Mobile Apps in the Canadian Broadcast Ecosystem
Scott Dyer, CTO at Corus Entertainment, will discuss the impact of mobile on the broadcast business. Corus Entertainment is a integrated media company, operating 24 specialty broadcast channels (including YTV, Wnetwork, and Treehouse), 37 radio stations across Canada, and producing kids content through its Nelvana division.
The talk will look at Corus' history in the mobile space, in terms of second screen, game apps, and video distribution, and what we've learned along the way. Mobile is at the center of rapid change in the television industry, and each player in the ecosystem (content producer, broadcaster, and distributor) is evolving their business model to capture mindshare with consumers. Mobile threatens to upend traditional models and financing structures, which is particularly challenging in the regulated Canadian broadcast system. Mobile also ignores most geographic boundaries, further pressuring the traditional models.
Our experiments, both good and bad, customer data, usage statistics, learnings about iOS and Android, and the feedback we get from consumers will be part of this talk.
Scott Dyer is Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning and Chief Technology Officer for Corus Entertainment Inc., responsible for leading all of the Company's divisional and corporate technological undertakings. In this role, Scott has operational and strategic responsibility for the hardware, software, personnel and technical resources of Corus' core and new media businesses, focusing on process redesign and business intelligence across all of Corus' divisions and departments.
Scott also oversaw the design and construction of Corus' new waterfront headquarters, Corus Quay. This facility is home to more than 30 television signals, three radio stations and more than 1,000 employees. This highly advanced broadcast centre was designed to support Corus' growth in both traditional and new media, and combines best-of-class hardware and software in an integrated digital workflow.Prior to this position, Scott was Executive Vice President, General Manager, Corus
Kids. Scott began his tenure at Corus as Executive Vice President, Production and Development at Nelvana, which produces internationally renowned and award-winning children's animated content such as Babar and Franklin . At Nelvana, Scott helped guide the creative vision and technological development of Nelvana's high-calibre team of animators, developers and producers.
Trained as a mathematician at Carnegie Mellon University, Scott entered the animation business after spending three years in Utah working on visual systems for flight simulators. His first entertainment industry career saw him producing commercial effects for television at Cranston/Csuri Productions, one of the first computer animation companies in North America.
Expertise in that field led Scott to a professorship at Ohio State University, where he spent four years running a research group that applied computer animation to science at The Ohio Supercomputer Center. Scott started Windlight Studios with a group of partners in 1993, and joined Nelvana in 1997 after Nelvana acquired the Dyer-produced pilot of Emmy® award-winning CGI series Rolie Polie Olie.