XpoNorth Festival Programme 2017

View the full Festival Brochure here

Day 1 Wednesday 7th June 2017

9:00am – 5:00pm
Main Entrance Foyer, Eden Court

Registration and General Information

Times: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Main Entrance Foyer, Eden Court
Speakers: XpoNorth Delegate Registration Staff

Registration

XpoNorth delegate registration is FREE, open now and runs until the end of the festival.

Make sure you register as a festival delegate to access all the events on the programme. You can collect your pass at the Delegate Registration point in the Main Foyer at Eden Court, Inverness which is open until 5pm each day.

You can register on the day at the Registration desks but please allow 30 mins for queues and completing the Eventbrite registration form at the registration computers.

If you know you are going to arrive after 5pm and would like to attend pass only events, please let us know and we can arrange an evening rendezvous.

Delegate passes are essential for all conference, training and showcase events at Eden Court, Opening Party on Wednesday, and the Networking Reception on Thursday.

Register as a Festival Delegate here

9:00am – 5:00pm
SGL Room, Eden Court

Training with Hit The Ground Running

Times: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Linda Fraser (HTGR), Alison Goring (HTGR)

Hit The Ground Running

Hit The Ground Running at XpoNorth 2017

HTGR is an intensive and interactive industry training course for entry-level positions in film & tv drama. The course consists of a comprehensive series of practical exercises designed to equip participants with the knowledge, tools, experience and confidence to help them progress their career. Developed in consultation with freelance practitioners, the course is delivered by industry professionals.

This event is for HTGR Trainees only.

To find out about other HTGR courses, events and opportunities - visit the HTGR website.

Linda Fraser

Linda Fraser - Trainer, Hit The Ground Running

Linda is the creator and trainer of Hit the Ground Running.  Linda began working professionally in feature film and television drama production in 1997. Working freelance and mainly as a Production Co-ordinator she has always take a keen interest in training which inspired her to develop a variety of film and television training courses for new entrants and production personnel.

Alison Goring

Alison Goring - Drama Talent Manager, BECTU Vision, Hit The Ground Running

Alison worked in film and TV drama as an Assistant Director for over 20 years. In 2012 she became the manager of BECTU’s Vision project in Scotland, delivering short courses to film & TV freelancers as well as managing the Drama Training Programme which offers creative, craft and technical traineeships.

10:00am – 11:15am
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Future Proofing the Past: How can Museums and Heritage Organisations ensure Future Sustainability

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Fiona Hyslop MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs) (Chair), Stuart Jeffrey (Glasgow School of Art: School of Visualisation and Simulation), Ailsa Macfarlane (Resourcing Scotland's Heritage), Rupert Harris (Animal Vegetable Mineral), Audhild Dahlstrøm (Artica Svalbard)

Screening: Capturing the Craic (2 mins) Dir. David Souto (Ireland)

 

Museums and heritage organisations have traditionally been developed around their physical location.  Often though, the building is actually a limiting factor. Location, the size of the building, opening hours, staffing numbers and volunteers, and accessibility challenges will all have  direct impact on just how many visitors can ever visit.  

This panel will look at not only how technology can improve the visitor experience, but what a museum without walls might be like.  How can technology offer engagement with a whole world of potential new customers, who may never be able to physically visit, and turn that into income?

Fiona Hyslop MSP

Fiona Hyslop MSP - Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Scottish Government (Chair)

Fiona was born in Ayrshire and studied at Glasgow University. She was first elected in 1999. Fiona is MSP for Linlithgow and Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs. A longer version, is available on the Scottish Government’s website.

Stuart Jeffrey

Stuart Jeffrey - Glasgow School of Art: School of Visualisation and Simulation

Stuart Jeffrey is Research Fellow in International Heritage Visualisation at the School of Simulation and Visualisation of The Glasgow School of Art (GSA). Stuart studied a BSc degree in Computer Science and Archaeology at the University of Glasgow and completed his PhD in three dimensional modelling of early medieval sculpted stones.

Ailsa Macfarlane

Ailsa Macfarlane - Project Manager, Resourcing Scotland's Heritage

Ailsa Macfarlane came to Arts & Business Scotland from Museums Galleries Scotland having both managed the successful HLF Skills for the Future Traineeship Scheme, Heritage Horizons; and been part of their multi-strand grants team.  She has a passion for projects that enable the heritage sector to make itself more sustainable, successful and relevant to all.

Rupert Harris

Rupert Harris - Founder, Animal Vegetable Mineral

A BAFTA award winning creative with a track record in creating and delivering innovative content Rupert founded AVM in 2012 with support from BBC worldwide and Korean venture capital to make the next generation of intelligent entertainment.

Audhild Dahlstrom

Audhild Dahlstrøm - Director, Artica Svalbard

Dahlstrøm has over thirteen years of experience in developing and leading projects and organisations in the arts and cultural fields in the UK and Norway and is also involved in leading on projects for Museum Nord as well as heading the Maaretta Jaukkuri Foundation in Lofoten.

10:00am – 11:15am
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Getting to Grips With The World of Modern Music Publishing - Hear it from the Experts

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Allan McGowan (VIP News) (Chair), Steve Farris (13 Artists Publishing), Blair McDonald (Independent Music Publisher), Nick Oakes (Sony/ATV)

Screening: Bicycle Song (4 mins) Dir. Anna Malienko (Ukraine)

 

For many songwriters, publishing royalties can be their most consistent and dependable sources of income, more so than master recording royalties, touring, or other more precarious revenue streams.  

Know your stuff and you will be on the road to understanding how you as an artist, songwriter or music company can make and collect money, carving out a successful career. If you’re in the dark you are literally leaving money on the table.  Most artists are typically more concerned about securing their first major recording deal with a top label and as a result they fail to see the importance behind publishing and what a music publisher can offer.  

Allan McGowan

Allan McGowan - Editor, VIP News (Chair)

Allan has 30 years’ experience in the advertising, music and entertainment industries. He has worked in record retail, as a concert promoter, artist manager and booking agent for companies including Chrysalis and Virgin. He is currently news editor for VIP News, an online data and news service for the live music industry.

Steve Farris

Steve Farris - Manager, Artist Development, 13 Arts Publishing

Steve Farris currently heads up Artist Development at 13 Artists Publishing, developing new artists via publishing deals in tandem with the agency. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Polar Patrol Publishing, set up by members of Snow Patrol. He progressed from doing lights for The Levellers while he was still in his teens, to becoming A&R assistant at EMI then A&R manager at Sony/ATV. Steve signed Snow Patrol and Belle & Sebastian to their first publishing deals.

Blair Macdonald

Blair McDonald - Independent Music Publisher

Following his time as Creative Manager at Virgin Music Publishing, where he signed deals for acts including The Verve, Blair moved to Sony Music Publishing as Director of A&R and later Managing Director. He then became MD of Columbia Records UK working with artists from Destiny’s Child to Bob Dylan.

Nick Oakes

Nick Oakes - Head of Sync & Creative Licensing, Sony/ATV

Nick has worked in sync at Sony/ATV and previously EMI Music Publishing for over ten years and currently co-heads the department. During his time with the company he’s twice won the Music Week Sync Award, working with all the leading ad agencies and supervisors in the business.

10:00am – 11:15am
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

It's All About Making

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Fiona Chautard (Fashion Info Trends) (Chair), Alec Farmer (Trakke), Hilary Grant (Hilary Grant), Mati Ventrillon (FairIsle Knitwear), Jaki Love (Textiles Scotland)

Screening: RotoJam: Winter Edition (2 mins) Dir. Ashley Lo Russo (Canada)

 

How a product is made can be key to the development of a successful craft based business. Choosing to make everything in-house or out-sourcing the production to an external manufacturer, can change the perception of the brand to the consumer.

In this panel discussion, chaired by fashion & textile specialist Fiona Chautard, we talk to successful designer makers who make in-house and also externally, exploring the advantages & the disadvantages and how this impacts on the development of their brand. 

Fiona Chautard

Fiona Chautard - Fashion & Textile Industry Consultant, Fashion Info Trends (Chair)

Fiona Chautard is a Creative Business Consultant with over 20 years of experience in the fashion, textiles & retail industries. She runs her own consultancy practice delivering business support, marketing & design services to creative businesses, retailers & manufacturers primarily within the clothing, luxury craft & interiors sectors.

Alec Farmer

Alec Farmer - Director, Trakke

Alec is the founder of Trakke, a Scottish outdoor lifestyle brand specialising in luxury products for the everyday adventurer. Along with a team of makers, Trakke manufacture everything at their workshop in Glasgow using some of the finest materials the UK has to offer.

Hilary Grant

Hilary Grant - Director, Hilary Grant

Hilary Grant is a knitwear studio and design partnership by Hilary Grant and Robert Harvey founded in 2011. Based on the remote archipelago of Orkney, they design knitwear and home accessories, which are sold in department stores and independent design stores in the UK, Japan, Hong Kong, US and Europe.

Mati Ventrillon

Mati Ventrillon - Director, Fairilse Knitwear

Mati is one of the few remaining knitters making garments on Fair Isle, Scotland. In 2012 she launched Fair Isle Knitwear followed in 2013 by her eponymous brand for bespoke Fair Isle garments. Mati took part in Crafted UK, worked with Fortnum and Mason, exhibited at Somerset House and in 2015 launched MV Collection.

Jaki Love

Jaki Love - Director, Textiles Scotland

Jaki has been working with Textiles Scotland as Director for the last three years, promoting the Scottish textile industry as a whole, but working in particular with membership businesses using Scotland’s inherent strengths of heritage, design and innovation. She strives to create, promote and support sustainable and collaborative design-led processes.

10:00am – 5:00pm
The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court

Film Showcasing and Curated Partner Programme

Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Various Directors

We are screening more than 80 films as part of our showcase of submission and curated films.

View the full Film Showcase Programme here

View Film Showcase PDF here

If you can’t make it to the cinema, as well as the showcase programme we are screening a short film at the start of every conference panel throughout both days of the festival.

View Pre Conference Screenings here

10:00am – 5:00pm
First Floor Foyer, Eden Court

One-to-Ones

Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: First Floor Foyer, Eden Court
Speakers: Various

10:00am – 5:00pm
The Buzz Project Bus

The Buzz Project Bus

Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: The Buzz Project Bus
Speakers: The Buzz Project

The Buzz Project Bus

The Buzz Project Bus

The Buzz Project Bus
The Buzz Project Bus is a former Stagecoach single deck bus now a mobile music studio and teaching area using music as a medium for communication, expression, learning skills for the future and building relationships. Book in a session at our Registration Desk.

Chris Adams

Chris Adams
Musician, The Buzz Project Chris is a professional musician and composer. who has worked in the music industry for many years and has taught music in secondary schools. He has recorded and performed with some of the major rock bands in the UK. Chris has an ability to bring out the best in people in a non-intimidating way and is passionate about creating positive change in young people.

Simon Nicholls

Simon Nicholls
Senior Youth Worker, The Buzz Project Simon is a professional qualified youth and community worker with an immense amount of skills and experience. Simon is also a luthier (violin maker) and has made instruments for professional musicians as well as recording and touring with the rock band, Electric Light Orchestra.

10:00am – 5:00pm
Stalls, Foyer and Newsbar

XpoNorth Live!

Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Stalls, Foyer and Newsbar
Speakers: XpoNorth Live! Team

XpoNorth Live!

Broadcasting throughout the festival

At our live television station run by industry professionals and XpoNorth Live! Trainees - you can hear your favourite band, meet our partners, and listen to some key insider info from our speakers and delegates.

Come and be part of our audience!

The Mentors

Alan de Pellette

Alan de Pellette - Director

Alan created the long running BBC football comedy, Off The Ball, directed the original stage play of Still Game and helped develop Chewin’ The Fat. His first short film, The Aficionado, was part of the UK Film Council 8½ scheme, mentored by Peter Mullan.

Siobhan Synnot

Siobhan Synnot - Broadcaster and Journalist

Outlets Siobhan writes for include BBC, ITV, BAFTA, with articles and columns published by the Scottish Daily Mail, Scotsman publications, Sunday Times, The Guardian, Trinity Mirror Group, Independent, Herald, Woman, and The Herald Sun. She has also served on film juries, including BAFTA, Deauville, and Edinburgh, chaired Q&As, produced award-winning radio, and run workshops.

Kate Smith

Kate Smith - Producer

Kate is a freelance TV producer, writer and teacher who has made programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and STV across factual, entertainment and comedy. She's a seasoned developer of programmes and has also taught television development and production to college and university students for ten years.

Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray - Director of Photography

Andrew started at the BBC TV film unit based at the famous Ealing Film Studios and since he has worked on everything from Drama to Music Videos and Documentaries to Corporate Videos. As a freelancer he has worked for all the major broadcasters and many of the large production companies.

Matthew Cowan

Matthew Cowan - Creative Director, Production Attic

Matthew is Creative Director of Production Attic, producing corporate videos by day and short films by night ...or whenever he finds the time.

Matthew Murphy

Matthew Murphy - Video Producer, Production Attic

Matt (“Murphy”) completed a BSc (Hons) in Audio Engineering & Media Production and went on to pursue a career as an AV Technician, Sound Recordist, Editor and Camera Operator. He operated as a Freelancer in the Broadcasting and Media industry in and around the Glasgow area for four years before joining the team at Production Attic as Video Producer.

The Trainees

Eden Brown

Eden Brown

Eden is from Moray, recently graduated from Robert Gordon University with a first. Her research on photo journalism in Syria was highly acclaimed. Particularly interested in radio- she's worked for the BBC in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. Don’t ask about her gorgeous new puppy unless you have half an hour or more…

Louise Campbell

Louise Campbell

At nineteen, Louise Campbell is the baby of our team but don’t underestimate her! Originally from the Isle of Lewis, and has moved to the big smoke of Glasgow, studying TV Production at City of Glasgow College. She enjoys camera work and practical side of things. A true Scottish girl, Louise is a Gaelic speaker and ‘kissed by fire’.

