The Creative Cities Convention is a joint collaboration between the main broadcasters 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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  • Venue: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
  • Date: Monday 1st April 5.30-8pm followed by networking drinks, Tuesday 2nd April 9.30am-3pm.
  • Host: Journalist and broadcaster Kirsty Wark
  • Tickets: Available now 
  • Accommodation: Cardiff Convention Bureau have arranged special rates for delegates, please click here for more information
  • Note: An innovative Olympic-style bid from three big cities will decide the convention venue for each subsequent year


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.


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.

Jessica Davies-Timmins, Events Organiser: Jess is a freelance marketer, fundraiser, events organiser and copy writer with over 20 years experience working in the charitable and public sectors. A fluent Welsh speaker she founded the very Tuneless Choir Cardiff.

Mel Rodrigues, Senior Producer: Mel is a journalist, producer and director with a host of factual and current affairs TV credits, and a particular passion for digital storytelling and ideas/talent development. For the last two years she’s led the BBC’s Digital Cities initiative in Bristol, Cardiff and the North East, bringing creative industry partners together to boost their region’s digital and production skills. In her spare time Mel is Creative Director of the global ideas platform TEDxBristol – one of the biggest TEDx events in Europe.

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.



  • £140 early bird (Available until end of January 2019)
  • £190 general (From 1 Feb)
  • Discounted rates for students will apply, contact us for details


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