Welcome by Sir Peter Bazalgette, President, Royal Television Society and Kevin MacLellan, RTS Conference Chair and Chairman, Global Distribution and International, NBCUniversal
Session One: Opening Keynote – Steve Burke, NBCUniversal
As CEO of one of the world’s leading media portfolios, Steve Burke is uniquely positioned to give his insightful perspective on the evolving global media landscape during one of the most transitional periods in television’s history.
In conversation with world-renowned journalist and author Tina Brown CBE, Steve Burke will share his experiences at the helm of NBCUniversal since its acquisition by Comcast in 2011. He discusses the powerful partnership of content and distribution, why monetisation matters and how NBCUniversal is forging ahead in a new age of On-Demand.
Tina Brown CBE, Founder & CEO, Tina Brown Live Media
Steve Burke, Chief Executive Officer, NBCUniversal
Session Two: Go Global or Go Home
A panel of leading international producers and distributors debate the current state of the content market which seems exciting and terrifying in equal measure. Do projects have to be international from the start to be a success? How do you balance financing and rights? And what does all this mean for the industry in the UK?
Tim Davie, CEO, BBC Worldwide and Director, Global
Michael Edelstein, President, NBCUniversal International Studios
Stephen Lambert, Founder and CEO, Studio Lambert
Jane Millichip, Managing Director, Sky Vision
Session Three: Brexit: Bring It On
Love it or hate it, Brexit has landed. This session will unpack the range of opportunities, hot potatoes and plain not-sure-yets that it poses. From the political and economic impacts, to the employment and regulatory issues it throws up - not to mention headquartering questions for multi-national companies and country of origin conundrums – our diverse panel will attempt to lead us through the maze.
Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Channel 4 News
Josh Berger CBE, President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland & Spain
The Rt Hon the Lord Mandelson, Global Counsel
John McVay, Chief Executive, PACT
Session Four: You Don’t Own A TV? What Is All Your Furniture Pointed At?
As the number of platforms and devices for viewing content proliferates exponentially, this session will focus on consumer behaviour: where, when and how people are enjoying video content now, and what it bodes for the future. Are certain demographics being left behind? What does it mean for linear television? How can and will it all be monetised? Is there too much content, and if so, what happens if that bubble bursts?
Ben McOwen-Wilson, Director of Partnerships, YouTube
Simon Pitts, Managing Director, Online, Pay TV Interactive & Technology, ITV
Jim Ryan, SVP and Chief Strategy Officer, Liberty Global
Sue Unerman, Chief Strategy Offier, MediaCom UK
Session Five: Sharon White, Ofcom
Channel 4 News' Cathy Newman interviews Sharon White as the Ofcom Chief Executive prepares to take on new responsibilities for the BBC and looks over a landscape in which UK people now spend more time on media and communications on average each day than they do sleeping. The challenges for the regulator have never been more intense: to protect the public's interests as both consumers and citizens, and to ensure the UK's communications industries continue to flourish in an ever more competitive and globalised world. She explains how Ofcom is doing.
Cathy Newman, Channel 4 News
Sharon White, Chief Executive, Ofcom
Interactive Technology Showcase
Session Six: Ted Sarandos, Netflix
Ted Sarandos, the man with ultimate control of Netflix's content budget, returns to the RTS to talk content strategy, audiences, global ambitions and forecasting the future in a keynote conversation.
Francine Stock, Broadcaster, Critic and Writer
Session Seven: The New Commissioners
The Guardian’s Media Editor, Jane Martinson meets the commissioners challenging traditional TV.
With innovative transmission models and infamously deep pockets, these programme makers define success by buzz, subs and churn rather than overnight viewing numbers. Today's traditional commissioners need to beat these agile rivals to the best properties and ideas, creating hit shows that compete long after initial broadcast.
So, who are the new commissioners disrupting television? Jane meets UKTV’s Richard Watsham, BT’s Delia Bushell, BBC Three’s Damian Kavanagh, Viceland’s Kevin Sutcliffe, and Sky Atlantic’s Zai Bennett.
Jane Martinson, Media Editor, The Guardian
Zai Bennett, Director, Sky Atlantic
Delia Bushell, Managing Director, BT TV and BT Sport
Damian Kavanagh, Controller, BBC Three
Kevin Sutcliffe, Senior Vice President TV and Video Programming International, VICELAND
Richard Watsham, Director of Commissioning, UKTV
Session Eight: PSB and Beyond
The panel will examine one of the central questions faced by our organisations over the next 10 years: how do we continue to serve loyal linear broadcast audiences while at the same time innovating for younger audiences, moving towards IP, mobile and on-demand, and maintaining impact? The panel will discuss the sustainability of the current model, consider how the funding mix for PSBs and the whole TV industry is changing over time, and will debate why PSBs should continue to receive prominence in an on demand world.
Patrick Younge, Co-founder/Managing Director, Sugar Films
Jay Hunt, Chief Creative Officer, Channel 4
Monica Maggioni, President, RAI
James Purnell, Director, Strategy and Education, BBC
Peter Rosberg, Head of Planning & Scheduling, DR
Session Nine: Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture
Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
Session Ten: Fit For The Future?
Five of our top business leaders reflect on the conference themes and discuss how well placed each of them is to confront the challenges of the future.
Lorraine Heggessey, Chair, Grierson Trust and Advisor, Channel 4 Growth Fund
David Abraham, Chief Executive, Channel 4
Andrew Griffith, Group Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Sky
Tony Hall, Director-General, BBC
Dido Harding, Chief Executive Officer, TalkTalk Group
Tom Mockridge, Chief Executive Officer, Virgin Media
Kevin MacLellan, RTS Convention Chair and Chairman, Global Distribution and International, NBCUniversal
John Hardie, Chair, Royal Television Society
Fujitsu Drinks Reception