XpoNorth Festival Programme 2018

Day 1 Wednesday 27th June 2018

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

Registration and Information

Times: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Main Entrance Foyer, Eden Court
Speakers: n/a

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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.

9:30am – 11:30am
Venue tbc

My World of Work Live! from Skills Development Scotland

Times: 9:30am – 11:30am
Venue: Venue tbc
Speakers: Skills Development Scotland

My World of Work Live! from Skills Development Scotland

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

Page To Screen

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Jessica Fox: Director / Diana Phillips: Producer

In the first of a series of ‘Page to Screen’ activities designed to bring publishers and producers together, this informative and interactive session will offer attendees a broader understanding of the landscape from the perspective of writers and producers and discuss how content moves between print and screen media.


Jessica Fox
Jessica Fox: Director


A graduate of the Prague’s National Film School directing programme, Jessica began assisting directors at the The Honolulu Theater for Youth and the Duke Theater on Broadway. She began to work in TV production in New York, where her producing credits include "Texas Ranch House" for public television, the EPK for Julie Taymor's "Across the Universe" and directing "The First Last Tour", a tour documentary for The Dresden Dolls.  Founding Mythic Image Studios in Boston, Jessica wrote and directed a costume drama Bluebeard (Boston International Film Festival, North Hampton Film Festival and Maryland International Film Festival), an experimental animation Birth (Woodshole Film Festival) and a short-comedy An American Imbecile in Paris (Garden State International Film Festival). Jessica moved to Scotland where she founded Picto Productions, producing shorts and music videos, and was chosen for the Edinburgh International Film Festival's emerging director programme. Her first book, Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets was Waterstone’s book of the month and was named “romantic memoir of the year” by the Daily Mail. Most recently she has in development the adaptation of her book Never After - a fairy tale series featuring Gillian Anderson and is filming the second season of youtube comedy My Famous Dead Boyfriend. She was the resident storyteller at NASA, and is currently the artist-in-residence at the Synthetic Biology Lab in Edinburgh where she is finishing her second book.


Diana Philips
Diana Phillips: Producer


Diana is an American producer living in London. She spent 12 years in New York producing films such as BAD LIEUTENANT for Abel Ferrara, SMOKE and BLUE IN THE FACE with Wayne Wang and Paul Auster and JOE’S APARTMENT for MTV. Relocating to London, she continued her relationship with Miramax and made BIRTHDAY GIRL with Nicole Kidman, after which she produced ALFIE with Jude Law for Paramount, WILD CHILD for Working Title/Universal and DEATH AT A FUNERAL directed by Frank Oz. She was also the executive in charge of production at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop for two years.
 
Diana is currently in casting on WENCESLAS SQUARE, with Amazon Pictures and Naegle Ink, a film based upon the Arthur Phillips short story to be directed by Simon Stone (YERMA).  Further projects in development include a series based upon James Fox’s LANGHORNE SISTERS OF VIRGINIA with Debra Hayward and Shawn Slovo;  UNTITLED NUNS PROJECT with Lola Bubbosh and Martha DeLaurentiis, the feature film SIBERIA with director Abel Ferrara starring Willem Dafoe and Isabelle Huppert, THE RECKONING, a limited series with FilmNation, WIGTOWN, an Anapurna series based on Jessica Fox’s memoir and Shaun Bythell’s DIARY of a bookshop, and a film in development with Focus Features, THE CODEBREAKERS.. 
 
Additionally, Carlo Rovelli’s PHYSICS is one of several projects Diana and Passion Pictures are creating together.
 
Diana graduated from Yale University with a degree in History and a focus on American Women and is raising three daughters in London.

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

Growth Through Collaboration - Developing New Markets and Working with Manufacturing

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Hazel Smith: Mill Manager, Uist Wool / Netty Sopata: Owner & Designer, Diggory Brown / Mati Ventrillion: Director, Matti Ventrillion / CHAIR: Fi Duffy-Scott: Director, make Works

Discussion with makers and manufacturers, exploring the dynamics of this relationship and the practicalities and benefits of collaboration. 


Hazel Smith
Hazel Smith: Mill Manager, Uist Wool

As a manufacturer, retailer, charity, social enterprise - and all whilst sitting comfortably within the creative industries - Uist Wool has a lot of hats to juggle. Mill Manager Hazel Smith has the involved job of overseeing all this in the small community of Uist, in the Outer Hebrides. With a varied background in art, education and and development, Hazel has worked on, and developed, collaborative projects for many years and sees it as the way forward in Scotland.


Netty Sopata
Netty Sopata: Owner & Designer, Diggory Brown 

Established in 2008 by Netty Sopata 'Diggory Brown' is a contemporary Kilt Making and Design Business that applies traditional techniques to create work sympathetic to and inspired by the environment on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. Over the past ten years ‘Diggory Brown’ has continued to grow in a direction that seeks to balance unique, highly skilled kilt and accessory design, with a type of production that not only reduces their own impact on the environment, but also one that inspires others to become involved in doing so. Recent projects include working with Zero Waste Scotland and Uist Wool as part of the Circular Economy Textile and Apparel Fund and more recently SHIFT: A creative collaboration between Scottish Highland and Island and Icelandic Designer Makers.


Mati Ventrillion
Mati Ventrillion: Director, Matti Ventrillion

Mati Ventrillon 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, in 2015 launched MV Collection and in 2017 launched Fair Isle Artisans. The motivation for her work comes from the island’s long history of knitting and women’s role in maintaining the continuous life on the island.


Fi Duffy-Scott
CHAIR: Fi Duffy-Scott: Director, make Works


Fi is a manufacturing geek, designer and founded the local manufacturing platform, Make Works. Her key interests are in sustainability, distributed manufacturing and the open internet. 

Make Works is an open access platform for local manufacturing - supporting artists, designers, makers and citizens to find, connect to and work with manufacturers, repairers, workshops and material suppliers nearby. The non-profit started factory finding across Scotland in 2012 and have now opened up the platform so that groups in other locations can run the project for their area.

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

Curated Film Showcase Programme

Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: The Playhouse Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: n/a

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Curated Film Showcase Programme

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

The Gaelic Angle

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Agnes Rennie: Director, Acair Books / Julie Fowlis: Musician / CHAIR: Iseabail Mactaggart: Director of Strategy and Partnerships, MG ALBA

Gaelic is the indigenous language of much of the Highlands & Islands.  Its culture and artists provide unique, quality art and produce which is highly regarded, not only in Scotland, but around the globe.  We’ll hear from some of the leaders in the Gaelic creative & cultural industries and find out the challenges facing the Gaelic sector and what makes our Gaelic language and culture so alluring to so many.  This panel will be held in Gaelic with simultaneous translation provided. 


Agnes Rennie: Director, Acair Books


Julie Fowlis: Musician

Julie Fowlis is a multi-award winning singer who is deeply influenced by her early upbringing in North Uist. Recently nominated as ‘Folk Singer of the Year’ at the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Julie has graced stages around the world with recent performances including touring the UK with the world-class Transatlantic Sessions and a busy summer of performances across Europe, including an appearance at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival. She sang at the closing ceremony of the Ryder Cup in Chicago in 2012 to a TV audience of 500 million and at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow XX Commonwealth Games in 2014, to a TV audience of over 1 billion people. Julie also presents for radio and television networks including BBC ALBA, BBC Radio 2and SKY ARTS HD and TG4.


Iseabail Mactaggart
CHAIR: Iseabail Mactaggart: Director of Strategy and Partnerships, MG ALBA

Iseabail is Director of Strategy and Partnerships with MG ALBA, which delivers the Gaelic language channel, BBC ALBA in partnership with the BBC. She is responsible for the channel’s commissioning budget and for the development of the channel’s supply sector, including on internationalisation through co-productions. She has senior executive experience in commerce and broadcasting at a regional, national and international level.  Iseabail’s broadcast career began at BBC News; she has been Member for Scotland on Ofcom’s Content Board and is a board member on Highlands and Islands Enterprise. She has an MBA from Warwick University.

11:15am – 5:00pm
First Floor Foyer, Eden Court

One-to-Ones

Times: 11:15am – 5:00pm
Venue: First Floor Foyer, Eden Court
Speakers: Speakers TBC

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Book One-to-One sessions with a host of our speakers. Details coming soon.

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

HMUK: Health and Wellbeing in the Music Industry

Times: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Speakers TBC

Chaired by Help Musicians UK (HMUK) this panel session will be a ‘hands-on’ discussion between staff, industry professionals and musicians. There will also be time for HMUK to discuss how they can assist and support in times of crisis. There will also be the opportunity to hear from an individual working in the industry who has experienced a ‘life challenge’ that affected their ability to work; what was the impact and what were the steps that supported their return to work.

11:15am – 12:00pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Meet the Creative Organisations

Times: 11:15am – 12:00pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: David Martin: Key Sector Manager for Creative Industries, Skills Development Scotland / Clive Gillman: Director, Creative Industries, Creative Scotland / Caroline Parkinson: Sector Engagement Executive, Creative Industries, Interface / CHAIR: David Oxley: Director, Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Hear from representatives from a broad cross-reach of regional and national organisations on how you can access the support to bring your creative ideas to life, secure funding to develop your business and gain a valuable insight into current programmes which offer support to develop your project and innovate your business model.


David Martin
David Martin: Key Sector Manager for Creative Industries, Skills Development Scotland

David Martin is Key Sector Manager for the Creative Industries at Skills Development Scotland, where he developed Scottish Government’s Skills Investment Plan for the Creative Industries (July 2015), co-developed the Foundation Apprenticeship in Creative and Digital Media and is now looking at the demand for Graduate Apprenticeships in the sector.  He has a long-standing interest in screen, formerly working for the Production Guild at Pinewood Studios and been a Board member of Film London and the London Film and Video Development Agency.


Clive Gillman
Clive Gillman: Director, Creative Industries, Creative Scotland

Clive Gillman works as the Director of Creative Industries for Creative Scotland, the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. Clive has a background in contemporary art and media, having worked as an artist and Associate Director of FACT in Liverpool, before becoming the Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts (2005-2015).


Caroline Parkinson
Caroline Parkinson: Sector Engagement Executive, Creative Industries, Interface

Caroline has worked in the creative industries for the past 26 years, building on her earlier years in ballet, contemporary dance, fashion, music and photography. Over her career she has led her own businesses in fashion design and photography, as well as worked with PACT as Director of Scotland & NI, Creative & Cultural Skills in Scotland & NI and joined the newly formed Creative Scotland in 2010 as Director of Creative Development. Since 2014 Caroline has worked as a freelance creative industries consultant and business mentor in Scotland, London and Toronto. She is a creative business start-up mentor for the Cultural Enterprise Office. She is currently on contract to Interface developing sectoral innovation collaborations with creative industries and academia.