Kayleigh Innes

Kayleigh Innes

Kayleigh Innes is a freelance photographer and producer based at Northport Studio in Elgin. Graduating in Film and Media from University of Stirling in 2016, Kayleigh has experience in video, and radio production as well as social media management. Being taught analogue photography by her grandfather, she loves getting to know people through her camera. Her passion for travelling lead her to Japan, where she shot a documentary about rural tea farmers. Although her Japanese is rusty, you can try to chat with her in British sign language, about her dissertation on Deaf culture in new media.

Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack

Napier graduate Andrew studied English and film. Whilst studying he realised his future lay not in watching films but making them. He has since worked as a runner for STV, as crew on several shorts, and continues to learn about camera, sound and edit. A certified film buff he’s also keen on film trivia and the dark secrets of production.

Natasha Ross

Natasha Ross

Based in Elgin, Natasha is a 23 year-old English literature graduate from the University of the Highlands and Islands. Being a volunteer for both GoNorth in 2014 and XpoNorth 2016, this year Natasha has stepped up into the production team. Natasha is passionate about her beloved Highlands and a great supporter of performers and bands coming to the North.

Anna Saracka

Anna Saracka

Anna is a Glasgow based aspiring assistant director with a passion for film that has led her all over the country. Growing up in Poland she was surrounded by the stories of Greek mythology. Her favourite goddesses have inspired her strong work attitude which she applied while studying at Glasgow university. She goes into every project with quick wit and a positive attitude.

Anna Stoltzmann

Anna Stoltzmann

Anna Stoltzmann is currently gaining her masters degree in Film Directing at The University of Edinburgh. Working and studying all over Europe, Anna is driven by her love of directing and documentary filmmaking, and passionate about telling authentic human stories. As Anna loves travel and art, her graduate film follows the story of a performance artist living in the fjords of Norway.

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10:00am – 4:00pm
First Floor Foyer, Eden Court

Trade Stands

Times: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: First Floor Foyer, Eden Court
Speakers: Various Exhibitors

Trade Stands

Visit the Trade Stands area to meet reps from our partner trade associations, UK agencies and more.

An Lanntair

An Lanntair

An Lanntair is a hub for creativity and the arts in the Outer Hebrides. We are a multi arts venue. Our work stretches across a national and international platform, yet our distinctiveness lies in being ‘of the place’, rooted in who we are, and the creativity of Gaelic and the Outer Hebrides takes centre stage.

ATLAS Arts

ATLAS Arts

Based in the Isle of Skye, seeks to be a pioneering producer and commissioner of contemporary art that will create connections between artists and audiences, and respond to the unique qualities of this region, its landscapes, its culture and its people.

Brown Paper Tickets

Brown Paper Tickets

The world's only Not-Just-For-Profit ticketing and event registration service, with the largest commitment to social responsibility in the industry. We offer free, world-class ticketing software and 24-hour live customer service in, English, French and Spanish to help you to ticket, brand, customize and promote your events.

Business Gateway

Business Gateway

Business Gateway Highland & Moray supports new and growing businesses. Our free workshops include branding, marketing, digital and tax planning. Our specific programmes include leadership, motivation and entrepreneurial skills.

Creative Europe Desk UK-Scotland

Creative Europe Desk UK-Scotland

Promotes awareness and understanding of Creative Europe, the European Union's Programme to support the cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors, providing free advice and support for applicants from the UK.

Creative Europe

Creative Europe

The European Union's Programme to support the cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors. From 2014-2020, €1.46 billion is available to support European projects with the potential to travel, reach new audiences and encourage skill sharing and development.

Help Musicians UK

Help Musicians UK

The leading independent music charity in the country. It has an unrivalled reputation for helping thousands of musicians establish themselves in the music business, get through a serious crisis, cope with long-term difficulties and enjoy retirement.

Moniack Mhor

Moniack Mhor

Based in the Scottish Highlands, since our first course in 1993 Moniack Mhor has been running creative writing courses tutored by some of the finest authors in the UK and beyond.

Museums Galleries Scotland

Museums Galleries Scotland

We’re here to support more than 400 museums and galleries, whether it’s through strategic investment, advice, advocacy, skills development or other means. We lead on the development, management and implementation of the national strategy for museums.

Music Publishers Association

Music Publishers Association

Trade association for music publishers in the UK, with over 260 members, representing around 4,000 catalogues, covering every genre of music.

Planet Groucho

Planet Groucho

A DIY record label based in the Scottish Highlands. Our artist roster features The Ramisco Maki Maki Rocking Horse, Lindsay Llewellyn, Oak Hero, The Kazoo Funk Orchestra and El Jugador.

Professional Publishers Association

Professional Publishers Association

Proudly represent around 220 companies, ranging from consumer magazine publishers to business-to-business data and information providers, customer magazine publishers and smaller independent companies.

PRS for Music – PRS and MCPS

PRS for Music

PRS for Music represents the rights of over 124,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK. As a membership organisation it ensures creators are paid whenever their music is played, performed or reproduced, championing the importance of copyright to protect and support the UK music industry.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Offers specialist education in dance, drama, music, production and filmmaking. It has recently been recognised as one of the top three performing arts institutions in the world.

Soundtrap

Soundtrap

Soundtrap is an easy to use online collaborative music recording and podcast studio with an extensive collection of loops and software instruments. You can record songs directly with your computer microphone or plug in an instrument.

Musician's Union

Musicians' Union

The Musicians’ Union is the trade union for musicians and represents over 30,000 musicians in the UK. The MU works for musicians by negotiating with all the major employers in the industry, campaigning on behalf of musicians and offering a number of benefits, services and advice tailored to your needs at every stage of your career.

Developing the Young Workforce

Developing the Young Workforce

DYW Inverness and Central Highland is part of a national framework of regional employer-led boards across Scotland. Formed as part of the Scottish Government's youth employment strategy, the regional boards work in partnership on the education and skills agenda, seeking more opportunities for young people.

SMIA

SMIA

The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) is a trade body, set up in 2008 to foster, promote and serve the best interests of Scotland’s music industry. Their membership encompasses individuals and organisations working across all sectors of Scotland’s music industry, including promoters, record labels, studios, artist managers, distributors and more.

Heritage Lottery Fund

Heritage Lottery Fund

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund aims to make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities and help build a resilient heritage economy. From museums and parks to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.

HIE

HIE

Highlands and Islands Enterprise is the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency for a diverse region which covers more than half of Scotland and is home to around 450,000 people.

Rural Touring Agency

Rural Touring Agency

A highly skilled and experienced arts admin agency, providing support, essential services and resources for supporting rural touring for arts practitioners and organisations. Sheena Miller and Lindsay Dunbar have 20 years combined experience in supporting rural and national tours for theatre, music, dance, comedy and family shows.

1Tap Receipts (app)

1Tap Receipts (app)

1Tap is the UK's first self-assessment product aimed exclusively at the self employed. Simply photograph a receipt, invoice, bill or even a train ticket (or email electronic ones directly into the app) and 1Tap will automatically extract all the key data and categorise it as per the self assessment form ready to submit directly to HMRC or share with your accountant.

11:00am – 5:00pm
One Touch Theatre, Eden Court

Developing the Young Workforce presents Technology & Gaming Playground

Times: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: One Touch Theatre, Eden Court
Speakers: Various Companies

Technology & Gaming Playground

Developing the Young Workforce

Technology has always been to the fore at XpoNorth and this year, a pop-up Technology & Gaming Playground introduces new concepts across the creative industries spectrum.

Sponsored by Developing the Young Workforce, a Scottish Government-led initiative which aims to better prepare children and young people from 3–18 for the world of work, expect some playfully serious tech which will blow your mind. 

Includes a selection of games from the Moray Game Jam 2017. In association with Develping the Young Workforce.

Ant Workshop

Ant Workshop

Founded in January 2015 by Tony Gowland to focus on developing original IP and interesting games with an off-beat sense of humour. Why ants? Because we're small, sociable and very hard working.

Contact: Tony Gowland
Product: Dead End Job
Type: Video Game

ARiis AR

ARiis AR

ARiis AR are one of a handful of Augmented Reality companies in the World who have the capability to deliver real results using this exciting new platform, which is already revolutionising how we interact with our physical environment.

Contacts: Kate Stevenson, Scott McLeod
Product: ARiis AR
Type: Augmented Reality

Dalriada Games

Dalriada Games

Dalriada Games is a pioneering independent games company based in Glasgow who believe that the gaming industry can and should be successfully integrated with the Medical and Educational sectors.

Contacts: Connor McQueen Johnston, Nicholas James Metcalfe
Product: Tumble Tower
Type: Video Game

Deep Fried Games

Deep Fried Games

Deep Fried Games is an Indie Studio based in Glasgow and our main focus is on creating the most fun and unique VR experiences.

Contacts: Gabriele Maddaloni, Doug Jagger, Glen Johnston
Product: Project Swing
Type: Virtual Reality

School of Simulation & Visualisation

GSA: School of Simulation & Visualisation

The School of Simulation and Visualisation (previously the Digital Design Studio) is a postgraduate research and commercial centre of The Glasgow School of Art. Its intense learning and research environment exploits the interface between science, technology and the arts to explore imaginative and novel uses of advanced 3D digital visualisation and interaction technologies.

Contact: Dr. Daniel Livingstone
Product: Games and Virtual Reality demos from The School of Simulation & Visualisation at The Glasgow School of Art
Type: Video Games and Virtual Reality

Hexterion

Hexterion

As a small independent game development studio based in the centre of Glasgow, our goal has always been clear; we create independent games with a clear fun closed loop of gameplay. We are 8 people strong from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Contacts: Mark Tempini, Kieran Gallagher
Product: Rebound
Type: Video Game

Robotical

Robotical

Robotical™ is a startup based in Edinburgh, UK. We've designed a low cost walking robot that's fully programmable, wifi-enabled, and really customisable and upgradeable. Perfect for kids, makers and educators to get stuck into robotics.

Contacts: Myles Bax, Sandy Enoch
Product: Marty the Robot
Type: Education Robot Kit

Timespan

Timespan

Timespan is a meeting place between our past, our present and our future. Located in the Far North of Scotland in one of the remotest areas of Europe, Timespan provides a unique experience and resource for visitors, artists, researchers and locals.

Contact: Jo Clements, Adeola Fabola, Iain Oliver
Product: Virtual Curing Yard
Type: Virtual Reality

Moray College UHI

Moray College UHI

As Moray’s community College we offer Further Education courses including SVQ and National Certificates focusing on learning within a realistic work environment. We also offer HNC, HND, Degree and Postgraduate courses at our Campus as part of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) that can be studied full time, part-time, online or as distance learning. And of course we host the Moray Game Jam!

Contacts: Jacqui Taylor, Leigh Shanks
Product: Moray Game Jam
Type: Game Jam

Moray Game Jam

Moray Game Jam

Exhibiting at this year's XpoNorth in the Technology & Gaming Playground are the following teams from Moray Game Jam 2017:

Team: Binary Shred
Contact: Jacob Smith
Product: Bullet Trial
Type: Video Game

Team: Corporate Squad
Contacts: Ross Campbell, Gordon MacPherson, Ross Mckechnie
Product: Uudi
Type: Video Game

Team: ENT Games
Contacts: Martin Lumsden, Alan Stewart
Product: Jailbreak Jam
Type: Board Game

Team: Pocket Sized Hands
Contacts: Gary McCartan, Alan Yeats
Product: Pocket Sized Guns
Type: Vive VR Shooting Gallery Game

Team: Stikkz Media
Contact: Andrew French
Products: Mila and Bobby’s Alphabet Adventure, Mila and the Quest for the Golden Axe
Type: Video Game

Team: The Peepus Choice
Contacts: Max Bovarov, Rick Ridder
Product: Olympus Fall
Type: Board Game

Team: Transcendent Games
Contacts: Stewart McCready, Jacob Naylor
Product: A Lost Robot
Type: Video Game

11:15am – 12:30pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

PRS For Music: The Song Always Comes First

Times: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Nicola Meighan (Broadcaster and Journalist) (Chair), Stuart Fleming (PRS for Music), Steve Farris (13 Artists Publishing), Yvonne McLellan (Native Publishing), Shauna Tohill (Musician)

Screening: Tekkol (2 mins) Dir. Jorn Leeuwerink (Netherlands)

 

Without the song there is no music industry, right?

PRS for Music hosts a discussion on the value of songwriting which addresses the artistic and economic value of song in an ever-evolving industry. 

Nicole Meighan

Nicole Meighan - Broadcaster and Journalist (Chair)

Nicola is a music journalist and broadcaster who regularly contributes to The Herald, The List and BBC Radio Scotland. She has also written for MOJO, Q Magazine, The Big Issue, The Quietus and The Sunday Herald, and spoken on BBC Radio 4 and STV. Prior to this, she worked at Mute records.

Stuart Fleming

Stuart Fleming - Manager, Scotland/N. Ireland and Publisher Relations, PRS for Music

Having come from a background as writer/producer, Stuart moved into the industry working at both major and indie record labels before taking on management and tour management roles. Stuart is now PRS for Music’s Senior Manager in Scotland and Northern Ireland, responsible for the organisation’s Membership Strategy and Events Programme throughout both countries. 

Steve Farris

Steve Farris - Manager, Artist Development, 13 Arts Publishing

Steve is managing director of Polar Patrol Publishing, set up by members of Snow Patrol. He progressed from doing lights for The Levellers while still in his teens, to becoming A&R assistant at EMI then A&R manager at Sony/ATV. Steve signed Snow Patrol and Belle & Sebastian to their first publishing deals.

Yvonne McLellan

Yvonne McLellan - Director, Native Publishing

Since the late 1990’s Yvonne has built up a breadth of experience working with companies like Island Records, SpinnUp, V2 Music, Sony ATV Publishing, T in the Park, BBC Introducing and Rawkus. Currently the director of Native Publishing, co-manager of Dundee band Model Aeroplanes and music consultant.

