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Highlights From Our Fall 2016 Lineup

Posted by Anna on August 25, 2016 at 11:03 am. Captioning

The fall season is always our busiest time around the office. There are so many great new and returning shows in 2016 that it would be difficult to list them all, but here are some that our production team couldn’t wait to work on.

Better Late Than Never – August 23rd – NBC

Brand new from NBC, Better Late Than Never follows Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw, and George Foreman as they travel across Asia with comedian Jeff Dye. Based on the wildly popular South Korean program Grandpas Over Flowers, it premiered earlier this week to 7.4 million viewers.

The cast of Better Late Than Never stands in an open street in China

The cast of Better Late Than Never stands in an open street in China

NBC Hell’s Kitchen – September 23rd – Fox

Gordon Ramsey fans will be delighted this September when Hell’s Kitchen returns for its 16th season. Contestants are gradually eliminated based on how they perform in challenges and dinner service until one chef is declared the winner.

Gordon Ramsey

Gordon Ramsey

Shameless – October 2nd – Showtime

Showtime’s hit dramedy typically premieres in January, but season 7 will be returning to the airwaves shortly on October 2nd.  The series follows alcoholic patriarch Frank Gallagher and his six children.

The Gallagher family stands in front of a plate glass window

The Gallagher family stands in front of a plate glass window

Frequency – October 5th – CW

After discovering she can speak to her deceased father through ham radio, Detective Raimy Sullivan enlists his help to work on an unsolved murder. The series was inspired by the 2000 film of the same name and was created by Supernatural executive producer Jeremy Carver.

Detective Raimy Sullivan sits in front of a ham radio

Detective Raimy Sullivan sits in front of a ham radio

2 Broke Girls – October 10th – CBS

Back for its 6th season, 2 Broke Girls returns to CBS with a 1-hour premiere in early October. Max and Caroline deal with breakups and friends’ babies as they manage their new role as part-owners of the diner.

Max, Caroline, and the gang stand around Sophie touching her pregnant belly.

Max, Caroline, and the gang stand around Sophie touching her pregnant belly.

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CaptionMax Consumer Advisory Board Member Presents At First Ever Caption Studies Conference

Posted by Anna on August 4, 2016 at 4:01 pm. Captioning, Consumer Advisory Board
Deb Fels with the caption,

Researcher Deb Fels with the caption, "Welcome to my talk, entitled Captioning and Inclusive Design."

Earlier this week, the very first U.S. Caption Studies Conference was held online, bringing together caption users, creators, advocates, and researchers to promote areas of progress and engagement within the community, as well as set up the following goals:

- establish/initially celebrate Caption Studies as an area of research, advocacy, and practice;

- provide a space for practitioners, researchers, and advocates to present and share their work where captioning is the primary, instead of being a secondary, focus;

- connect, network, energize, and build momentum for all of us to promote captioning in our diverse fields;

- understand, explore, discuss, and advocate for more effective legislation.

The conference was also designed to be a proof-of-concept for interest in further Caption Studies conferences, either virtual or in person, and serve as a model of accessibility in online communications and conferences.

Our very own Consumer Advisory Board member, Deb Fels, was one of the presenters at this groundbreaking conference.  Her talk, “Captioning and Inclusive Design” focused on the research she and her colleague Margot Whitfield have done with Enhanced Captioning at the Inclusive Media and Design Centre at Ryerson University in Toronto. Enhanced Captioning embraces creative strategies to make captions a more satisfying and enriching experience for viewers, including color, kinetic text, and emojis:

A woman sings to a man in front of her. A music symbol is in the top left corner. At the bottom, a caption that says, Ill ignore you and forget you, is encircled in light pink with a heart emoji at the beginning.

A woman sings to a man in front of her. A music symbol is in the top left corner. At the bottom, a caption that says, "I'll ignore you and forget you," is encircled in light pink with a heart emoji at the beginning.

Deb also gave a wonderful overview of Inclusive Design principles and the dramatic impact considering accessibility upstream in the creative process can have in making entertainment and educational content of greater benefit to all people.

We are very proud to have her on our board and were delighted to see her research elevated in the field of Caption Studies at this conference.

 

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