David Oxley
CHAIR: David Oxley: Director, Highlands & Islands Enterprise


David Oxley is currently Director of Business and Sector Development with Highlands and Islands Enterprise, (HIE).

Originally from County Durham, David qualified as an accountant working in industry in the early 1990s, and spent 15 years at a senior level, mainly in the food and drink sector in the East Midlands.

He joined HIE in 2004 as Head of Operations in Lochaber, based in Fort William. In 2011, he became the agency’s Area Manager for Moray, and has been Director at HIE since August 2016.

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

Market Focus: Scotland’s Radio Sector

Times: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Gareth Hydes: Commissioning Editor, Radio, Music and Events, BBC / ​David Walker, Content Director, MFR / CHAIR: Jo de Sylva: Company Director, Bogbain Farm and Creative Director, MacGregors Bars

We’re joined by a panel of radio professionals to take an in depth look at the current trends and opportunities within Scotland’s vibrant radio sector.


Gareth Hydes
Gareth Hydes: Commissioning Editor, Radio, Music and Events, BBC

Gareth is editorially responsible for BBC Radio Scotland and commissions and schedules all content for the station. Gareth also commissions the wider music and events portfolio across BBC Scotland. Gareth spent his early career in radio working across a range of areas but notably in Topical, Events and Entertainment programming.  A considerable proportion of this time was with BBC Radio Scotland, as well as spells with Radio 1, Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live. Gareth went on to develop content across BBC programme brands and platforms for Children in Need, in his role as Director of Content for the BBC’s Charity. Gareth was responsible for all Children in Need content the BBC produced. Notable programmes included The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on Radio 2, The One Show Rickshaw Challenge, Countryfile Ramble, Children in Need Rocks, and DiY SOS – The Big Build for Children in Need. Gareth re-joined BBC Scotland in the above role in January 2018.

 
David Walker
David Walker, Content Director, MFR

Starting out as a presenter and producer before moving into management, David has been working in Scottish commercial radio since 2001. As MFR's Content Director he leads the team of local presenters and has day to day responsibility for the station's output. Previously he was Content Controller at Clyde 1.


Jo de Sylva
CHAIR: Jo de Sylva: Company Director, Bogbain Farm and Creative Director, MacGregors Bars

Jo began in the world of Radio at MFR and has gone on to work with the BBC, Sky and a number of international production companies. Jo was co-founder of one of the first on-line news stations in Scotland and now combines her experience in media with running a number of successful companies in the UK and Europe.

12:15pm – 1:00pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

A Biased History of Music in Advertising

Times: 12:15pm – 1:00pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Josh Rabinowitz: EVP/ Director of Music, Grey Group

‘A Biased History of Music and Advertising’ is a look at the most important/groundbreaking musical executions in the branded music space.  It contains insightful and not yet heard before anecdotes, an expert insider's 20 + years’ worth of perspective, behind-the-scenes knowledge and of course truly creative, inspiring and entertaining work that will make for an unforgettable event.


Josh Rabinowitz
Josh Rabinowitz: EVP/ Director of Music, Grey Group

Josh Rabinowitz has produced over 10,000 tracks for brands, cinema, recording labels and television. His branded work includes several ground-breaking initiatives utilising artists such as Black Eyed Peas, Run DMC and Rihanna. He has been called a “New Music Mogul” by Fast Company and has spoken at every major global music conference. Rabinowitz is a Professor at The New School, has been a columnist for Billboard’s “With the Brand” and has appeared on Bloomberg TV News and NPR several times. He has been an advocate and recognised voice for the craft of music supervision and production for brands in the international press for over 20 years. Rabinowitz was chosen to be the inaugural President of the Cannes Music Lions Jury in 2016. He is a bandleader, trombonist and adept recorder player who was reared on the streets of Brooklyn, before it was cool.

1:00pm – 2:15pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Storytelling For 21st Century Audiences

Times: 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Nick Fortugno: Interactive Narrative Designer, Playmatics / Jen Topping: Media Commissioner, Channel D/ Xbox / Paul McFadyen: Senior Producer, BBC The Social / Michael Rueger: Creative Director, Innovation Lab / CHAIR: Nick Coveney: Digital Publishing Innovation Expert

With technologies and platforms ever evolving, this panel discusses the exciting potential to reach audiences in new ways. An international panel of storytellers from across the worlds of gaming, transmedia and screen share their examples of best practice in storytelling to meet modern trends and demands.


Nick Fortugno
Nick Fortugno: Interactive Narrative Designer, Playmatics

Fortugno is an interactive narrative designer and game designer based in New York City. Nick is a Lead Artist on the Frankstein A.I. project and has worked extensively on interactive narrative projects in a variety of formats. He is founder and principal of Playmatics, who have created a variety of digital and real-world experiences for organisations including Red Bull, AMC (such as the CableFAX award winning Breaking Bad: The Interrogation), Disney, American Museum of Natural History and the Red Cross/Red Crescent. For the past ten years, Fortugno has been a designer, writer and project manager on dozens of commercial and serious games and served as lead designer on the downloadable blockbuster Diner Dash and the award-winning serious game Ayiti: The Cost of Life.  Nick is also a co-founder of the Come Out and Play street games festival hosted in New York City and Amsterdam since 2006, and co-creator of the Big Urban Game for Minneapolis/St. Paul in 2003. Nick has taught game design and interactive narrative design for 15 years at institutions such as Columbia University and the Parsons School of Design and has participated in the construction of game design and immersive storytelling curriculum.


Jen Topping: Media Commissioner, Channel D/ Xbox

Jen is a digital media consultant with nearly two decades of experience working for broadcasters, publishers and games companies.

Previously she was EVP of Digital for Beano Studios, tasked with creating a new multiplatform kids’ network. She spent seven years at Channel 4 in a range of senior digital roles and was also director level at Xbox.

Jen started her career on the Stornoway Gazette before joining the BBC as news trainee. She was vice chair of BIMA from 2013 - 2016, the trade body for the British digital industry.


Paul McFayden
Paul McFadyen: Senior Producer, BBC The Social

As part of a small social team at BBC Scotland, Paul transformed the master brand social accounts into the viral video led powerhouse they are now. His work with the Short Stuff and This is Life digital strands have racked up over 100 million video views while his strategy around supporting BBC Scotland’s comedy output on social media has led to video views of nearly 200 million.

His extensive knowledge of the world of digital now sees him head up the team at BBC The Social, developing young digital talent across the country.


Michael Rueger
Michael Rueger: Creative Director, Innovation Lab

Before Michael joined Ravensburger AG in 2013, currently as Creative Director Innovation Lab, he worked for many years as a freelance Creative Director/Producer. Working for Mediahouses, Ad-Agencies, Theme Parks and Toy-Companies. Creating TV-Shows, Campaigns, new forms of user involvements, and products. 

He is a regular speaker at international conferences, and received several industry-awards and nominations, like the Toy Innovation Award 2010 (for tiptoi®).

Michael is a curious explorer and loves to think outside the box. He is married, and has two great kids Jim and Len, who share his passion for Toys, Gadgets and Stories.


Nick Coveney
CHAIR: Nick Coveney: Digital Publishing Innovation Expert

Nick has more than eight years’ experience in a variety of leading digital roles in the publishing industry, working with bestselling authors such as Stephen King, George R. R. Martin and leading brands including PlayStation, YouTube and WarnerBros to bring their content to life. Most recently he was Digital Innovation and Projects Director, at HarperCollins Publishers – where Nick was responsible for developing new digital business models, creating unique partnerships, products and storytelling platforms across the group. 

1:00pm – 2:15pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

SMIA: A Discussion on Music Business Model Innovation

Times: 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Jessie Scoullar: Director, Wickstead Works / Dougal Perman: Chair, Scottish Music Industry Association / Suzanne Miller / Jonathan Robinson: Programme Director, Music Tank / Brian Murnin: Music Consultant

In the ‘Music Business Model Innovation’ session four respected panelists will evaluate the potential that music businesses can achieve by pivoting their position in the market to access new revenue models. With reference to inspiring innovative examples of companies who have broken the mould and made it rain, Scottish Music Industry Association chair Dougal Perman will moderate a discussion featuring Jessie Scoullar, Suzanne Miller, Jonathan Robinson and Brian Murnin.


Jessie Scoullar
Jessie Scoullar: Director, Wickstead Works

Jessie Scoullar is founding director of Wicksteed Works, a London-based agency empowering musicians to maximise their potential through connection, communication and coordination of kick-ass direct-to-fan marketing and retail campaigns. Wicksteed Works clients past and present include Laura Marling, Bic Runga, Mumford & Sons, Paul Kalkbrenner, Elvis Costello, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Eurovision, Eagle Rock, Neil Finn, Little Boots and Paul McCartney.

 
Dougal Perman
Dougal Perman: Chair, Scottish Music Industry Association

Dougal Perman is chair of the Scottish Music Industry Association and recently lead development of the plan that earned the SMIA a position as a Regularly Funded Organisation. He is also director of creative content communications company Inner Ear, which specialises in live programme making and documentary production, often with an emphasis on music. Through Inner Ear Dougal recently lead a research project to compile and report with strategic recommendations on Growing The Value For Music Tourism In Glasgow. Inner Ear also runs its own music media brands: Radio Magnetic, one of the UK’s longest-running internet radio stations; TRADtv and Walking Heads, which produces and publishes interactive walking tours. Dougal sits on government and public agency advisory boards, represents the SMIA at the Cross Party Group For Music and has been an advisor to Co-operative Development Scotland.


Suzanne Miller
Suzanne Miller

Suzanne Miller is an international Skills Development and Change Management professional passionate about promoting the value of the arts and embedding creative thinking and innovative business skills to provide for the successful future of Scotland. Throughout her career she has developed and led international knowledge exchange organisations as well as launched a successful BPO providing national support to UK start-ups. In 2012, she added to her BFA with an MSc in Creative Studies while working with UK service design agency Snook, before moving to Cultural Enterprise Office to support with organisational transformation and focus on delivery to Scotland’s creative community as Head of Engagement. Suzanne works to better inform, inspire and educate Scotland’s creative entrepreneurs. She’s perfectly placed to drive how Scotland can be the best place to create, grow and scale a creative career.

 

Jonathan Robinson
Jonathan Robinson: Programme Director, Music Tank


Jonathan is responsible for running MusicTank, a preminent University-owned music business think tank and research centre. They analyse and address the industry's key issues through a diverse programme of events, conferences, research and publishing, which informs and scopes the industry's future.