Shauna Tohill

Shauna Tohill - Musician

Shauna Tohill is a charismatic, multi-instrumentalist songstress. Based in London, her band REWS recently signed with Marshall Records & have a highly anticipated album on the way. Her songs have been synced to TV & film; most recognised by her anthem for Northern Ireland Tourism 2012-2014. She has also sessioned with Snow Patrol.

11:15am – 12:30pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

BBC Writersroom: Starting Your Television Writing Career

Times: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Angela Galvin (Writersroom Scotland) (Chair), Audrey McFadden (Writersroom Scotland), Kieran Hannigan (River City), Rab Christie (Comedy Unit)

Screening: Who Play's Othello? (5 mins) Dir. David Fratini (Italy)

 

At the start of this year, Writersroom Scotland, launched with a brief to feed into all the UK-wide Writersroom schemes but also to create opportunities for writers from or living within Scotland.

In this session, hosted by Angela Galvin from Writersroom Scotland, delegates at XpoNorth will get the chance to find out how Writersroom Scotland can support and develop writers careers.

Angela Galvin

Angela Galvin - Development Producer, Writersroom Scotland (Chair)

Angela has worked in television for over 20 years and joins the writersroom from the Children’s Department where she was a programmes in many genres including drama, comedy and entertainment and has held a variety of editorial roles from script editor, storyliner to series producer.

Audrey McFadden

Audrey McFadden - Development Co-ordinator, Writersroom Scotland

Audrey has over 13 years experience within TV Drama at BBC Scotland working on shows ranging from Monarch of the Glen to Shetland and One of Us. Two years were spent in Children’s as a Researcher and she produced and managed a short film Scheme for BBC Scotland Staff in addition to co-ordinating outreach projects.

Kieran Hannigan

Kieran Hannigan - Producer, River City

Kieran started his television career as a production freelancer before undertaking a Masters in screenwriting and becoming a script editor in BBC Scotland Drama where he worked across development, River City and Waterloo Road. He later trained as a producer on Casualty before returning to Scotland to produce River City.

Rab Christie

Rab Christie - Comedy Unit

Rab got into comedy at Glasgow University where his troupe won So You Think You’re Funny at the Edinburgh Fringe. He joined the Comedy Unit script-editing Chewin the Fat. Subsequent credits as Producer/Executive Producer include Only an Excuse? Rab C Nesbitt, Limmy’s Show! Burnistoun, Still Game, Gary : Tank Commander and Scot Squad.

11:15am – 12:30pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

The Growing Opportunities for Remote Participation

Times: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: DI Brown (BBC) (Chair), Dougal Perman (SMIA), Rupert Harris (Animal Vegetable Mineral), Steven Grier (Microsoft), Liz Rosenthal (Power to the Pixel)

Screening: Tekkol (2 mins) Dir. Jorn Leeuwerink (Netherlands)

 

We have seen the development of new models with the success of the Royal Shakespeare Company or the Berlin Philharmonic successfully reaching new audiences by offering access to concerts and performances streamed to cinemas or our computers.  

With so much of our consumption of entertainment, news, buying and sharing all taking place on line, this session will look at why remote participation works.  With limits to the audiences that concerts and festivals can physically attract and accommodate, does remote participation offer a realistic option for festivals and other events and what is the future of this approach? 

DI Brown

DI Brown - Head of Talent, BBC (Chair)

In this strategic and senior role in Scotland, Donald Iain is responsible for working alongside the Head of Programmes and Services to ensure that audiences in Scotland receive the best possible programmes and content from BBC Scotland, utilising the totality of the skills and expertise available. As Head of Talent, he works with other Talent colleagues across the BBC, attracting and allocating the UK’s best production talent onto BBC Productions. Attracting and nurturing talent is a key aspect of his role alongside championing diversity, trainees and training.

Dougal Perman

Dougal Perman - Managing Director/Chair, Inner Ear/SMIA

Dougal is the Managing Director of Inner Ear, the digital media production and promotion company he co-founded back in 2000. An expert in podcasting, internet radio, streamed media and social media strategies, Dougal is also an Advisory Board Member of Co-operative Development Scotland and a co-founding director of creative consortium Yellow Brick House Media Ltd.

Rupert Harris

Rupert Harris - Founder, Animal Vegetable Mineral

A BAFTA award winning creative with a track record in creating and delivering innovative content Rupert founded AVM in 2012 with support from BBC worldwide and Korean venture capital to make the next generation of intelligent entertainment.

Steven Grier

Steven Grier - Country Manager, Microsoft

Steven Grier represents Microsoft’s business in Scotland. From humble IT beginnings on Margaret Thatcher’s YTS Scheme with Digital Equipment Corporation in 1989 so began a journey through oil (BP), booze (United Distillers), funerals (Co-Op) and software, ultimately finding himself at Microsoft in the year Windows XP launched (Bing it!).

Liz Rosenthal

Liz Rosenthal - Director, Power to the Pixel (Chair)

An early advocate and pioneer of digital distribution and filmmaking, Liz is a digital film and media expert. She advises international media companies, film financing organisations, filmmakers and film festivals about using cutting-edge distribution and production techniques and new film business models.

12:00pm – 6:00pm
Maclean Room, Eden Court

Writers' Pitch to Publishers

Times: 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: Maclean Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Jenny Brown (Jenny Brown Associates) (Chair), Francine Toon (Sceptre / Hodder Stoughton), Andrea Joyce (Canongate), Vikki Reilly (Birlinn), Moira Forsyth (Sandstone Press)

Jenny Brown Associates

Organised in association with Jenny Brown Associates, literary agents, aims to give Scotland's writers a unique opportunity to pitch their work directly to a panel of leading UK literary agents and publishers. With a string of confirmed publishing deals for writers following from last year's event, the event in 2017 is a golden opportunity for writers working in fiction and nonfiction for adults. Organised in specific slots for fiction and nonfiction, the event takes place live across the day on Wednesday 7th June.

Based on the principle of ensuring that the best work across genres is presented to our panel,  this year’s event has three pitching sessions: two for fiction and one non-fiction.

Taking on feedback from last year’s participants, we have introduced a new element to the day:  this year, the first two panel sessions will be prefaced by a short, stand-alone introduction and trends session in which each of the publishers on the panel will discuss the work of their agency / publishing house and give insights into current commercial trends in publishing.

During each session, the pitching writers will each have a total of ten minutes: five mins to introduce and present their work, and then five minutes to answer the panel’s questions. 

12 noon - 12.20pm: Publishing Trends - Nonfiction 

12.30pm -1.45pm: Pitch Session 1 - Nonfiction

2pm - 2.30pm: Publishing Trends - Fiction 

2.40pm - 4pm: Pitch Session 2 - Fiction #1

4.10pm - 5.25pm: Pitch Session 3 - Fiction #2

The trends and pitching sessions are open to all XpoNorth delegates to attend, and provide a wealth of insight into the editorial development and selection process as it relates to specific works in progress. 

The pitch panel includes the following publishers:

  • Jenny Brown - Jenny Brown Associates (Chair)
  • Francine Toon - Sceptre / Hodder Stoughto
  • Andrea Joyce - Canongate
  • Vikki Reilly - Birlinn
  • Moira Forsyth - Sandstone Press
12:30pm – 1:00pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

An Outline of Creative Scotland’s Music Strategy and Current Routes to Funding

Times: 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Alan Morrison (Creative Scotland)

Public funding: the final piece of the budget jigsaw or the lifeblood on which your whole project depends?

Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative Scotland, discusses the various roles the organisation can play when it comes to making your artistic vision a reality. In a world where the music sector is constantly changing, and financial cuts are biting deeper, he sets out the key music strategies that are currently shaping the way our national arts funding body thinks.

This session is 30 minutes.

Alan Morrison

Alan Morrison - Head of Music, Creative Scotland

Alan joined Creative Scotland as Head of Music in June 2016. He now leads the team who offer funding support to all genres of music, working with multi-arts venues and festivals, helping individual musicians deliver albums and tours, and connecting Scotland’s musical talent to platforms across the world.

12:30pm – 1:00pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Brand Archaeology: Building New Brands

Times: 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Gordon Hush (The Institute of Design Innovation) (Chair), Pedro Carvalho Almeida (University of Aveiro, Portugal)

'Brand Archaeology' is a practice-based research activity in design and brand identity (de Almeida, 2012). It employs hands-on methods to recover, organise and utilise entrepreneurial/corporate archives from heritage brands.

By addressing the relevance of brand archives to companies, designers, and cultural institutions, the approach represents a critique and a response to how the unique cultural legacy of native brands is often overlooked and tends to dissolve amongst global influences.  In this context, the generated wealth of historical and symbolically charged material culture proves a key organisational asset, and a critical strategic resource for content development and brand innovation.

This session is 30 minutes.

Gordon Hush

Gordon Hush - Director (Acting), The Institute of Design Innovation (Chair)

Gordon Hush has led the Product Design department at GSA since 2007 and helped steer the emergence of Design Innovation as a subject of academic study at Masters level incorporating Service Design, Citizenship, Environmental Design and, with the University of Glasgow, International Management.

Pedro Almeida

Pedro Carvalho Almeida - Assistant Professor of Design, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Pedro Carvalho Almeida (Ph.D, CSM–UAL). Visual communication designer. Assistant Professor of Design, University of Aveiro, Portugal. Post-doctoral researcher (FCT funded) at the Research Institute of Design Media and Culture (ID+), Unexpected Media Group & Central Saint Martins Research. Main interests address the recovery, analysis and regenerative use of organisations’ archives as key strategic resources for brand innovation.

12:30pm – 1:00pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

The Birth of a Book: Dream Plan Do

Times: 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Patricia van den Akker (The Design Trust)

Last year, Patricia talked about creative crowdfunding, which inspired her so much to launch her own successful campaign on Kickstarter in the Autumn, raising over £27k!

In this practical Q&A style-session she will tell you how she turned the idea for her book into reality. From how to come up with a book idea to making time (when you are busy). From working with others to what is really involved and takes the most time. With loads of real insights and practical tips if you are thinking about doing your own crowdfunding project or want to publish your own book.

This session is 30 minutes. 

Patricia van den Akker

Patricia van den Akker - Director, The Design Trust

The Design Trust is the online business school for designers and makers, attracting more than 50,000 web visits each month. Patricia is known for her practical and realistic approach to creative business development, through asking thought-provoking questions and using creative exercises. She writes a regular business column for Crafts Magazine.

1:15pm – 2:30pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

SMIA Market Focus: Scotland's Independent Label Sector

Times: 1:15pm – 2:30pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Nicola Meighan (Broadcaster and Journalist) (Chair), Dougie Brown (Belladrum Records), Martyn Flyn (Lucky Me), Glenn Gibbons (SOMA), Ian Smith (Last Night From Glasgow)

Screening: The Light in the Dark (1 min) Dir. Victoria Dzhaparidze (Russian Federation)

 

The Scottish Music Industry Association invites you to join writer and broadcaster Nicola Meighan as she talks to Glenn Gibbons (Soma Quality Recordings), Martyn Flyn (LuckyMe), Ian Smith (Last Night From Glasgow) and Dougie Brown (Belladrum Records) what role a record label plays in the music economy today.

With the business model turned upside down, how are labels crossing over with events, developing and exploiting brand value and working with content to turn consumers into audiences?

Nicole Meighan

Nicole Meighan - Broadcaster and Journalist (Chair)

Nicola is a music journalist and broadcaster who regularly contributes to The Herald, The List and BBC Radio Scotland. She has also written for MOJO, Q Magazine, The Big Issue, The Quietus and The Sunday Herald, and spoken on BBC Radio 4 and STV. Prior to this, she worked at Mute records.

Dougie Brown

Dougie Brown - Co-Founder, Belladrum Records

Dougie has over 15 years diverse experience across the music industry; Production Manager for Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and a partner in both Groove CairnGorm and Groove Loch Ness. With Belladrum Festival integrating a new label arm into their business, he is also the Label manager of recently launched Balladrum Records.

Martyn Flyn

Martyn Flyn - Co-Founder, Lucky Me

Martyn Flyn is Co-Founder and Label Manager of LuckyMe Records. In addition to this he co-manages artists S-Type, Eclair Fifi, NAKED, Littlebabyangel and Sevendeaths, Is half of production duo The Blessings, hosts a monthly show on Rinse FM and still occasionally finds time to DJ internationally.

Glenn Gibbons

Glenn Gibbons - Co-Founder, SOMA

Glenn Gibbons is the Managing Director and Head of A+R of Soma Recordings, Scotland’s longest running electronic music record label. From early successes with Slam, One Dove, in 1994, Soma then signed a young French duo that went by the name of Daft Punk.

Ian Smith

Ian Smith - Founder, Last Night from Glasgow

Ian and five friends founded LNFG, a not for profit record label built upon a crowdfunded ethos. By the end of 2016, LNFG had signed 8 artists, manufactured and released 10 singles and LPs, staged a charity concert and ensured that the vast majority of all revenue generated was passed back to the artists themselves.

1:15pm – 2:30pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Gamification and Engaging Your Audience

Times: 1:15pm – 2:30pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Liz Rosenthal (Power to the Pixel) (Chair), Dr Kenneth Scott Brown (Abertay University), Brad Porter (Six to Start), Malath Abbas (Biome Collective)

Screening: Fastaqim (3 mins) Dir. Abdullah Al Dasuki (Turkey)

 

The games industry is tough. Really tough. With more and more games becoming 'free' and ever more games hitting the market, how do you find an audience - and encourage them to give you money?

The games sector has pioneered new ways of finding, engaging and retaining an audience - and it can work for you too. Forget achievements and badges. Learn from our panel of experts how to build engagement (and FUN) into everything you do.

Liz Rosenthal

Liz Rosenthal - Director, Power to the Pixel (Chair)

An early advocate and pioneer of digital distribution and filmmaking, Liz is a digital film and media expert. She advises international media companies, film financing organisations, filmmakers and film festivals about using cutting-edge distribution and production techniques and new film business models.

