Created to provide a meeting place for media people, the Creative Cities Convention is the brainchild of freelance executive producer, consultant, journalist and mentor, Ruth Pitt.
A place to inspire and excite debate about key issues facing the broadcast industry with a list of speakers who offer their own unique insights. The Convention is also a place to shine a spotlight on areas which have included diversity, regional imbalance and this year, working together.
Meet the Creative Cities Convention Team - Ruth Pitt, Conference Director
Ruth is co-founder and director of the Creative Cities Convention and chair of Leeds 2023. She was creative consultant on the successful Leeds bid for Channel 4’s new National HQ, garnering a Royal Television Society award for outstanding contribution to television.
Ruth’s consultancy company Under The Moon provides strategic support and creative mentoring across the cultural and screen landscape and has for six years run the Channel 4 Commissioning Mentor Network to support talent from broadly under-represented groups. She recently devised a screen sector strategy for Bradford Metropolitan District Council and works to broaden diversity and social inclusion in the screen industry.
Ruth is a former creative director of documentaries at BBC Religion and Ethics, head of documentaries at Granada Television, head of factual at Tiger Aspect Productions, founder of Real Life Productions and advisory chair of the Edinburgh International Television Festival. She has a column on culture in the Yorkshire Evening Post and regularly interviews writers, celebrities and politicians at live events.
Susie Townson, Event Organiser
Susie is project manager at Under The Moon, where among other things she coordinates a major Commissioning Mentor Network the company runs for Channel 4, now in its sixth year. Susie is an experienced studio producer and project manager and has also run her own talent agency.