Recently they’ve provided research for Help Musicians UK (mental health), the Mayor of London (night time Economy), and the British Council (youth radio).  Their latest publication Unlocking the Syncis an extensive free ‘how to’ ebook looking at getting music placed in film, TV, games and advertising, and with brands.

Previous lives include 15 years as a freelance musician and 5 years in composer management.


Brian Murnin
Brian Murnin: Music Consultant

Brian Murnin is a respected music and media professional, with almost 20 years experience leading commercial strategy and business development for a number of notable brands. As one of the founding members of music title Clash Magazine, Brian helped launch and grow the brand into over 30 markets worldwide, building a business model that delivered progression and stability in a challenging landscape. He was then approached by Vice Media to head up UK Sales and Business Development. Brian wasthen selected by Warner Music Global CEO Max Lousada to lead and implement the commercial strategy for a new video division within the recorded music group. The Firepit was launched in 2017, with a number of global partnerships secured to underpin the future of the business – helping a major global audio rights business pivot into the video space.

2:15pm – 3:30pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

EITF: Developing a Career in TV

Times: 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Debbie Hartley: Head of Talent, The Garden Productions / CHAIR: Campbell Glennie: Director, Education & Talent Development, Edinburgh International Television Festival /

In partnership with XpoNorth, The Edinburgh International Television Festival brings together a panel of professionals from across the world of television to help you find ways to move your TV career forward.
 

Debbie Hartley
Debbie Hartley: Head of Talent, The Garden Productions

Debbie joined The Garden Productions as Head of Talent in 2013. She was previously Talent Manager at Betty TV. 

Debbie has over 15 years’ experience in television, starting out in-house at the BBC in the Specialist Factual department before Producing on the BBC One flagship documentary strand One lifeand Building the Olympic Dream (BBC2). She then directed on The Apprentice (BBC1) and Seven Days (C4), before turning her hand to talent managing in 2011.


Campbell Glennie
CHAIR: Campbell Glennie: Director, Education & Talent Development, Edinburgh International Television Festival

Campbell Glennie is director of the charitable arm of the Edinburgh International Television Festival, responsible for The Network and Ones to Watch, two schemes to develop new and emerging talent in TV. He sits on the RTS Education Committee and was previously Marketing & Business Director at Sheffield Doc/Fest. 

2:15pm – 3:30pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Guild of Music Supervisors: Multi-Media Music Placement

Times: 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Tom Stanford: Founder & Director, Theodore / Matt Biffa: Music Supervisor, Air-Edel / Michelle de Vries: Music Supervisor, SMA Talent / Alicen Schneider: SVP, Music Creative, NBC Entertainment / CHAIR: Rupert Hollier: Head of Sponsorship, UK & European Guild of Music Supervisors

The UK & European Guild of Music Supervisors will lead an insightful and interactive session looking at music placement across the multimedia industry. This session will offer a practical perspective on how music supervision works across the TV, film, advertising and gaming sectors, where the opportunities are and how to access them. They will also be joined by Alicen Schneider from NBC Entertainment to offer an international perspective on this multi-faceted area of the industry. The event will also be of particular interest to anyone using music across their various audiovisual projects. 


Tom Stanford
Tom Stanford: Founder & Director, Theodore

Tom Stanford is Founder & Director of Theodore (supervision & licensing) and Wake The Town (bespoke composition). He supervises music for advertising campaigns across the world, working directly with advertising agencies and brands and placing music in their campaigns.

 


Matt Biffa
Matt Biffa: Music Supervisor, Air-Edel

Matt is a Music Supervisor, specialising in source music research and copyright clearance.

After buying T-Rex’s “Ride A White Swan”, Matt began stealing from his parents’ record collection and watched taped episodes of “The Old Grey Whistle Test” more times than was strictly healthy for an impressionable young mind. He spent his seventeenth year listening to nothing but Tom Waits’ “Rain Dogs” and “Swordfishtrombones”, something he is convinced is responsible for his belief that Radiohead’s “Kid A” is a nice pop record.
Matt joined Air-Edel in 1996. He was quickly recognised as something of an anorak / musical know-all, and cut his creative teeth sourcing music for commercials, such as Jonathan Glazer’s “Guinness – Swimblack” campaign. During this time he began cultivating relationships with key members of the music industry, an activity also known as “ligging”. This stood him in good stead when he began clearing songs for feature films but did nothing for his health. As well as having a disturbingly encyclopaedic knowledge of the history of popular music, he has garnered a reputation for being a canny negotiator. 

He considers one of the high points of his career to be “Harry Potter & The Goblet Of Fire”, for which he put together a wizarding rock group consisting of Jarvis Cocker from Pulp, and Jonny Greenwood and Philip Selway from Radiohead. He’s also very quietly proud of being the man responsible for putting Nick Cave’s “O Children” in a Harry Potter film.


Michelle de Vries
Michelle de Vries: Music Supervisor, SMA Talent

Michelle is an experienced international music supervisor and has credits from all over the world spanning a 20-year career in music. She covers all aspects of the role from recommending tracks, negotiating and finalising licensing deals to booking orchestras, recording studios and working with composers to deliver the finished score. She is also able to draw on her contacts as Head of A&R at Hit & Run Music Publishing in London and New York and has regularly secured music publishing deals and soundtrack releases for her clients.

Currently she is working on The Story Of Motownfor UMG / Fulwell 73 Productions, and I See Youstaring Helen Hunt for Zodiac Pictures.
Recent projects include supervising Stefan Elliott’s film, Swinging Safari,starring Kylie Minogue and Guy Pearce in Australia; and working on the underground thriller Trendy directed by French director, Louis Lagayette plus two feature documentaries about track superstars Usain Bolt and Mo Farah called I Am Bolt, and No Easy Mile, both for Fulwell 73/Universal Pictures UK.

Other feature credits include “Iboy”, starring Maisie Williams and Miranda Richardson and “Level Up”, both directed by Adam Randall; Billy Zane’s “White Island", directed by Ben Turner; "A Few Best Men", starring Rebel Wilson and "Easy Virtue", starring Colin Firth, Jessica Biel and Kirstin Scott Thomas. Major feature documentaries have included “The Class of ’92”, the iconic story about the rise to global sporting prominence of six young Manchester United heroes and “Forbidden Games” about the troubled footballer, Justin Fashanu. 

TV credits include “The Jack Whitehall Show”, “The Sarah Milican Show”, “The Joe Lycett Show” and the earlier Mo Farah documentary “The Race of his Life”. and over the years she has worked on many other interesting projects including the multi-award-winning Citibank 200thYear Anniversary videos, various fundraising films for The Michael J Fox Foundation and the current London Southbank Centre’s immersive ABBA exhibition “Super Troopers”.


Alicen Schneider
Alicen Schneider: SVP, Music Creative, NBC Entertainment

Alicen Schneider heads up the creative music division and West Coast music operations for NBCUniversal Television.  In this position, she over-sees an in-house music supervision team who collectively supervise a multitude of series that are produced by Universal Television and Universal Cable Productions such as Master Of None,The Sinner,Suits, AP Bioand Brooklyn Nine-Nine.  In addition, Alicen covers everything relating to music across the NBCU family of Studios and Networks.  She also recommends and hires composers, oversees soundtrack releases and occasionally finds time to music supervise.  Notable past supervision projects include “Childhood’s End”,“Heroes Reborn“, “Being Human”,“Heroes”,“Grimm”, “Royal Pains”, “Lipstick Jungle”,“Crossing Jordan”as well as promos over the years for various shows, branding campaigns and the Olympics.


Rupert Hollier
CHAIR: Rupert Hollier: Head of Sponsorship, UK & European Guild of Music Supervisors

Rupert obtained a degree in Ethnomusicology at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, after which he joined Music Copyright Holdings Plc working in both royalty accounting and copyright registration, learning the mechanics of publishing whilst nurturing his interest in film music, supervision and synchronisation. 

In 2003 he joined Copyright Administration Services Limited, firstly in the copyright research department, eventually becoming creative manager, and subsequently creating a successful world music division.
In 2007 Rupert permanently became a freelance music supervisor, working on various advertising campaigns with brands including Marks & Spencer and Nike, as well as supervising musical content for both the Discovery Channel and National Geographic.

In 2010 he joined Imagem Music Film Synchronisation. Imagem remains one of the world’s largest independent music publishers. During his tenure, he represented the Rodgers & Hammerstein and Boosey & Hawkes catalogues, as well as numerous artists and bands on the pop roster including Daft Punk, Mark Ronson, Pink Floyd, Vampire Weekend, Genesis and The Stone Roses. During his five-year tenure at Imagem, Rupert worked with brands such as Reebok, Skoda, Next, Iceland, Hyundai and Tesco amongst others, and several successful US, UK and European based films.

After being head hunted, he joined Metropolis Group in 2014 as Creative Director. He subsequently founded the publishing division (Metropolis Music Publishing) and quickly secured an impressive repertoire of artists, bands and composers, racking up multiple synchronisation placements and campaigns, whilst also forming Metropolis Supervision. He has to date secured and completed the music supervision, score and OST release on numerous films including the new “Martin Scorsese Presents” movie project “Tomorrow” and the BBC’s 52 part reimagining of Dennis the Menace.
In 2016 he was part of the team that won both Best TV Advert and Overall Sync of the Year (as music supervisor) at the MusicWeek Sync Awards, and has recently executive produced his first musical film based on the 50th Anniversary of the release of Sgt.Pepper. 

Rupert is Head of Sponsorship for the UK & European Guild of Music Supervisors, and also sits on the board of Atlantic Screen Music and is their in house music supervisor.

3:30pm – 4:45pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Indies in the Mainstream - Self-publishing: A Decade on from the Launch of Amazon’s Kindle

Times: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Barry Hutchinson: Author & Director, Zertex Media Ltd / Debbie Young: Self-publishing Advice Center Manager, Alliance of Independent Authors / CHAIR: Peter Urpeth: Writing and Publishing Sector Specialist, XpoNorth/ Emergents

With Amazon’s Kindle Store passing its 10th birthday, ‘indie’ or self-publishing authors have become in many ways a mainstream part of the publishing industry. In this session, with two of the UK’s leading indie authors, Barry Hutchinson and Debbie Young, we will explore the current trends and opportunities for indie authors; the challenges and choices writers face, and some of the best, practical approaches that are enabling indie authors to build and sustain careers as writers - as pure indie’s or in a mixed economy of traditional and indie authorship.