Dr Kenneth Scott Brown

Dr Kenneth Scott Brown - Academic Enterprise Leader, Abertay University

Ken is Academic Enterprise Leader at Abertay University, and a Senior Lecturer in Psychology. He has research interests in interactive screen media and vision science. He is particularly interested in the scope for the two disciplines to progress through a shared focus on the scope of computer game technologies and techniques to present information in engaging and accessible forms.

Brad Porter

Brad Porter - Producer/Designer, Six to Start

Brad is Producer and Designer at Six to Start, whose fitness game "Zombies, Run!" has over four million players worldwide. Six to Start's new platform "Racelink" launched in 2017, and opens up their Virtual Race technology to brands, charities and other organisations.

Malath Abbas

Malath Abbas - Independent Game Designer, Biome Collective

Malath Abbas is an independent game designer, artist and producer working on experimental and meaningful games. Malath is establishing Scotland's first game collective and co-working space Biome Collective, a diverse, inclusive melting pot of technology, art and culture for people who want to create, collaborate and explore games, digital art and technology.

1:15pm – 2:30pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Off The Beaten Track: Creating International Locations in Rural Environments

Times: 1:15pm – 2:30pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Lawrence Sutcliffe (Highland Council) (Chair), Jay Bulckaert (Northwest Territories Canada), Stephan Apelgren (Filmpool Nord Luleå Sweden), Amy Morement (LS Productions)

Screening: Trio (3 mins) Dir. John Graham (Canada)

 

How do you encourage film and television productions to choose your locations when you are representing a remote rural area without large urban centres or substantial studio facilities? Remote rural locations can be a testing environment for both those representing them and incoming productions. How do you then market your area to the industry? What are the specific logistical challenges likely to be faced by productions and how can they be overcome?

Film officers from Canada, Scotland and Sweden, and industry professionals discuss the pros and cons of working off the beaten track and offer various solutions based on their experiences.

Lawrence Sutcliffe

Lawrence Sutcliffe - Film Officer, Highland Council (Chair)

Lawrence is the Highland Council's Film Officer, offering advice and support to film, television and commercial projects wishing to shoot in the Scottish Highlands. His interest in film is also a personal one and he graduated from UEA with an MA in Film History and Film Archiving.

Jay Bulckaert

Jay Bulckaert - Producer, Northwest Territories Canada/Artless Creatives

Jay co-created Artless Collective, the NWT's premiere creative production studio, founded the insanely successful Dead North Film Festival that has seen 100 local films created in the last five years and helped establish the NWT Professional Media Association where he is Vice President.

Stephen Apelgren

Stephan Apelgren - Commissioning Producer, Filmpool Nord Lulea Sweden

Stephan Apelgren - born 1954 - a former mucisian who attended the Swedish national Filmschool in the eighties and worked as a director/scriptwriter for 25 years. Since 2016 a Commisissioning producer at Filmpool Nord, a regional filmcenter in the north of Sweden. 

Amy Morement

Amy Morement - Location Manager, LS Productions

Amy is Location Manager at Edinburgh-based Service Production Company LS Productions, organising stills, commercial and music video shoots in unique and challenging locations across Scotland and the wider-UK. Amy has worked in the industry for 6 years having previously completed an MA in Set Design.

2:45pm – 4:00pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

The Power of Provenance: In Conversation with Matteo Alessi and Harris Tweed Authority

Times: 2:45pm – 4:00pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Don McIntyre (The Institute of Design Innovation, Glasgow School of Art) (Chair), Matteo Alessi (Alessi), Lorna Macaulay (Harris Tweed Authority)

Screening: Woman Up (3 mins) Dir. Katrina Brown (UK)

 

Technology is opening up increased choices for customers as to what and how they buy products.  How can a producer ensure that their products have that little extra, providing the reason why the consumer should make the choice to urchase.  The 'story' therefore is arguably as important as the product itself.  

Matteo Alessi of Italian design giants, Alessi, and Lorna Macaulay of the Harris Tweed Authority, will look at the importance of provenance to their businesses, and consider how they have kept their products fresh, but without losing the heritage and tradition.

Don McIntyre

Don McIntyre - Programme Director, The Institute of Design Innovation, Glasgow School of Art (Chair)

Having graduated from The Glasgow School of Art with a degree in Product Design, Don went on to complete an MSc in Computer Science from Strathclyde University, building an expertise in the combination of creative and technical disciplines. Working with Virtuality, Don was part of the Tokyo-based team that ported Pac Man from 2D to an immersive 3D environment.

Matteo Alessi

Matteo Alessi - CCO Europe and North America, Alessi

In 2004, Matteo joined Alessi, the family company, as Managing Director of Alessi U.K. At the end of 2011, he took over as Executive VP of International Sales & Development with the specific role to look after the development and sales activities of the Alessi network within Europe and, starting from 2014, USA and Canada.

Lorna Macauley

Lorna Macauley - Chief Executive, Harris Tweed Authority

Lorna Macaulay has been the CEO of the Harris Tweed Authority (HTA) since 2009. This period has seen the iconic Harris Tweed industry through a historic production low point and a seven year period of sustained production growth. The HTA is a statutory public body tasked through the 1993 Harris Tweed Act of Parliament.

2:45pm – 4:00pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Screen Academy Scotland presents A Guide to Network Television Commissioning

Times: 2:45pm – 4:00pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: James Mullighan (Freelance Festival Producer/Director) (Chair), Jo Street (Commissioning Editor for Daytime & Early Peak, BBC), Lizzie Gray (Executive Producer Sky Drama, Sky), Alan Tyler (Executive Editor for Entertainment Commissioning)

Screening: School of Shock (3 mins) Dir. Steven Dorrington (UK)

 

A network television commission is the holy grail for most independent production companies but how do you grasp that dream?

We hear what key network commissioners and programme makers are looking for in their upcoming commissioning rounds. We consider current tastes, themes and learn what a ects the nation’s taste in programming. We’ll get tips for pitching ideas: things to always do and things to never do. We also ask if there are di erences between network and local commissioning and consider the impact of the new Scottish digital channel. 

James Mullighan

James Mullighan - Freelance Festival Producer/Director (Chair)

James Mullighan most recently directed the 58th - 61st editions of the Cork Film Festival, and the 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival. He has worked for Shooting People, RESFEST, Cinelan and HBO Europe. James serves on the Board of Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, and is a trustee of Dramatic Need.

Jo Street

Jo Street - Commissioning Editor for Daytime & Early Peak, BBC

Jo has directed, produced and Exec’d across factual and entertainment working on everything from Countryfile to the Weakest Link before moving into Commissioning. She now commissions hit shows across Entertainment & Daytime for BBC 1 & BBC 2 and works with some of the industry's most talented and demanding people.

Lizzie Gray

Lizzie Gray - Executive Producer Sky Drama, Sky

Lizzie is an Executive Producer for Sky Drama attached to a various projects from crime horror Fortitude to the high octane action series Strike Back as well as developments including the new, innovative short form slate. Lizzie’s background is in long running, popular drama series having produced 2 series of Waterloo Road and River City.

Alan Tyler

Alan Tyler - Executive Editor for Entertainment Commissioning, BBC

Alan Tyler is executive editor for entertainment commissioning. He has worked in both production and commissioning; within broadcasters and in the independent sector; across multiple genre and in bases right across the UK. His credits include 'Michael Mcintyre's Big Show’, 'Strictly Come Dancing', 'The Apprentice', 'The Voice UK', 'Have I got news for you', 'Top Gear' and 'Robot Wars'.

4:15pm – 5:30pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

New Approaches to Crowdfunding

Times: 4:15pm – 5:30pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Helen Voce (Independent Project Manager) (Chair), Fi Duffy-Scott (Make Works), Kaye Symington (Paved With Gold), Patricia van den Akker (The Design Trust)

Screening: The Fisherman of Lesbos (5 mins) Dir. Nikolia Apostolou (Canada)

 

Crowdfunding is an established form of alternative finance harnessed by creative businesses. It can be transformational - see prototypes become products and ideas become projects or businesses. What does it take to realise a successful, outstanding campaign? How can it fit into your wider business finances? And, what are the rewards beyond the money?

Drawing on their own and others’ experiences, our panel will share insights, dos and don'ts and thoughts on current / future trends to explore how to choose the right type of campaign and platform, plan ahead and optimise timing, define your goal, tell your story and pitch it right, get your community behind you, build traction and ultimately close a successful campaign.

Helen Voce

Helen Voce - Project Manager/Event Producer, Independent Project Manager (Chair)

Helen facilitates and produces opportunities and initiatives in which creative practitioners, micro-businesses and projects can realise their potential. An independent project manager, event and programme producer she is a mentor on the Crafts Council’s Hothouse programme, a Producer at Cove Park and facilitator of the Tanween Design Programme at Tashkeel, Dubai.

Fi Duffy-Scott

Fi Duffy-Scott - Founder, Make Works

Frustrated at not knowing where to get things made, Fi started Make Works in 2012, an open access platform to find local manufacturers. The focus of the organisation is to make these manufacturers, material suppliers and workshop facilities easier to access, using in-depth information, photography and short films.

Kaye Symington

Kaye Symington - Co-Founder, Paved With Gold

Kaye Symington is co-founder of Paved With Gold, a creative consultancy who build international communities and audiences for new and established brands. Following the successful delivery of many international crowdfunding campaigns, raising over $1 million dollars across their campaigns, the team at Paved With Gold have been named as one of Kickstarter’s selected experts.

Patricia van den Akker

Patricia van den Akker - Director, The Design Trust

The Design Trust is the online business school for designers and makers, attracting more than 50,000 web visits each month. Patricia is known for her practical and realistic approach to creative business development, through asking thought-provoking questions and using creative exercises. She writes a regular business column for Crafts Magazine.

4:15pm – 5:30pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Monster High Masterclass: Behind the Scenes with Screen Facilities Scotland

Times: 4:15pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Caroline Gorman (Arteus Post Production) (Chair), Paula Bird (Flaunt Productions), Stephen Scott (Bigmouth Audio), Kahl Henderson (Savalas)

Screening: Griotte (1 min) Dir. Christine Jaudoin (France)

 

Screen Facilities Scotland

A behind the scenes look at the production of the latest fully animated feature film for Mattel’s leading franchise “Monster High”. Screen Facilities Scotland members give you a glimpse behind the screen, at the successes and setbacks of this project, from initial pitch to final delivery - and everything in between.  

Looking specifically at the Animation, Sound Design, Dubbing, and Data Workflow that brought this franchise to the big screen. 

Caroline Gorman

Caroline Gorman - Head of Business Development, Arteus Post Production (Chair)

Arteus Post Production provides the full range of post production services (Editing, Grading, Dubbing, Graphics, VFX, data workflow management) to the Film and TV industry from its Glasgow base. Caroline has a production background in all things audio (soundtracks for Film, TV, Videogames & Trailers) and is one of the Directors of Screen Facilities Scotland.

Paula Bird

Paula Bird - Chief Operating Officer, Flaunt Productions

Over her decade-long tenure at Axis/Flaunt Productions, Paula has produced projects for high profile clients such as BBC, Disney interactive, Mattel, Microsoft Studios and 343 industries. As Supervising Producer, Paula is responsible for assessing and planning new projects alongside the studio’s heads of department teams, and supporting live projects.

Stephen Scott

Stephen Scott - Creative Director, Bigmouth Audio

Stephen is the Creative Director of Bigmouth Audio a sound post company that specialises in audio for animation and children’s media. Highly experienced in sound post, Stephen has been involved in all areas of the field over the years including Sound design, original music and voice over production.

Kahl Henderson

Kahl Henderson - Founder/Managing Director, Savalas

Kahl Henderson is the Managing Director, one of the founders and a re-recording mixer at Savalas Sound, Scotland’s largest Audio Post facility. Kahl is hugely passionate about the industry and has been working in sound for 30 years.  Recent mix work includes The Secret Agent (BBC 1), Sheep and Wolves (Wizart Animation) and Shetland (BBC 1).

6:00pm – 8:00pm
One Touch Theatre, Eden Court

XpoNorth Opening Party - Delegate Pass Access Only

Times: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: One Touch Theatre, Eden Court
Speakers: With MG ALBA

MG ALBA invites you to the XpoNorth Opening Party at the One Touch Theatre, Eden Court, on Wednesday 6pm - 8pm featuring the Developing the Young Workforce Technology & Gaming Playground.

This event is open to XpoNorth Festival Delegate Pass holders only.

MG ALBA

MG ALBA

7:30pm – 2:00am
Various Venues

Music Showcasing

Times: 7:30pm – 2:00am
Venue: Various Venues
Speakers: Various acts

Music Showcasing

There are more than 80 music acts performing live as part of our showcase of music.

View the full Music Showcase Programme here

View Music Showcase PDF here

12:00am – 2:00am
Penta Hotel, Mercure Hotel

Late Night Festival Clubs

Times: 12:00am – 2:00am
Venue: Penta Hotel, Mercure Hotel
Speakers: Special guests

Late Night Festival Clubs

Our late night clubs at The Penta and Mercure Hotels.

We promise an eclectic mix of showcasing bands and some other surprises over both nights.

12:00am – 1:00am
Mercure Hotel

Stand Up Comedy with host Bruce Devlin

Times: 12:00am – 1:00am
Venue: Mercure Hotel
Speakers: Bruce Devlin

Comedy with Bruce Devlin

Join us at the Mercure for a late night stand-up comedy session hosted by Bruce Devlin.

Bruce Devlin

Bruce Devlin - Comedian

Scottish comedy sensation Bruce Devlin is one 'super sharp compere, Scotsman'. His background in live comedy, tv and radio means he's ready for anything. A master of off the cuff humour and keeping proceedings under control, Bruce is an industry favourite. Resident MC at the Stand Comedy clubs and prized host up and down the UK.

