To reread this summer #digital #social #economics

Article  by  La Rédaction INAGLOBAL  •  Published 31.07.2013  •  Updated 31.07.2013
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INA Global's editorial staff has selected the must-read articles on creative industries and media from recent months for you.

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Digital Tech


Is it worthwhile building clusters?
by Raphaël Suire
Silicon Valley and London’s TechCity fire the imagination and inspire projects to build “digital districts”. But is it as easy as all that to build a cluster and, ultimately is it actually worth doing it?



About digital humanism
by Milad Doueihi
Digital technology is changing the actual notion of territory as well as that of knowledge and habitat. Digital humanism is then a way of perceiving this new reality.


Snapchat, success for ephemeral messaging by Karin Danjaume
Which application witnessed the most meteoric growth of 2012 and is the top download in the App Store? That would be Snapchat, whose success may be summed up in two words: instantaneous and ephemeral. For how much longer?


Digitization, sole growth engine for Europe's creative industries?
by Nicolas Vaquier
According to a recently published study entitled The Digital Future of Creative U.K., digitization is the sole growth engine for Europe’s creative industries.



KakaoTalk, the Korean messaging app turned social phenomenon
by Jennifer Rousse-Marquet
In the country where there are more mobile phones than people, KakaoTalk, a mobile messaging application, is enjoying phenomenal success.


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Press


How ELLE magazine conquered the world
by Karine Grandpierre
“Elle” is one of the leading women’s magazines, and is now published in 60 countries.




“A la carte” journalism: Will journalists become brands?
by Karin Danjaume
The online press is still seeking a business model. After paywalls, a new trend has emerged: “à la carte” press. These experiments are emerging from new modes of consumption, and may shape the media of tomorrow.




Google's deal with the French press: a major event for the future of news
by Nikos Smyrnaios
French press publishers and Google are both competitors and partners.



Print media and television: Is longform bound for extinction? by Morgane Gaulon-Brain
Recent studies of the American media confirm that longform is struggling in the audiovisual as well as print media fields. Is it bound for extinction or transformation?



Women in the media: room for improvement
by Karin Danjaume
If you’re not a journalist, minister, athlete or actress, chances are you won’t be invited onto a TV show. A recent BBC initiative brings renewed attention to the issue of women’s visibility in the media.

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Television




Connected TV and 2nd screen: Internet takes on television
by Matthieu Reboul
How the web is changing television.



Pay television: Americans cut the cord
by Matthieu Reboul
Five million American households are set to put an end to their cable subscriptions this year. More than a rejection of television, this phenomenon reflects profound changes in how video is being consumed.




Soap operas dominate prime-time television in India
by Hélène Lecuyer
Soap operas dominate the televisual landscape in India. They are targeting a rural audience, and their themes remain very conservative, even if some of them have ambitions to change mentalities.


Disney Channels out to conquer emerging markets by Arnaud Miquel
The Disney Channels have become a veritable growth engine for the group. In adapting content for the emerging markets and age brackets that it is intent on conquering, the American giant’s TV branch has adopted a lucrative strategy.


HBO banks on original series to conquer Central European market by Karl Demyttenaere
American channel HBO, known for its big-budget historical series, has set its sights on its latest challenge with Burning Bush, a miniseries tailored for the Central European market.
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Cinema

6 Key Lessons from SARFT's Foreign Blackout by Robert Cain
Now that the domestic film protection period is finished and foreign films are again dominating China’s movie screens, it will be instructive to look back and see what impact the blackout had, and how successful it was in achieving SARFT’s goals.


Qatar, from black gold to the big screen
by Axel Scoffier
As an economic lever, and as a vehicle for outreach and soft power, the cinema industry lies at the heart of a range of issues that Qatar is setting out to bring under control. What strategic positioning will the Emirate go for in the world battle for the film industry ?




What is the situation with the French animation at the moment?
by Axel Scoffier
A report of the current situation of the animated film industry in France.


Fespaco, essential, and yet fragile by Maria Masood
The pan-African festival of cinema and television (FESPACO) came into being in 1969, in Ouagadougou, and has succeeded in becoming a major event; but it is having difficulty bringing its objectives for African cinema to fruition.


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Publishing

Why US comics are not afraid of the digital age by Kevin Picciau
In the United States comics have not been suffering from the advent of the digital economy. On the contrary, they appear to have found the recipe for producing an independent market that looks as though it’s going to take off impressively.


Are French comics finally ready to jump into the digital era? by Kevin Picciau
French-speaking digital comics may have managed to get recognition in festivals, they still represent an undefined and wavering market. Strengths and weaknesses of a sector with great potential but in lack of economic models.


German publishers seek to get up to speed with e-books by Mathilde Rimaud
Currently only representing 1% of book sales across the Rhine, the German e-book market seems to have the jitters. Traditional publishing players are starting to realize the scope of the challenge. Is this a reflection of the situation in France?



Reading communities: the new boon?
by Mathilde Rimaud
The purchase of Goodreads by Amazon highlighted the importance of reading communities for publishing professionals. Publishers are now plunging in, but will they manage to convince readers?


Spanish booksellers intent on their share of the digital market
by Mathilde Rimaud
Spanish booksellers are fighting the book market’s slump with an extensive program including an overhaul of the Todos tus libros platform, appeals to the government, a war against Amazon and much more.




In England, independent booksellers (nearly) rejoicing
by Mathilde Rimaud
In England, Independent Booksellers Week is proudly displaying the colors and values defended by these book resistance fighters. There’s a lesson to be taken from celebrating against all odds.




Reading is a social activity or it's nothing
by Marc Jahjah
About DeNel REHBERG SEDO, Reading communities, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011
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Video Games

Online gaming: An integral part of the South-Korean culture by Jennifer Rousse-Marquet
One-third of the South Korean population regularly plays online games, with PC bangs on every street corner in a country where gaming is both a high level (e-)sport and a public health issue.



Are video games a high-level sport?
by Vincent Sarrazin
The professionalization of eSports is now a reality, generating massive amounts of revenue with a business model seeking to edge away from that of traditional sports.




Fragile video game renaissance for the U.K.
by Vincent Sarrazin
After years of torment, the British gaming market is back on its feet, with productions that are regaining vibrancy.



Alawar, Russia's video game leader
by Vassily Klimentov
Russian company Alawar has established itself in the new video game Eldorado of casual gaming, growing into an internationally recognized player.

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Music


K-Pop: the story of the well-oiled industry of standardized catchy tunes
by Jennifer Rousse-Marquet
The impact of K-pop is today felt beyond the borders of its native South-Korea. Let’s have a closer look on this musical genre, which has become the newsoft power tool of Korea.


Does the music industry in China have a future?
by Olivier Richard
The digital music market in China may be experiencing strong growth, but the sector still has to face up to two challenges: State censorship and large-scale piracy. Given such conditions, does the music industry have a future?



The SF Music Tech, a Focus on Innovations for Online Music
by Matthieu Dartiguenave and Maïa Boyé
Music recommendation, Artist Content and live streaming ... back on the main innovations presented at Music Tech Summit in San Francisco.


Music discovery, ever more social
by Maïa Boyé
Faced with the scattering of internauts’ listening practices, platforms ranging from Facebook to Tumblr, Deezer and Spotify are banking on recommendation to attract consumers onto a single platform.


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