Barry Hutchinson
Barry Hutchinson: Author & Director, Zertex Media Ltd

Barry Hutchison is an award-winning writer of books, comics and TV. Traditionally published by some of the world's leading publishers for 10 years, Barry recently set up his own publishing imprint to self-publish a comedy sci-fi novel, Space Team, which quickly became an international Amazon bestseller and spawned an ever-growing range of sequels, spin-offs and tie-ins.

 
Debbie Young
Debbie Young: Self-publishing Advice Center Manager, Alliance of Independent Authors

Debbie Young manages the Authors’ Advice Center of the Alliance of Independent Authors, the global non-profit for professional self-publishers, offering a growing catalogue of guidebooks, a new blog post every day on one of the seven stages of self-publishing, and a free online conference. Based in the Cotswolds, she frequently visits the Highlands with her Munro-bagging Scottish husband and is currently writing a novel set in Inverness as part of her acclaimed Sophie Sayers Village Mystery series.


CHAIR: Peter Urpeth: Writing and Publishing Sector Specialist, XpoNorth/ Emergents

Peter has developed and delivered writing and talent development programmes in the creative industries for the last 15 years, with a background in journalism, newspapers, magazines, cross-media projects and fiction. He is a former newspaper Editor and Founding Editor and is the co-founder and Director of Emergents Creatives. Peter has extensive experience nurturing creative enterprise and talent across the Highlands and Islands and is also a talented musician working in radical and alternative genres of music.

3:30pm – 4:45pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

ShiftED: A Change of Direction or Focus

Times: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Carol Sinclair: Director, Sinclair Wilson Ltd / Ýr Jóhannsdóttir: Creator, Ýrúrarí / Netty Sopata: Owner & Designer, Diggory Brown / Naomi Mcintosh, Interdisciplinary Designer / CHAIR: Helen Voce, Independent Project Manager, Programme and Event Producer

This session will bring together a diverse range of craft, fashion and textile makers from Iceland and the Highlands and Islands to offer an overview of their recent project, Shifted, and offer a fascinating and insightful discussion on the challenges and benefits of international collaboration.


Carol Sinclair
Carol Sinclair: Director, Sinclair Wilson Ltd

Carol works to enable and encourage collaboration.  For the last 25 years she has been balancing her own work as a ceramic artist with the creation of opportunities for artists, makers and designers to come together, exchange ideas and collaborate.  Carol works with local, national and international organisations to make interesting stuff happen for creative individuals and has worked closely with Emergents for a number of years to support Highlands and Islands based creators.

Yr Johannsdottir
Ýr Jóhannsdóttir: Creator, Ýrúrarí


Ýr Jóhannsdóttir is a textile designer based in Iceland. She got her degree from Glasgow school of art and the Reykjavík School of Visual Arts. Her work comes mostly through knitting and consists of both humorous jumpers and three-dimensional practices with geometry.
 

 
Netty Sopata
Netty Sopata: Owner & Designer, Diggory Brown 

Established in 2008 by Netty Sopata: 'Diggory Brown' is a contemporary Kilt Making and Design Business that applies traditional techniques to create work sympathetic to and inspired by the environment on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. Over the past ten years ‘Diggory Brown’ has continued to grow in a direction that seeks to balance unique, highly skilled kilt and accessory design, with a type of production that not only reduces their own impact on the environment, but also one that inspires others to become involved in doing so. Recent projects include working with Zero Waste Scotland and Uist Wool as part of the Circular Economy Textile and Apparel Fund and more recently SHIFT: A creative collaboration between Scottish Highland and Island and Icelandic Designer Makers.


Naomi Mcintosh
Naomi Mcintosh, Interdisciplinary Designer

Naomi Mcintosh is a designer with a diverse background, having studied architecture before completing an MA in design. She works on different scales from jewellery and sculptural objects to installations. Her work is produced by combining a broad range of skills using digital and hand processes taking inspiration from movement, landscape and the natural world.

Her work has been exhibited internationally and showcased in major galleries. She has an interest in interdisciplinary collaborations. Projects include Lead Designer on the 2018 V&A Dundee, Scottish Design Relay, ‘Parallel Practices’ with Informatics and Robotics at Kings College London and the Crafts Council, and the 2016/2017 residency with the British Council in Thailand and Scotland.


Helen Voce
CHAIR: Helen Voce, Independent Project Manager, Programme and Event Producer

Helen is a supporter of creative people and creative industries. Working locally, nationally, internationally and voluntarily she designs, facilitates and produces opportunities, initiatives and spaces in which creative practitioners, micro-businesses and projects can realise their full creative and business potential. Her professional specialism and personal interest is contemporary craft and design.

3:30pm – 4:15pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

MPA: Music Publishing….WTF? What, Why and Where does it fit in?

Times: 3:30pm – 4:15pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Kirsty Booth: Membership & Outreach Manager, The Music Publishers Association (MPA) / Ashling Pickett: Marketing and Communications Executive, The Music Publishers Association (MPA) / Steve Farris: Manager, Artist Development, 13 Arts Publishing / Amy Samson: A&R Director at Spirit B-Unique Publishing

Music publishing is one of the most important, dynamic and fast-moving areas of the music industry. For many songwriters, publishing royalties can be their most consistent and dependable sources of income.  Know your stuff and you will be on the road to understanding how you as a songwriter, composer, producer, lyricists, topliner 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. For many artists that write, record and produce their own music, signing a recording deal with a top label is often the priority, and the importance of publishing and what a publisher can do to develop their music, is often overlooked. In this compelling panel we will look at the role of the modern music publisher, the what, the why and where does it fit in to the industry?  How a publisher can help develop the careers of songwriters and composers; the importance of copyright; revenue streams; splits and versions; deals and the role of the all-important collection societies; top tips for self-publishing and how the MPA can help.


Kirsty Booth
Kirsty Booth: Membership & Outreach Manager, The Music Publishers Association (MPA)

The MPA acts on behalf of 280 businesses that invest in, license works by and support the livelihoods of songwriters, composers and lyricists – ranging from the UK’s largest and most established music publishers to independents and start-ups across all genres. These companies are the engine room of British music, they support our music makers and drive an extraordinary cultural and economic success story.
Music publishers generate over a quarter of the UK’s £2.5bn in music exports.


Ashling Pickett
Ashling Pickett: Marketing and Communications Executive, The Music Publishers Association (MPA)

Ashling is the Marketing and Communications Executive and the newest member of the Music Publishers Association team. She started her career interning at Brighton record label Tru Thoughts. After this, she moved to London and became a PR Intern at both Your Army and Outpost Media. She then worked as a label assistant for a few months at the Brazilian record label Far Out Recordings. Ashling then landed a job at independent music charity Help Musicians UK, where she took on the role as Communications Assistant. She was then promoted to Communications Officer and managed the charity’s digital marketing. After two and a half years working in the third sector, Ashling joined the MPA in the summer of 2017. She looks after all things communications for the MPA Group – including: looking after the website, managing the companies’ social media channels, PR and assisting with events.


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.


Amy Samson
Amy Samson: A&R Director at Spirit B-Unique Publishing 

Amy started her career in music at Solar Management where she managed / co-managed Producers, Artists, Writers and String Arrangers including Zero 7, David Holmes, Nigel Godrich, Dan Grech, Flyte, Sally Herbert and Jimmy Somerville.  Through this she has been involved in records by artists including Lana Del Rey, Ellie Goulding, Florence + The Machine, Kylie, Mumford + Sons, Liam Gallagher, Tom Odell, George Ezra, Scissor Sisters and more.

In 2017, Amy became A&R Director at Spirit B-Unique Publishing where she looks after writers and artists including Johnny McDaid, Jonny Coffer, James Bay, John Newman, Kodaline and many more and likes to describe her role as a “musical matchmaker”!

4:45pm – 5:45pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Auteur! Auteur! Keynote with Olivia Hetreed

Times: 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Olivia Hetreed: Screenwriter, Partner in Sympathetic Ink Ltd & President, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain /

Authorship in the film industry has long been a vexed question. There's a script and a screenwriter, a producer who quite probably came up with the idea and made it happen, and a director who makes the choices that shape the final film. Not to mention hundreds of other highly skilled and artistic people who contribute along the way. Is authorship even relevant to such a collaborative medium? How is it reflected in the legal and rightsholding framework? As more and more work moves to digital platforms and the lines between film and TV become increasingly blurred, the question of whose work it is, is more than ever urgent.


Olivia Hetreed
Olivia Hetreed: Screenwriter, Partner in Sympathetic Ink Ltd & President, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain

Olivia Hetreed is a British screenwriter, whose work includes the multi-award winning, BAFTA and Oscar nominated Girl with a Pearl Earring, starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson and the award-winning, critically-acclaimed radical adaptation of Wuthering Heights directed by Andrea Arnold. Olivia’s international film projects include Bosnia’s first animated feature, Birds Like Us, voiced by Jeremy Irons and Alicia Vikander, and Finding Altamira,starring Antonio Banderas. She has worked extensively in TV drama (including The Canterbury Tales, The Treasure Seekers, Roman Mysteries). Sympathetic Ink, her company with producer Andy Paterson, is prepping her next feature, The Grand Sophy, with BBC Films. Olivia is President of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, which represents over 2,000 professional fiction writers. She is an experienced mentor of new writing talent, working with Arvon Foundation, the London Screenwriting Festival, Sarajevo Talent Campus, and several film schools.

4:45pm – 5:45pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Games as Business: A Keynote with Nick Fortugno

Times: 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Nick Fortugno: Interactive Narrative Designer, Playmatics

Nick Fortugno takes a look at the current state of the games business. Where are the customers? How has the free-to-play landscape changed, and where do brands fit into that category. Fortugno takes a look at the present markets, and makes predictions about where the markets are going.


Nick Fortugno
Nick Fortugno: Interactive Narrative Designer, Playmatics

Fortugno is an interactive narrative and game designer based in New York City. Nick is a Lead Artist on the Frankstein A.I. project and has worked extensively on interactive narrative projects in a variety of formats. He is founder and principal of Playmatics (www.playmatics.com), an interactive development company. Playmatics has created a variety of digital and real-world experiences for organizations including Red Bull, AMC (such as the CableFAX award winning Breaking Bad: The Interrogation), Disney, American Museum of Natural History, the Corporation of Public Broadcasting, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the Red Cross/Red Crescent. For the past ten years, Fortugno has been a designer, writer and project manager on dozens of commercial and serious games and served as lead designer on the downloadable blockbuster Diner Dash and the award-winning serious game Ayiti: The Cost of Life.  Nick is also a co-founder of the Come Out and Play street games festival (www.comeoutandplay.org) hosted in New York City and Amsterdam since 2006, and co-creator of the Big Urban Game for Minneapolis/St. Paul in 2003. Nick has taught game design and interactive narrative design for 15 years at institutions such as Columbia University and the Parsons School of Design and has participated in the construction of game design and immersive storytelling curriculum. 