Day 2 Thursday 8th June 2017

9:00am – 5:00pm
Main Entrance Foyer, Eden Court

Registration and General Information

Times: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Main Entrance Foyer, Eden Court
Speakers: XpoNorth Delegate Registration Staff

Registration

XpoNorth delegate registration is FREE, open now and runs until the end of the festival.

Make sure you register as a festival delegate to access all the events on the programme. You can collect your pass at the Delegate Registration point in the Main Foyer at Eden Court, Inverness which is open until 5pm each day.

You can register on the day at the Registration desks but please allow 30 mins for queues and completing the Eventbrite registration form at the registration computers.

If you know you are going to arrive after 5pm and would like to attend pass only events, please let us know and we can arrange an evening rendezvous.

Delegate passes are essential for all conference, training and showcase events at Eden Court, Opening Party on Wednesday, and the Networking Reception on Thursday.

Register as a Festival Delegate here

10:00am – 11:15am
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Storytelling with Michael Rueger

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Liz Rosenthal (Power to the Pixel) (Chair), Michael Rueger (Ravensburger AG)

Screening: Cargo (4 mins) Dirs. Ella Taborisky, Einat Nagar (Israel)

 

Whether in games, films or books, in advertising and engaging with consumers, or developing new products, the story is all important. Consumption patterns  for content have changed with a growing demand for new and more sophisticated ways of telling the story.  

This session will look at story telling in the 21st century - new ways for content creators to create and distribute their stories, to build brands and engage with audiences across multiple plaforms. 

Liz Rosenthal

Liz Rosenthal - Director, Power to the Pixel (Chair)

An early advocate and pioneer of digital distribution and filmmaking, Liz is a digital film and media expert. She advises international media companies, film financing organisations, filmmakers and film festivals about using cutting-edge distribution and production techniques and new film business models.

Michael Rueger

Michael Rueger - Head of Content Lab, Ravensburger AG

Michael Heads the ´Ravensburger Content Lab`, and creates world & characters. He worked many years for Mediahouses, Themeparks and Toycompanies, and recieved serval industry-awards like the Toy Innovation Award 2010. He is married, and has two great kids Jim and Len, who sharing his passion for creating magical stuff.

10:00am – 11:15am
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Work Local, Think Global - The European Creative Hubs Network

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Lynsey Smith (Creative Economy, British Council) (Chair), Janine Matheson (Codebase), Natalia Palombo (MANY Studios), Kate Deans (Creative Europe Desk UK-Scotland), Ben Taylor (Creative Europe Desk UK-Scotland), Nichol Gray (The Tara Building)

Screening: Freed (3 mins) Dir. Finn McNeill (UK)

 

The creative hubs are platforms or workplaces for artists, filmmakers, app developers and entrepreneurs from all crafts that are designed to foster community, promote collaboration and help creators create.

The European Creative Hubs Network supported by Creative Europe unites the hubs under one international banner to facilitate connections and collaborations across Europe offering fresh perspectives, training opportunities and to champion the creative sector across Europe. In this panel we’ll discuss the role of the hubs locally and internationally, how they can benefit creators, the impacts they’ve had and how you can get involved with a hub.

Lynsey Smith

Lynsey Smith - Programme Manager, Creative Economy, British Council (Chair)

Lynsey is Programme Manager for the Creative Economy team, leading on projects across Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, Lynsey was freelance Director of Creative Edinburgh and Partner of Smith & Matheson. Lynsey's expertise is around hubs and enterprise and is currently Specialist Advisor for British Council's hubs work across Europe.

Janine Matheson

Janine Matheson - Manager, Codebase

Janine Matheson has 12 years’ experience supporting the creative and cultural industries. Janine has just started a new adventure at CodeBase, the UK's largest technology incubator, taking early stage startups and providing support to help them grow and previously she was Director of Creative Edinburgh, supporting 3,000+ individuals and businesses through events, mentoring and projects.

Natalie Palombo

Natalia Palombo - Managing Director, MANY Studios

Natalia Palombo is an arts producer with focus on African contemporary visual art and film. Her research is centred on critical and convivial conversation in the arts, addressing issues of access to creative and cultural activity, expectations within arts practice, and creative outcomes in areas of regeneration.

Kate Deans

Kate Deans - Culture Officer, Creative Europe Desk UK-Scotland

Originally from Orkney, she has called several European countries her home, and has worked in a variety of roles in festivals, communications, fundraising, and cultural partnerships. She is keen to support the creative and cultural sector across Scotland to strengthen their European relationships by raising awareness of Creative Europe opportunities and networks.

Ben Taylor

Ben Taylor - Culture Officer, Creative Europe Desk UK-Scotland

Benjamin Taylor is Creative Europe MEDIA Officer for Scotland based at Creative Scotland in Glasgow responsible for promoting and facilitating the MEDIA programme in Scotland. Previously Ben was Industry Coordinator at Glasgow Film Festival and prior to that he was Interactive Project Manager at Sheffield Doc/Fest and Crossover Labs.

Nichol Gray

Nichol Gray - Manager, The Tara Building, Dublin

Nichol’s career began in independent arts organisations and galleries, moving to the National Museum of Ireland, while also heading up the artist collective IN PLACE. Tara’s doors have been open for just two months, but it already has a thriving creative community calling it home.

10:00am – 11:15am
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

XpoNorth A&R Listening Room: Your Songs in the Spotlight

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Vic Galloway (BBC) (Chair), Steve Celi (FOX Broadcasting), Sat Bisla (A&R Worldwide/ MUSEXPO/ Worldwide Radio Summit), Kenny Inglis (Composer/Producer)

Screening: Red (2 mins) Dir. Hossein Keshavarzi (Iran)

 

This fun and informal session will offer showcasing artists a unique opportunity to get constructive feedback on their material from a range of respected industry figures. 

Vic Galloway

Vic Galloway - Broadcaster/Journalist/Author, BBC (Chair)

Vic Galloway is a broadcaster, journalist and author based in Scotland. With 17 years of experience, he has presented weekly music programmes for the BBC, including 11 years broadcasting for Radio 1. He continues on BBC Radio Scotland every week and regularly contributes to BBC 6Music.

Steve Celi

Steve Celi - Music Manager, FOX On-Air Promotion

Steve has over 20 years of experience in music and TV. Currently managing music for Fox On-Air Promotion, and responsible for overseeing all aspects of music usage for Fox's primetime lineup. Steve previously worked for E! Entertainment Television. He is also the “Don Henley” in his Eagles cover band!

Sat Bisla

Sat Bisla - Founder/President, A&R Worldwide/ MUSEXPO/ Worldwide Radio Summit

Sat has extensive experience across the industry, including radio programmer, music journalist, artist manager, DJ and A&R. He founded Pangaea Entertainment Group in 2006, encompassing MUSEXPO and A&R Worldwide, and has played a key role in the early discovery, development and signing of artists including Muse, Faithless, Keane, Adele, Coldplay and more.

Kenny Inglis

Kenny Inglis - Composer/Producer

BAFTA winning composer and producer with releases on various record labels around the globe. His film, tv and advertising credits are extensive - from hit U.S. TV dramas such as CSI and Six Feet Under, to Hollywood blockbusters including Gangster Squad and the soon to be released Fifty Shades Freed

10:00am – 5:00pm
The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court

Film Showcasing and Curated Partner Programme

Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Various Directors

We are screening more than 80 films as part of our showcase of submission and curated films.

View the full Film Showcase Programme here

View Film Showcase PDF here

If you can’t make it to the cinema, as well as the showcase programme we are screening a short film at the start of every conference panel throughout both days of the festival.

View Pre Conference Screenings here

10:00am – 4:00pm
One Touch Theatre, Eden Court

Developing the Young Workforce presents Technology & Gaming Playground

Times: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: One Touch Theatre, Eden Court
Speakers: Various Companies

Technology & Gaming Playground

Developing the Young Workforce

Technology has always been to the fore at XpoNorth and this year, a pop-up Technology & Gaming Playground introduces new concepts across the creative industries spectrum.

Sponsored by Developing the Young Workforce, a Scottish Government-led initiative which aims to better prepare children and young people from 3–18 for the world of work, expect some playfully serious tech which will blow your mind. 

Includes a selection of games from the Moray Game Jam 2017. In association with Develping the Young Workforce.

Ant Workshop

Ant Workshop

Founded in January 2015 by Tony Gowland to focus on developing original IP and interesting games with an off-beat sense of humour. Why ants? Because we're small, sociable and very hard working.

Contact: Tony Gowland
Product: Dead End Job
Type: Video Game

ARiis AR

ARiis AR

ARiis AR are one of a handful of Augmented Reality companies in the World who have the capability to deliver real results using this exciting new platform, which is already revolutionising how we interact with our physical environment.

Contacts: Kate Stevenson, Scott McLeod
Product: ARiis AR
Type: Augmented Reality

Dalriada Games

Dalriada Games

Dalriada Games is a pioneering independent games company based in Glasgow who believe that the gaming industry can and should be successfully integrated with the Medical and Educational sectors.

Contacts: Connor McQueen Johnston, Nicholas James Metcalfe
Product: Tumble Tower
Type: Video Game

Deep Fried Games

Deep Fried Games

Deep Fried Games is an Indie Studio based in Glasgow and our main focus is on creating the most fun and unique VR experiences.

Contacts: Gabriele Maddaloni, Doug Jagger, Glen Johnston
Product: Project Swing
Type: Virtual Reality

School of Simulation & Visualisation

GSA: School of Simulation & Visualisation

The School of Simulation and Visualisation (previously the Digital Design Studio) is a postgraduate research and commercial centre of The Glasgow School of Art. Its intense learning and research environment exploits the interface between science, technology and the arts to explore imaginative and novel uses of advanced 3D digital visualisation and interaction technologies.

Contact: Dr. Daniel Livingstone
Product: Games and Virtual Reality demos from The School of Simulation & Visualisation at The Glasgow School of Art
Type: Video Games and Virtual Reality

Hexterion

Hexterion

As a small independent game development studio based in the centre of Glasgow, our goal has always been clear; we create independent games with a clear fun closed loop of gameplay. We are 8 people strong from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Contacts: Mark Tempini, Kieran Gallagher
Product: Rebound
Type: Video Game

Robotical

Robotical

Robotical™ is a startup based in Edinburgh, UK. We've designed a low cost walking robot that's fully programmable, wifi-enabled, and really customisable and upgradeable. Perfect for kids, makers and educators to get stuck into robotics.

Contacts: Myles Bax, Sandy Enoch
Product: Marty the Robot
Type: Education Robot Kit

Timespan

Timespan

Timespan is a meeting place between our past, our present and our future. Located in the Far North of Scotland in one of the remotest areas of Europe, Timespan provides a unique experience and resource for visitors, artists, researchers and locals.

Contact: Jo Clements, Adeola Fabola, Iain Oliver
Product: Virtual Curing Yard
Type: Virtual Reality

Moray College UHI

Moray College UHI

As Moray’s community College we offer Further Education courses including SVQ and National Certificates focusing on learning within a realistic work environment. We also offer HNC, HND, Degree and Postgraduate courses at our Campus as part of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) that can be studied full time, part-time, online or as distance learning. And of course we host the Moray Game Jam!

Contacts: Jacqui Taylor, Leigh Shanks
Product: Moray Game Jam
Type: Game Jam

Moray Game Jam

Moray Game Jam

Exhibiting at this year's XpoNorth in the Technology & Gaming Playground are the following teams from Moray Game Jam 2017:

Team: Binary Shred
Contact: Jacob Smith
Product: Bullet Trial
Type: Video Game

Team: Corporate Squad
Contacts: Ross Campbell, Gordon MacPherson, Ross Mckechnie
Product: Uudi
Type: Video Game

Team: ENT Games
Contacts: Martin Lumsden, Alan Stewart
Product: Jailbreak Jam
Type: Board Game

Team: Pocket Sized Hands
Contacts: Gary McCartan, Alan Yeats
Product: Pocket Sized Guns
Type: Vive VR Shooting Gallery Game

Team: Stikkz Media
Contact: Andrew French
Products: Mila and Bobby’s Alphabet Adventure, Mila and the Quest for the Golden Axe
Type: Video Game

Team: The Peepus Choice
Contacts: Max Bovarov, Rick Ridder
Product: Olympus Fall
Type: Board Game

Team: Transcendent Games
Contacts: Stewart McCready, Jacob Naylor
Product: A Lost Robot
Type: Video Game

10:00am – 5:00pm
First Floor Foyer, Eden Court

One-to-Ones

Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: First Floor Foyer, Eden Court
Speakers: Various

One-to-Ones

Details on how to sign up for our One-to-Ones coming soon.

10:00am – 5:00pm
The Buzz Project Bus

The Buzz Project Bus

Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: The Buzz Project Bus
Speakers: The Buzz Project

The Buzz Project Bus

The Buzz Project Bus

The Buzz Project Bus
The Buzz Project Bus is a former Stagecoach single deck bus now a mobile music studio and teaching area using music as a medium for communication, expression, learning skills for the future and building relationships. Book in a session at our Registration Desk.

Chris Adams

Chris Adams
Musician, The Buzz Project Chris is a professional musician and composer. who has worked in the music industry for many years and has taught music in secondary schools. He has recorded and performed with some of the major rock bands in the UK. Chris has an ability to bring out the best in people in a non-intimidating way and is passionate about creating positive change in young people.

Simon Nicholls

Simon Nicholls
Senior Youth Worker, The Buzz Project Simon is a professional qualified youth and community worker with an immense amount of skills and experience. Simon is also a luthier (violin maker) and has made instruments for professional musicians as well as recording and touring with the rock band, Electric Light Orchestra.

10:00am – 5:00pm
Stalls, Foyer and Newsbar

XpoNorth Live!

Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Stalls, Foyer and Newsbar
Speakers: XpoNorth Live! Team

XpoNorth Live!

Broadcasting throughout the festival

At our live television station run by industry professionals and XpoNorth Live! Trainees - you can hear your favourite band, meet our partners, and listen to some key insider info from our speakers and delegates.

