2018 Programme

Conference Programme: April 25th-26th, 2018

Times are indicative, and programme may be subject to change

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Wednesday April 25

13.00               Registration opens

14.00               Meet the Commissioners (open to all delegates)

Round table briefings from a range of commissioning editors.  Commissioner names will be announced on the Creative Cities Convention website shortly

14.00               Royal Television Society Student Masterclasses

How To Get A Job in TV: Two teams of professionals from independent production companies True North and Lime Pictures explain the breadth of work opportunities and give insider tips on what their roles entail.

Free to students and digital media apprentices. Pre-booking essential: contact Victoria Griffin [email protected]

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Wednesday April 25

18.00               Conference Opening

Speakers:
Kirsty WarkJournalist and Broadcaster, 
Ruth Pitt, Director, Creative Cities Convention

Introduction to The People’s Panel

18.15               Keynote: Charlotte Moore, BBC

Followed by Q&A with Kirsty Wark and the audience.

Speakers:
Charlotte MooreDirector of Content, BBC, 
Kirsty WarkJournalist and Broadcaster

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Wednesday April 25

19.00               Who Cares About Social Inclusion?

It’s been a bad year if you work in our industry. #MeToo.  The gender pay gap.  Fat cat execs.  It’s said we’re white, male, middle class, elite, metropolitan, liberal, out of touch.  Is that fair?  Hear what our panel has to say about how and why we can reflect Britain better both on and off screen.

Speakers:
Alan ClementsManaging Director, STV Productions, 
Vikki Cook, Director Standards and Audience Protection, OFCOM, 
Ruth IbegbunaFounder and CEO Reclaim, 
Callum Tulleyundercover reporter (Panorama: Britain’s Immigration Secrets, winner of the 2018 RTS Current Affairs Home Award)

20.00               Networking Drinks

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Thursday April 26

09.30               Conference Opens

The People’s Panel share some thoughts on our industry

9.45                 As I See It 1

In the first of four scene setters Kamal Ahmed, BBC Economics Editor,  considers the current economic drivers that might influence media businesses outside London and offers lessons to learn from other industries

Speaker:
Kamal AhmedEconomics Editor, BBC.

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Thursday April 26

10.15               How To Grow Your Big City Business

Britain’s big cities are having quite a media moment.  Politicians want regional audiences to be better represented, the government is rebalancing the economy away from London, the BBC is launching a new channel for Scotland and Channel 4 is moving hundreds of jobs out of the capital.  How can producers respond and grow to meet the new demand?

Speaker:
Kersten EnglandChief Executive, Bradford Council, 
John McVayChief Executive, PACT, 
Peter SalmonChief Creative Officer, Endemol Shine, 
Nia ThomasManaging Director, Boom Cymru

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Thursday April 26

11.05               As I See It 2

Matthew Gould from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport gazes into the digital future and asks where media businesses will be in 10 years’ time. Hang on to your hats.

Speaker:
Matthew GouldDirector General for Digital and Media Policy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

11.25               Coffee

Tracy-Brabin

Thursday April 26

11.40               As I See It 3

Tracy Brabin MP has moved from Coronation Street to Westminster.  She offers her unique perspective on working conditions in the media.

Speaker:
Tracy BrabinMP for Batley and Spen

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Thursday April 26

12.10               Why Creativity And Culture In Our Cities Matters

Creativity is in Sir Peter Bazalgette’s DNA.  He’s reviewed the creative industries for the government, chaired Arts Council England, run a super-indie extraordinaire and now chairs ITV.  He shares his vision in conversation with Kirsty Wark.

Speakers:
Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair, ITV and leader of the Independent Review of The Creative Industries, 
Kirsty WarkJournalist and Broadcaster

12.50               Lunch

Alex-Mahon

Thursday April 26

13.50               Keynote: Alex Mahon, Channel 4

Speaking publicly for the first time since announcing a pitch process that will see hundreds of Channel 4 jobs leave London.  Followed by Q&A with Kirsty Wark and the audience.

Speakers:
Alex MahonChief Executive, Channel 4, 
Kirsty WarkJournalist and Broadcaster

14.20               As I See It 4

Channel 5’s Ben Frow talks about the charms and challenges of commissioning outside London

Speaker:
Ben FrowDirector of Programmes, Channel 5

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Thursday April 26

14.40               Celebrating Talent 1: Writing The Part

Writers Lisa Holdsworth (Ackley Bridge) and Kay Mellor, (Girlfriends, Love Lies and Records) discuss a sense of place and their characters.

Speakers:
Lisa HoldsworthWriter, 
Kay MellorWriter

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Thursday April 26

Thursday April 26

15.20               Celebrating Talent 2: Factual

With Anita Rani, who will discuss her career journey from Yorkshire roots to winning the RTS Presenter award for 2018

Speaker:
Anita RaniPresenter

15.50               Big City Challenge

Three cities stake their claim for hosting the Creative Cities Convention next year.

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Thursday April 26

16.05               Conference Round Up and Close

Speakers:
Kirsty WarkJournalist and Broadcaster, 
Ruth Pitt, Director, Creative Cities Convention

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