Digital Media Arts at the University of Surrey

August 1, 2018

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Film, television, animation, videogames, visual effects, immersive media, installation, digital photography, motion graphics, algorithmic art, theatre, performance and more. These are all ingredients of digital media arts: a convergence of creative arts and digital technologies.

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Encompass is a global technology services company focused on supporting TV networks, broadcasters, sports leagues and digital leaders with the delivery of their linear/nonlinear video content across television and digital platforms. We design, implement and operate reliable video solutions that capture, process and deliver clients’ video content from any source, in any format, to any destination in the most efficient and reliable way possible. Our global connectivity, scalable technology infrastructure and strategic partnerships create a single, synchronized content delivery environment. With our full suite of digital products including an extensive service bouquet of file-base services (VOD, live-to-VOD, content aggregation), we enable a complete OTT end-user experience. Daily, we service 1,200+ channels; capture, process and deliver 31,000+ hours of TV/OTT; stream 6,300 hours of TVE/OTT content; and acquire/distribute 275+ live events for our clients worldwide. Encompass operates bro

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MEDIA AND BROADCASTING

FILM PRODUCERS FLIP BARGAINING TABLE WITH UNIONIZING EFFORT

Article | May 21, 2021

Movie producers often find themselves negotiating with talent and crew members, and/or their production union representatives, over pay and benefits. But a group of 108 producers flipped the script Thursday in announcing they were looking to form a union of their own.Higher minimum pay and health benefits were cited as the two major reasons. While the group, called the Producers Union, boasts some heavy hitters such as Chris Moore (Manchester by the Sea) and Rebecca Green (It Follows), they made it clear that the traditional image of a Hollywood producer is misleading. Many are just getting by, project to project, looking for a breakout hit to up their quote. According to a survey released this year, 41% of producers made less than $25,000 in the pre-pandemic boom times of 2019. The Producers Union has developed a constitution with provisions for dues and diversity initiatives, with the aim of eventually negotiating a collective bargaining agreement with distributors and other film financiers. Previous efforts by producers to unionize have been thwarted by the courts and the National Labor Relations Board, according to Variety, as the NLRB saw them as supervisors and employers – which creates a high barrier to organizing.

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Is Microsoft moving Windows Mixed Reality VR/AR towards consumers?

Article | April 15, 2020

Recently, Bill Stillwell of Xbox fame left the gaming division to join Windows Mixed Reality, to work on "world-class consumer AR/VR experiences in the Microsoft ecosystem." Interesting. For a couple of years, Microsoft couldn't resist demonstrating its unprecedented HoloLens augmented reality tech at every single event, it felt like, using Minecraft and other random Xbox properties to showcase the potential therein. Fast forward five years to 2020 and HoloLens remains firmly in the realm of big business and the military, powering next-generation training, awareness, and productivity solutions.

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MEDIA AND BROADCASTING

The Big Fashion Industry Trends for 2021

Article | June 8, 2021

Last year the luxury fashion sector saw a lot of online chatter around men’s fashion, and some of the biggest conversation triggers were the same social movement – breaking gender stereotypes and fighting against toxic masculinity. Many brands and celebrities joined this cause last year and spread their influence through fashion and pop culture.

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Watch out Warzone and Fortnite: Ubisoft is coming after free-to-play

Article | May 17, 2021

Ubisoft announced last week that it is adding specific focus on free-to-play, alongside its AAA catalogue. In doing so, it is following a route that has been very successful for Activision with its Warzone strategy. Free-to-play games which draw audiences via big franchise names and monetise via in-game spending are going to be increasingly common among AAA publishers. The focus on in-game spending and particularly on the cosmetic, rather than the progress-related, parts will be the key revenue component. As games become less finite and more perpetual (consumer goal is less about ‘finishing them’ and more and ‘playing/spending time in them’), the opportunity to monetise needs that stem from this perpetual engagement (e.g. socialising or expression) starts to outweigh the mere monetisation of access to a packaged product. Simultaneously, free-to-play games also act as a powerful marketing driver for AAA releases as they come out, as well as streamability and word of mouth for the franchise.

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Encompass Digital Media, Inc.

Encompass is a global technology services company focused on supporting TV networks, broadcasters, sports leagues and digital leaders with the delivery of their linear/nonlinear video content across television and digital platforms. We design, implement and operate reliable video solutions that capture, process and deliver clients’ video content from any source, in any format, to any destination in the most efficient and reliable way possible. Our global connectivity, scalable technology infrastructure and strategic partnerships create a single, synchronized content delivery environment. With our full suite of digital products including an extensive service bouquet of file-base services (VOD, live-to-VOD, content aggregation), we enable a complete OTT end-user experience. Daily, we service 1,200+ channels; capture, process and deliver 31,000+ hours of TV/OTT; stream 6,300 hours of TVE/OTT content; and acquire/distribute 275+ live events for our clients worldwide. Encompass operates bro

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