Come and be part of our audience!

The Mentors

Alan de Pellette

Alan de Pellette - Director

Alan created the long running BBC football comedy, Off The Ball, directed the original stage play of Still Game and helped develop Chewin’ The Fat. His first short film, The Aficionado, was part of the UK Film Council 8½ scheme, mentored by Peter Mullan.

Siobhan Synnot

Siobhan Synnot - Broadcaster and Journalist

Outlets Siobhan writes for include BBC, ITV, BAFTA, with articles and columns published by the Scottish Daily Mail, Scotsman publications, Sunday Times, The Guardian, Trinity Mirror Group, Independent, Herald, Woman, and The Herald Sun. She has also served on film juries, including BAFTA, Deauville, and Edinburgh, chaired Q&As, produced award-winning radio, and run workshops.

Kate Smith

Kate Smith - Producer

Kate is a freelance TV producer, writer and teacher who has made programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and STV across factual, entertainment and comedy. She's a seasoned developer of programmes and has also taught television development and production to college and university students for ten years.

Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray - Director of Photography

Andrew started at the BBC TV film unit based at the famous Ealing Film Studios and since he has worked on everything from Drama to Music Videos and Documentaries to Corporate Videos. As a freelancer he has worked for all the major broadcasters and many of the large production companies.

Matthew Cowan

Matthew Cowan - Creative Director, Production Attic

Matthew is Creative Director of Production Attic, producing corporate videos by day and short films by night ...or whenever he finds the time.

Matthew Murphy

Matthew Murphy - Video Producer, Production Attic

Matt (“Murphy”) completed a BSc (Hons) in Audio Engineering & Media Production and went on to pursue a career as an AV Technician, Sound Recordist, Editor and Camera Operator. He operated as a Freelancer in the Broadcasting and Media industry in and around the Glasgow area for four years before joining the team at Production Attic as Video Producer.

The Trainees

Eden Brown

Eden Brown

Eden is from Moray, recently graduated from Robert Gordon University with a first. Her research on photo journalism in Syria was highly acclaimed. Particularly interested in radio- she's worked for the BBC in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. Don’t ask about her gorgeous new puppy unless you have half an hour or more…

Louise Campbell

Louise Campbell

At nineteen, Louise Campbell is the baby of our team but don’t underestimate her! Originally from the Isle of Lewis, and has moved to the big smoke of Glasgow, studying TV Production at City of Glasgow College. She enjoys camera work and practical side of things. A true Scottish girl, Louise is a Gaelic speaker and ‘kissed by fire’.

Kayleigh Innes

Kayleigh Innes

Kayleigh Innes is a freelance photographer and producer based at Northport Studio in Elgin. Graduating in Film and Media from University of Stirling in 2016, Kayleigh has experience in video, and radio production as well as social media management. Being taught analogue photography by her grandfather, she loves getting to know people through her camera. Her passion for travelling lead her to Japan, where she shot a documentary about rural tea farmers. Although her Japanese is rusty, you can try to chat with her in British sign language, about her dissertation on Deaf culture in new media.

Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack

Napier graduate Andrew studied English and film. Whilst studying he realised his future lay not in watching films but making them. He has since worked as a runner for STV, as crew on several shorts, and continues to learn about camera, sound and edit. A certified film buff he’s also keen on film trivia and the dark secrets of production.

Natasha Ross

Natasha Ross

Based in Elgin, Natasha is a 23 year-old English literature graduate from the University of the Highlands and Islands. Being a volunteer for both GoNorth in 2014 and XpoNorth 2016, this year Natasha has stepped up into the production team. Natasha is passionate about her beloved Highlands and a great supporter of performers and bands coming to the North.

Anna Saracka

Anna Saracka

Anna is a Glasgow based aspiring assistant director with a passion for film that has led her all over the country. Growing up in Poland she was surrounded by the stories of Greek mythology. Her favourite goddesses have inspired her strong work attitude which she applied while studying at Glasgow university. She goes into every project with quick wit and a positive attitude.

Anna Stoltzmann

Anna Stoltzmann

Anna Stoltzmann is currently gaining her masters degree in Film Directing at The University of Edinburgh. Working and studying all over Europe, Anna is driven by her love of directing and documentary filmmaking, and passionate about telling authentic human stories. As Anna loves travel and art, her graduate film follows the story of a performance artist living in the fjords of Norway.

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10:00am – 12:00pm
Maclean Room, Eden Court

Training with Colour Conversations

Times: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Venue: Maclean Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Anne Ritchie (Colour Conversations)

Colour Conversations

Colour Conversations: A View into Colour Psychology

Colour impacts on all aspects of our lives and during the presentation and interactive workshop we will show how colour psychology can be used as a valuable tool to enhance every aspect of the performance of a business. Colour psychology uses the concept of colour harmony in four seasons – Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. Using images of the seasonal palettes we will discuss and show examples of each season and how the implementation of colour harmony has a positive impact in product, branding, marketing, uniforms and work place premises.

This event is open to Registered Attendees only.

Register for this training here

Anne Ritchie

Anne Ritchie - Owner, Colour Conversations

Anne has spent her career in the international world of colour, textiles and fashion.   After 25 years of giving trend presentations to Scottish companies she has developed her love and passion for colour into the fascinating study of colour psychology.

10:00am – 5:00pm
First Floor Foyer, Eden Court

Craft Showcase

Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: First Floor Foyer, Eden Court
Speakers: Various Designers and Makers

Visit the First Floor Foyer at Eden Court during day two of the XpoNorth Festival to enjoy some fine work from designers and makers in our Craft Showcase.

Netty Sopata

Netty Sopata - Designer/Owner, Diggory Brown

Diggory Brown was established on the Isle of Lewis as a bespoke kilt making business by Netty Sopata in 2008. Netty specialises in using locally woven cloth: Harris Tweed, Breanish Tweed and her own range of Zero Waste Tweeds (developed by Uist Wool) in her designs. 

Eileen Gatt

Eileen Gatt - Designer/Owner, Eileen Gatt

Jewellery designer Eileen Gatt graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee over 20 years ago, and then went on to do her Masters at London’s Royal College of Art. Eileen’s work is inspired by her home in the Highlands with its rich cultural heritage, exquisite wildlife and diverse landscapes.

Hilary Grant

Hilary Grant - Designer/Owner, Hilary Grant

Hilary Grant is a knitwear studio and design partnership by Hilary Grant and Robert Harvey founded in 2011. Based on the remote archipelago of Orkney, they design knitwear and home accessories, which are sold in department stores and independent design stores in the UK, Japan, Hong Kong, US and Europe.

Julia Smith

Julia Smith - Designer/Co-Owner, Julia Smith Ceramics

Julia Smith creates contemporary pottery using traditional making methods combined with experimental glazed and printed surfaces. Her rustic illustrative style is applied across simple thrown and hand built forms. Her work is strongly influenced by her coastal location in the Scottish Highlands and often features windswept trees and manmade structures.

Clare Waddle

Clare Waddle - Designer/Co-Owner, Yellow Broom

David Robson - Designer/Co-Owner, Yellow Broom

Each separate Yellow Broom product is co designed and crafted by hand within the Cairngorms national park; valuing good craftsmanship and the design process they have created a collection of sustainable wooden lighting with a zero waste approach to making that is both utilitarian and aesthetically pleasing.

Gustav Johannsson

Agusta Magnusdóttir - Designer/Co-Owner, AGUSTAV

Gustav Johannsson - Designer/Co-Owner, AGUSTAV

AGUSTAV is a furniture design and production company focusing on creating high-end furniture and aims at making pieces that can last lifetimes. At AGUSTAV the creation process centres on weighing out aesthetics and functionality. Product quality is assured by using carefully chosen, high quality materials that are skillfully crafted by furniture makers.

Arndis Jóhannsdóttir

Arndis Jóhannsdóttir - Designer and Saddlesmith, Arndis

Arndís Jóhannsdóttir lives & works in Reykjavik. She has worked with fish skin since 1984, making mostly bags, bowls and smaller products. Arndis has taken part in various exhibitions in Iceland and abroad including Nordic Cool 2004, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Transform Via Paris, Expo, Hannover 2000, and in Japan, Paris, Germany and Scandinavia.

Guðrún Larusdóttir

Guðrún Larusdóttir - Designer/Co-Owner, Doppleganger

Ragna Fróða - Designer/Co-Owner, Doppleganger

Doppelganger collection is a co-lab of designers Guðrún Lárusdóttir and Ragna Fróða.  Their design is built on national heritage and traditional Icelandic textile patterns from the 17th and 18th centuries, using natural silk and merino yarn manufactured under environmental standards of oeko-tex® and bluesign®.  Focus is on classic design, endurance and aesthetics.

Guðný Hafsteinsdóttir

Guðný Hafsteinsdóttir - Ceramic Artist, www.gudnyhaf.is

Guðný Hafsteinsdóttir is a ceramic artist and her background is first and foremost Icelandic. Iceland has a great story-telling tradition and it shows in her works which are often characterised by story-telling features. In addition to her studies at the Icelandic School of Arts and Craft, Guðný has also studied and experienced ceramics in Denmark, Finland and Hungary.

Fjóla Guðmundsdóttir

Fjóla Guðmundsdóttir - Project Manager, Crafts and Design

Fjóla is a project manager at the non-profit institution Crafts and Design in Iceland.  Her main job is to administer the website and social media, publish the weekly newsletter and assist with event organisation.

11:15am – 12:30pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

A&R Worldwide Global keynote

Times: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Sat Bisla (A&R Worldwide/ MUSEXPO/ Worldwide Radio Summit) (Chair), Andrew Gould (BMG)

Screening: Inner Conflict (5 mins) Dir. Bart Schrijver (Netherlands)

 

Andrew Gould will be the focus of a keynote interview at XpoNorth conducted by Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide who has played an early role in the discovery, signing and/or pivotal early support for artists such as Adele, Muse, Coldplay, Dido and many others. A&R remains the lifeblood and nucleus of the global music industry.

Without great songs and artists, there is no music business. As our ecosystem continues to evolve via changing consumption platforms, data/metrics, revenue streams and more, A&R only continues to grow in importance, especially as social, digital and mobile arenas fuel the increasingly over stimulated music consumer. 

Sat Bisla

Sat Bisla - Founder/President, A&R Worldwide/ MUSEXPO/ Worldwide Radio Summit (Chair)

Sat has extensive experience across the industry, including radio programmer, music journalist, artist manager, DJ and A&R. He founded Pangaea Entertainment Group in 2006, encompassing MUSEXPO and A&R Worldwide, and has played a key role in the early discovery, development and signing of artists including Muse, Faithless, Keane, Adele, Coldplay and more.

Andrew Gould

Andrew Gould - Co-Head of A&R, BMG

Andrew Gould is Co-Head of A&R North America at BMG. He has been at the company since 2012. Here, Andrew signed Andra Day. Their work together led to Rise Up, which she performed at last year’s Grammys. She was also nominated for two awards.

11:15am – 12:30pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Masterclass with Film Director, Michael Radford

Times: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Siobhan Synnot (Broadcaster and Journalist) (Chair), Michael Radford (Director)

Screening: Raising a Nuisance (2 mins) Dir. LS. Quigley (USA)

 

Join multi-award winning film director, Michael Radford (Il Postino, 1984, White Mischief, The Merchant of Venice) for an in-conversation with film critic Siobhan Synnot.

Radford is best known for directing Il Postino (1994), nominated in five Oscar categories, including Best Director and Best Screenwriting. One of Radford's earliest documentaries for the BBC, The Last Stronghold of the Pure Gospel (1979), was filmed on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. When he moved to action in 1983 to write and direct Another Time Another Place he won international acclaim, with a BAFTA and fifteen other international prizes.

Siobhan Synnot

Siobhan Synnot - Broadcaster and Journalist (Chair)

Outlets Siobhan writes for include BBC, ITV, BAFTA, with articles and columns published by the Scottish Daily Mail, Scotsman publications, Sunday Times, The Guardian, Trinity Mirror Group, Independent, Herald, Woman, and The Herald Sun. She has also served on film juries, including BAFTA, Deauville, and Edinburgh, chaired Q&As, produced award-winning radio, and run workshops

Michael Radford

Michael Radford - Director

Came to international attention with his first fiction Another Time Another Place, then going on to make Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), his adaptation of George Orwell's cult novel, starring John Hurt and Richard Burton in his final film performance. He went on to make Il Postino in 1994, winning him five Academy Award nominations. His latest film is a biopic of tenor, Andrea Bocelli, The Music of Silence, which will be released this autumn.

11:15am – 12:30pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Building the Economy on Creativity

Times: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Clive Gillman (Creative Scotland) (Chair), Halla Helgadottir (Icelandic Design Centre and Design March), María Jesús del Blanco Patino (Bilbao Ekintza)

Screening: Lóa Chlapp (3 mins) Dirs. Þorri  Líndal Guðnason, Siri Gunnarshaug (Norway)

 

The Creative Industries have long been recognised for both their economic and social value.  With regular reports showing the sector's value to the economy or their ability to encourage growth and innovation in other sectors, there still appears to be a need to argue the case for support.  Bilbao, was a large industrialised city that has been completely regenerated following the building of the Gugenheim, and now has a well earned reputation for design and culture. Iceland is a country with a smaller population than the Highlands and Islands, and yet it has achieved an unrivalled international profile thanks to its creative talent.  

This session will provide a valuable insight into the how creativity has helped build the economy of two very different areas.

Clive Gillman

Clive Gillman - Director of Creative Industries, Creative Scotland (Chair)

Clive Gillman works as the Director of Creative Industries for Creative Scotland. Clive has a background in contemporary art and media, having worked as a freelance artist and designer as well as helping to establish a number of creative companies before taking on the role of Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts 2005-2015.

