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  1. Creative Cities Convention unveils theme and first speakers for 2024 event!

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    The Creative Cities Convention is thrilled to announce its 2024 event, which promises to be an unparalleled experience, bringing together industry leaders, innovators and emerging talent for two days of inspiration and collaboration.  Every year the convention travels to a different city and this year the host city is Bristol, a UNESCO City of Film, with the venue the fabulous newly refurbished Bristol Beacon. Dates are April 23rd and 24th.

    This year’s Creative Cities Convention is hosted in collaboration with the West of England Mayoral Combined Authority, which is led by Metro Mayor Dan Norris.

    The conference is the leading UK meeting place for anyone involved in film, TV or digital production outside of London. This year’s theme, New Age, New Frontiers, reflects the profound impact of artificial intelligence and creative technologies on the industry, coupled with insights on how to expand business in international markets.  Session topics will span critical industry issues such as making production more sustainable and addressing the freelance crisis. Some of the top shows made outside London across both scripted and unscripted genres will feature with a spotlight on the increasing levels of major high-end TV drama being produced in Bristol.

    Lead host as always will be Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark, this year alongside co-hosts Qasa Alom and Stacey Olika.

    Creative Cities Convention unveil a glimpse of 2024’s line up below:

    ITV STUDIOS: FINDING OPPORTUNITIES IN THE EVER-EVOLVING GLOBAL TV BUSINESS

    Explore the dynamic landscape of the global TV industry with Julian Bellamy, Managing Director of ITV Studios, and Grant Mansfield, Managing Director of Plimsoll Productions—a Bristol-based company that is part of ITV Studios. With 60 labels across 13 countries, ITV Studios produces an impressive 7,000 hours of content annually and boasts a catalogue exceeding 90,000 hours. Join Julian and Grant as they share their key insights into the global TV business, the opportunities they can see and how they are embracing the new as the market evolves.

    UK AUDIENCES: WHAT DO THEY WANT AND HOW CAN WE CONNECT WITH THEM?

    Anne Mensah, Vice President UK  Content, Netflix, shares her thoughts on what UK audiences want and how she and her team are trying to connect with them. In conversation with Jane Millichip, CEO BAFTA.

    THE FUTURE IS NOW

    Step into the future with a compelling panel discussion on the growing influence of artificial intelligence in our daily lives and the revolutionary impact of new creative technologies on our industry. Join BBC Controller Youth Audience, Fiona Campbell, along with other distinguished speakers, as they guide delegates through the transformative waves of change in this dynamic landscape.

    OFCOM: CONSUMER MEDIA HABITS OF TODAY 

    What does this new age of content look like to consumers, and what can producers learn from early adopters of new technologies? Yih-Choung Teh, Group Director, Strategy and Research at Ofcom, considers research findings on how consumers’ media habits have dramatically changed over the years and looks at whether the future has already arrived.

    ARE YOU SUSTAINABLE?

    Can production be carbon neutral? Can international filming cut down on flying? What role can studios play in sustainability? expert panellists share their knowledge on an urgent issue that we cannot afford to ignore.

    Emily Dalton, Managing Director, Factual Fiction, Phil Holdgate, Head of Production Sustainability, ITV Studios, Katherine Nash, Business & Operations Manager, The Bottle Yard Studios, Lisa Howe, Project Manager, Sustainable Screen (Film), BAFTA albert.

    West of England Mayor Dan Norris, who will welcome delegates to the Convention, says: “I am delighted to welcome the Creative Cities Convention to the West of England.

    “This is a great opportunity to showcase some of the big global brands fantastic sustainable studios and ground-breaking innovation in the UK screen sector – including that Bristol and the wider region has to offer. It sends yet another strong message that the West’s world-leading creative industries are thriving.”

    Conference director Ruth Pitt “We couldn’t be more thrilled to make the incredible Bristol Beacon our conference home in 2024. The region’s industry is extraordinarily rich and varied and there will be something for everyone to learn and enjoy, wherever they’re based across the UK. This is a time of change as well as challenge for our industry and we hope to help delegates navigate their way to success”.

    The Creative Cities Convention is proud to continue its partnership with major stakeholders BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Paramount, and Pact and delighted to welcome UKTV as a content partner for the second consecutive year, with Banijay UK once again this year’s networking party sponsor. The party is an unmissable opportunity for delegates to connect and collaborate and will be held at the end of Day One between 6 pm and 8:30pm at the main venue.  Delegates will also have the opportunity to book speed dates with a wide range of commissioners from various broadcasters and channels.

    MyWorld, a £30 million research project in the West of England, is a partner at this year’s event and will help delegates explore the potential impact of AI and creative technologies on the creative industries.

