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London Conference Session Two: Quest for the global grail

'Go Global or Go Home' at the RTS London Conference 2016 (Credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Global hits, unscripted as well as scripted, are what a lot of people in television dream of. Platform proliferation ought to mean that there are more hits than ever before but, as the panellists in this session – “Go global or go home” – know to their cost, hits remain as elusive as unity in Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party. 

Three of the four panellists have deep, hands-on experience of selling drama – Tim Davie, CEO, BBC Worldwide and Director, Global; Michael Edelstein, President, NBCUniversal International Studios; and Jane Millichip, Managing Director, Sky Vision. 

Sky recommissions Ross Kemp: Extreme World

The show's fifth series recently concluded on Sky1. Episodes featured former EastEnders actor Kemp investigating the ivory trade in Mozambique, overseeing the production of cocaine in Columbia, and visiting rebel groups fighting ISIS in Syria. 

Series six will see the Bafta-winning documentary-maker explore migrant smuggling, the War on Drugs, and violent extremism in Libya, the US, and the UK. 

Executive Producer Tom Sheahan, of Freshwater Films, said: “We’re thrilled to have the greenlight for series six of Extreme World.

This week's Top TV: 10 - 16 October

Monday

Derren Brown: Miracle

Channel 4

9pm

Derren Brown takes his audience in his healing hands in the latest live show from the illusionist. Having already explored evangelical healers in his 2011 programme Miracles For Sale, Brown now performs medical marvels of his own by restoring one woman's sight and curing another of arthritis. Recorded from his tour last year, Derren Brown hosts the event from London's Palace Theatre.

Ofcom's Sharon White to tackle the lack of diversity in television

Breaking Boundaries: Diversity in Broadcasting will bring together industry leaders from across the UK’s broadcasting and creative sectors to discuss what the industry can do to reflect Britain’s diverse nature both on and off screen.

In addition to the keynote address from the Ofcom chief, Sky News’ Anna Botting will be chairing a panel discussion with speakers including Channel 4 Chief Executive David Abraham.

Sky launch virtual reality app

The first version of the app, available for anyone to download for free, showcases a range of 360 videos from Sky and their partners.

Some transport viewers inside popular films, such as Suicide Squad and The Martian, while others invite viewers behind the scenes of iconic sports events such as Formula One and the Tour De France. A Sky News documentary titled Calais: The Jungle, will take viewers to the centre of the refugee crisis.

Sky has also announced two new virtual reality experiences which will become available via the app in the future.

Sky partners with English National Ballet for virtual reality piece

Giselle VR star Tamara Rojo (Credit: Sky)

The two-minute piece, featuring original choreography by Khan, and music by Vincenzo Lamagna, features the ballet’s artistic director and Lead Principal Tamara Rojo.

In the piece, Rojo dances around the 360º space, leaving a trail of light and dust behind her, which maps out the course of her movements.

Ahead of the launch of the piece, Sky has released a behind-the-scenes 360º teaser trailer.

The full Giselle VR experience will then become one of the first pieces available on Sky’s new virtual reality app, which will launch in October 2016.

Sky release first look at Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks in Tin Star

Tim Roth as police chief Jim Worth (Credit: Sky)

The 10-part take on the Western genre, written by Rowan Joffe (28 Weeks Later, The American), tells the story of Jim Worth (Roth), a British police officer who moves his family to the rural mountain town of Little Big Bear when he takes a job as the town’s police chief.

Not long after the family’s arrival, the opening of an oil refinery leads to an economic boom in Little Big Bear, which is accompanied by a wave of drugs, prostitution and organised crime.

Sky Academy welcomes RTS Futures members

RTS Futures were given an exclusive tour of the Sky Academy in Osterley (credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

The visit attracted more than 30 students, recent graduates and people working in an entry-level TV role who benefited from the advice of Sky trainers. Megan Cooper, senior leader at the Sky Academy Careers Lab, organised the event, which included two sessions with Sky talent and a tour of the company’s broadcast facilities and studios.

Sky Sports boxing pundit Spencer Fearon – a former professional fighter whose life went off the rails – drew on his own often difficult experiences in a lively motivational talk.