Exclusive: Behind the scenes at Rebellion’s Didcot Film Studios – one year on

Gill Oliver | Media | Culture | Entertainment | Publishing | Nov 11th 2019

It's almost a year since video games developer and publisher Rebellion splashed £78m on a former print factory near Didcot. We reveal how the transformation from disused building into film and TV studios is progressing.

Rebellion's head of studios, Brian Mitchell, tells TechTribe Oxford about building a production hub, creating productions from the group's own rich seam of IP, and the reaction from big-brand producers who've been to see for themselves what's happening at Rebellion Film Studios.

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How an Oxford edutech business convinced high-net-worth Angel investors to hand over £800K

Gill Oliver | Culture | Food | Education | Investment | Sep 16th 2019

Going on an adult education course in garden design planted the seed for Elspeth Briscoe’s edtech startup. Now she's raised £800,000 from Angel investors.

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‘Values-driven’ digital agency becomes employee-owned

Karen David | Management | Aug 23rd 2019

When employees of digital agency Torchbox were invited to a company meeting for a ‘major announcement,’ they must have dreaded the worst. Instead the outcome was anything but. Founders Tom Dyson and Olly Willans were inviting them all to become shared owners of Torchbox as one of the first digital agencies in the UK to become employee owned.

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How to make a vinyl record

Antony David | Media | Entertainment | Manufacturing | Oct 17th 2019

First, a master recording is made, usually in a studio where engineers perfect the recorded sound. Analogue mixes are recorded onto tape; digital mixes onto digital tape formats or, more commonly today, the hard drives of digital audio workstations.

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Back in the groove: Old tech is new tech in this vinyl revival

Antony David | Media | Entertainment | Manufacturing | Oct 15th 2019

Pip Piper’s film ‘The Vinyl Revival’ is in UK indie cinemas this autumn proselytising the vinyl record format. There’s no question the revival is real but what caused it?

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Network profile: The Oxford Digital Workers’ Union

Gill Oliver | Network profile | Sep 22nd 2019

The Oxford Digital Workers’ Union is a meetup in the city centre, which brings together Oxford’s digital marketing community. With 400 members and growing, it was started by Aisha Kellaway […]

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Writers try out their creative ideas on AI storytelling platform

Karen David | Media | AI | Sep 13th 2019

StoryFutures Academy is offering co-funded placements for a number of writers who will go on to work with the Charisma.ai platform learning ‘on the job’.

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Who owns digital stories?

Guy Gadney | Publishing | Aug 23rd 2019

Technology, by reducing the fabric of creative content to data, is blurring the boundaries that define a piece of work and who owns it. In a keynote speech to the 2019 MIX Conference on experiential storytelling, Charisma.ai CEO Guy Gadney warned creatives of the dangers of enabling their digital content to pass unwittingly into the hands of digital monoliths.

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Using AI to engage with the human spirit

Antony David | Event Review | AI | Aug 23rd 2019

CrowdEmotion founder and chief executive Matt Celuszak was joined by the firm's software engineer Evgeniya Mircheva and behavioural specialist Marlene Weber to describe the tools they have developed for quantifying the emotional responses of focus groups to different types of material.

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12 Nov 2019

Fireside chat on Unconventional Ways of Working at The Wood Centre for Innovation. Panel includes Mike Jennings of Jennings in Garsington, Helen Wright, founder and director of 923 Jobs and Aaron Hirtenstein, member at Agile Collective First. This is the first of a series of fireside chats featuring experts from science and tech. Runs from 1730 to 1930 at The Wood Centre for Innovation, Stansfeld Park, Quarry Road, Headington, OX3 8SB. Details

12 Nov 2019

Cherwell; a thriving economy, a thriving place Cherwell District Council has ambitious plans to create a 10-year strategy to deliver a vibrant, prosperous and sustainable economy for everyone. This workshop is an opportunity to be part of shaping that strategy to create a bright future for the residents, businesses and communities of Cherwell. 5.45 to 9.45pm, RAF Upper Heyford Heritage Centre, Camp Road, Upper Heyford OX25 5HD. Details

13 Nov 2019

Distinguished Speaker Series: Answering the call – Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever and now Chair of the Saïd Business School Board, is committed to exploring how business education can address the most significant global challenges. Paul was appointed to the U.N. Secretary General’s High-level Panel that developed the Sustainable Development Goals, and has since played a leading role in highlighting the business case for the 2030 development agenda. Paul is Co-founder and Chair of IMAGINE, a benefit corporation and foundation accelerating business leadership to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and was CEO of Unilever for 10 years, where he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with good financial performance. During his tenure, Unilever was one of the best-performing companies in its sector, delivering ten years of consistent top and bottom line growth. Pre-talk drinks from 5.30pm, talk 6.45 to 7.45pm. Saïd Business School, Oxford OX1 1HP.  Details

 

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