RTS events

Yorkshire indie producers go yomping

A group of soliders in camouflage dress and war paint sit and stand in a forest

Paul Wells, series director of BBC One doc Soldier, and Mark Tattersall, executive producer of Channel 4’s Top Guns: Inside the RAF, discussed making the docs at an online RTS Yorkshire event last month.

For Top Guns, Leeds-based True North Productions took cameras inside Scotland’s Lossiemouth airbase and the planes policing Nato airspace. Tattersall, an experienced hand at making military docs – he worked on Channel 5’s Warship: Life at Sea – said the RAF wanted to “showcase what it did [and was offering] access to nearly all areas”.

The Legacy of the Black Square

Black Lives Matter protests

After the murder of George Floyd in 2020, many companies worldwide issued statements of solidarity and support, and posted black squares on their websites and social media feeds. In the UK, the movement galvanised the TV industry. Broadcasters took stock of the sometimes paltry proportion of their output they were commissioning from black people. ITV announced a Diversity Acceleration Plan while Sky pledged £30m to support anti-racism and improve diversity and inclusion. As a result, there was an uplift in demand for diverse talent, on-screen and behind the camera.

How brand funded content could impact the TV industry

From left: Richard Wilson, David Granger, Sam Glynne, Helle Jabiri Falck, Adam Puchalsky and Katherine Marlow (Credit: RTS/Paul Hampartsoumian)

Brand-funded content has long been the goal of TV’s money-makers; but, although much-­promised, it has been frustratingly slow to emerge. The brands, too, are keen to promote their goods and services on TV, where audiences tend to be large and highly engaged. But, if the expert panel assembled for a sold-out RTS national event in mid-January is correct, brand-funded TV is finally going to take off.

Brand Funded Entertainment: Is this the next generation of TV?

This panel discussion looks at this new trend of brands investing in entertainment – TV series and films – as a way to engage new customers. As a new revenue stream for production companies and TV professionals, the panel asks: how can they maximise on this new trend? What will the impact be of brands funding our TV entertainment? How can the TV industry maintain its gold quality standards? Will most of our TV be paid for by brands in the next 10 years?


Social Media Platform Session: How Broadcasters and Platforms Are Working Together

Watch Matt Risley, MD of 4Studio, Channel 4, Lucy Luke, Head of UK Partnerships, Snap Inc, James Loveridge, Director of Entertainment, Little Dot Studios and Neil Price, Head of TV and Film, YouTube, discuss how broadcasters are collaborating with the tech businesses to reach new audiences and how the future of viewing is evolving.

Mental Health in Film and Television After Covid

The Film and TV Charity recently published Looking Glass ’21, a follow-up to its 2019 research which uncovered a mental health crisis in the film, TV and cinema industry. At this special panel session, the charity’s CEO, Alex Pumfrey is joined by Head of Bectu, Philippa Childs, CEO of Banijay, Lucinda Hicks and Alicia Dalrymple, Junior Production Manager at Dragonfly to discuss how Looking Glass ’21 acts as a temperature check for the industry as it emerges from the pandemic.