Bristol 2024

At the Creative Cities Convention in April we brought together industry leaders, innovators and emerging talent for two days of inspiration and collaboration. This year's theme, New Age, New Frontiers, reflected the profound impact of artificial intelligence and
creative technologies on the industry, coupled with insights on how to expand business in international markets.


Bristol Beacon Exterior - Credit Bristol Beacon
Photography by Chris Cooper/ ShotAway/ #shotawaydotcom

Every year the convention travels to a different city and this year the host city was Bristol with the venue being the newly refurbished Bristol Beacon. 

See below for the list of speakers who joined us at this year's CCC (listed alphabetically by surname.)


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Kenton Allen

CEO, Big Talk Studios

Qasa Alom (1)

Qasá Alom

Co-host of Creative Cities Convention

Sandhiya Sophie Argent (1)

Sandhiya Sophie Argent

Media Content Lawyer, Creators Counsel

Laura Aviles

Laura Aviles

Head of Film, Bristol City Council

Eli Beaton

Eli Beaton

Project Lead, TV Access Project (TAP)

Julian Bellamy, managing director ITV Studios seen here at thier offices in Holborn, London, 24th November 2021.

Julian Bellamy

Managing Director, ITV Studios

Dawn Beresford

Dawn Beresford

Director of Talent and Skills, BBC Commissioning

Sreya Biswas

Sreya Biswas

Head of Natural History, BBC Commissioning

Kevin Blacoe

Kevin Blacoe

Head of Partnerships and Skills, Channel 4

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Fiona Campbell

Controller Youth Audience, BBC iPlayer and BBC Three

Emily Dalton

Emily Dalton

 Managing Director, Factual Fiction

Thangam Debbonaire

Thangam Debbonaire

MP Bristol West and Shadow Secretary of State, Culture, Media and Sport

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Poppy Dixon

Director of Documentaries and Factual, Sky UK

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Wiliam Gruffydd Edwards

Head of ProductionWildflame Productions 

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Phil Holdgate

Head of Production Sustainability, ITV Studios


Patrick Holland

Executive Chairman and CEO, Banijay UK


Lisa Howe

Project Manager, Sustainable Screen (Film), BAFTA albert

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Jonathan Jackson

COO and CFO, Plimsoll Productions

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Phil Edgar-Jones OBE

Director, Sky Arts and Entertainment

Sacha Khari (1)

Sacha Khari

Head of Digital Commissioning, Channel 4

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Alison Lomax

Managing Director, YouTube UK and Ireland

Ben Lumsden

Ben Lumsden

Executive Producer, Dimension

Grant Mansfield

Grant Mansfield

CEO and Founder, Plimsoll Productions

Laura Mansfield ScreenSkills

Laura Mansfield

CEO, ScreenSkills

Alex Mahon

CEO, Channel 4

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Verity McIntosh

Associate Professor of Virtual and Extended Realities, UWE

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John McVay OBE

Chief Executive, Pact


Anne Mensah

Vice President, UK Content, Netflix

Jane Millichip, CEO of BAFTA, photographed at the charity's headquarters at 195 Piccadilly, London, U.K. 

Images ©BAFTA/Sophia Spring, Hair by Hari's Hair, Make-Up by Lancôme

Jane Millichip


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Sacha Mirzoeff

Senior Commissioner, Documentaries and Head of Channel 4 Bristol

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Katherine Nash

Business and Operations Manager, The Bottle Yard Studios

Caroline O'Neill

Caroline O’Neill

Assistant Commissioner, BBC Daytime & Early Peak

Picture shows: Helen Nightingale - Senior Commissioning Editor at UKTV

Helen Nightingale

Head of Factual and Factual Entertainment, UKTV

Dan Norris

Dan Norris

Mayor of the West of England

Stacey Olika

Stacey Olika

Co-host of Creative Cities Convention

David Olusoga, Ashton Court House, Bristol

Professor David Olusoga OBE

Historian, Author, Presenter and BAFTA winning film-maker


Kate Phillips

Director of Unscripted, BBC

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Marvin Rees OBE

Mayor of Bristol

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Hilary Rosen

Director of Commissioning, UKTV

Ian Russell (1)

Ian Russell

Head of International Programmes, ITN Productions

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Marcus Ryder

CEO, Film and TV Charity

Denise Seneviratne Headshot

Denise Seneviratne

Commissioning Editor, Non-Scripted UK originals, Channel 5 and Paramount +

Steven Shapiro

Steven Shapiro

Chief Technology Officer, Aardman 

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Ruth Pitt

Director, Creative Cities Convention

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Gavin Strange

Director and Designer, Aardman

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James Strong

Director and Executive Producer 
Yih-Choung Teh (1)

Yih-Choung Teh

Group Director, Strategy and Research, Ofcom


Kirsty Wark

Host of Creative Cities Convention

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Simon Willgoss

Chief Creative Officer, Nutopia