Transmedia 101 presents Web Series 101, the Tribeca Film Festival launches a program showcasing transmedia artists, and Yahoo! Canada Screen takes a dump. Your week in digital media news.
* Rich Mbariket of Web Series Network stirs up a bit of controversy with a post on the arrival of Yahoo! Canada Screen and how it’s dumping “premium” content in Canada. Is Canada becoming the dumping ground for American Web Series? What do you think?
* Meanwhile in an interview with Playback, Yahoo! Canada’s head of media network, Dan Unger, says the company is looking for new content from Canadian producers. Present Canadian content partners include CBC, the Canadian Press and ET Canada.
* Transmedia 101 presents Web Series 101, a meet-up with Toronto web series producers Elize Morgan (Pretty in Geek, The Gate), Jonathan Robbins (Clutch), Regan Latimer (B.J. Fletcher), Ash Catherwood (Microwave Porn), and Jay Ferguson (Guidestones) on August 21, 7-9 pm. Focus of the event is a panel discussion on transmedia tactics and what transmedia practitioners can learn from web series best practices.
* The Streamy Awards are back after a one year hiatus and with a new management team behind the event. Submissions deadline is October 15, 2012. The Streamy Awards honour excellence in original web video programming. The live event takes place Sunday, February 17th, 2013 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California.
* The Tribeca Film Festival has launched a new program with Bombay Sapphire Gin that showcases the multi-platform storytelling of transmedia artists. The deadline to submit projects is October 19, 2012. Submission forms will be online as of September 17, 2012.
* Lastly Hollywood director Larry Wachowski, who helmed the “Matrix” franchise with his brother Andy, is transitioning from male to female. Guess it all boiled down to a choice between the pink pill or the blue pill.