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Winter 2016

Mark Sakamoto Named New Chair at OMDC

Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) is pleased to welcome Mark Sakamoto as its new Chair. An OMDC Board member since 2008, Sakamoto succeeds Kevin Shea, whose term expired in August after nine years.

Sakamoto is Executive Vice-President for Think Research, an international cloud-based software firm in Toronto. In that capacity he is responsible for driving all aspects of business development. A lawyer, Sakamoto has also worked for a national broadcaster and for a national law firm. He began his career as a music promoter for international live acts and co-founded Vote Out Loud, a non-profit that works with high-profile musicians to encourage political awareness and participation among young Canadians.

Sakamoto has been a significant contributor to the OMDC Board of Directors, having served as Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee. In addition to his experience at OMDC, Sakamoto sits on the Board of the University of Toronto's Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice at the Munk School of Global Affairs. His book, Forgiveness: A Gift from My Grandparents is a #1 national best seller.

Outgoing Chair Kevin Shea was appointed by the Premier in 2006. Under his leadership, OMDC helped build Ontario’s creative industries to record levels by investing in the development and distribution of critically acclaimed digital content; by enhancing export programs to ensure that Ontario companies and products feature prominently in international markets and compete successfully on the world stage; and by initiating new programs that encourage partnerships, collaboration and innovation across sectors and borders.

“I am proud to welcome Mark Sakamoto to his new role as Chair of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Under his leadership, OMDC is well-positioned to build on the momentum started by former Chair Kevin Shea. Mark’s breadth of experience will benefit OMDC as well as the vibrant creative industries they work so hard to support.”

- Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“We are delighted that Mark has been appointed as OMDC’s new Chair! His industry knowledge, strategic vision and dedication will help ensure that Ontario remains a leading global jurisdiction for cultural content creation and distribution – and that translates into jobs and investment for our province.”

- Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, Ontario Media Development Corporation

“I am deeply honoured to have been appointed Chair, and I look forward to continuing to work with OMDC’s dedicated Board, management and staff to ensure that Ontario remains a recognized leader in stimulating the creation of creative media content that’s in demand around the world.”

- Mark Sakamoto, OMDC Chair and Executive Vice President, Think Research Group

On January 20, 2016 over 250 of Ontario's leaders in media, culture and technology attended OMDC's sixth annual Digital Dialogue Conference. The event brings together leaders from across six sectors - book publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, magazine publishing, and music - for a day of presentations, pitches and conversations about what’s new and emerging in the marketplace, and opportunities for collaboration.

Delegates at the 2016 OMDC Digital Dialogue conference discussed how to diversify and expand lines of business, strategies for making their content discoverable, how to reach audiences and build online communities, and the persistence of analog formats. The event included keynotes from authors Andrew Davis and David Sax, Trina McQueen in conversation with Nina Sudra of VICE Canada, speed pitches by Ontario tech entrepreneurs and virtual / augmented reality project demos. Attendees were invited to network and try out some of the latest technologies at the showcase event.

Andrew Davis, Karen Thorne-Stone, The Honourable Michael Coteau, Alexandra Brown, Terry Fallis and Raina Wells

Click on the links to watch video clips from the conference on OMDC’s YouTube channel.

Welcome /Opening Remarks - Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, OMDC   Opening Remarks - The Honourable Michael Coteau, Ministry of Tourism,Culture & Sport
Terry Fallis, Author / Conference Host   Morning Keynote: Andrew Davis
Unconventional Media: How smart media generate real revenue through sensible reinvention
Morning Panel: Cutting through the Clutter: Content Discoverability
Moderator: Gary Schwartz, President & CEO, Impact Mobile
Panel: Kit Redmond, CEO, RTR Media, Jill Birch, CEO & Publisher, Canadian Art Foundation, Erin Creasey, Former Director, Sales & Marketing, ECW Press, and Guillaume Decouflet, Artist Manager, Arts & Crafts Management
Case Study - Flixel Photos Inc.
Robert Lendvai, Chief Marketing Officer (Video coming soon)
  Afternoon Keynote: David Sax* (excerpt)
The Revenge of Analog: How analog products, experiences, and processes are making a comeback
The Pitches: New Tools
New tools to help you do business. Innovative Ontario entrepreneurs pitched their products - in one hundred seconds or less.
Dan Holowack, CrowdRiff   Jonathan Davids, Influicity
Ivan Tsarynny, PostBeyond   Morgan Young, Quantum Capture
Christian Hurst and Adam Leon, Rights.Kit   Peter Misek, Soundpays
Juan Gonzalez, Videogami    
One-on-One Interview: Trina McQueen, Adjunct Professor, Schulich School of Business, in conversation with Nina Sudra, General Manager, VICE Canada
Postcards from the Leading Edge: Virtual & Augmented Reality
Pietro Gagliano, Executive Creative Director, Secret Location (Video coming soon)
  Postcards from the Leading Edge: Virtual & Augmented Reality
Alex Mayhew, President, Mayhew Digital
Summary - Terry Fallis, Author / Conference Host   Concluding Remarks - Alexandra Brown, Vice Chair, OMDC Board of Directors
Networking Reception & Showcase
Secret Location - James Fraser and Alexandra Brown   Post Beyond - George Kobakov and Vanessa Tam
Mayhew Digital - Alex Mayhew and Amit Breuer   Videogami - Shawn Pratt
Rights.Kit - Adam Leon and Christian Hurst   CrowdRiff - Dan Holowack, Lucie Lalumiere and Caitlin O'Donovan
Quantum Capture - Morgan Young and Blair Renaud   Adam Caplan
Mark Jamison and Terry Sellwood   Eric Birnberg and Lisa Lyons Johnston
Peter Lyman, Carly Beath and Peter Miller

Thanks to our sponsor Nordicity!

Visit OMDC's 2016 Digital Dialogue Facebook Gallery for more photos.

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