Halla Helgadottir

Halla Helgadottir - Director, Icelandic Design Centre

Halla Helgadóttir, has an extensive experience as an Art Director and a Creative Administrator. In her role as Managing Director of the Iceland Design Centre Halla has acquired knowledge and experience in working with different professions within design and architecture, the creative industries and the public sector.

María Jesús del Blanco Patino​

María Jesús del Blanco Patino​ - Head of Strategic Sectors, Bilbao Ekintza

María Jesús del Blanco Patino was appointed as Bilbao Ekintza Head of Strategic Sectors in March 2016. Her professional career has been linked to Bilbao Ekintza since 2.001 working in several departments such as Business Promotion, Events and Economic Activity Development. 

12:30pm – 1:00pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Meet the Producers of BBC The Social

Times: 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: David Tennent (BBC The Social), Kirsty Drain (BBC The Social)

Want to be a star on BBC The Social? Here’s your chance to get involved.

This workshop will give you a chance to meet and chat with our producers, learnhow to film using your phone and give you the skills you need to create a socialmedia masterpiece and maybe you’ll be our next viral hit!

This session is 30 minutes.

David Tennent

David Tennent - Producer, BBC The Social

David’s an expert in short-form content, having shot and directed documentaries and music videos, TV ads and short-form drama. He works with over 60 contributors across all genres to develop their skills and hone their digital storytelling. A filmmaking and editing wizard, he makes content look GREAT!

Kirsty Drain

Kirsty Drain - Researcher, BBC The Social

Kirsty has honed her skills working on daily radio shows. She’s got a nose for a story, and is very well connected – she always knows someone! Kirsty is the one who’s on top of new social media trends, and uses her creative flair to bring out the best in The Social’s contributors.

12:30pm – 1:00pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Spotlight on Broadcast and Online Music Licensing

Times: 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Andy Harrower (PRS for Music)

Andy Harrower from PRS for Music gives his insights into the world of music licensing for TV, radio and the digital media industries.

Andy will explain how blanket licensing is evolving as consumption moves online and will talk about the challenges of keeping licensing simple as the world gets more complex.

This session is 30 minutes.

Andy Harrower

Andy Harrower - Director of Broadcast & Online Licensing, PRS for Music

Andy is responsible for leading negotiations with major broadcasters and online services including the BBC, ITV, Sky, Amazon and Netflix and for managing a team responsible for collecting music royalties of around £200m per annum.

12:30pm – 1:00pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Predictive Analytics Driving Business Performance

Times: 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Jude McCorry (Datalab)

How can effective analysis of data and its usage help us to spot risks and opportunities in time to take advantage of it?  The plethora of platforms surrounding us every day means that there has never been so much infomation available.  How do we avoid drowning in it, and use it to our benefit?

This session will demostrate how much you can do yourself, and look at a variety of examples of effective identification, analysis of data and how it can be used to develop new markets and producst and change the way your business works.

This session is 30 minutes.

Jude McCorry

Jude McCorry - Head of Business Development, Datalab

Jude McCorry, is head of Business Development at The Data Lab, responsible for all collaborative innovative projects and community building around Data Science, she has over 15 years experience in Sales and Marketing in the Technology Sector working with b2b and public sector for companies like Dell, Firefly Communications and Xnet Data Storage.

12:30pm – 2:30pm
Maclean Room, Eden Court

Training with Lateral North

Times: 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Venue: Maclean Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Lateral North

Lateral North

This workshop is aimed at people: individuals, creative practitioners, people working in community development, local council and government, public agencies concerned with rural development.

Lateral North are a research & design collective based in Glasgow, Scotland who work with community groups, creative professionals and institutions at a local, national and international level. Their projects have looked to redefine Scotland and its relationships with Nordic and Arctic neighbours.

Lateral North’s workshop exercise will take form in two distinct sections. These sessions encourage the participant to project their future ideas and aspirations for the future of the ‘North’.

Engage: Lateral North will use the augmented and virtual reality Prospect North table to showcase a series of exciting community orientated projects throughout the so called ‘periphery’ of Scotland. Projects vary from an innovative and inspiring community boathouse in Tiree through to a community re-branding strategy in Shapinsay. These projects will be used as a stimulus to provoke ideas and future visions regarding the future of ‘northern peripheries’ throughout the Highlands and islands.

Innovate: The second half of the workshop will take form over a large map of the Highlands.  The idea of this workshop is to identify resource and opportunity without the constraints of existing infrastructure and political or geographical challenges. These ideas will be mapped and recorded, gradually building up a tapestry of information.  The ‘festival of ideas’ will then be presented as a coherent vision which in turn will begin to form the basis for a strategic plan for the north.  

This event is open to Registered Attendees only. 

Register for this training here

1:15pm – 2:30pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Shift: Scottish Icelandic Maker Collaborations

Times: 1:15pm – 2:30pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Carol Sinclair (Carol Sinclair) (Chair), Hilary Grant (Hilary Grant), Guðrún Lárusdóttir (Doppleganger), Netty Sopata (Diggory Brown), Agusta Magnusdottir (AGUSTAV), Sunneva Hafsteinsdóttir (Crafts and Design)

Screening: Butterflies (3 mins) Dir. Adnan Zandi (Iran)

 

Shift is a project bringing together Scottish and Icelandic designer makers to talk and inspire one another and to explore location, environment, influences, skills, experience, materials and techniques.  Through discussion and experimentation we aim for a shift in emphasis, direction or focus of their practice.  

Shift is a catalyst for new creative production, development of new audiences and markets and fosters a deeper connection between cultures. The collaboration began with an exhibition at DesignMarch 2017 in Reykjavik and continues at XpoNorth.  This session, hosted by project curator Carol Sinclair, brings Scottish and Icelandic participants together to reflect on their experience.

Carol Sinclair

Carol Sinclair - Curator & Project Manager, Carol Sinclair (Chair)

A freelance curator and project manager who combines her own ceramics practice with a variety of local, national and international projects.  She creates opportunities for cultural exchange and skills-sharing as inspirational and effective ways of developing creative ideas, practices and businesses, most recently working with Emergents/XpoNorth Crafts, Fashion and Textiles in Iceland.

Hilary Grant

Hilary Grant - Director, Hilary Grant

Hilary Grant is a knitwear studio and design partnership by Hilary Grant and Robert Harvey founded in 2011. Based on the remote archipelago of Orkney, they design knitwear and home accessories, which are sold in department stores and independent design stores in the UK, Japan, Hong Kong, US and Europe.

Guðrún Lárusdóttir

Guðrún Lárusdóttir - Designer/Co-Owner, Doppleganger

Doppelganger collection is a co-lab of designers Guðrún Lárusdóttir and Ragna Fróða.  Their design is built on national heritage and traditional Icelandic textile patterns from the 17th and 18th centuries, using natural silk and merino yarn manufactured under environmental standards of oeko-tex® and bluesign®.  Focus is on classic design, endurance and aesthetics.

Netty Sopata

Netty Sopata - Designer/Owner, Diggory Brown

Diggory Brown was established on the Isle of Lewis as a bespoke kilt making business by Netty Sopata in 2008. Netty specialises in using locally woven cloth: Harris Tweed, Breanish Tweed and her own range of Zero Waste Tweeds (developed by Uist Wool) in her designs.

Agusta Magnusdóttir

Agusta Magnusdóttir - Designer/Owner, AGUSTAV

AGUSTAV is a furniture design and production company focusing on creating high-end furniture and aims at making pieces that can last lifetimes. At AGUSTAV the creation process centres on weighing out aesthetics and functionality. Product quality is assured by using carefully chosen, high quality materials that are skillfully crafted by furniture makers.

Sunneva Hafsteinsdóttir

Sunneva Hafsteinsdóttir - General Manager, Crafts & Design

Sunneva has been a general manager at Crafts and Design a government run project established in 1994 from 1999. In 2007 the project became private non-profit institution. The institution is operated with financial support from The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in Iceland.

1:15pm – 2:30pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Virtual Reality: Turning The Tech Into Business Sense

Times: 1:15pm – 2:30pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Brian Baglow (Scottish Games Network) (Chair), Jörg Tittel (Oiffy), Matthieu Poyade (Glasgow School of Art: School of Visualisation and Simulation), Bruce Ballantine (Articise Ltd.), Darroch McNaught (Deuxality)

Screening: Bike Portraits (5 mins) Dir. Sashko Danylenko (USA)

 

Forget the hype. Virtual reality isn't the next big thing. It's already here. But what can it do for you? Games and movies have grabbed the headlines, but VR is fundamentally changing all of the creative industries.

Our panel are here to show you the reality behind the hype and explain why you need to know more about the VR revolution.

Brian Baglow

Brian Baglow - Director, Scottish Games Network (Chair)

Brian has worked in the global videogames sector for the last 20 years as a writer, designer, producer, PR, marketing expert, strategist, lecturer and icon of awesome. He's the founder and director of the Scottish Games Network and an expert on how interactive media can fundamentally transform the creative industries.

Jörg Tittel

Jörg Tittel - Co-Founder, Oiffy

A graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Jörg writes, directs and produces films, theatre and games. Recent releases include acclaimed sci-fi feature THE WHITE KING starring Jonathan Pryce and Agyness Deyn, and graphic novel RICKY ROUSE HAS A GUN, a Boston Globe Book of the Year.

Matthieu Poyade

Matthieu Poyade - Glasgow School of Art: School of Simulation and Visualition

Matt is a Research Fellow in VR/AR and Academic Pathway Leader at SimVis of the GSA. He is an executive member of EuroVR (www.eurovr-association.org).  His research has been showcased in technological exhibitions as Top Coder Open 2014 in San Francisco and Consumer Electronic Show CES2015 in Las Vegas. 

Bruce Ballantine

Bruce Ballantine - Creative Director/Owner, Articise Ltd.

Bruce began his games industry career as a technical artist for VIS in 1996 rising to Head of Art before moving to ISO as Head of 3D & senior designer. He then became Head of Art then Studio Manager of Veemee before establishing his own consultancy, Articise. He has spent the last eight months working within VR, most recently for the Gorillaz Saturnz Barz 360º music promo.

Darroch McNaught

Darroch McNaught - Chief Creative Officer, Deuxality

Darroch is a 37 Y.O. BAFTA nominated 2D, 3D & 4D digital content creator, specializing in design for Mixed Reality Game & App development.

He's been working in the games industry for the past few years, and has recently found himself creating Mixed Reality Experiences:
From a VR Oculus Driver Safety Simulation, to a way to make Water bills more interesting using Augmented Reality technology, and more recently creating Mixed Reality experiences for tourism.

In his spare time {What's spare time?} he likes nothing more than drinking whisky, riding motorbikes, and smoking cigars... but not necessarily in that order!

1:15pm – 2:30pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Publishing Scotland Presents: Northern Networks: Publishing and Writing in the Highlands and Islands

Times: 1:15pm – 2:30pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Gill Tasker (Publishing Scotland) (Chair), Helen Sedgwick (Highlands Literary Salon), Keara Donnachie (Sandstone Press), Anne Glennie (Cranachan Publishing), Barbara Henderson (Writer/Puppeteer)

Screening: Here we go Here we go Here we go (3 mins) Dir. Roxana Vilk  (UK)

 

This panel brings together key writers and publishers to consider how the Highlands and Islands has a vibrant writing and publishing scene with varied initiatives, networks, and mechanisms for support. It will also reflect on the typical perception that the heart of Scottish publishing is the central belt, and discuss whether this remains accurate in today’s creative landscape.

The session is led by Publishing Scotland, the trade, network, and development body for Scotland’s sizeable book publishing sector.

Gill Tasker

Gill Tasker - Book Marketing Manager, Publishing Scotland (Chair)

Gill Tasker is Book Marketing Manager at Publishing Scotland, the trade, network and development body for the book publishing sector. Gill has an English Studies PhD and was previously Lecturer and Research Assistant in Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling. From 2014-2016 she was Joint Managing Director of award-winning independent press Cargo Publishing.

Helen Sedgwidk

Helen Sedgewick - Writer/Author, Highlands Literary Salon

Helen Sedgwick is the author of The Comet Seekers (Harvill Secker, 2016) and The Growing Season (Harvill Secker, 2017). She's the founding editor at Wildland Literary Editors, and has worked as a writer, publisher, tutor, mentor, and research physicist. She is also Writing Retreats Coordinator for the Highland Literary Salon. Say hello at helensedgwick.com.

Keara Donnachie

Keara Donnachie - Publicity Officer, Sandstone Press

Keara Donnachie handles the publicity and marketing for Sandstone Press, an international publisher based in Dingwall. Her notable campaigns include Josephine Tey: A Life by Jennifer Morag Henderson and Wait for Me, Jack by Addison Jones. Keara was recently shortlisted for the Publishing Scotland/Saltire Society’s Emerging Publisher of the Year Award.

Anne Glennie

Anne Glennie - Publisher, Cranachan Publishing

Anne Glennie is the founder of Cranachan, a small independent publisher, based on the Isle of Lewis. Established at the beginning of 2016, Cranachan publish contemporary fiction, and children’s fiction under their Pokey Hat imprint. Anne is also an education consultant and is passionate about books, reading and learning.

Barbara Henderson

Barbara Henderson - Writer/Puppeteer

Barbara Henderson is the Inverness-based author of the critically acclaimed historical children’s novel Fir for Luck, and is known for her energetic school events. As chairperson of the NessBookFest committee, she splits her time between writing and Drama teaching and co-ordinates the Inverness hub of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

2:45pm – 4:00pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Delivering Innovation Through the Crowd Economy

Times: 2:45pm – 4:00pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Clive Gillman (Creative Scotland) (Chair), Tim Wright (Twintangibles)

Screening: People (4 mins) Dir. Charlie Watts (UK)

 

Crowdfunding is an increasingly popular source of funding for many individuals and organisations and it is a process which can deliver much more than money.  But, as a conversation with the crowd, it is neither a simple nor an easy approach to master. As more people recognise “crowd assets” as rich sources of innovation and value we need to reimagine our ways of working and re learn new skills in order to thrive in the crowd economy.