4:45pm – 5:45pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

XpoNorth Listening Room: Your Songs in the Spotlight

Times: 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Björn Sandberg: Promotions Manager, FUGA / Preston Rodie: A&R Executive, RCA Records / Stephen O’Reilly: Head of Marketing, ie:music / CHAIR: Vic Galloway: Broadcaster/ Author, BBC Scotland

This informal listening session will offer showcasing artists a unique opportunity to gain constructive and valuable feedback on their material from a broad range of respected industry voices. 


Bjorn Sandberg
Björn Sandberg:Promotions Manager, FUGA

Björn is a proud alumni of Glasgow's famed student ran label Electric Honey Records. After stints in Music event marketing for Tennent's Lager Brand The Tennent's Mutual and running Glasgow label collective We Can Still Picnic, Björn worked in management with acts including Casual Sex (Moshi Moshi Records) and Catholic Action (Luv Luv Luv Records / Modern Sky Entertainment). Following that, he was Head of Digital Marketing for Chicago label Thrill Jockey Records. He returned to to the UK in 2018 as Promotions Manager for rising Digital Distribution company FUGA, where he provides international digital retail marketing for artists at iconic UK indie labels such as: Domino Recording Co, Toolroom, FIRE Records and many more. 


Preston Rodie
Preston Rodie: A&R Executive, RCA Records


Born and raised in Phoenix, AZ , Preston started his journey in music playing in several bands, working in local recording studios, and running live sound at a nearby church.  Upon graduating Arizona State University in 2012, Preston moved to New York to pursue an internship at Warner Music.  Working overnight shifts at a hotel while interning during the day , he navigated through several labels and departments including royalties, publicity, promotions, marketing, A&R admin and ultimately A&R.  He joined the RCA A&R team in 2014.  Preston focuses his scouting efforts on pop & alternative artists while working closely with several developing acts including international breakouts Amy Shark and Nothing But Thieves. 


Stephen O'Reilly
Stephen O’Reilly: Head of Marketing, ie:music

Stephen O’Reilly is Head of Marketing at ie: music.The company was established in 1992 by two industry veterans, David Enthoven and Tim Clark. Ie: music is focused solely on the management of artists and its philosophy is that their artists’ interests are paramount. Clients include Robbie Williams, Lily Allen & Passenger amongst others. As digital technology throws the music industry into turmoil, ie:music believes that great opportunities come from disarray. The company embraces digital technology as an extraordinary facilitator of artist – fan communications, as a means of encouraging transparency and of making everything from ticketing to downloading and streaming more effective and efficient.
 

Vic Galloway
CHAIR: Vic Galloway: Broadcaster/ Author, BBC Scotland

Vic Galloway is a broadcaster, journalist, musician and author based in Scotland. With 19 years of experience from 1999 until now, he has presented weekly music programmes for the BBC including over 11 years broadcasting for Radio 1. He continues to broadcast and champion new music on BBC Radio Scotland every week and regularly on BBC 6Music and the World Service, alongside documentaries for various radio and TV networks. As a journalist, Vic has written for CLASH, Gigwise, The Skinny, The List, The Times and Sunday Herald. He is also a musician, DJ, curator and event host. His first book ‘Songs in the Key of Fife’ (about The Beta Band, King Creosote, KT Tunstall, James Yorkston & the Fence Collective) was published 2013 and was well received. He has another book ‘Rip It Up – The Story of Scottish Pop’ published in collaboration with the National Museum of Scotland in June 2018.

5:45pm – 7:00pm
OneTouch Theatre, Eden Court

XpoNorth Opening Party in Association with Craft Scotland: Delegate Access Only

Times: 5:45pm – 7:00pm
Venue: OneTouch Theatre, Eden Court
Speakers: n/a

XpoNorth Opening Party in Association with Craft Scotland: Delegate Access Only

7:30pm – 11:59pm
Various Venues

Live Music Showcase Programme

Times: 7:30pm – 11:59pm
Venue: Various Venues
Speakers: n/a

XPO North
LIVE SHOWCASE VENUES
WEDNESDAY 27TH JUNE 2018:

Market Bar
Hootananny
Mad Hatters
Phoenix
Penta Hotel
Tooth & Claw
MacGregors
Scotch & Rye
Ironworks Venue
Mercure Hotel

Day 2 Thursday 28th June 2018

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

Registration and Information

Times: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Main Entrance Foyer, Eden Court
Speakers: n/a

XpoNorth
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.

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

An Introduction to Doing Business in China

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Neil Semple: Head of Creative Content, Department for International Trade / Tony Humphreys: Sector Specialist, Department for International Trade

An Introduction to Doing Business in China

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

Highland Cool

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Siobhan Mackenzie: Director, Siobhan Mackenzie / Robert Davidson: Managing Director, Sandstone Press / CHAIR: Brian Ó hEadhra: Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Creative Scotland

Tourist numbers are up in the Highlands.  Major film companies choose to shoot here.  Many artists are choosing to base themselves in the region to be inspired by the landscape, sea, and rich Gaelic and Norse history which feeds into traditional and contemporary cultural and creative communities. This session drills down into what make the Highlands and Islands such an attractive creative destination and offers an overview of the challenges and benefits of operating your creative business in the Highlands and Islands. 


Siobhan Mackenzie
Siobhan Mackenzie:Director, Siobhan Mackenzie

Siobhan Mackenzie is a Multi-Award Winning Scottish Fashion Designer from The Black Isle in The Highlands of Scotland. Siobhan graduated in 2014 with a First Class BA Honours Degree in Fashion Design & Production and was trained in traditional kilt-making by Scotland’s largest kilt-maker whilst she was a student. Her ambition of being a fashion designer first started at ten years old and by thirteen years old she had bought her first sewing machine and learnt to sew. Five days after graduating the authentic self-named label ‘Siobhan Mackenzie’ was born and went on to be named ‘Best New Scottish Designer 2016’. Inspired by her Highland Roots and Mackenzie Clan Heritage the brand’s signature style reinvigorates Scottish style into a modern era with innovative design - specialising in contemporary kilts, cashmere & tailoring. Exclusively supporting a ‘Made in Scotland’ brand ethos - authenticity, quality and fair trade are at the very core of the brand. Across the pond the brand has been featured in Elle US, Forbes, WWD & Harper’s Bazaar and includes the likes of Justin Bieber and Judy Murray OBE as it’s clientele. New York’s most luxurious store Bergdorf Goodman stocks a selection of the label’s womenswear and menswear and designer Siobhan has collaborated with the likes of Barbour, Caorunn Gin and The Commonwealth Games.


Robert Davidson
Robert Davidson: Managing Director, Sandstone Press

Robert Davidson is a writer, editor and publisher located in Highland Scotland. After the publication of three books of poems, his long poem, Columba, was performed in plainsong and verse at Cromarty Book Festival in 2000, his song cycle Centring on a Woman’s Voice in the Highland Festival 2001 and his libretto, Dunbeath Water, scored by William Gilmour, in the Highland Festival 2003. He is the editor or co-author of many books and author of the acclaimed novel of working life, Site Works (2010). He was Reviews Editor of Northwords Magazine and managing editor between 2001 and 2004 when he turned the magazine towards the wider arts world and more than tripled the circulation. In 2002 he founded Sandstone Press where he continues as Managing Director. Sandstone Press has published many prize winning books and was Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year 2014.



Brian OhEadhra
CHAIR: Brian Ó hEadhra: Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Creative Scotland

Based in Inverness, Brian Ó hEadhra is the Gaelic Arts and Culture Officer in a shared position with both Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Creative Scotland.  Bòrd na Gàidhlig is Scotland's public body promoting the use and securing the status of Scottish Gaelic.  Creative Scotland is the national leader for Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries. Brian is an established musician, singer and songwriter and has a BA Hons. in Irish Folklore and English Literature from University College Dublin.

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

Not Radio: 2018 - Podcasting’s Break-through Year?

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Andrew Harrison: Producer of REMAINIACS podcast, co-founder of Podmasters / Charles Kriel, Specialist Advisor to DCMS Select Committee, UK House of Commons and Associate Fellow, King's Centre for Strategic Communications (KCSC), King’s College London /

With significant new opportunities promoting a surge in output, 2018 looks like being the break-through year for podcasting. In this session, we will be discussing why podcasting isn’t radio - it’s better. We’ll consider why the podcasting world isn’t yet a competition and what’s holding podcasts back, with a few suggestions that would let the podcast industry boom even more. In addition, the session will look at funding models for podcasts, how podcasters can really make their creative ideas work, and how podcasts can work for brands.


Andrew Harrison: Producer of REMAINIACS podcast, co-founder of Podmasters

Andrew Harrison produces Remainiacs, the anti-Brexit talk show nominated as Best Podcast of 2018 by the Broadcasting Press Guild. His company Podmasters creates bespoke podcasts for commercial and editorial clients including Anger Management with Nick Cleggand its own shows including the weekly pop culture podcast Bigmouth. A print journalist and editor of music magazines Q, Mixmag, and Select, Andrew also writes for The Guardian, Esquire and the New Statesman.
 

Charles Kriel
Charles Kriel, Specialist Advisor to DCMS Select Committee, UK House of Commons and Associate Fellow, King's Centre for Strategic Communications (KCSC), King’s College London

Charles was born in the back of a circus wagon. He’s the producer / host of Ci – Countering Violent Extremism, a leading podcast in the top 5% of downloads globally. He’s also the author of Death of the Lobster Boy, being developed as a podcast and television property by Bifröst Media.

Charles is Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on Fake News, Research Fellow at Corsham Institute, Associate Fellow at King’s College Strat Comms, and runs the counter terrorism program for Radio Netherlands.

A lifelong broadcaster and writer, he regularly travels to war zones promoting free press.

10:00am – 10:15am
The MacLean Room, Eden Court

What Did Creative Tourism Ever Do For Us?

Times: 10:00am – 10:15am
Venue: The MacLean Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Clive Gilman, Director of Creative Industries, Creative Scotland /

A welcome to day odf creativity and tourism from Clive Gillman, Director of Creative Industries at Creative Scotland

Clive Gillman
Clive Gillman: Director, Creative Industries, Creative Scotland

Clive Gillman works as the Director of Creative Industries for Creative Scotland, the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. Clive has a background in contemporary art and media, having worked as an artist and Associate Director of FACT in Liverpool, before becoming the Director of Dundee Contemporary Arts (2005-2015).

