Event

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

Artificial Intelligence and the Future with Demis Hassabis

Dr Demis Hassabis is the Co-Founder and CEO of DeepMind, the world’s leading General Artificial Intelligence (AI) company, which was acquired by Google in 2014 in their largest ever European acquisition. Demis will draw on his eclectic experiences as an AI researcher, neuroscientist and videogames designer to discuss what is happening at the cutting edge of AI research, its future impact, and how developing AI may help us better understand the human mind, including the nature of imagination and creativity.

RTS Midlands: Indie drop-in day

The networking event was a great opportunity for the RTS Centre to bring itself up to date on the progress of the many projects currently in production in the Midlands.

“We wanted to get a real insight into everything that is happening in the independent sector in the Midlands, so the RTS can work out how best to serve the sector,” said RTS Midlands Chair Caren Davies.

“We’re aiming to boost the profile of TV production in the Midlands and provide more opportunities where we can celebrate and showcase the rich diversity of the programmes that are made here,” she added.

Mind The Gap: Closing the Gender Pay Gap in Television | Full session

Following the release of gender pay data from broadcasters, a panel including Jane Corbin, Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP, Sian Kevill, Charlotte Sweeney OBE and Jane Martinson discussed the topic of pay differences received by men and women in television and what needs should and can be done to tackle the issue at RTS event Mind the Gap: Closing the Gender Pay Gap in Television.

Click here to read the event report, or to watch highlights of the event.

Albert: making media in a sustainable future

This was the “win-win” message that Aaron Matthews – project manager at Albert, television’s sustainability initiative – brought to an RTS London meeting at the end of March.

Matthews explained that Albert certification – demonstrated by a logo displayed on a programme’s end credits – is proof that a “production has implemented sustainability best practice”.

Event report: Is targeted advertising the future of TV?

Many broadcasters are convinced that targeted advertising is a silver bullet. They claim it will help level the playing field with Google and Facebook and so future-proof their businesses.

But at a packed RTS early-evening event, 'Is targeted advertising the future of TV?', it became clear that the debate over smart advertising’s role in commercial TV is more nuanced than that. It is conceivable that internet-­delivered, personalised ads aimed at individuals will one day be as commonplace as driverless vehicles are expected to be.