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 will celebrate the richness and diversity of talent and the growth of global production across the UK, consider how the Government’s new industrial strategy can benefit the creative industries outside London and reflect on Channel 4’s brand new plan for increasing its contribution to the nations and regions. We will also be asking 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 will have their say too.

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  • This year’s venue: Leeds College of Music, Quarry Hill Creative Quarter, Leeds
  • Date: Evening event April 25th (6.00pm to 8.00pm followed by networking drinks); full day April 26th (9.30am to 4.30pm)
  • Host: Journalist and Broadcaster Kirsty Wark
  • Tickets: How to register
  • Accommodation: Hotel suggestions
  • 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 feature an Olympic-style pitch from three 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. Our selected cities will each make a compelling case using video presentations at the convention itself. Will it be your city? Come along and 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.

Helen Scott, executive producer: Helen Scott is a renowned print and television journalist and event exec producer. Her organizational credits include executive producing a number of RTS Cambridge Conventions and responsible for overseeing content, design, technical spec and delivery. She has also executive produced RTS student master-classes and public lectures and travels the world for the media development charity The Thomson Foundation, training journalists in developing countries.

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.

Lindsey Cran, event organiser: With over 20 years of experience in events management, Lindsey was senior events manager for the Royal Television Society (RTS) until October 2014. As Director of Cranberry Events, she provided the event management for the RTS Cambridge Convention 2015, London Conference 2016 and Cambridge Convention 2017.  Lindsey worked on Broadcast magazine’s Commissioning Forum 2015 and in 2017 worked with the US-based Themed Entertainment Association to deliver the event logistics for their first two conferences outside the US.



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


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