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RTS Conference 2016 to look at servicing on-demand content

MUMBAI: With the theme ‘Full Stream Ahead: Commissioning, Producing and Distributing Content in an Age of On-Demand’, the 2016 edition of the Royal Television Society Conference is set to take place in London on 27 September. This year the conference will have 10 sessions.

How is the emergence of myriad new distribution platforms impacting the commissioning and production landscape? With new entrepreneurial approaches to production, access to global funding and emerging trends in consumer behaviour, what are the real opportunities and challenges of creating programming for multiple platforms? Do the age-old metrics of ratings and ad revenue still apply, or are there new rules for defining success?

The conference, in partnership with NBCUniversal International, will attempt to answer these questions.

The opening keynote will be delivered by NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke. As CEO of one of the world’s leading media portfolios, Burke will give his perspective on the evolving global media landscape during one of the most transitional periods in television’s history.

In conversation with journalist and author Tina Brown, Burke will share his experiences at the helm of NBCUniversal since its acquisition by Comcast in 2011. He will discuss the powerful partnership of content and distribution, why monetisation matters and how NBCUniversal is forging ahead in a new age of on-demand.

In the she second session, called ‘Go Global or Go Home’, a panel of international producers and distributors will debate the current state of the content market. Do projects have to be international from the start to be a success? How to balance financing and rights? And what does all this mean for the industry in the UK?

The speakers include BBC Worldwide CEO and director global Tim Davie, NBCUniversal International Studios president Michael Edelstein, Studio Lambert founder and CEO Stephen Lambert and Sky Vision MD Jane Millichip.

Another session will feature Ofcom CEO Sharon White. Channel 4 News’ Cathy Newman will interview White as the Ofcom CEO prepares to take on new responsibilities for the BBC and looks over a landscape in which people in the UK now spend more time on media and communications on average each day than they do sleeping. The challenges for the regulator have never been more intense: to protect the public’s interests as both consumers and citizens, and to ensure the UK’s communications industries continue to flourish in an ever more competitive and globalised world.

There will also be a keynote conversation with Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.

In the closing session ‘Fit For The Future?’, five business leaders will reflect on the conference themes and discuss how well placed each of them is to confront the challenges of the future.

These speakers are Channel 4 CEO David Abraham, Sky COO, CFO Andrew Griffith, BBC DG Tony Hall, TalkTalk group CEO Dido Harding and Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge.