WHAT IS THE CREATIVE CITIES CONVENTION? 

The Creative Cities Convention is a joint collaboration between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Pact, a real statement of intent at a time of great change for anyone working in the business of digital content creation across the UK. The convention celebrates the richness and diversity of talent and the growth of global production across the UK. In 2018 we considered how the government’s new industrial strategy could benefit the creative industries outside London and we reflected on Channel 4’s brand new plan for increasing its contribution to the nations and regions. We also asked how regional investors and local producers can learn to speak the same language, so they can grow creative media production together. Our industry’s next-generation talent had their say too.

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WHERE AND WHEN?

  • 2018 venue: Leeds College of Music, Quarry Hill Creative Quarter, Leeds
  • 2018 date: Evening event April 25, full day April 26th 
  • Host: Journalist and Broadcaster Kirsty Wark
  • Tickets: How to register
  • 2019 venue: Cardiff – further details coming soon
  • Note: An innovative Olympic-style bid from three big cities will decide the convention venue for each subsequent year

LEEDS 2018 – YOUR CITY NEXT?

In a unique twist on most media get-togethers, the Creative Cities Convention will each year feature an Olympic-style pitch from big cities seeking to hold the event the following year – providing a fantastic opportunity to showcase media activity and talent in different parts of the UK. In 2018 our three selected cities of Cardiff, Bristol and Glasgow each made a compelling case using video presentations at the convention itself. Cardiff was the winner for 2019. Will it be your city next? Join the debate.

THE CREATIVE CITIES CONVENTION 2018 TEAM

Ruth Pitt, conference director: Ruth has a wealth of production and strategic media experience. A former head of documentaries at Granada TV and BBC Religion and Ethics, she’s also MD of Under The Moon (www.underthemoonltd.com) which designs mentor networks for the creative industries. She has been advisory chair of the Edinburgh International Television Festival and chair of the Nations and Regions Media Conference, regularly interviews politicians and celebrities, has been responsible for numerous senior leadership events and projects at the BBC and is a trained journalist and broadcaster.

Susie Townson, project manager: 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 fourth year. Susie is an experienced studio producer and project manager and has also run her own talent agency.

 

HOW MUCH? 

Prices:

  • Early bird rate: £125 (to 12 April)
  • Full delegate rate: £175
  • Group discount of 10% off early bird rate for 4 tickets or more

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE? 

Our 2018 programme is available on this website and we’ll be starting to put together the schedule for 2019 in the Autumn, when the dates for conference will also be announced. Click on this link to join our mailing list and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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