2015 RTS Wales Events

2015 RTS Wales Events

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By Wales,
Thursday, 29th January 2015
Students 'Meet the Makers'
Students 'Meet the Makers'

January:  'Technology and TV'
For our first event of 2015, our chairman, Tim Hartley, gave a talk under the title 'Technology and TV - a threat to traditional viewing or a challenge to the industry?'.

February:  BBC Wales Innovation Lounge
We arranged a visit to BBC Wales's new facility to help programme makers find the neatest kit for the job.  Members and guests were shown the latest innovations in multi-format production, mobile applications, social media and the new 'MyBBC' app.

February:  Visit to ITV Cymru Wales
For our second members-only event of the year we visited ITV Cymru Wales's new HQ in Cardiff Bay on the 24th February.  We were privileged to be able to sit in on the live broadcast of their Wales at 6 programme.

March:  'Is there a future for Welsh broadcasting?'
On the 17th March, a distinguished panel discussed that controversial topic at Aberystwyth University, in a joint event with the Institute of Welsh Affairs and the University's Department of Theatre, Film, and Television Studies.

March:  Breaking Into The Media
This year we held this event as part of the Zoom International Film Festival at Bridgend College on the 27th March.  The panellists noted the recent developments in south Wales which are providing significant opportunities, such as the creation of the BBC's Drama Village in Cardiff Bay, the new Pinewood studios near Newport, and the Da Vinci's Demons set in a former Swansea motor factory.

April:  'Post Production in the Palm of your Hand'
For our April 27th event, we arranged to have demonstrations of the latest software and hardware which could be used to produce, edit and grade productions.  Paul Hawke-Williams and Paul Owen outlined the various editing techniques now available for programme makers.

May:  'My Grandfather Dylan'
After a showing of his film, made as part of the Dylan Thomas Centenary last year, producer Phil George spoke to journalist Robert Lloyd.  He explained how he "attempted to challenge some of the misconceptions that have developed about one of the greatest English language poets of the 20th century".

May:  Meet the Makers
On the 14th May, approximately 80 Cardiff-based freelancers met with the heads of some of Wales's leading independent companies at the Kuku Club in Cardiff, for a networking evening with a unique 'speed dating' encounter.

Awst:  "A fydd band eang cyflym yn dod â teledu deallus i ardaloedd gwledig?"
Ymunodd Peter Williams o Lywodraeth Cymru gyda Rhodri Williams, Cyfarwyddwr Cymru, Ofcom, a Huw Marshall o S4C ar banel wedi ei gadeirio gan Sioned Mills, o gwmni Boom Pictures, i drafod gwylio teledu trwy gyfrwng band eang cyflym iawn.

August:  "High-speed broadband. Will it bring smart TV to rural areas?"
Peter Williams from the Welsh Government joined Rhodri Williams, Director Wales, Ofcom and Huw Marshall from S4C on a panel chaired by Boom Pictures’ Sioned Mills to discuss TV viewing via superfast broadband.

October:  Visit to Celtic Prop Hire
A group of RTS Wales Centre Members visited Wales' largest prop hire company, situated behind S4C in Llanishen Business Park, on the 12th October.

October:  "Is There a Future for Broadcasting in Wales?"
On the 22nd October, the Wales Centre joined the Institute of Welsh Affairs in a 'coffee shop' debate on the future of Welsh broadcasting, in the TV studio at Glyndŵr University in Wrexham.

November:  Challenges and Opportunities for TV in Small Nations
This RTS Wales Centre discussion with Nordic drama producers on the 16th November, held at The ATRiuM in partnership with The Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small Nations, followed a daytime conference that explored issues surrounding television production in small nations.

November:  ITV in Wales through the Decades
During his presentation on the 20th November, David Lloyd showed clips from the ITV archive spanning fifty seven years of independent television in Wales.  The films, which are now kept at the National Library of Wales, included programmes from all the former ITV companies: WWN, TWW and HTV Wales.


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