Nations and Regions: Media Futures 2019 Schedule

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

This day long event will provide 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.

Arrival and registration for the event will take place between 9.30am and 9.45am, when Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford, Professor Richard Stephenson, will deliver a welcome address.

A drinks and networking session will take place from 5.50pm, until the event closes at 7pm.

Individual sessions will take place throughout the day in our Digital Performance Lab and Egg Suite:

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.

11.20am - Channel 4 - True North

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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 at 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 – Mental Health Campaign

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


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.

12.05pm - 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 - BBC3's New Northern Directors

This session provides a platform for you to discover more about the Northern Docs project and the collaboration with BBC3.

Northern Docs promotes the talent of the North and this collaboration is about facilitating creative expression and allowing Northern voices to speak, report and interpret the world for local, national and global audiences. This is an ongoing venture and if you have stories to tell then this is definitely a session for you.

Northern Docs is an attempt at positive action to tackle some of the structural barriers to opportunities for Northern film makers and if you've got a passion for telling stories then this session is one 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?