    For more information and to purchase Earlybird tickets for the Creative Cities Convention 2024, please visit our website https://creativecitiesconvention.com/

    For all media enquiries please contact our press office – [email protected]

    TICKET INFORMATION

    Earlybird – £198 – on sale 1st Dec – 29th Feb 

  2. CCC 2024 – is set to be our biggest event yet!

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    We will be announcing some of the speakers who will be at this year’s Creative Cities Convention Bristol 2024 event before the end of January!

    This year’s event promises to be our biggest yet, so you don’t want to miss it.

    Early bird tickets are still available for a limited time only – click here

    It will be two days of amazing speakers and sessions. From content creators, filmmakers and creatives. Expand your creative networks and make new connections.

    The convention takes place on the 23rd-24th of April at the Bristol Beacon.

    So get ready for another spectacular event!

  3. Moving on up – the 2030 challenge!

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    It’s one of the industry’s biggest headaches: how can skills development keep pace with production growth outside London? During our Creative Cities Convention event back in April, we were joined by four expert panellists who considered what’s needed to future-proof the Nations and Regions workforce.

    Sonny Hanley, ITV Academy Director said: ‘supporting the regions is at the heart of what we do at ITV. I am delighted to be a part of this year’s Creative Cities Convention. This is a step towards change in our industry and ensuring that the future is bright for talented creatives to pursue a career in a sector that needs them.’

  4. National Media Conference held in the North East 2023!

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    The popular screen sector conference Creative Cities Convention was held in the North East of England from the 26th to 27th of April, with a packed schedule of sessions and activities reflecting the
    boom in film, TV and digital production that’s underway across the UK.


    The conference took place at the Boiler Shop in Newcastle, less than five minutes’ walk from the
    central station and an iconic building that started life in the 1820s as the home of Robert Stephenson
    and Company, the world’s first locomotive works. This beautiful, listed building has ample room for
    the main conference of over 300 delegates along with meet-the-commissioner sessions and a
    marketplace for different organisations to showcase their activities topped off with a lively evening
    networking party.

    To find out more about Creative Cities Convention 2023 North East, head over to our Press Release page where you can read the full article.

  5. CREATIVE CITIES CONVENTION 2020 IS LIVE!

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    High profile London launch kicks off early-bird ticket sales for the UK’s leading conference for content producers and distributors outside London

    Top creatives, industry leaders and representatives from the Scottish government attended the 2020 Creative Cities Convention (CCC) launch party at Scotland House in London last night, as tickets went on sale for the upcoming event to be held at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on April 23 and 24 2020. Glasgow plays host in 2020 after winning the convention’s annual ‘Big City Challenge’ competition, following a hugely successful event in Cardiff, with over 350 delegates, and 2018’s inaugural event in Leeds.

    Launching the 2020 convention theme of ‘Going Global’, and opening early-bird ticket sales, director Ruth Pitt announced that Glasgow based comedian, writer and actor Sanjeev Kohli will be joining broadcaster and Newsnight producer Kirsty Wark to co-host next year’s Creative Cities Convention.

    2020 will be Kirsty’s third year hosting, which she considers an important platform and forum for conversation about production growth and the improved representation of audiences outside London. “It’s been an incredible couple of years for producers and broadcasters across the UK,” said Kirsty. “The Creative Cities Convention helps delegates consider how to make the best of the opportunities and challenges that have come as a result of the strong growth of our production industry outside London.”

    Following a screening of Glasgow’s compelling showcase video from their winning 2019 bid, the CCC team and the leader of Glasgow City Council, Cllr Susan Aitken, welcomed guests with an emphatic thumbs up for the production community in the nations and regions. “There’s never been a better time for Glasgow to host the Creative Cities Convention and we look forward to welcoming hundreds of delegates to discuss and debate this immensely valuable sector,” said Susan.

    TV property royalty Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer have also been confirmed to open the convention, along with leading UK and global media figures. “We are proud to add our voices to the many key players who will be attending next year,” said Kirstie Allsopp when the date and venue were announced earlier this year.

    Also attending the launch were representatives from the conventions generous supporters, including Pact, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 – and for 2020, by Scottish commercial broadcaster STV.

    Early-bird tickets are now available on the Creative Cities Convention website, at a cost of £155.

    Buy tickets here

  6. CCC 2019 HIGHLIGHTS

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    A rich line-up of controllers and commissioners, large and small indies, freelances and distributors lit up the magnificent Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in April 2019. Highlights included contributions from Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon, BBC2 Controller Patrick Holland, political commentator Ayesha Hazarika, Sugar Films’ Pat Younge, BBC3 commissioner Nasfim Haque, Bad Wolf’s Jane Tranter, Channel 5 controller Ben Frow and BBC3 controller Fiona Campbell to name just a few.