The programme for this event has been designed to give you access to useful information, industry updates and practical help that you can use in your business, as well as giving you a forum to link with other industry professionals from our region. We are extremely pleased to have secured some fabulous key note speakers for the day and we have 2 excellent breakout sessions.
This event is open to professionals working in television or related industries and is free to attend, however booking is essential as places are limited. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so if you would like to come along, please email RTSMidlands@rts.org.uk as soon as possible giving your name, your company name and your email address.
10.15am Welcome – Isabel Clarke RTS Midlands Chair
Key Note Speakers
Ian Mackenzie C4 and Colette Foster Full Fat Television
Naz Mantoo Edinburgh International TV Festival
Des Tong Big Centre TV
11.15am Breakout Sessions (see details below – these hour long workshops will be repeated – delegates will attend both split into smaller groups to encourage discussion)
1.30pm Lunch and Networking
2.15pm Q and A with Key Note Speakers
2.45pm The Way Forward – discussion lead by RTS Midlands
3pm Close and a chance to explore the West Midlands Safari Park
Session 1: Diversity has become a dirty word for political correctness. Diversity has been hijacked by those who want to stop creativity. Diversity is a badge of fashion which ebbs and flows depending on the mood of the bosses. Sound familiar? This hour long workshop explores some of the truths and myths of what critics describe as ‘the diversity industry’. It questions whether those who work in television and film are censoring themselves. It challenges current thinking on how far we can push the equality agenda, whether it is time to be less po-faced and let creativity flow. If you work in news, drama or comedy this is a must-attend event run by RTS Midlands Honorary Secretary and esteemed Broadcaster, Barnie Choudhury. Barnie will be joined by Tunde Ogungbesan, the BBC’s new head of diversity.
Session 2: Marc Settle from BBC News takes us through the tips and apps, gadgets and gizmos, lenses and microphones that can supercharge your smartphone. Whether it’s to gather the news, film the family or make a movie, you really can use the phone in your pocket to capture broadcast-quality content. While the principles and techniques will apply to any smartphone, the session will be of most benefit to iPhone owners.