars annually to the economy and generate thousands of highly skilled jobs.
The Digital Dialogue conference was video taped and can be viewed on OMDCs website: www.omdc.on.ca