Magazine article Variety

Embracing Television's Multi-Platform Future

Magazine article Variety

Embracing Television's Multi-Platform Future

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Like everyone in the small-screen world, the Monte Carlo TV Festival is grappling with galloping changes in the medium itself.

TV Everywhere, VOD, over-the-top streaming, cord-cutting and Sling have been changing television down to its core. So rather than simply focusing on the content on the screen, the Monte Carlo fest is launching an initiative: the ConTech Academy.

Festival CEO Laurent Puons calls the addition "a channel to highlight how the festival is embracing digital innovation and new trends in content creation." The event's inaugural edition offers keynotes, panels and workshops. And while there's a track for industry professionals, aimed at the kind of international TV execs who might always have been a key demographic for Monte Carlo, there are also tracks for Young Creators and a public one for fans. (Its logo is #OMG.)

"I would like to see the ConTech Academy five years on from now established as a key international event," Puons says. "Many of the emerging technological and creative innovations revolutionizing the industry will play an integral role in the festival's program by that time."

Speakers reflect the growing diversity of the industry. Traditional TV is represented by Graham Benson, Vance Van Petten, Dick Wolf and actors from his shows "Chicago Med" and "Chicago Fire."

Also on the program are transmedia producer-storyteller Annika Gustafson and YouTubers Natoo & Kemar. …

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