January: Crowdfunding Masterclass
In this event, held in conjunction with Skillset Media Academy Wales, three experts explained from their own experience how it's possible to raise funds for film and TV projects through private donations and pledges from the public.
February: Getting into Shorts, Trails and Commercials
On the 28th February, in association with Skillset Media Academy Wales, we presented a workshop with a panel of industry experts, covering animation, promotions and commercial productions. There was a panel discussion, followed by group breakouts to ask more personal questions.
March: Multi-screen and Over-The-Top Content Delivery
According to David Jenkins, Senior Product Line Manager with Nagra Media UK, over-the-top (OTT) content delivery, where TV can be carried on any sufficiently fast Internet connection rather than a dedicated network, is fundamentally challenging conventional broadcast models.
April & May: Getting Networked
This year the Celtic Media Festival was held in Swansea from 24th-26th April. Along with the Skillset Media Academy Wales, we co-hosted an event, Getting Networked, for anyone seeking a career in television.
May: “What’s on the box, love? Welsh programme is it?” (Meet the CEOs)
Following our AGM on the 16th May, we were privileged to present a panel discussion with the heads of the three main broadcasters in Wales. The day after the event, the Western Mail published an article by our Chairman, Tim Hartley, in which he gave a personal overview of the issues facing the broadcasters.
June: Visit to 3VTV
This visit on the 13th of June, in conjunction with the newly constituted University of South Wales, focussed on the future of 3VTV as a web based television service, educating Blaenau Gwent’s communities about the benefits of supporting local businesses.
Awst: Lansiad 'Gwladigidol'
Ar y 7fed o Awst yn ystod yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol yn Ninbych, cymerodd Canolfan Cymru rhan yn lansiad fforwm newydd fydd yn rhannu arfer gorau mewn creu cynnwys digidol. Bydd 'Gwladigidol' (Cenedl Digidol) yn cymryd drosodd oddi wrth Rhwydwaith Llythrennedd yn y Cyfryngau Cymru gan dynnu ynghyd pawb sydd a diddordeb mewn ymchwilio i botensial technolegau newydd.
August: Launch of 'Gwladigidol'
On the 7th of August, the Wales Centre hosted the launch of a new forum to share best practise in digital content creation and exchange at this year’s National Eisteddfod in Denbigh. 'Gwladigidol' (Digital Nation) takes over from the Wales Media Literacy Network, and will draw together all those interested in exploring the potential of new technologies.
August: BBC 'Blue Room' Visit
On August 14th, a small group of RTS Wales Members travelled to the BBC's Broadcast Centre in London to visit the Blue Room, the BBC's media lab.
September: Teledu Plant / Children's Television
RTS Wales Centre’s upbeat discussion on children’s TV was chaired by Sioned Wyn Roberts, S4C's commissioner for education and children's content. The panellists were Helen Howells, founder and Co-director of London based indie, Ho Ho Entertainment, Elen Rhys, a Producer with CBeebies, BBC Learning and BBC Cymru Wales, and Angharad Garlick, Head of Boom Plant, part of Boom Pictures, a major supplier of children’s programmes to S4C, who also provided the venue for the event on the 25th September.
October: Television in Wales and Beyond
The RTS Wales Centre, along with Cardiff University, paired academics with television professionals for one-to-one dialogue and debate at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies on the 24th October.
November: RTS Wales Annual Lecture - "Wales: not on their radar?"
This year's lecture, in association with the National Assembly for Wales Commission, was given by Guto Harri, Director of Communications at News UK. He argued that political coverage "has to be earned - and generated". That was in the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay, on the 7th November.
December: 'What's Up Doc?' - A Debate on Observational Documentaries
The event was held in conjunction with Media Academy Wales and University of Wales Trinity Saint David, whose Swansea based media faculty was a particularly appropriate location for this event, given the success of the BBC 3 series, The Call Centre, depicting life at 'Swansea's third largest call centre'.