10:20am – 11:15am
The MacLean Room, Eden Court

Cultural Tourism - Case Studies

Times: 10:20am – 11:15am
Venue: The MacLean Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Antonio Carlos Ruiz Soria: Founder Economía Creativa Consultancy / International Consultant & Speaker expert on Creative and Digital Economy

The Creative Industries offers a wide range of solutions and opportunities for tourism businesses at all levels.  Antonio Carlos, founder of Spanish Creative consultancy Economia Creativa, will take us through a selection of examples from around Europe, from co-creating stories between locals and visitors to support cultural heritage to re-inventing the Costa del Sol through Creative Tourism. 


Antonia Carlos Ruiz Soria
Antonio Carlos Ruiz Soria: Founder Economía Creativa Consultancy / International Consultant & Speaker expert on Creative and Digital Economy

Antonio Carlos Ruiz is a leading international expert on creative & digital economy, tourism and entrepreneurship. His work focuses on advising both public and private institutions globally (International Organizations, Ministries, Embassies, City Halls, Businesses, NGOs, Foundations, Creative Hubs) to drive transformation, harnessing creativity and innovation, with a bottom up approach and co-creation methodology for research, feasibility studies, policy design and capacity building projects. Clients include: European Commission, British Council, Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, multiple municipalities, NGOs and Foundations, leading businesses. He is Founder of Economica Creativa, international creativity and innovation consultancy, leading a team of international experts, delivering projects across the world. He has lead research, strategy and evaluation projects in more than 16 countries including: UK, Spain, France, Belgium, Finland, Poland, Angola, Morocco, Germany, Moldova, Ukraine, Hungary, Kosovo, among others.

11:15am – 4:00pm
OneTouch Theatre, Eden Court

XpoNorth Technology Playgound

Times: 11:15am – 4:00pm
Venue: OneTouch Theatre, Eden Court
Speakers: n/a

XpoNorth
XpoNorth Technology Playgound

11:15am – 12:00pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

BBC Alba: The Showcase, 10 years on

Times: 11:15am – 12:00pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Margaret Mary Murray, Head of Gaelic Digital Service, BBC Scotland / Iseabail Mactaggart: Director of Strategy and Partnerships, MG ALBA /

BBC Alba is a Scottish Gaelic language digital television channel jointly owned by the BBC and MG Alba. The station is celebrating its 10thyear. Here we are joined by the Head of the BBC’s Gaelic Digital Service, Margaret Mary Murray, to take a look back at its highlights and learnings across the decade.


Margaret Mary Murray
Margaret Mary Murray, Head of Gaelic Digital Service, BBC Scotland

Margaret Mary Murray is a native Gaelic speaker from the Isle of Lewis. She has worked in the BBC for 30 years across many production and management roles. She has honed her skills in all areas of broadcasting and production – radio, television, online and digital and across many genres including drama, documentary, learning, news and current affairs. An editorial and strategic leader who has delivered award winning content and a commissioner who has launched and run a television channel, BBC ALBA coupled with developing and relaunching a national radio service, BBC Radio nan Gaidheal. She has collaborated with producers across the BBC, with independent production companies in the UK and internationally as well with academic and arts partners to create and deliver ground-breaking alliances and content.


Iseabail Mactaggart
Iseabail Mactaggart: Director of Strategy and Partnerships, MG ALBA

Iseabail is Director of Strategy and Partnerships with MG ALBA, which delivers the Gaelic language channel, BBC ALBA, in partnership with the BBC. She is responsible for the channel’s commissioning budget and for the development of the channel’s supply sector, including on internationalisation through co-productions. She has senior executive experience in commerce and broadcasting at a regional, national and international level.  Iseabail’s broadcast career began at BBC News; she has been Member for Scotland on Ofcom’s Content Board and is a board member on Highlands and Islands Enterprise. She has an MBA from Warwick University.

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

Understanding Commissioning

Times: 11:15am – 12:30pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Steve Carson: Head of Multiplatform Commissioning, BBC Scotland / Adam Gee: Commissioning Editor, Little Dot Studios / CHAIR: Clare English: Communications Consultant / Connector and former BBC Radio Presenter

Looking for tips to pitch? Our panel of commissioners from across the disciplines of online and broadcast share ideas, expertise and opportunities from across the commissioning landscape.


Steve Carson
Steve Carson: Head of Multiplatform Commissioning, BBC Scotland

Steve began his career with the BBC’s Youth and Entertainment Features department and went on to become a producer/director on Current Affairs programmes including Newsnight and Panorama.

In 1997 he returned to Ireland and went on to set up independent production company Mint Productions. Mint became one of Ireland’s most high-profile indies, with offices in Dublin and Belfast.

As a programme-maker, his awards include those from the Royal Television Society and the Irish Film and Television Academy. In 2009, Steve was appointed Director of Programmes for RTÉ Television, with responsibility for in house and indie-produced programming across RTÉ ONE and TWO. He also took on additional responsibility for Current Affairs during 2012. Steve returned to the BBC at the end of 2013 as Head of BBC Northern Ireland Productions, covering local and network in-house production and the development of the wider creative economy in Northern Ireland. During his time in Belfast, the BBC negotiated two successful partnerships with Northern Ireland Screen. In October 2017, Steve was appointed Head of Multiplatform Commissioning for BBC Scotland, working across Radio, Television and Digital services.
 

Adam Gee
Adam Gee: Commissioning Editor, Little Dot Studios

Adam is the first Commissioning Editor of original programming at Little Dot Studios, commissioning documentaries for ‘Real Stories’ channel. Previously he was a Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 for 12 years. He has won over 80 international awards for his productions, including four BAFTAs, an Emmy and the Grand Award at the New York International Film Festival.


Clare English
CHAIR: Clare English: Communications Consultant / Connector and former BBC Radio Presenter

Clare English is an experienced radio presenter who’s worked across a range of output over thirty years at BBC Scotland and BBC Radio Four (Politics, current affairs, mental health, arts, culture, science/tech and food journalism). She’s keenly interested in motivating young people, women’s issues and has hosted and/or chaired a number of high profile events over the past few years - 121 personality interviews (Mark Beaumont, Judy Murray, Ruby Wax) Tech conferences, Business panels, International Women’s Day celebrations in Glasgow, Literary Festivals and most recently, TEDX Glasgow. While working at the BBC, she co-designed a multi-platform mental health project and is fascinated by the things that “make us human and unique”. To that end, she is working on a website/podcast series (ENGLISH ABROAD) focusing on our sense of self and identity across Europe.  Clare is also working to develop a confidence building programme aimed principally at teenage school girls and teachers. She enjoys coaching communication/ presentation skills and holds a Non-Exec position on the board of Women’s Enterprise Scotland. 

11:20am – 12:20pm
The MacLean Room, Eden Court

Remote Participation: Building a Global Audience

Times: 11:20am – 12:20pm
Venue: The MacLean Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Dougal Perman: Founder, Inner Ear /

No matter how many people visit, there is always going to be a bigger customer base out there who haven't or can't visit.  Dougal Perman takes us through his experiences of streaming events such the Cowal Gathering.  Just what is the potential to engage with a global audience and generate new income? An opportunity to find out just how streaming works and what might come next.


Dougal Perman
Dougal Perman: Founder, Inner Ear

Dougal Perman is chair of the Scottish Music Industry Association and recently lead development of the plan that earned the SMIA a position as a Regularly Funded Organisation. He is also director of creative content communications company Inner Ear, which specialises in live programme making and documentary production, often with an emphasis on music. Through Inner Ear Dougal recently lead a research project to compile and report with strategic recommendations on Growing The Value For Music Tourism In Glasgow. Inner Ear also runs its own music media brands: Radio Magnetic, one of the UK’s longest-running internet radio stations; TRADtv and Walking Heads, which produces and publishes interactive walking tours. Dougal sits on government and public agency advisory boards, represents the SMIA at the Cross Party Group For Music and has been an advisor to Co-operative Development Scotland.

12:25pm – 1:00pm
The MacLean Room, Eden Court

Hitting The Right Note For Visitors

Times: 12:25pm – 1:00pm
Venue: The MacLean Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Joe Gibbs: Founder, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival / Jessica Fox: Chief Narrative Officer, Hidden Genius

In conversation... Joe Gibbs, founder of Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and Jessica Fox whose career spans NASA to the Wigtown Book Festival, discuss what makes a great event, why place matters and why events are important for visitors and locals alike.


Jessica Fox
Jessica Fox: Chief Narrative Officer, Hidden Genius 

A graduate of the Prague’s National Film School directing programme, Jessica began assisting directors at the The Honolulu Theater for Youth and the Duke Theater on Broadway. She began to work in TV production in New York, where her producing credits include "Texas Ranch House" for public television, the EPK for Julie Taymor's "Across the Universe" and directing "The First Last Tour", a tour documentary for The Dresden Dolls.  Founding Mythic Image Studios in Boston, Jessica wrote and directed a costume drama Bluebeard (Boston International Film Festival, North Hampton Film Festival and Maryland International Film Festival), an experimental animation Birth (Woodshole Film Festival) and a short-comedy An American Imbecile in Paris (Garden State International Film Festival). Jessica moved to Scotland where she founded Picto Productions, producing shorts and music videos, and was chosen for the Edinburgh International Film Festival's emerging director programme. Her first book, Three Things You Need to Know About Rockets was Waterstone’s book of the month and was named “romantic memoir of the year” by the Daily Mail. Most recently she has in development the adaptation of her book Never After - a fairy tale series featuring Gillian Anderson and is filming the second season of youtube comedy My Famous Dead Boyfriend. She was the resident storyteller at NASA, and is currently the artist-in-residence at the Synthetic Biology Lab in Edinburgh where she is finishing her second book.

1:00pm – 2:15pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

The Invisible Women: Women and Careers in the Screen Industries

Times: 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Olivia Hetreed: President, Writers Guild of Great Britain / Dr. Tamsyn Dent: Lecturer Bournemouth University / Research Consultant, Raising Films /

A century after representation in the political sphere, women are still struggling to be visible in the mainstream media. The WGGB (Writers' Guild of Great Britain) commissioned in-depth research into the statistics of women writers working in UK film and television and the results do not make for pretty reading. In this panel discussion of the behind-the-scenes reasons why TV and film struggles even to represent reality (one example, doctors on TV - 30% female: in real life - 52% female) let alone provide aspiration for the next generation.


