Nations and Regions: Media Futures 2019 Schedule

This year’s Nations and Regions: Media Futures 2019 brought together  those in the media industry and emerging talent to meet each other, focusing on young consumers and creators of content.

The day long event provided many opportunities for industry to find out what’s engaging young people, discovering what they really watch and how they both consume and create media.

Individual sessions took place throughout the day in our Digital Performance Lab and Egg Suite. Below is the outline of what was available on the day:

Session Schedule – Digital Performance Lab

10am - Media's Rising Stars

Meet the graduates who are working in the industry and find out how they did it.The tips, the challenges and the politics on the journey to finding your 'dream' job in the media industry!

The session will run from 10-10.40am, with networking taking place from 10.45-11.15am.

12.45pm - Tamara Howe in Conversation

Chief Content Officer for Vice Media (EMEA Media), Tamara Howe, will be in conversations with Campbell Glennie, Director & Talent Development at Edinburgh Television Festival, discussing what Vice is looking for in new recruits and what they expect the next generation to be delivering.

With over 20 years’ experience across BBC, ITV and now Vice, Tamara has great insight into where the industry is heading across the next decade. She will be revealing her thoughts to you, the new emerging talent, about how to ‘make’ it in this fast-paced organisation.

1.30pm - YouTube Originals

In this session, Luke Hyams (Head of Originals EMEA, YouTube) and Kelly Sweeney (International Production Lead, YouTube Originals) will discuss what it is that YouTube are looking for to commission and create.

2.15pm - Media Women

As big media institutions finally look like they are starting to address the gender gap in our industry, we sit down with four of TV’s powerful movers and shakers to hear their thoughts on where the industry is going, what their climb to success looked like and what obstacles they have had to overcome… oh, and they just happen to be women.

3pm - Hollyoaks: Don’t Filter Feelings

The Hollyoaks editorial team, cast and creative director of digital will host a panel discussion about depicting mental health on television and how they were supported by the digital #DontFilterFeelings campaign.

3.55pm - Production Spotlight: Lee Rayner (Coronation Street)

Lee Rayner lives and breaths Coronation Street, he is passionate about his work and this session will offer insight into a key production role that is demanding, challenging and rewarding!

Lee will be talking about the need for excellent production co-ordinators and production managers within broadcasting, and focusing on the needs of industry today with specific emphasis on continuing series and dramas.


4.55pm - Live Pitch

This is the final stage – the chance to hear five University of Salford students pitch their ideas to a panel of media industry experts. The lucky winners will gain a work experience placement with two of the companies!

Come and see them battle it out – they need your support!


Session Schedule – Egg Suite

10am - Journalism's Rising Stars

This is your opportunity to hear some amazing success stories from Journalism graduates and to find out more about the future of the industry from these alumni.

This is your opportunity to hear some amazing success stories from Journalism graduates and to find out more about the future of the industry from these alumni. The panel includes Todd Fitzgerald (Manchester Evening News), Natasha Johansson (BBC Radio 5 live) and Teresa McMahon (ITV Granada Reports).

10.45am - Funding the Future

The Audio Content Fund will be responsible for distributing funding to support original radio and
audio production in the UK. It will invite bids from audio production companies that are working in
conjunction with Ofcom-licensed radio stations who have agreed to broadcast the output.
Will Jackson, Director of the Fund and MD of AudioUK will talk about its objectives and how it will
work, while Mel Harris from Manchester’s Sparklab Productions will look at the opportunities for
audio-led production companies and Neil Sloan, Group Programming Director, Communicorp UK (who operate radio stations including Smooth North West and XS Manchester) will discuss public service content on commercial radio.

11.20am - Radio - What's Next?

What's next? The media landscape is changing faster than ever before - and that goes for radio too. So, what are broadcasters looking for from the next generation of content makers and how do we act now to pick up those all important younger audiences? Join BBC Radio 6Music's commissioning editor Julie Cullen and presenter coach Kate Cocker as we all bash our heads together to come up with some answers.

12.00pm - Journalism Uncovered

The Paradise Papers; the Cambridge Analytica Files; the football abuse revelations - investigative journalists continue to break the biggest stories and hold the powerful to account. But what is it like to uncover an exclusive and how should would-be journalists go about finding investigative work?

Claire Savage (ITV Tonight) and Charles Thomson (winner of the Ray Fitzwalter Award for Investigative Journalism 2018) will tell the stories behind their biggest scoops and offer tips on breaking into investigative journalism. This session will also include the presentation of the 2019   Ray Fitzwalter Award for Investigative Journalism.

12.55pm - Documentary Contributors: Speaking Out!

Speaking Out! An insight into how subjects within documentaries deal with working with film crews and what actually makes a great documentary film-maker from their point of view.

This revealing session will explore how the subject of factual documentaries deal with working with film directors and crew, as well as handle the impact and consequences of the film once it has been screened. The highs and lows will be discussed by Binita Kane and Angela Samata who have both worked with Director, Leo Burley, on two poignant and sensitive films.

This session is a must for all budding Directors of documentaries.

1.30pm - Animation Spotlight - Kath Shackleton

Fettle is a multi-award winning 2D animation studio based in the hills of Pennine Yorkshire, making content for education, promotion and broadcast.

Run by producer Kath Shackleton and director Zane Whittingham, alongside animator and art director Ryan Jones.

They discuss how they set up their studio, describe some of the challenges of running their business, show highlights of their work and make their predictions for the future in animation.

Click here for more information on Kath's working background.

2.15pm - Animation Spotlight - FactoryCreate Uncovered!

How does FactoryCreate continue going from strength to strength - what is the hallmark of it's success? Is it the ideas, the talent, the passion and commitment and the innovative approaches to getting the commissions which ultimate allow companies such as Factory to grow?

Phil Chalk, Managing Director of FactoryCreate, will reveal the secrets of its successes - a session not to be missed!

3pm - BBC Three's New Northern Talent

This session provies a platform for you to discover more about how BBC Three is supporting the drive to create sustainable media careers for new entrants based in the nations and regions. One example of this support is the Northern Docs project, which is about facilitating creative expression and allowing Northern voices to create and produce documentaries. If you’ve got the passion and drive for a media career, this session is not to be missed!

3.55pm - From Fast Fashion to Football

A major new video production industry has grown up in the North - under the radar of traditional TV.

Manchester is home of the biggest games in global social video - like the LADbible and Social Chain. Big ecommerce businesses like The Hut Group and are employing video makers by the dozen. And its football clubs are building global followings through daily social video interaction with hundreds of countries.

Where next for this industry, and what will it take to succeed in it?