The challenges of a shifting TV landscape will be discussed by television executives at this year's RTS Cambridge Convention, chaired by BBC Director-General Tony Hall.
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
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.
Aimed at 16-24 year olds who are interested in working in the broadcasting industry, at places like the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky, the fair will feature people who have experience working on some of the country’s biggest shows including Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor and The Great British Bake Off. Massive youth brands such as Radio 1 and BBC Three will be in attendance; plus the BBC’s training arm - the Academy and locally made BBC One daytime drama Doctors and BBC WM. More names are being added to the line up every 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.
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.
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”.
Watch the highlights from RTS Futures The Crown: From Storyboard to Screen event. Director Ben Caron, Production Designer Martin Childs, Costume Designer Jane Petrie, Editor Pia Di Ciaula and VFX Supervisor Ben Turner revealed how they brought the story of the Royals to life on screen at an event chaired by Toby Earles.
Broadcasters fear that the global tech giants are hungry for their audiences and advertising. They are probably right to be fearful, but Google’s Matt Brittin had some soothing words for Britain’s TV community, mixed in with criticism, when he spoke at a sold-out RTS event in late November.
Two of Scotland's leading dubbing mixers are coming together to unravel the secrets of sound.
Kahl Henderson of Savalas: winner of RTS Scotland Award 2017 for Craft: Sound.
The Secret Agent (World Productions), Battle Mountain (Dir. David Street), Sheep and Wolves (Wizart Animation), Outlander (Sony/Starz) Shetland (ITV Studios)