RTS London Conference Schedule

London conference 2016


Registration opens



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 Hincks



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? 


Hugh Dennis


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

Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix


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


Stewart Purvis


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


Convention Closes

Kevin MacLellan, RTS Convention Chair and Chairman, Global Distribution and International, NBCUniversal

John Hardie, Chair, Royal Television Society


Fujitsu Drinks Reception

(Battlebridge Room)   

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