Olivia Hetreed
Olivia Hetreed: President, Writers Guild of Great Britain

Olivia Hetreed is a British screenwriter, whose work includes the multi-award winning, BAFTA and Oscar nominated Girl with a Pearl Earring, starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson and the award-winning, critically-acclaimed radical adaptation of Wuthering Heights directed by Andrea Arnold. Olivia’s international film projects include Bosnia’s first animated feature, Birds Like Us, voiced by Jeremy Irons and Alicia Vikander, and Finding Altamira,starring Antonio Banderas. She has worked extensively in TV drama (including The Canterbury Tales, The Treasure Seekers, Roman Mysteries). Sympathetic Ink, her company with producer Andy Paterson, is prepping her next feature, The Grand Sophy, with BBC Films. Olivia is President of the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain, which represents over 2,000 professional fiction writers. She is an experienced mentor of new writing talent, working with Arvon Foundation, the London Screenwriting Festival, Sarajevo Talent Campus, and several film schools.
 

Dr Tamsyn DentDr. Tamsyn Dent: Lecturer Bournemouth University / Research Consultant, Raising Films

Dr Tamsyn Dent is a Lecturer at Bournemouth University. Her research focuses on gender and class inequality in the creative media industry. Tam studied at Glasgow University and worked in the film and television sector across Scotland and London before returning to academia in 2007. Alongside teaching and writing, she provides research consultancy for Raising Films, a campaigning and support network for parents and carers in the UK's screen industries.

1:00pm – 2:15pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

MPG: Call yourself a producer!?

Times: 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: John Leckie: Producer/ Engineer / Bruno Ellingham: Producer/ Engineer/ Mix Engineer/ Executive Director, Music Producers Guild / Danton Supple: Producer/ Mix Engineer/ Recording Engineer / CHAIR: Andrew Hunt: Producer/ Engineer/ Mixer/ Writer/ Musician/ Executive Director, Music Producers Guild

Do you call yourself a producer? Would you like to? Or do you know someone who does? Come and hear the producers behind some of the UK's biggest hit records talk about what they brought to the project and what they can bring to yours.


John Leckie
John Leckie: Producer/ Engineer

John has produced and engineered over 100 acclaimed albums. He started at Abbey Road studios and worked with, amongst others, George Harrison, John Lennon and Pink Floyd. He may be best known for producing The Stone Roses, Radiohead and Muse but has also worked with Simple Minds, XTC, Magazine, The Fall, New Order and The Coral.


Bruno Ellingham
Bruno Ellingham: Producer/ Engineer/ Mix Engineer/ Executive Director, Music Producers Guild

Bruno has worked in music for the last 23 years as an Engineer, Producer and Mixer. He spent 4 years with renowned Producer Steve Osborne working on projects which included KT Tunstall, New Order, Doves, Elbow and Starsailor.

As a Producer he worked on the highly acclaimed Maccabees album ‘Given to the Wild’, and now resides in Bristol as a mix engineer for Massive Attack, whilst still working on outside projects with, among others, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Ben Watt and Tracy Thorn (Everything But the Girl), The Duke Spirit and Toy Drum.


Danton Supple
Danton Supple: Producer/ Mix Engineer/ Recording Engineer

Danton Supple is a London based Record Producer and Mixer. He has over 25 years’ experience with a diverse and successful range of artists including Coldplay, Ian Brown, Starsailor, Morrisey, Suede, Kylie Minogue, Pattie Smith and U2.

Having trained as a recording engineer at Sarm Studios under producers Trevor Horn, Steve Lipson and Julian Mendelsohn he moved to Westside Studios to work with Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley.

He went freelance in 1994 working with producers Phil Spector, Steve Lillywhite, Gil Norton, Mike Hedges, Steve Osborne, Flood, Ken Nelson, Paul Oakenfold and Brian Eno, shortly after which, he moved into production.


Andrew Hunt
CHAIR: Andrew Hunt: Producer/ Engineer/ Mixer/ Writer/ Musician/ Executive Director, Music Producers Guild

In bands, Andrew Hunt has shared stages with Mike Scott and Marcella Detroit, had publishing and production deals with J. Albert & Sons and Bird & Bush and since moving behind the desk, worked with Grammy winners’ Jimmy Hogarth, Cameron Craig and Mick Glossop.

Winner of the 2017 MPG Breakthrough Producer Of The Year award, recent projects include, Jonathon Holder & The Good Thinking, Gengahr and Hazel Iris.

1:00pm – 2:15pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Interface Presents: What The Blockchain? Cryptocurrency and ICO’s Mean for the Creative Industries

Times: 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Paul Dilorito: Director of Innovation and Partnerships, PRS for Music / Martin Beaton: Cyber Security Cluster Co-ordinator, Scotland IS / Jamie Gilmour: Director, Rightsbridge / Tim Wright: Director, twintangibles / Liam Bell: Research Fellow, Edinburgh Napier University

Depending on your standpoint the linked technologies of blockchain and cryptocurrencies are viewed with excitement, enthusiasm, derision, scepticism, fear and, in many cases, simply confusion. Regardless of your view these innovations are here to stay and are set to transform many aspects of our society and the creative industries are not immune from these effects. They may, in fact, present real opportunities for those prepared to embrace them early, quickly and creatively. This panel of experts and early adopters will give an overview of what these technologies and developments are, why they matter and what it means for you and your sector.


Paul Dilorito
Paul Dilorito: Director of Innovation and Partnerships, PRS for Music

Paul Dilorito is the Director of Innovation and Partnerships at PRS for Music, one of the world’s leading royalty collection societies. In his nine years at PRS for Music he has spearheaded many transformational strategies in areas of data, technology and operational effectiveness. Paul continues to be a leading force in the development strategy of PRS for Music’s joint venture ICE (International Copyright Enterprise), as well as a multitude of other PRS for Music business partners. Paul is a board member of DDEX and regularly works across many music industry initiatives. With various operational, project and management roles under his belt, he has had past careers in blue chip FMCG and government organisations.


Martin Beaton
Martin Beaton: Cyber Security Cluster Co-ordinator, Scotland IS

Martin has worked for the Scottish Cyber Security Sector since 2012 having spent the earlier part of his career in Software Development. He now works with cyber security companies in Scotland and is credited with the creator of numerous initiatives e.g. Christmas lectures, Cyberbus, Cyber Security NPA, Cyber awards dinner. He is currently focussed on creating an identity and brand for the Scottish cyber cluster working with Scottish Enterprise, Scottish and UK Governments.


Jamie Gilmour
Jamie Gilmour: Director, Rightsbridge

In the past Jamie Gilmour has held positions at the Scottish Music Centre, the British Academy of Composers, Songwriters & Authors and is also an experienced Artist Manager.

Gilmour is a co-founder of the music copyright management service, Rightsbridge and a Director of the digital music distribution company, EmuBands.

Rightsbridge is a service conceived to assist music industry practitioners seeking assistance with the management of their various music-based copyrights.


Tim Wright
Tim Wright: Director, twintangibles

Tim Wright is Director and co-founder of twintangibles - a management consultancy that helps organisations create value through accessing the crowd economy. Tim provides expert insight to the organisations like the OECD, European Commission and the Scottish Government and is author of The Scottish Crowdfunding Report. Tim has keynoted conferences across the world and is co-author, with Daniela Castrataro, of “Crowdfunding - Come finanziarsi online.” and “Ideas to Reality” co-authored with John Reid. His forthcoming books “Crowdfunding To Win” and “CrowdAsset” will be published in 2018.


Liam Bell
Liam Bell: Research Fellow, Edinburgh Napier University

Liam Bell is a Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University in the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networking & Cyber-Security. He has a proven track-record in SME engagement and Knowledge Exchange and is currently working with Spiritus Partners, NHS Scotland & Trisent on various projects investigating Blockchain & other cryptographic techniques for security, privacy & data sharing.

1:30pm – 2:30pm
The MacLean Room, Eden Court

What's So Important About Digital?

Times: 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Venue: The MacLean Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Dave Vincent: Chief Digital Officer, CI and Tourism, Invest Northern Ireland / Darroch McNaught: Founder, Deuxality

The term digital is on everyone's lips, but it could mean anything from a website, social media, to software or virtual reality. More importantly, when does technology go from an interesting idea to completely changing your business. Dave Vincent and Darroch McNaught discuss some of the latest projects that are supporting tourism businesses across Scotland and in Northern Ireland.


Daragh McNaught
Darroch McNaught: Founder, Deuxality

2:15pm – 3:00pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Industry Insights: The World of Fashion Buyers

Times: 2:15pm – 3:00pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Kathy Shenoy: Commissions Project Manager, The New Craftsmen / Laurian Davies: International Business Development, UKFT / CHAIR: Jaki Love: Director, Textiles Scotland

Kathy Shenoy
Kathy Shenoy: Commissions Project Manager, The New Craftsmen

Working under the Creative & Buying team at luxury craft business The New Craftsmen, Kathy Shenoy has over 10 years’ experience of working with makers across the British Isles and overseas. Prior to joining TNC, Kathy set up award-winning start-up Shake the Dust in 2012 to support new markets and opportunities for makers in developing countries and was listed in the Maserati 100, a definitive list of Britain’s most successful business leaders actively supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs.


Laurian Davies: International Business Development, UKFT


CHAIR: Jaki Love: Director, Textiles Scotland

2:15pm – 3:30pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

PodPilots: Podcasts as Pilots

Times: 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Katharina Gellein: Owner, Bifröst Media / Charles Kriel, Specialist Advisor to DCMS Select Committee, UK House of Commons and Associate Fellow, King's Centre for Strategic Communications (KCSC), King’s College London / CHAIR: Peter Urpeth: Writing and Publishing Sector Specialist, XpoNorth/ Emergents

In this session, Katharina Galleon and Charles Kriel will explore the emergence of ‘PodPilots’ = podcasts designed to speed up the pitching process. Nobody has time to read scripts, but everyone has 20 minutes commuting to work/having lunch where they might want to listen to something new.


Katharina Gellein
Katharina Gellein: Owner,Bifröst Media

Katharina owns Bifröst Media, a company dedicated to international media content with a Nordic perspective. She is a television and film director and producer, with films like HARD TIDE (US Netflix, UK Amazon), OF HER I DREAM, and documentary JUST A NUMBER. In March 2018 her documentary series LIFE OF A ROYAL REBEL aired on TV3 in Scandinavia, about Ex-royal and artist Ari Behn. Kat is also an actress, public speaker and script writer.
 

