Digital Media in Connecticut
Many have foundational knowledge in film and television, but few outside the industry fully grasp the expanding opportunities for those skilled in digital design, technology, and strategy. Whether considered, friend or foe, digital media continues to reinvent the norms for how we interact with information; forcing traditional industries to sweep away tradition and demand new skills for new times.
Within Connecticut, a highly skilled cluster of digital marketing and content producers has emerged. These include large traditional media outlets like Blue Sky Studios, ESPN, iTV America, NBC Sports, Wheelhouse Entertainment, and WWE; small to medium-sized design and advertising agencies who are considered highly specialized within the field, and large corporations like Henkel who now have internal units controlling their digital brand and marketing strategies. This expertise - combined with its location and infrastructure - has made the state a prime location for Digital Media, and as a consequence, more companies are calling Connecticut their home.
Digital Media CT (DMCT)
DMCT is a statewide education initiative to support a talent pipeline that recognizes Connecticut's expertise in digital media. Working in partnership with the CT Office of Film, Television, and Digital Media, the University of Connecticut, and other CT institutions of higher education, DMCT serves as a platform that connects students of all ages to their next step; whether this is selecting an appropriate degree, finding the right internship, or securing their first job.
Every year DMCT provides a one-day Digital Media Summit that targets high school and college students, as well as educators within the field. The event features speakers from Connecticut's leading digital content producers, who provide insights about current practices within the industry, as well as information on career opportunities specific to Connecticut. The 2019 summit takes place during Stamford Innovation Week, and will feature Connecticut's first statewide talent showcase university students, technology demos, and break-out sessions taught by industry professionals and college faculty. Registration is now open.
In addition to the Digital Media Summit, DMCT also offers the Connecticut Next Speaker Series, which takes place at different universities throughout Connecticut, and produces educational content for distribution via the DMCT social media channels. Furthermore, the initiative also works behind the scenes to support other events associated with the development of talent in film, television, and digital media. In 2019 this included the 84 Hour Film Challenge, the Global Game Jam, and establishing a Connecticut based professional Siggraph Chapter.
Please contact us if you want to know more about Digital Media CT or have ideas on how this initiative can better support your local community in film, television, or digital media.