Wednesday, November 19, 2008

MDeC Targets 6 Partnerships In Creative Content Industry

Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) is targeting at least six co-production partnerships between Malaysian companies and regional counterparts for animation, television, games and virtual reality projects.

Its vice president of creative multimedia department, Kamil Othman, said four companies in Malaysia were currently involved in co-production with Korean parties in creative content covering animation, television, games and virtual reality. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Second MSC Malaysia Creative Industry Dialogue Session today, Kamil said MDeC was eyeing more successful partnerships between Malaysian companies and those from Thailand, Australia and South Africa next year.

He said the formalization of cooperation treaties between the National Film Development Corporation (FINAS) and its counterparts in Canada, Australia and Singapore scheduled next year will also boost the local creative content industry.

Kamil said to take the local creative content industry to greater heights, Malaysia will need to adopt a different approach. Previously, local content players have been focusing on production. We need to put more emphasis on pre-production in churning ideas and designs as well as scripting," he said.

According to Kamil, MDeC is passionate about its vision to help local content players be more successful globally. "When we go overseas for our trade missions, we bring these companies along so that they can find their potential partners and see how other players in the world are doing," he said.

Kamil said another area that MDeC wanted to do more was to help local content players in intellectual property. We will assist them by creating more awareness in intellectual property through cyberlaw conferences so that they will not be exploited," he said.

In addition, MDeC was also providing assistance in the form of grants to help local content players, Kamil said. He also said that the biggest opportunity for the content industry was the government's plan to have high speed broadband for the nation.

Source: Bernama 14Nov2008

Monday, November 17, 2008

Kyoorius Design Yatra Powerup

Being a "jaga pintu", it is inevitable to bump into so many familiar faces from my past during the Kyoorius DesignYatra conference event held last week 14Nov2008. And also nice to have made quite a few new friends too.

These design conference-type events are so important to designers to get a boost of insight, inspiration and brief respite from our hectic agency life of never-ending deadlines. The event topics covered was not only inspirational, but also aspirational with bits of the cynical and critical all rojak mix-up "ABC campur-campur" like what Kath Tudball would say. Maybe will post a detailed review later.

Meanwhile, here's to hoping there will be many more conferences to come in negaraku.

Watch this space for lots of interesting kakireka monthly smalltalk events from the contacts I've made at this Kyoorius design event.