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  1. CCC 2021 Updates

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    Plans are afoot for the Creative Cities Convention 2021. Not to be defeated by the current situation we’ll be continuing to liaise with the fantastic speakers we’d lined up before this year’s conference had to be rescheduled and we‘ll also be working hard to ensure the people you most want to hear from right now are included in our panel debates and keynotes. There will also be opportunities for our much valued meet-the-commissioner sessions. Updates on tickets, conference news and much more will be sent out soon so watch this space!


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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


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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.


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    Glasgow has been chosen as the host city for next year’s Creative Cities Convention by an industry judging panel comprised of representatives from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Broadcast magazine and industry trade body Pact.

    Glasgow faced stiff competition from NewcastleGateshead and Nottingham. The three cities each premiered a short video demonstrating their credentials to host the 2020 convention on the main day of this year’s event and also submitted detailed written proposals. The winning bid was led by Sandy Robertson, head of production at Raise the Roof Productions, on behalf of the Scottish Production Talent Forum which is a group made up of local independent production companies, broadcasters and other creative bodies.  Narrated by Glaswegian comedian, writer and actor Sanjeev Kohli, the video bid, produced by Hot Button Productions, highlighted the city’s outstanding creative output, diversity and youth schemes, with cabinet secretary for culture Fiona Hyslop describing the city as ‘Scotland’s most vibrant creative centre’. Underlining the significance of the creative industries to Glasgow’s future, the bid made reference to the investment by the Scottish government of £20 million per year, and the fact that the city was chosen recently as one of Channel 4’s three new creative hubs, alongside Bristol and also Leeds, where the channel’s new national HQ will be based.

    Ruth Pitt, director of the Creative Cities Convention, commented: “Once again it’s been a really difficult decision, with Glasgow, NewcastleGateshead and Nottingham all making outstanding bids. Together these cities demonstrate what a rich and thriving sector we now have outside London, and although Glasgow’s sheer scale and support clinched it for us, we are delighted that the bid process has brought producers and local government leaders closer together in all three locations. We’re hugely grateful to them for producing inspiring videos and proposals that showcased their brilliant media sectors and talent, reminding everyone that there’s never been a better time to be working in our industry outside London”.

    Leader of Glasgow City Council, Susan Aitken, said: “Glasgow is the beating heart of Scotland’s creative sector, boasting a wealth of young, dynamic talent, established broadcasters and industry-leading indies. With the BBC’s new dedicated channel for Scotland now on the air and Channel 4 preparing a new Creative Hub in the heart of the city, there couldn’t be a better time for the convention to come to Glasgow. The event will benefit from the energy and enthusiasm that typifies Glasgow and its creators – but also inspire our up-and-coming talent, ready to make their mark.”

    Phil Spencer, co-director of Raise the Roof Productions (along with Kirstie Allsopp) added: “This is brilliant news for Glasgow and I am absolutely delighted that the Creative Cities Conference is heading our way! There are so many wonderfully creative and talented people in Glasgow nowadays; it’s sure to be a massive success for all concerned. I’m absolutely delighted as this is the type of endorsement that really positions the City where it deserves to be – as an inspirational and creative hub.”

    Sandy Robertson, head of production at Raise the Roof Productions commented: “Having led the charge for Glasgow to host the 2020 Creative Cites Convention, I am thrilled that the city has been recognised to host next year’s event. I am in no doubt that our city is home to some of the most innovative and talented creatives in the country and the opportunity to celebrate, share and nurture this talent is very exciting indeed.”

    John McVay, Chief Executive at Pact, said: “We are delighted to see the next Creative Cities Convention move to Glasgow, a city with an established and vibrant TV production sector. The CCC is going from strength to strength as a platform to really explore both the issues and opportunities that companies in the Nations and Regions face and we look forward to continuing the dialogue in Glasgow in 2020.”


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    Following a whirlwind two days of conversation, revelation and optimism we would like to thank everyone who came along to the Convention in Cardiff.

    Hundreds of delegates from all corners of the UK joined us at the glorious Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to meet, network, learn, challenge and celebrate the best of our industry; we were hoping for a real statement of intent from anyone working in the business of digital content creation across the UK and we were not disappointed.

    A huge thank you to all our speakers and panellists, commissioners and presenters who made the event so relevant and engaging as well as our fantastic volunteers who were on hand throughout the Convention to ensure a smooth running and enjoyable experience for everyone.

    Watch this space for video from the event. In the coming weeks, we’ll also be announcing which city – Glasgow, NewcastleGateshead or Nottingham – has won the Big City Challenge and will be the location for Creative Cities Convention in 2020.



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    Three fantastic cities have made the shortlist for the #BigCityChallenge, our competition to host the 2020 Convention.

    In Cardiff we saw compelling videos from Glasgow, NewcastleGateshead and Nottingham and in the next couple of weeks we will be making the difficult decision of where the Convention will take place next year.

    Keep an eye on here and our social media feeds for further updates.