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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:


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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]


    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. 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!

  5. Coronavirus Update – 23rd July 2020

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    As the global production community addresses the enormous challenges brought on by Covid-19, the Creative Cities Convention plans to return next year with a much-needed platform for discussion and debate as life (we hope) begins to return to normal.

    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 be working hard to ensure the people you most want to hear from at this challenging time are there in Glasgow when we reconvene at the Royal Concert Hall on 22-23rd April 2021, supported by our brilliant stakeholders and Scottish partners.

    We’d like to assure delegates and speakers alike that responsibility for the health and wellbeing of all our guests is of paramount importance to us as we start to plan the delivery of a fantastic event in 2021. All 2020 bookings are valid in full for 2021 and we will update our website when we start refining our plans towards the end of this year.

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    Paul Mortimer, Karl Warner, Sanjay Singhal, Stephen Lambert and Laura Crowson are amongst the top industry names confirmed to speak at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on 23-24 April.

    This year’s Creative Cities Convention is shaping up as the biggest and busiest yet, as a second tranche of speakers is announced to help delegates navigate their way through the global media jungle and consider the future of production outside London.

    E4 Controller Karl Warner joins ITV’s controller of digital channels Paul Mortimer in the line-up to consider audiences of the future. Meanwhile Voltage chief executive Sanjay Singhal, Studio Lambert founder Stephen Lambert, Channel 4 head of daytime and Glasgow hub Jo Street and ITV Studios’ MD of Global Creative Network Mike Beale will reveal the secrets of global success.

    Laura Crowson, senior director of development for Discovery Channel US and Science Channel US joins Pact’s MD of business development and global strategy Dawn McCarthy-Simpson MBE to share insights for producers on preparing to go global.

    Babita Bahal and Miranda Wayland, the new heads of creative diversity at Channel 4 and the BBC respectively, will join ITV commissioning diversity chief Ade Rawcliffe, filmmaker Stewart Kyasimire and Screenskills CEO Seetha Kumar to ask how diversity across the nations and regions can be improved.

    Internationally the panellists will be joined by Hélène Ganichaud from Arte France, development producer Ruth Underwood from Synchronicity Australia and YouTube’s EMEA head of originals Luke Hyams.

    Their names join a list that already includes BBC Three controller Fiona Campbell, Channel 4 Nations and Regions MD Sinead Rocks, director of programmes for Viacom CBS Networks UK Ben Frow, and ex BBC commissioner Craig Hunter, who’s returned to his native Glasgow as creative director for factual at STV. Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer will mark twenty years of popular property shows and Kirsty Wark and Sanjeev Kholi will host.

    Delegates at the Creative Cities Convention will also have the opportunity to Meet the Commissioners.  Register now for a highly sought-after one-to-one meeting with UK and international commissioners, including Muslim Alim BBC, Tom Coveney BBC, Sean Doyle Channel 4 and Louisa Compton Channel 4.

    Between them the speakers will also consider how TV can save the planet and offer different views of the future, updates on production growth in the nations and regions and insights on a range of challenges and opportunities facing the industry outside London at a time of global growth

    Further speakers, including international media figures, will be announced in the lead up to the convention, whose stakeholders are Pact, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 – and for 2020, Scottish commercial broadcaster STV.  Additional support from Glasgow City Council and Screen Scotland. 

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    Fiona Campbell, Sinead Rocks and Ben Frow are amongst the first speakers confirmed for the convention in Glasgow on 23-24 April.

    BBC Three Controller Fiona Campbell will talk about her strategy for reaching different parts of the UK when she speaks at this year’s Creative Cities Convention on April 23rd and 24th at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow. Commissioning more homegrown programmes and casting contributors from different parts of the country are a priority for Fiona and she will discuss how she’s collaborating with digital teams to deliver content that cuts through for young audiences. 

    Announcing the first tranche of names in the 2020 convention line-up, director Ruth Pitt said “We’re delighted that once again some of the industry’s biggest players are joining us to discuss and celebrate the fantastic growth of media production outside London.” 

    Managing Director of Channel 4 Nations and Regions Sinead Rocks will update the Creative Cities Convention on the broadcaster’s move out of London, reflecting on the recent launch of brand new hubs in Leeds, Glasgow and Bristol and the challenge of building the talent base to match production growth across the UK.

    Channel 5’s Ben Frow will return to the convention this year in his newly expanded role as Director of Programmes for all Viacom’s UK content including Comedy Central and MTV.  He will also update on the broadcaster’s commitment to improving the diversity of the companies it works with.

    Continuing the theme, ITV’s Head of Diversity Ade Rawcliffe will be joined by TV changemakers to discuss how the industry can improve the diversity of the workforce outside London.

    Also on the agenda and reflecting the convention’s ‘Going Global’ theme is a timely session: Can TV Save The Planet? With the COP26 UN climate change summit taking place in Glasgow later this year, and the greatest ever gathering of world leaders on UK soil descending on the city, Creative Cities Convention 2020 will ask how producers can influence global opinions on climate change and sustainability.

    Maramedia’s Creative Director Nigel Pope will introduce Stormborn, a global co-commission between BBC Scotland, Arte in France and joint US venture Love Nature, which is a partnership between international giants the Smithsonian Channel and Blue Ant Media. Nigel will be joined on stage by partners including Love Nature’s Vice President of Development and Production, Alison Barrat.

    UK drama is having a big global moment too. Synchronicity’s Managing Director Claire Mundell will talk about the company’s international activity and discusses the making of The Cry, set across Scotland and Australia. “The opportunity in high end TV drama is more global than ever and at Synchronicity we are developing a range of shows to speak to an international audience, exploring universal themes but also rooted in Scotland in some way”, says Claire.

    Craig Hunter, Creative Director, STV Productions, will talk about his big decision to come home to Glasgow to take up this role after five years in London as a BBC commissioner.

    Glasgow’s own Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer will open the convention by looking back on twenty years of making property shows together. And once again the convention will be hosted by broadcaster Kirsty Wark, helped this year by comedy writer and actor Sanjeev Kohli.  

    Further speakers including international media figures will be announced regularly in the lead up to the convention, whose stakeholders are Pact, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 – and for 2020, Scottish commercial broadcaster STV.

    Early-bird tickets are available until 14th February at a cost of £155, with additional discounts for group bookings and students. To buy a ticket and find out more about the Creative Cities Convention, visit www.creativecitiesconvention.com