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Broadcast Hotshots shine at RTS Futures event

RTS Futures and Broadcast Magazine BAME Hotshots Christmas Party at the Hospital Club

RTS Futures turned the spotlight on TV’s diversity – or lack of it – at its final event of the year where a panel of young Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) talent revealed their struggles and triumphs in the industry.
 
The panel was drawn from Broadcast’s 26 BAME Hot Shots of 2015, which the magazine announced in August.
 

RTS Thames Valley looks at the rise of esports

League of Legends World Championship 2019 (Credit: Riot Games)

In 2019, e-sports audiences reached 443 million worldwide, revealed Guillaume Neveux, business development manager, EMEA, at EVS Broadcast Equipment. They are predicted to rise to 495 million this year and 646 million in 2023. Revenues are expected to pass $1.1bn this year.

“More than 100 million people watched the [battle arena game] League of Legends World Championship, cementing its place as the most popular e-sport,” said Neveux.

David Abraham: The mould breaker

David Abraham (Credit: Wonderhood Studios)

In one way, the career of David Abraham has come full circle. He began his working life in advertising – and, in his latest role, ­running his own company, Wonderhood Studios, he is once again involved in producing TV commercials, as well as making TV programmes. With his trademark heavy-rimmed glasses and carefully judged wardrobe, Abraham still looks like he might have stepped out of the pages of ad bible Campaign at its 1980s’ peak.

Will 5G change TV?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (Credit: Warner Bros)

Chicago and Minneapolis may not seem like the homes of cutting­edge technology but, on 3 April, they became the world’s first two cities with commercial 5G mobile services serving 5G-enabled smartphones.

The service was launched by US carrier Verizon, keen to beat several Korean rivals to the bragging rights for commercialising 5G first, if only by a few hours.

80 years of BBC television

The service initially used two different, incompatible systems which were alternated weekly. These were the 405-lines interlaced scan from Marconi-EMI, and the 240-lines progressive scan from Baird Television Ltd. 

Initially the press favoured the Logie Baird system because there was a delay of 60 seconds before the image would appear on screens. At a press demo of the technology this meant that the journalists could dash around the camera and see themselves still on the screen. However, the Logie Baird system was deemed inferior and was dropped after only three months.

Fresh Meat writer pens new show for Channel 4

Asia, travelling, drama, Channel 4, Vietnam

Introducing the commissions, Channel 4’s Head of Drama Piers Wenger promised “a consistent presence of topical, entertaining drama across the schedule.”

Wenger also gave a nod to the production partners on the shows. In a recent interview with Broadcast magazine, he forecasted that next year at least 80% of Channel 4’s peak-time drama output would be co-produced.

RTS Futures Christmas Party

December sees the return of the infamous RTS Futures Christmas Party, and this year we’ve teamed up with Broadcast magazine to celebrate this year’s BAME Hotshots.

This year Broadcast decided to focus on BAME Hotshots to shine a light on the diversity with the industry.  The response was overwhelming.