Drawing on practical examples and the theories of the crowd economy Tim Wright unpacks the value available and the skills needed to succeed. 

Clive Gillman

Clive Gillman - Director of Creative Industries, Creative Scotland (Chair)

Clive Gillman works as the Director of Creative Industries for Creative Scotland. Clive has a background in contemporary art and media, having worked as a freelance artist and designer as well as helping to establish a number of creative companies before taking on the role of Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts 2005-2015.

Tim Wright

Tim Wright - Director and Co-Founder, Twintangibles

Tim Wright is Director and co founder of twintangibles a Scottish based management consultancy that helps organisations create value through accessing the crowd economy. A leading thinker and practitioner on crowdfunding Tim provides expert insight to the OECD, European Commission and the Scottish Government and is author of The Scottish Crowdfunding Report.

2:45pm – 4:00pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Meet the International Music Buyers

Times: 2:45pm – 4:00pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Mark Gordon (Score Draw Music) (Chair), Nick Oakes (Sony/ATV), Sarah Bridge (Freelance Music Supervisor), Duncan Smith (Sony Interactive Entertainment), Steve Celi (FOX Broadcasting)

Screening: The Old Croft (3 mins) Dir. Greg McCarron (UK)

 

This session brings together a cross-reach of top international music supervisors to shine a spotlight on music placement across the film, TV, gaming and advertising sectors.

As this area of the industry continues to grow in importance, this seminar offers attendees a rare opportunity to get a global perspective on where the opportunities are and how to access them.

Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon - Director, Score Draw Music (Chair)

Mark runs Score Draw Music, an award-winning production company that delivers bespoke music for media. In the last 12 months the company has delivered work for brands such as Adidas and The Body Shop, and are currently working on all music for Season Two of the BAFTA-nominated Lily’s Driftwood Bay.

Nick Oakes

Nick Oakes - Head of Sync & Creative Licensing, Sony/ATV

Nick has worked in sync at Sony/ATV and previously EMI Music Publishing for over ten years and currently co-heads the department. During his time with the company he’s twice won the Music Week Sync Award, working with all the leading ad agencies and supervisors in the business.

Sarah Bridge

Sarah Bridge - Freelance Music Supervisor

Sarah's credits include Oscar and multi award winning “The Theory of Everything” ,“X+Y/Brilliant Young Mind”, “Ab Fab, The Movie” and 8-Part TV drama “Glue” for which she was awarded both UK and International Music + Sound awards for best use of existing music in a TV show.

Duncan Smith

Duncan Smith - Senior Music Supervisor, Sony Interactive Entertainment

Duncan is responsible for licensing commercial music and working with composers on bespoke scores for games, adverts and trailers produced by Playstation worldwide. Previously an A&R Manager for Moksha Recordings and Publishing, he has also worked as a club and radio promotions manager for Gorillaz, Beastie Boys, Franz Ferdinand, Def Jam, XL and Warp.

Steve Celi

Steve Celi - Music Manager, FOX On-Air Promotion

Steve has over 20 years of experience in music and TV. Currently managing music for Fox On-Air Promotion, and responsible for overseeing all aspects of music usage for Fox's primetime lineup. Steve previously worked for E! Entertainment Television. He is also the “Don Henley” in his Eagles cover band!

2:45pm – 4:00pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

BAFTA Scotland Presents: The Story Behind the Truth

Times: 2:45pm – 4:00pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: James Mullighan (Freelance Festival Producer/Director) (Chair), Arthur Cary (Producer/Director)

Screening: Matchstick Zombies (3 mins) Dir. Jake Blakeston (UK)

 

With investigative and observational documentaries being as popular as ever, join producer/director Arthur Cary from Minnow Films; the company behind the acclaimed series THE DETECTIVES and most recently, AMERICAN JUSTICE as he discusses the making of high profile content under considerable time pressures.  

Arthur will explore the ethical, moral and legal dilemmas faced when working with sensitive subjects and his approach to gaining complex and often very complicated, access.

James Mullighan

James Mullighan - Freelance Festival Producer/Director (Chair)

James Mullighan most recently directed the 58th - 61st editions of the Cork Film Festival, and the 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival. He has worked for Shooting People, RESFEST, Cinelan and HBO Europe. James serves on the Board of Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, and is a trustee of Dramatic Need.

Arthur Cary

Arthur Cary - Documentary Filmmaker, American Justice

Arthur Cary is an award-winning documentary filmmaker with a reputation for making high profile observational films on a wide range of complex and sensitive subjects, involving complicated, and often unprecedented, access.   A self-shooter, his films have a distinctive and intimate look. Recent credits include American Justice and Louis Theroux: Savile for the BBC.

3:00pm – 5:00pm
Maclean Room, Eden Court

Training with Zoe Timmers

Times: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Venue: Maclean Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Zoe Timmers (Instagram @zobolondon)

Zoe Timmers

How to Build Your Instagram Profile with @zobolondon

Photographer and social media influencer Zoe Timmers (@zobolondon) will discuss how best to build your individual or brand's Instagram feed and how to create an identity and presence that will engage new followers and grow business further. She will talk through all elements of the Instagram app from creating and shooting to editing techniques that will help create a ‘look and feel’ on Instagram and push your social media presence forward to the next level.

This event is open to Registered Attendees only.

Register for this training here

Zoe Timmers

Zoe Timmers - Instagram @zobolondon

Photographer. Content Creator and Social Media Influencer Zoe has worked on commissions for brands like Sony, Jaeger, Booking.com, Visit Orkney and Visit Faroe Islands. She also produces bespoke Instagram workshops and content for individuals, brands and businesses. As a former documentary TV producer telling stories is what she loves best.

4:15pm – 5:30pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Innovate Film in Association with VisitScotland Business Events

Times: 4:15pm – 5:30pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Fiona MacKinnon (VisitScotland) (Chair), Lindsay McGee (Braw Films), Mark Stothert (Infinity Films), Jenni Steele (VisitScotland), Lawrence Sutcliffe (Highland Council), John Archer (Hopscotch Films)

Screening: Squirrel and Conker Boy (1 min) Dir. Louise Wilde (UK)

 

INNOVATETHENATION is a VisitScotland's initiative that brings together experts, influencers and the next generation of innovators to celebrate the pioneering work taking place in Scotland within the film industry.

We will be exploring Scotland’s thriving film Sector, looking at the challenges and unrivalled possibilities of using our rugged and beautiful remote and thriving city locations. Scottish creativity and unique #ScotSpirit produce powerful, renowned work, which attracts growing audiences both nationally and internationally. Our 3 speakers are Film Producers who have all used our landscapes and local talent to produce creative and powerful films that have gained international acclaim.

Fiona MacKinnon

Fiona MacKinnon - Business Events, Associations and Sectors, VisitScotland (Chair)

Fiona MacKinnon works within the Business Events team at VisitScotland. Working with Scottish experts across a variety of Sectors including Film and the Creative industries to attract more International Events to Scotland. Showcasing and sharing our collective expertise to the world and keeping us connected and innovative. #ScotsSpirit.

Lindsay McGee

Lindsay McGee - Producer, Braw Films

Lindsay McGee is an Edinburgh-based producer developing a slate of shorts and features through her young production company Braw Films. Short drama Hula, about liberation in a Highland community, won Best Drama at the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards and won the Scottish Audience Award at Glasgow Short Film Festival.

Mark Stothert

Mark Stothert - Producer, Infinity Productions

Mark Stothert is a renowned Film Producer, working with Scottish Director Simon Hunter and London based production company Cape Wrath Films. There film Edie Stars Shelia Hancock and Kevin Guthrie was mainly filmed in Sutherland with some shooting in London last year and is released in 2018.

Jenni Steele

Jenni Steele - Film and Creative Industries Manager, VisitScotland

An experienced communications manager with over 10 years in the industry across business, corporate and consumer sectors. Currently Film and Creative Industries Manager at the national Scottish tourist board. Also a Board Director of Fife Cultural Trust - the organisation responsible for theatres, museums, libraries and archives in Fife.

Lawrence Sutcliffe

Lawrence Sutcliffe - Film Officer, Highland Council

Lawrence is the Highland Council's Film Officer, offering advice and support to film, television and commercial projects wishing to shoot in the Scottish Highlands. His interest in film is also a personal one and he graduated from UEA with an MA in Film History and Film Archiving.

John Archer

John Archer - Producer, Hopscotch Films

John Archer is a film and television producer who runs Hopscotch Films. He produced and directed Accidental Anarchist (UK premiere  Sheffield 2017), produced The End of the Game, Atomic, I Am Belfast, The Story of Film. He is chair of Independent Producers Scotland and a member of the Screen Strategy Leadership Group. 

4:15pm – 5:00pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

The Growing Importance of Brands in Today’s Creative Industries

Times: 4:15pm – 5:00pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Neil Cartwright (Melos Marketing) (Chair), Victor Cobos (M&C Saatchi Sponsorship), Josh Rabinowitz (EVP/Director of Music/Townhouse/WPP)

Screening: AEON (4 mins) Dir. Derek O'Dell (USA)

 

Million Media Founder and former Head of New Media at Sony Music UK, Neil Cartwright, will sit down with Co-Founder and CEO of M&C Saatchi Sponsorship, Victor Cobos and EVP/Director of Music/Townhouse/WPP, Josh Rabinowitz, for an engaging and insightful discussion on the increasing importance of brands in music.

This must attend Keynote will offer attendees an end-to-end perspective on this multi-faceted area of the industry and look at the realities and growing opportunities for music businesses to forge collaborative relationships with commercial partners.

Neil Cartwright

Neil Cartwright - Director, Melos Marketing (Chair)

I like to think I’ve been a pioneer in Digital Marketing having been working in it for for over 20 years. I joined Sony Music as their first ‘webmaster’ in 1997! Since then I’ve been immersed in music and digital. 

Victor Cobos

Victor Cobos - Co-Founder & CEO, M&C Saatchi Sponsorship

Victor joined M&C Saatchi in 2015 as Sponsorship Director, having worked for 8 years in the Sport & Entertainment Sponsorship industry. During this time he has worked on a diverse range of events including Formula One and tours for global acts including Robbie Williams and One Direction. He was appointed CEO of M&C Saatchi Sponsorship in 2017.

Josh Rabinowitz

Josh Rabinowitz - EVP/Director of Music/Townhouse/WPP

Rabinowitz is one of the biggest names in music and advertising and has worked with brands including Sony, Dr. Pepper and Cover Girl and with artists including Rihanna, Chuck D, and Run DMC.

6:00pm – 8:00pm
One Touch Theatre, Eden Court

Networking Reception - Delegate Pass Access Only

Times: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: One Touch Theatre, Eden Court
Speakers: With SMIA, Publishing Scotland, Freakworks, Innovate Filim

Networking Reception

Bring your business cards and gear up to meet and network with other practitioners and experts across the creative industries at this year's XpoNorth Networking Reception presented by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA)Publishing ScotlandFreakworks, and Innovate Film.

This event is open to XpoNorth Festival Delegate Pass holders only.

SMIA

Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA)

Publishing Scotland

Publishing Scotland

Freakworks

Freakworks

Innovate Film

Innovate Film

7:30pm – 2:00am
Various Venues

Music Showcasing

Times: 7:30pm – 2:00am
Venue: Various Venues
Speakers: Various acts

Music Showcasing

There are more than 80 music acts performing live as part of our showcase of music.

View the full Music Showcase Programme here

View Music Showcase PDF here

11:00pm – 2:00am
Mercure Bar

BBC The Social Club Night

Times: 11:00pm – 2:00am
Venue: Mercure Bar
Speakers: With Steg G, Rebecca Vasmant, Capri Collective

BBC The Social Club Night

Join us at the Mercure Bar for a Club Night presented by BBC The Social and music treats from special guests.

Steg G

Steg-G - Music Producer

Steg G is a Scottish Hip Hop music producer, radio presenter and recording artist.His involvement with Scottish hip-hop culture began with a pioneering role inthe early to mid '90s, and he’s still involved twenty years later.

Rebecca Vasmant

Rebecca Vasmant - DJ/Producer

From touring the world with the Ministry of Sound to promoting her own partiesin Glasgow, DJ/Producer Rebecca Vasmant brings a fresh twist to dance musicwith her love of jazz.

Capri Collective

Capri Collective

Capri Collective are a group of up and coming selectors from across the UK who were brought together by a single aim: bring the best parties possible to the people of Scotland.

11:30pm – 12:30am
Penta Hotel

Stand Up Comedy with host Bruce Devlin

Times: 11:30pm – 12:30am
Venue: Penta Hotel
Speakers: Bruce Devlin

Comedy with Bruce Devlin

Join us at the Mercure for a late night stand-up comedy session hosted by Bruce Devlin.

Bruce Devlin

Bruce Devlin - Comedian

Scottish comedy sensation Bruce Devlin is one 'super sharp compere, Scotsman'. His background in live comedy, tv and radio means he's ready for anything. A master of off the cuff humour and keeping proceedings under control, Bruce is an industry favourite. Resident MC at the Stand Comedy clubs and prized host up and down the UK.

11:30pm – 2:00am
Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel

Aftershow Party

Times: 11:30pm – 2:00am
Venue: Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel
Speakers: Bloodlines, Special Guests

Aftershow Party

Join us for a fond and celebratory farewell party to another XpoNorth festival.

Bloodlines

Bloodlines

High intensity, high energy rock band from the Highlands of Scotland, combining big riffs, intricate melodies, solid rhythm and course vocals into a truly original sound.

Special Guests

Special Guests

 

12:00am – 2:00am
Penta Hotel, Mercure Hotel

Late Night Festival Clubs

Times: 12:00am – 2:00am
Venue: Penta Hotel, Mercure Hotel
Speakers: Special guests

Late Night Festival Clubs

Our late night clubs at The Penta and Mercure Hotels.

We promise an eclectic mix of showcasing bands and some other surprises over both nights.