Charles Kriel
Charles Kriel, Specialist Advisor to DCMS Select Committee, UK House of Commons and Associate Fellow, King's Centre for Strategic Communications (KCSC), King’s College London

Charles was born in the back of a circus wagon. He’s the producer / host of Ci – Countering Violent Extremism, a leading podcast in the top 5% of downloads globally. He’s also the author of Death of the Lobster Boy, being developed as a podcast and television property by Bifröst Media.

Charles is Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee on Fake News, Research Fellow at Corsham Institute, Associate Fellow at King’s College Strat Comms, and runs the counter terrorism program for Radio Netherlands.

A lifelong broadcaster and writer, he regularly travels to war zones promoting free press.


CHAIR: Peter Urpeth: Writing and Publishing Sector Specialist, XpoNorth/ Emergents

Peter has developed and delivered writing and talent development programmes in the creative industries for the last 15 years, with a background in journalism, newspapers, magazines, cross-media projects and fiction. He is a former newspaper Editor and Founding Editor and is the co-founder and Director of Emergents Creatives. Peter has extensive experience nurturing creative enterprise and talent across the Highlands and Islands and is also a talented musician working in radical and alternative genres of music.

2:15pm – 3:30pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

A&R Worldwide Global Keynote with Thaddeus Rudd

Times: 2:15pm – 3:30pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Thaddeus Rudd: Co-Owner, Mom+Pop Music / Sat Bisla: Founder/President, A&R Worldwide/ MUSEXPO/ Worldwide Radio Summit /

A&R is the lifeblood of the music business. As the music ecosystem continues to evolve amidst changing consumption platforms, data/metrics, streaming, revenue platforms and more, the art form that is A&R only continues to grow in importance, especially as social, digital and mobile arenas fuel the increasingly over-stimulated music fan and consumer. How do you grab and maintain the attention of the millennial generation, as well as others, and how do you monetise it in new ways and market places? XpoNorth presents a special keynote with one of the current leading and most successful independent U.S. label executives - Thaddeus Rudd, Co-President & Co-Owner, Mom+Pop, to discuss the best practices in discovering, developing and breaking new artists locally and globally. The keynote will be moderated by Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide; one of the leading global artist discovery and development firms based in Los Angeles.


Thaddeus Rudd
Thaddeus Rudd: Co-Owner, Mom+Pop Music

Thaddeus Rudd is Co-Owner and Co-President of Mom+Pop Music, based in New York. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2018, Mom+Pop is a leading independent music company whose roster includes Courtney Barnett, Flume, Tash Sultana, Alice Merton, Alina Baraz, Lucius, FIDLAR, Sunflower Bean and many more. Prior to Mom+Pop, Rudd ran management firm The Rebel Group and worked at Virgin Records America. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

 
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.

2:45pm – 3:45pm
The MacLean Room, Eden Court

Buildings and Brands

Times: 2:45pm – 3:45pm
Venue: The MacLean Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Mattieu Raoult, The Louvre- Lens, Head of PR/ Marketing / CHAIR: Professor Ken Neil: MA (Hons) MFA PhD PGCert FHEA FRSA

Galleries and museums present us with a picture of our culture and heritage, but they also present our communities to an international audience.  Prof Ken Neil talks to some of Europe's biggest gallery 'brands', to understand how they how they present themselves and their location, how they keep their profile fresh and engaging to locals and visitors, and just what difference they can make to a community.  


Mattieu Raoult, The Louvre- Lens, Head of PR/ Marketing
 


Ken Neil
CHAIR: Professor Ken Neil: Deputy Director, Glasgow School of Art


Ken Neil is Deputy Director (Academic) at The Glasgow School of Art. Ken studied painting and the history and philosophy of art at Edinburgh University as an undergraduate, before achieving an MFA in painting from Edinburgh College of Art in 1995. He completed a PhD in art theory in 2003 while teaching Humanities and History of Art at ECA and the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. From 1999 he was lecturer in Contextual and Critical Studies at Gray's School of Art, taking on the Headship of Fine Art and Fine Art Critical Studies in 2002. In 2005 he led a new MFA in Critical Social Art Practice for Gray's before being appointed Head of Historical and Critical Studies at The Glasgow School of Art in 2006. Since joining GSA he has been a National Sector Lead for creative and cultural practice disciplines for the Scottish Enhancement Theme 'Research-Teaching Linkages' and has served on the AHRC Fellowships Review Panel. Ken has also served on the Editorial Board of the journal 'Art & Research' and the AHRC Peer Review College. From January 2014, he was appointed a Trustee of the UK Association of Art Historians, and chaired the Association’s Further and Higher Education Special Interest Group. Ken was awarded a Personal Professorship in Art and Design in July 2014, and was formally appointed as GSA’s Head of Research in August 2014. In August 2016 he was appointed GSA’s Deputy Director (Academic). Ken is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts. Ken has recently been appointed to the Board of Trustees of community arts organisation, Impact Arts. His research and writing relate to three fields: contemporary art and art theory; issues for creative education; and the visual culture of the everyday.

3:30pm – 4:45pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

The Power of Made in Scotland- Exploring Trends and New Market Research Findings

Times: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Joan Johnson: Director, Bespoke Fabrics / CHAIR: Jaki Love: Director, Textiles Scotland

Must attend masterclass with textile consultant and researcher, Joan Johnson.


Joan Johnston
Joan Johnston: Director, Bespoke Fabrics

Joan Johnston has for over 25 years been engaged in both creative and commercial roles across British luxury textiles, working with internationally renowned luxury brands in the US, Italy, France and Japan.

Fulfilling roles ranging from Creative Lead, Board Director, Online Business Owner and University Programme Leader, Joan has acquired a wealth of knowledge from developing initial concepts through the design process to experiential brand focused promotion and sales delivery.

With a particular passion and belief in the value of premium textile based products made across the UK and Ireland, Joan understands the need for clear communication, in telling a unique brand story in order to effectively engage, gain and retain a loyal and sustainable customer base.


CHAIR: Jaki Love: Director, Textiles Scotland

3:50pm – 4:50pm
The MacLean Room, Eden Court

Cultural Mediation - Interpreting the Past, Present and Future

Times: 3:50pm – 4:50pm
Venue: The MacLean Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Dr Stephenie Vergnaud: Louvre, Lens, Cultural Mediator / Dr Thea Stevens Lecturer, School of Design, Glasgow School of Art / CHAIR: Jacob O’Sullivan: Museums and Galleries Scotland, Collection and Engagement Manager

Any discussion in Scotland about Scottish culture inevitably comes to a discussion of avoiding tartan and heather. Is the image real and what do audiences want to see? Some of Europe's most important museums and galleries discuss how cultural artefacts can be presented and interpreted, who should have a say in how this is done and how they engage audiences with very different demands and expectations. 


Dr Stephenie Vergnaud: Louvre, Lens, Cultural Mediator


Dr Thea Stevens Lecturer, School of Design, Glasgow School of Art


Dr Thea Stevens is a historian of visual, material and built culture, and her research and teaching interests emphasise political and ideological connotations and frameworks. She employs a particular focus on place, experience, and ‘dark’, hidden or intangible histories, with a current research project exploring the Mackintosh Building and its collection of plaster casts in terms of ruination, aura and reproduction. She is also visiting  lecturer for the International Heritage Visualisation programme at the School of Simulation & Visualisation. Thea holds an MA in History of Art from the University of Warwick, and an MA (Hons) in History of Art and Italian from the University of Glasgow. She received a University of Glasgow Scholarship for her PhD thesis in History of Art, “Singular Devices”: The Trade Reliefs of San Marco and the Iconography of Everyday Life in Medieval Venice. 

Alongside academic research and teaching, Thea has also worked in cultural heritage and experiential tourism. In 2014, she co-led an MSc Medieval and Renaissance History study trip to Florence (University of Edinburgh), and in 2015 and 2016 she was course leader for the University of Glasgow/Smithsonian George Mason Graduate Summer Field School Treasure Houses of Scotland: Royal Heritage.


CHAIR: Jacob O’Sullivan: Museums and Galleries Scotland, Collection and Engagement Manager

4:45pm – 5:45pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

A&R Worldwide Global Keynote with Aton Ben-Horin

Times: 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Aton Ben-Horin: Global Vice President, A&R, Warner Music Group / CHAIR: Sat Bisla: Founder, A&R Worldwide/ MUSEXPO

The nucleus of the music industry is the song, and the artistic and business skill of A&R ensures that great songs and artists are heard and well-received by the masses in a powerful and authentic manner. The music ecosystem’s evolution will not slow as we continue to see the rise of new forms of consumption, data/metric analytics, streaming, revenue platforms and more. One thing that will never lose importance is the A&R process as executives and creatives seek to navigate this ever-changing music landscape. XpoNorth brings to its 2018 event a special keynote with one of the most successful and forward-thinking creatives and A&R executives in the U.S. – Aton Ben-Horin, Global Vice President of A&R, Warner Music Group – as he delves into the science and passion behind creating hit songs and great artists and delivering them successfully to the global stage. Ben-Horin will also bring this session a unique perspective on the process as an independent entrepreneur turned major label executive. The keynote will be moderated by Sat Bisla, President & Founder, A&R Worldwide; one of the leading and most-respected international artist discovery and development firms whose global headquarters are based in Los Angeles. 


Aton Ben-Horin
Aton Ben-Horin: Global Vice President, A&R, Warner Music Group

Aton Ben-Horinis Global Vice President of A&R for all of Warner Music Group’s labels including Atlantic Records and Warner Bros. His multi-faceted path soon led him to A&R. In 2012, Aton joined the A&R team at Warner Music Group under Mike Caren and has since delivered hit singles for the likes of Jason Derulo, Flo Rida, David Guetta and many more.

 
Sat Bisla
CHAIR: Sat Bisla: Founder, A&R Worldwide/ MUSEXPO

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.

6:00pm – 7:30pm
Ironworks Venue

Closing Party in Association with SMIA

Times: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Venue: Ironworks Venue
Speakers: n/a

Closing Party in Association with SMIA

7:30pm – 11:59pm
Various Venues

Live Music Showcase Programme

Times: 7:30pm – 11:59pm
Venue: Various Venues
Speakers: n/a

XpoNorth
LIVE SHOWCASE VENUES
THURSDAY 28TH JUNE 2018:

Hootananny
Mad Hatters
Phoenix
Penta Hotel
Tooth & Claw
MacGregors
Scotch & Rye
Ironworks Venue (SMIA Reception)
Mercure Hotel

11:59pm – 2:00am
Ironworks Venue

XpoNorth 2018 Official Closing Party (delegate only)

Times: 11:59pm – 2:00am
Venue: Ironworks Venue
Speakers: n/a

XpoNorth
XpoNorth 2018 Official Closing Party (delegate only)