RTS Futures – Speed Date the Content Creators

Our gurus hire people like you so it’s your chance to get their hints and tips on how to make a great impression and secure your next role.  You can also ask their advice on anything from switching genres, moving up the production ladder to how to develop your writing skills. They will also be sharing their views on the Television industry and how it feels to be making the most talked about shows on British Television.

We are delighted to announce an incredible guest list of gurus for this exclusive RTS Futures event.

No laughing matter: how does comedy fight back?

Key industry players provide an insight into the evolution of sitcoms and discuss whether the genre has become more risk averse because of the pressure to land a hit, or simply evolved to meet the changing taste of viewers. We also examine if money is being redirected into genres that are cheaper and easier to make, how BBC Three moving online might affect the development and growth of new comedies, and who is putting their head above the parapet and trying to put scripted comedy back at the heart of TV viewing.


Broadcast media under fire from spin doctors over General Election 2015

In an election that most thought too close to call relationships between broadcasters and political parties became at times terse. Both sides criticised media outfits for accepting the narrative of their opponents.

So, on reflection, how did broadcasters fare? For the first time both Craig Oliver and Tom Baldwin (head of media for the Conservative and Labour parties respectively) have given their views to the RTS on how the 2015 General Election was covered by broadcasters. 

RTS launches Student Television Awards 2015

RTS Student Television Awards 2013/14

The Awards, which recognise the best in student television from across the UK, have now been opened to nominations. 

This year sees the launch of a News category. Nominations will be accepted from students studying broadcast journalism and related courses at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Awards will also be given in the following areas:

Campbell Swinton Lecture: Claire Enders, Enders Analysis

Campbell Swinton was one of Scotland’s pioneers of television technology whose legacy RTS continues to celebrate with a series of high level lectures. The last two speakers were then SNP leader Alex Salmond and BBC Scotland Director Ken MacQuarrie.

The exact focus of Claire Enders' lecture will be released nearer the time, but her expertise and passion encompasses the impact of technology on media markets and the importance of public service broadcasting in times of political and economic turbulence.  

RTS Futures Summer Party

This year RTS Futures are joining forces with the Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival Talent Schemes to host a celebration and party for you with some of the biggest names in the television industry.  

This is a party like no other – an opportunity you could only dream of – a chance to meet the people behind some of the most talked about shows on British television, as we open the evening with a special Q&A session

Joint RTS/IET public lecture with Demis Hassabis

Demis Hassabis was the co-founder and CEO of DeepMind, a neuroscience-inspired AI company, bought by Google in January 2014 in their largest European acquisition to date. He is now Vice President of Engineering at Google DeepMind and leads Google’s general AI efforts. Demis is a former child chess prodigy, who finished his A-levels two years early before coding the multi-million selling simulation game Theme Park aged 17.