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Last year’s inaugural online edition saw over 6,000 delegates connect with a host of leading regional, national and international voices to discuss the key themes impacting and shaping the creative, digital and heritage sectors.

Speakers

    Suzannah Lipscomb
    Historian, author and broadcaster

    Historian, author and broadcaster

    Suzannah has presented numerous history documentary series including London: 2000 Years of History, Elizabeth I, The Great Fire of London, Henry VIII and his Six Wives, Witches, and Henry and Anne: The Lovers who Changed History, for Channel 5. She presented the Hidden Killers of the… Home series for BBC 4, two Bloody Tales series for National Geographic, Nicholas and Alexandra for UKTV, and co-presented ITV’s I Never Knew That about Britain. She featured extensively throughout BBC2's The Last Days of Anne Boleyn and also Yesterday's Secret Life Of.... series, presented the award-winning podcast Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places, and has also appeared on BBC’s The One Show, on BBC Radio 4, and as a resident historian on BBC 2’s comedy panel show Insert Name Here and Channel 4’s Time Team.

    Suzannah is Professor Emerita at the University of Roehampton, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a columnist for History Today. She is the author of five books on the sixteenth century including Witchcraft (2018) and The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII (2015), and holds a double First, MSt, and DPhil in History from Lincoln and Balliol Colleges, Oxford, the latter as a Jowett Senior Scholar. She has also won awards for her work in the heritage sector, including as Creative Director of the National Trust’s recent exhibition, ‘We Are Bess’.


    Sir Tony Robinson

    Sir Tony Robinson is known as Britain’s foremost face of popular history through presenting 20 seasons of Channel 4’s archaeology series “Time Team” and as the creator of a worldwide icon as Baldrick in “Blackadder”. Having earned some of the highest awards possible as a television writer, and writing over 30 children’s books and several adult books, Sir Tony has enjoyed a rich and varied television career as an actor and presenter, including his acclaimed documentary about the elderly entitled “Me and My Mum”. An ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society since 2008, Sir Tony received the highest possible accolade, a knighthood, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2013.

    Alexander Knetig
    Head of Digital Distribution, ARTE

    Head of Digital Distribution, ARTE

    Alexander Knetig and his team are responsible for the digital activities of ARTE, like programming for the digital properties of the European broadcaster (website, mobile apps, Smart-TV apps), social media and audience engagement as well as content development for younger audiences. Before joining ARTE, he was a Paris-based producer and independent journalist for French, Spanish and Austrian media.

    Einar Hansen Tomasson
    Film Commissioner, Icelandic Film Commission

    Film Commissioner, Icelandic Film Commission

    Einar has been Iceland’s Film Commissioner since January 2004. He is also the Head of Energy and Green Solutions at Business Iceland which operates the Icelandic Film Commission.

    Einar holds a BSc degree in Business and International Marketing and Masters in Project Management from the University of Reykjavik.

    Julie Bordelon
    Executive Director, Southern Screen

    Julie Bordelon is a proud Cajun from Lafayette, Louisiana who loves swamp pop, boudin, and champagne and raw oysters. She is a freelance producer, consultant and live production coordinator, with over 12 years’ experience working in the film and music industry. During that time, she founded and became the executive director of Southern Screen, a nonprofit organization that curates year-round events and organizes an annual festival showcasing and cultivating storytelling through film, music, podcasts and more. Julie is the executive director of #CreateLouisiana, a Louisiana nonprofit supporting indigenous talent and the entertainment industries through the use of grants and development programs. She is also the co-owner of Pronounced Sound, a music licensing, publicity, and booking agency. Julie spent five years heading the Lafayette Entertainment Initiative, once a department of the Lafayette Consolidated Government, tasked with assisting film, music and digital media projects. Over the years she has worked on the production of several feature films and music videos and has coordinated multiple events including the Louisiana International Music Exchange (LIME), the Louisiana Contingent event at Sundance and the Lafayette Live Official Sheauxkaze at South by Southwest (SXSW).

    Kim Hawes
    Author/ Music Industry Pioneer

    Kim Hawes has worked in the music industry for over 30 years with some of the biggest and baddest bands there are. She blagged her way into working merchandise for Elvis Costello which led to a job merching Rush all around Europe. She spent many years sleeping underneath Lemmy from Motorhead….on a tour bus. She toured with Black Sabbath just as Ronnie James Dio entered the band and they unleashed Heaven & Hell on the world. She threw Madonna of her stage, turned Courtney Love down, had to say no to Nelson Mandela, and had to deal with the aftermath of Chumbawumba drenching the deputy Prime Minister John Prescott. Yes there are tales of Sex, Drugs & Rock’N’Roll, debauchery and fights, suitcases full of cash and Hells Angels….there might even be a TV thrown out of a window, but Kim’s story is so so much more.

    Amanda Pyne
    Film Distribution and Finance Specialist, AP Media Ltd, AP Media Ltd

    Amanda has worked in film finance, distribution, royalties and recoupment for over 20 years in both US Studio and independent film. In 2011 Amanda set up AP Media Ltd working with producers, financiers and sales agents, and clients include See-Saw Films, BBC Film, Film4, Channel 4, Protagonist Pictures, Creative England, Ai Film, Catalyst Global Media and independent UK & US producers.

    Previously Amanda was a senior member of the Production Finance team at BFI and UK Film Council overseeing Lottery investment in new productions and managing recoupment on a library of 500+ titles, and before that Manager of International Royalty Income at Universal Pictures International and Focus Features, and a specialist video accountant at PolyGram. Before moving into film, Amanda was Record and Music Publishing Royalty Manager at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group.

    Of the hundreds of films worked on, highlights include Oscar winners I, Tonya, Hacksaw Ridge, The King’s Speech, Man On Wire, Brokeback Mountain Other films include American Animals, Finding Your Feet, Lion, Mr Holmes, Shame, The Butler, We Need To Talk About Kevin.

    Michael Wilson
    Producer

    Michael started his career at BBC films in 1998 working as an assistant to the head of Films David M Thompson. Following that he moved into production and has spent much of the following 22 years learning the craft in a variety of roles. He worked as a Production Assistant, 3rd Assistant Director and Coordinator on films like Beautiful Creatures, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Dear Frankie and Elizabeth: Golden Age. Michael began Production Managing in 2006 on ITV’s Rebus and went on to Production Manage and Line Produce on a number of well-known TV shows. In 2013 alongside Producer David Brown (Star Wars, Cloud Atlas), Michael set up Scotland’s first film studio and the opening series of the High-End TV Drama Outlander for Sony Pictures. Michael currently works as Producer on his 6th Season of the show, which has gone on to win numerous awards and garnered nominations at the Emmys and Golden Globes, including a best Drama Series nomination in 2016. Michael produced the Short Film Mouth of Hell, which played in competition in a number of high profile international festivals. The film won the coveted Grand Prix at the 39th Festival of Short Films in Drama, Greece and was nominated for a Best Short Film BAFTA at the 2017 EE Film Awards. Michael is now developing a slate of projects with his producing partner Mark Murdoch through their company Northstar Films including a 2-part television drama The Grey Area with writer / director Garry Fraser and writer Garry Torrance and an adaption of the National Theatre of Scotland stage play, Enough of Him by May Sumbwanyambe .

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