Headline sponsor:

ITV entertains millions of people and shapes culture. They are a leading media and entertainment company, with the largest commercial television network in the UK and a global production business, with over 55 labels. Creativity, quality content and engaging audiences in the UK and around the world is at the core of everything they do.

ITV is More than TV. They reach over 40 million viewers every week with their programmes on ITV's family of channels, as well as the ITV Hub, which is available on 28 platforms and on over 90% of connected televisions sold in the UK. ITV delivers 99% of all commercial audiences in the UK over 5 million viewers and in 2019 is achieving its highest share of viewing in 11 years, making it a powerful advertising platform, with the best rate of return when compared to other media. 

As advertisers use more targeted advertising as part of their marketing communications, ITV has concluded an agreement with a leading ad tech provider, Amobee, which will enable ITV to deliver programmatic addressable advertising around its premium video inventory on the ITV Hub from the start of 2020. This, together with the investment in data and analytics, provides advertisers with mass, quality, trusted reach together with targeting ensuring ITV remains a powerful medium for helping companies grow.

ITV, as part of its More than TV strategy, has created a scaled Direct to Consumer business in the UK, including recently surpassing 500,000 subscribers to its ad-free catch-up service, Hub+. It will launch Britbox, a streaming service with the BBC in the latter part of 2019, bringing people the best of British talent from the past, present and will commission original content.  

ITV Studios produces 8,900 hours of original programming each year, across 55 production labels. Their global footprint spans 12 countries including the UK, US, Australia, France, Germany, The Nordics, Italy and the Netherlands and their global distribution business sells their catalogue of 45,000+ hours to more than 3000 broadcasters and platforms. 

As the media landscape continues to change rapidly, ITV is focused on building upon its unique combination of creativity and commercial strength, transforming digitally to create a more diversified and structurally sound business.

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Thursday dinner and app sponsor:

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations.

Combining unmatched experience and specialised skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions — underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network — Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders.

With 482,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit Accenture at www.accenture.com.

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BBC Studios, a global content company with British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group. Able to take an idea seamlessly from thought to screen, it spans content financing, development, production, sales, branded services, and ancillaries from both its own productions and programmes and formats made by high-quality UK independents. Award-winning British programmes made by the business are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms, including factual, drama, entertainment and comedy.

BBC Studios has offices in 22 markets globally, including six production bases in the UK and production bases and partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which makes around 2,500 hours of content a year, is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector.

Created in April 2018 by the merger of two existing commercial subsidiaries, BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, the company has revenue of around £1.4bn.  In the year to March 2019, it returned £243m to the BBC Group, complementing the BBC’s licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.

Wednesday nightcap sponsor:

China Global Television Network (CGTN), was launched on December 31, 2016. CGTN and its platforms provide multi-media content to a global audience, striving to offer a distinctive alternative to the international information flow. CGTN seeks to cover China and the world, reporting news from a Chinese perspective. CGTN aims to differentiate itself from other media organisations by pursuing a larger international vision, focusing on nations, regions, and stories that are often underreported by the international media. CGTN employs a wide range of experienced journalists and broadcasters with proven track records at major international media organisations.

CGTN Global Coverage

With correspondents in every corner of the world, CGTN takes advantage of the changing media landscape to pioneer a new era of journalism that provides alternative perspectives. With high-quality, original reporting at its core, CGTN tells stories differently and utilising emerging formats.

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CGTN covers the globe – from their Beijing headquarters, and production centres in Washington DC and Nairobi, CGTN is also on track to open a production centre in London, to add to their international reporting capabilities.

CGTN China Coverage

Headquartered in Beijing and with bureaus in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Zhengzhou and ShenyangCGTN has one of the most extensive networks of journalists across China.


From the CGTN production centre in Washington DC, CGTN America contributes to the global channel and digital platforms unique perspectives from the United States and across North America and Latin America. In addition to daily news coverage, CGTN America produces a daily talk show, The Heat, as well as magazine, feature, and documentary programming on weekends. As one of the production centresCGTN Africa was launched in Kenya on January 11, 2012. CGTN Africa aims to present a real Africa to the world and provide a platform for African voices for Africans to tell the African story. CGTN Africa deliberately seeks to provide a perspective that fits Africa into the global picture. The CGTN English channel is available in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia on major satellite and cable platforms.

Online, CGTN content is accessible through CGTN.com, CGTN mobile applications, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Weibo and other social media platforms.

Wednesday dinner sponsor:

Discovery, Inc. is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains.

Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens.

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Freeview is the biggest TV platform in the UK, used in 18 million homes, giving viewers access to the country’s most popular TV shows, for free.

Its connected TV service, Freeview Play, brings together the best of the UK’s free content, live and on-demand from BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, UKTV Play, CBS Catchup Channels UK and Horror Bites. The service is available on the majority of smart TVs sold in the UK and with over 20,000 hours of on-demand content, has quickly become a ‘must-have’ feature for consumers. This year Freeview has launched its mobile app for smartphones and tablets giving viewers access to the country’s most watched television programmes all in one place, on the go.

In a world of changing viewing behaviour and increasing online delivery, Freeview is the only major TV platform in the UK that is growing its user base. Offering viewers a compelling foundational TV service on to which OTT services can be added, the platform plays a critical role in delivering consumer choice and supporting the UK’s broadcasters by driving share and prominence. The principle of ensuring universal and free access to the best of the nation’s content for all UK viewers continues to drive Freeview’s evolution in a changing media landscape.

The Freeview platform is managed by Digital UK Ltd and DTV Services Ltd. The companies have four common shareholders - BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Arqiva - and Sky is a shareholder in DTV Services Ltd.

Delegate pack sponsor:

Sky Studios brings to screen unique stories from the very best talent in Europe.

They develop, produce and fund original drama, comedy and documentary for Sky’s 24 million customers and beyond. Building on the success of critically-acclaimed Sky originals including Emmy-nominated Chernobyl, Patrick Melrose and international hits Babylon Berlin and Riviera, Sky Studios is the new creative home of Sky originals, such as The Third Day with Jude Law, ZeroZeroZero from the makers of Gomorrah and The New Pope directed by Academy Award-winning director Paolo Sorrentino. 

Sky Studios are an agile Studio, seeking out the best untold stories from new voices while working in creative partnership with today’s best writers, producers and on-screen talent to bring viewers stories they wouldn’t find anywhere else. 

With commissioning talent and production capability across the UK, Germany and Italy, they understand local tastes across Europe better than anyone else and have plans to more than double their investment in original content by 2024, fully supported and backed by Comcast NBC Universal.

Sky Studios invests in the cultural economy and global production sector with equity stakes in 10 production companies in the UK and the US, including Great British Bake Off creator Love Productions, and the premiere reality crime producer in the US, Jupiter Entertainment, creator of long-running hit Snapped. Sky Studios has invested in high quality factual specialists Blast Films and True North Productions; entertainment and format expert Znak & Co (US & UK); natural history producer True to Nature; and growth businesses Sugar Films, Avanti Media, Chrysalis Vision, and Talos Films (US).

Sky Studios launched in June 2019. The senior leadership team is Chief Executive Officer Gary Davey, Chief Commercial Officer Jane Millichip, Chief Finance Officer Caroline Cooper, Director of Drama UK Cameron Roach, Director of Comedy UK Jon Mountague, Director Original Production Sky Italia Nils Hartmann, and Director Original Production Sky Deutschland Marcus Ammon.

Thursday nightcap sponsor:

Spencer Stuart know how much leadership matters. They are trusted by organisations around the world to help them make the senior-level leadership decisions that have a lasting impact on their enterprises.

Through their executive search, board and leadership advisory services, they help build and enhance high-performing teams for select clients ranging from major multinationals to emerging companies to nonprofit institutions.

Privately held since 1956, they focus on delivering knowledge, insight and results through the collaborative efforts of a team of experts — now spanning 57 offices, 30 countries and more than 50 practice specialities. Boards and leaders consistently turn to Spencer Stuart to help address their evolving leadership needs in areas such as senior-level executive search, board recruitment, board effectiveness, succession planning, in-depth senior management assessment and many other facets of organisational effectiveness.

For more information on Spencer Stuart, please visit www.spencerstuart.com.