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 gets festive with a look at Christmas TV past, present and future

Anita Singh, Lord Grade, Kate Phillips, Kate Russell (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Over nearly four decades, Michael, now Lord, Grade walked the corridors of power at London Weekend Television, the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV – no one is more qualified to discuss the enduring appeal of Christmas telly.

Lord Grade commissioned many of the nation’s most memorable festive programmes, including the 1986 Christmas Day EastEnders when Den issued Angie with divorce papers. Ratings topped 30 million, although that figure includes viewers of a repeat showing.

Fake news and the future of TV news drive the RTS APPG debate

Deborah Turness, the ex-editor of ITV News who now runs Euronews in London as president of NBC News International following a spell as head of NBC News in New York, acknowledged that mainstream news outlets faced a challenge in the era of Trump and Brexit.

On both sides of the Atlantic mainstream media had failed to predict these events. There the parallels between Britain and America ended in terms of their different models of TV news provision.  

Southern Centre Freelance Fair

More than 50 professionals from film, editing, camera, sound, kit hire, engineering, acting, locations, corporate outfits and TV companies gathered to discuss their current projects. 

Working as a freelance television professional can be challenging, especially for those who are new to the region, so the fair provides a platform for people from different sectors of the industry to meet, connect and build a sense of community. 

RTS NI TV and film archive event

“Raiders of the lost archive” discussed the huge wealth of digital archive material available which could be used to enhance TV and film content production, as well as providing interesting material for film exhibitors, especially those working in a community setting. 

Ciara Chambers, head of film and screen media at University College Cork, gave a rundown of her work on the TG4 project to save century-old newsreels documenting the political history of Ireland.

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He’ll be joined by some of the top filmmakers in the country including Peter Beard of Story Films whose 2015 film My Son The Jihadi  won a Bafta for best Documentary and whose other work includes landmark series 24 Hours in A&E24 Hours in Police Custody, and Kids on The Edge and  Havana Marking, Sundance winning director of Smash and Grab and Afghan Star and Executive Producer of O