London 2018 Conference Programme

08.00   Registration opens
08.55   Opening

Welcome by David Lynn, RTS Conference Co-Chair and President & CEO, VIMN

09.05   Session One: A full set of FAANGs

The FAANGs have yet to take too big a bite out of TV’s share of viewing. But with Facebook, Apple and Google now promising to join Netflix and Amazon in investing billions in video streaming, major entertainment companies, notably Disney and Fox, are rushing to consolidate. This strategy session explores the consumer, creative and commercial impact of the new entrants and the ongoing shift from scheduled to on-demand viewing. Are mergers and acquisitions the only way forward for broadcasters and producers? When it comes to doing battle or business with the Tech Giants, is bigger better?



Kate Bulkley, Media Commentator & Journalist



            David Abraham, Founder, Wonderhood Studios

            Tom Mockridge, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Media

            Darren Throop, President & CEO, Entertainment One

            Jane Turton, Chief Executive Officer, All3Media


10.00   Session Two: International Keynote – Bob Bakish, President & CEO, Viacom

Bob Bakish, President & CEO of Viacom in conversation with Sian Williams.


Sian Williams, Presenter, Channel 5 News



Bob Bakish, President & CEO, Viacom


10.30   Session Three: Diversity and Inclusion: Lessons From Outside TV

Diversity and inclusion are top of the list for responsible media organisations. But tackling inequalities across gender, race, disability and social mobility is a challenge, so how can we learn what works and define best practice? Can we learn from other sectors? Deborah Williams (CEO of CDN) gives an update on the current state of play in the broadcasting industry followed by a discussion with Mark McLane (Barclays) Anne Nguyen (BCG) and Karen Blackett (WPP) with examples of good practice elsewhere.



            Trevor Phillips OBE, Founder, Webber Phillips



            Deborah Williams, Executive Director, Creative Diversity Network



Karen Blackett OBE, Country Manager, WPP

Mark McLane, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Barclays

Anne Nguyen, Partner & Managing Director, London, BCG


11.20   Coffee

11.45   Session Four: Rise of the Machines – Voice, AI and Beyond – How will broadcasting embrace the challenge?

From mobile Virtual Assistants to Artificially Intelligent TVs to Smart Speakers, Voice is now impacting the broadcasting industry in exciting and explorative ways. 

Targeted Advertising, Personalised Discovery, Fake News? What opportunities does this audio-based medium hold and what issues does it bring along with it? 

How will advancements in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Biometrics drive the platform forward and really get to the heart of the consumer?



Kate Russell, Technology Reporter, BBC Click



Grace Boswood, Chief Operating Officer, BBC Design & Engineering

Richard Halton, CEO, YouView

Ben Page, Chief Executive, Ipsos MORI



Nicky Birch, Executive Producer, BBC R&D

Jose Soleto, Co-Founder, Lyrebird


12.35   Session Five: Tomorrow’s BBC: Meeting The Challenges of the Future

An address by Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC, followed by Q&A with Zeinab Badawi



Zeinab Badawi, Presenter, BBC News



Tony Hall, Director-General, BBC


13.05   Lunch


14.00   Session Six: Carolyn McCall, Chief Executive, ITV

Carolyn McCall, ITV’s Chief Executive, in conversation with Tim Hincks



Tim Hincks, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Expectation



Carolyn McCall, Chief Executive, ITV


14.25   Session Seven: Commission Accomplished

We all know the market is changing shape.  But what of the shows within it?  What does it mean to commission linear television in an increasingly SVOD world?  Meanwhile, what are the new entrants really looking for?  And are these platform distinctions as cut and dried as they seem?  Amazon’s Georgia Brown, Channel 4’s Ian Katz and Sky’s Zai Bennett discuss content in a shifting world with Kirsty Wark. 



Kirsty Wark, Writer and Broadcaster



Zai Bennett, Director of Programmes, Sky Entertainment UK and Ireland

Georgia Brown, Director of European Originals, Amazon Studios

Ian Katz, Director of Programmes, Channel 4


15.20   Session Eight: Making It On The Global Stage

The death of co-pro, peak drama, the globalisation of content… myths or reality?  NBCU’s Jeff Wachtel and Endemol Shine’s Peter Salmon share their thoughts on major market trends in production and distribution, and ask what the UK industry can learn from the rest of the world.  Chaired by Kirsty Wark.


Kirsty Wark, Writer and Broadcaster



Peter Salmon, Chief Creative Officer, Endemol Shine Group

Jeff Wachtel, President, NBCUniversal International Studios


15.50   Tea


16.15   Session Nine: Alex Mahon, Chief Executive, Channel 4

Alex Mahon, Chief Executive of Channel 4, in conversation with Tim Hincks.



Tim Hincks, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Expectation Entertainment



Alex Mahon, Chief Executive, Channel 4


16.40   Session Ten: How To Regulate The Internet – Audience Protection In A Digital Age

Even Mark Zuckerberg agrees that regulation of online platforms is inevitable. The question now is “how do you do it”?  With a white paper on internet regulation expected in the Autumn, this session will examine what steps the Government must take to ensure a level playing field between broadcasters and technology companies. Has the time come for an internet regulator? And do successful broadcasting rules – like the watershed, advertising rules and impartiality – have a place in an online regime?



Beth Rigby, Deputy Political Editor, Sky News



Tess Alps, Chair, Thinkbox

Rachel Coldicutt, CEO, Doteveryone

Damian Collins MP, Chair, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee


17.20   Session Eleven: Sharon White, Chief Executive, Ofcom

The Ofcom CEO contributes to the debate about issues and challenges in on line regulation from the perspective of the UK’s broadcast regulator.



Kirsty Wark, Writer and Broadcaster



Sharon White, Chief Executive, Ofcom


17.45   Session Twelve: The RT Hon Jeremy Wright MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport



            David Lynn, RTS Conference Co-Chair and President & CEO, VIMN



The RT Hon Jeremy Wright MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport


18.15   Convention Closes

James Currell, RTS Conference Co-Chair and President, VIMN UK Northern and Eastern Europe

Theresa Wise, Chief Executive, Royal Television Society


18.20   Drinks Reception sponsored by Spencer Stuart

            (Battlebridge Room)