Studio Sessions

A day of studio debates recorded as-live in a covid safe studio in Glasgow with guests present or via plasma screen. These sessions focus on how to build a global business in the nations and regions post-covid, reflect on a year of change for creative diversity and offer insights on audiences and content creators outside London from the Director-General of the BBC. Kirsty Wark quizzes top business leaders as well as scripted producers and format creators. Scroll down for a breakdown of each studio session.

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BBC DIRECTOR-GENERAL TIM DAVIE IN CONVERSATION WITH KIRSTY WARK

Content: Tim Davie will explain the thinking behind the corporation's recently announced Across The UK plan and discuss with conference host Kirsty Wark the impact he hopes it will have on audiences as well as the creative sector.

Guest: Tim Davie, Director-General BBC

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HOW TO GO GLOBAL 1: A DRAMA CASE STUDY

Content: To set the scene for an exploration of building a global TV business outside London the team behind the BBC hit drama The Cry share insights on running a company with bases in Scotland and Australia.

Guests: Claire Mundell, creative director Synchronicity and Ruth Underwood, development producer Synchronicity Melbourne

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HOW TO GO GLOBAL 2: BUILDING BUSINESS POST-COVID

Content: Is your business ready to go global post covid? Should you stay small or go big? How has the pandemic changed how we do business? Kirsty Wark and her guests discuss the business of global production wherever you're based in the UK.

Guests: Jane Millichip, Chief Content Officer Sky Studios, Mike Beale, MD ITV Studios Global Creative Network, Derren Lawford, Creative Director Woodcut Media, Claire Mundell, Creative Director Synchronicity

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HOW TO GO GLOBAL 3: BUILDING A RETURNABLE FORMAT

Content: The holy grail of any successful screen business is a big returnable format you can build your long term strategy around. We hear how some of the best in the business have cracked the formula - and learned from their mistakes along the way.

Guests: Sanjay Singhal CEO Voltage TV, Andrew Jackson Creative, Director Raise The Roof, Kate Thomas Commissioning Editor Daytime and Features Channel 4

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HOW TO GO GLOBAL 4: A FEATURES CASE STUDY

Content: You don't always have to be big to be beautiful. In a tiny seaside town in North Wales with a population of less than 2000, producer Sioned Wyn has pulled off the near-impossible feat of bagging a big returnable format for Channel 4. She and commissioner Kate Thomas join Kirsty Wark to explain how they did it.

Guests: Kate Thomas, Commissioning Editor Daytime and Features Channel 4, Sioned Wyn Director Chwarel TV

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CREATIVE DIVERSITY: A YEAR OF CHANGE

Content: The dial is turning on creative diversity. The last year has seen Black Lives Matter, lockdown and the shift of production outside London as broadcasters seek to win new and more diverse audiences across the UK. But are we doing enough? Our panel assesses a year of progress towards equality in race, location and social class.

Guests: Babita Bahal, Head of Creative Diversity Channel 4, Miranda Wayland, Head of Creative Diversity BBC, Ade Rawcliffe, Group Director of Diversity and Inclusion ITV, Darren McGarvey, author and presenter Class Wars for BBC Scotland

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