RTS Thames Valley

From Idea to Screen | RTS Thames Valley

In this RTS Thames Valley session, each stage of getting a script on TV is explained, from how to come up with an idea to the commissioning process.


Lyndsay Duthie, CEO, PGGB and RTS TVC Committee


Chloe Seddon, Head of Development, Parable Films

Bianca Gavin, Head of Production, Pulse Films

Karen Redfern, Post-Production Supervisor, (To Olivia)

Dee Allen, Company 3/Method Studios / No Chiefs

AI is the future: for good or ill

“It can be [anything] from a very simple and specific task being replicated in a simple algorithm to an intelligence system that can take complicated decisions,” explained the Digital TV Group’s Yvonne Thomas. “We see a big advantage to using AI and machine learning technologies in... search and discovery. Increasing the reach of content and making it discoverable is absolutely key [for the] monetisation of content.”

Rich Welsh, SVP for innovation at digital technology outfit Deluxe, who chaired the RTS event, said: “[AI] can be used, like any technology, for good or for bad.”

RTS Thames Valley talks technological innovation in TV newsrooms

But once the pandemic ends will these changes remain? This was debated at a RTS Thames Valley session in late February, “Will news ever be the same again?” 

Session chair Simon Morice highlighted how innovative news services available on YouTube such as the US podcast Too Long; Didn’t Read were breaking the mould and offering what he described as “authentic voices” to young people who tend to shun mainstream TV news bulletins. 

Thames Valley: Carols from King’s

Credit: BBC

Carols from King’s, which was first televised in 1954, is a well-oiled machine in normal years, but this year the production team had to work under Covid-19 restrictions.

“It became very clear early on that we would not have a congregation,” recalled Taylor, who was talking to RTS Thames Valley’s Tim Marshall, a former BBC head of events. 

The challenge, he continued, was “to reflect the congregational style and make it still feel like a church service, rather than a Christmassy Songs of Praise”.

RTS Thames Valley celebrates subtitling on the 40th anniversary of Life on Earth

An RTS Thames Valley event in early December celebrated this anniversary with contributions from subtitling experts and Dawn Jones, a subtitle user. 

“I’m exhausted at the end of the day from the effort it takes to engage with real life, so it’s lovely to come home, turn the telly and the subtitles on and relax,” said Jones, who was born hard of hearing.