Online Conference Series: Algorithms, Audiovisual and Cinema

Co-organization: ICNOVA (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and CECC (Universidade Católica Portuguesa)

The development and application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies in the audiovisual sector has been growing in recent years. Over-the-top services (OTT), distributed directly to viewers via the Internet, are particularly associated with a shift towards automation through algorithmic mediation in audiovisual content, led by platforms such as Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, among others. In a series of talks along 2022, international experts will share state-of-the-art knowledge about the impact of algorithmic systems on the design, production, and reception of audiovisual content. We want to initiate a conversation between researchers, professionals, and viewers that, being directly about the audiovisual and cinematic experience, inevitably touches themes such as the datafication of society, the transformation of the meaning of culture, and the governance of automation systems.


  • Niko Pajkovic (May 5th, 4 PM GMT): Algorithms and taste-making: Exposing the Netflix Recommender System’s operational logics
  • Fatima Gaw (May 26th, 11 AM GMT): Algorithmic logics and the construction of cultural taste of the Netflix Recommender System
  • Annemarie Navar-Gill (September 27th, 11 AM GMT): The Golden Ratio of Algorithms to Artists? Streaming Services and the Platformization of Creativity in American Television Production
  •  João Lacerda Matos (October 26th, 5:30 PM GMT): The OPTO/SIC case study

 All conferences are held online and require pre-registration in the following form: Registered participants will receive the link to the virtual conference room the day before the conference.

Questions and requests for further information can be directed to: Prof. Paulo Nuno Vicente (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and Prof. Catarina Duff Burnay (Universidade Católica Portuguesa,