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
OneTouch Theatre, Eden Court

Skills Development Scotland Presents: Creative Journeys and Next Steps

Times: 9:30am – 11:30am
Venue: OneTouch Theatre, Eden Court
Speakers: Skills Development Scotland Presents: Creative Journeys and Next Steps

Skills Development Scotland Presents: Creative Journeys and Next Steps


Skills Development Scotland will run through the inspiring range of programmes they deliver and how they can support young creatives. There will also be an opportunity to hear a range of XpoNorth speakers detail the journey they took to break into the creative industries and forge a successful career. This interactive session will offer practical advice on routes into the industry, setting goals, top tips on how to achieve them and give attendees an invaluable opportunity to ask our panel of experts how you can drive your creative career forward. 


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.


Barry Hutchinson: Author & Director, Zertex Media Ltd

Barry Hutchinson 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.


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.


Tyler Polzin: Sr Director, A&R Worldwide

Tyler is Sr Director at one of the world’s most respected artist development and discovery companies, A&R Worldwide, a channel that has played a key role in the early discovery of artists including Muse, Faithless, Keane, Adele, Coldplay and more. They also produce the globally respected conference and showcase event MUSEXPO.


Moderator: Nancy Drysdale, SDS Careers Adviser

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 / Micheal Flaherty: Producer / CHAIR: Marion Sinclair: Chief Executive, Publishing Scotland

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.


Micheal Flaherty: Producer

Micheal Kelly Flaherty has been an amateur Irish Gaelic speaker since his Irish grandparents first began to teach him the language of saints and scholars.  His grandparents even attempted teaching him Scot’s Gaelic.  They refused to teach him Welsh Gaelic, however, because they considered it “more of a throat disease than a language.”  Having failed at mastering Gaelic, Flaherty became a film producer.  In 1999, he co-founded Walden Media, a film company focused on adapting award-winning literature into award-winning films.  Flaherty served as the President of Walden Media for fifteen years.  During that time, Walden co-financed and produced nearly two dozen movies that grossed over $3 billion at the global box office, including “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “Bridge to Terabithia,”  “The Giver,” “Charlotte's Web,” and “Amazing Grace.”  Walden also co-financed “The Water Horse,” a film about the fabled. Lough Ness Monster.  

In addition to adapting literary classics, Flaherty also oversaw films that addressed educational equality, including the Sundance award-winning documentary "Waiting For Superman" and ”Won't Back Down," a feature film inspired by Flaherty's visits to Compton and an Opinion piece he wrote for the Wall Street Journal about Compton's public schools.   Based on California's innovative “parent trigger law" in California, the film starred Academy Award winners Viola Davis and Holly Hunter.  Since the release of the film, 25 states have considered adopting the law and another five have enacted some version of the law.    

Flaherty left Walden in 2015 to homeschool his children and become an independent producer.  He served as an Executive Producer on the Cesar-Award Winning animated film "The Little Prince" and "Happy Mother's Day," starring Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston.  He most recently executive produced the surprise hit “I Can Only Imagine” starring Dennis Quaid, released by Lions Gate Films in March 2018.  He is the co-founder of a new production company, Epiphany Story Lab, whose first documentary film, “Step,” won the Grand Jury Award at Sundance for Most Inspirational film and was purchased by Fox Searchlight.  Epiphany currently has a number of films and television series in development, including “Nature,” a series co-created by Angela Vroom and Flaherty’s close friend and Scotland resident Jessica Fox.  

Flaherty has been profiled in a number of leading newspapers including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly.  He has also appeared as a guest on a number of national radio and television shows, including Fox News and PBS.  An established public speaker, Flaherty has spoken before tens of thousands of people at a number of prestigious gatherings including the historic Congressional Prayer Breakfast, the Salvation Army Annual Awards Ceremony and the Philanthropy Roundtable.  He was honored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education to be the featured speaker at its biannual Askwith Forum and was chosen to deliver forum addresses at a number of other colleges including Tufts, USC, BYU, Seattle Pacific and Samford University.  An accomplished author, Flaherty has been published several times in the Wall Street Journal and other major periodicals.  He is currently completing his first book, “In the Room Where It Happened:  The Disasters, Discoveries, and Discussions That Changed the World In a Single Room, In a Single Day.”   


CHAIR: Marion Sinclair: Chief Executive, Publishing Scotland

Marion Sinclair is the Chief Executive of Publishing Scotland, the trade body for the book publishing sector. She has worked in publishing for 30 years, initially as a publisher before moving into the higher education field and then into her current post.

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: Manager, Acair / 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
Agnes Rennie: Manager, Acair 


Agnes is Manager at Acair in Stornoway and chair of the community owned Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn. She has been involved in community and economic development for many years, including time on the boards of Comann Na Gàidhlig, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Proiseact nan Ealain Ghàidhlig. She has always had a voluntary involvement in many local groups.


Julie Fowlis
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: Joe Hastings: Health & Welfare Manager, Help Musicians UK / Liam Hennessy: Senior Health and Welfare Officer, Help Musicians UK / Claire Cordeaux: Director, British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) / Duglas T Stewart: Singer / Songwriter, BMX Bandits / Tom Johnson: Founder and Editor, GoldFlakePaint

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.

Joe Hastings
Joe Hastings: Health & Welfare Manager, Help Musicians UK


Joe oversees all health and welfare activities and is responsible for the development of new support services within the team.

He was instrumental in facilitating the delivery of the Musicians Hearing Health Scheme, which to date has had an intake of 4,700 musicians accessing state-of-the-art hearing advice and protection.

Joe has recently been busy working alongside colleagues to create and deliver the Music Minds Matter support line, which launched in early December 2017. 

Joe is particularly keen on looking to develop services that support healthy careers for musicians. He also composes music for film in his spare time alongside playing various instruments for fun.


Liam Hennessy
Liam Hennessy: Senior Health and Welfare Officer, Help Musicians UK


Liam is responsible for managing the Help Musicians UK home visiting service. He supervises 9 Regional Visitors and 19 Volunteer Visitors, based all over the U.K. The visitors see musicians in their own home on an annual or quarterly basis and discuss how Help Musicians UK can best assist and support them. 

Liam has a background in health and social care services and previously worked at Mind, providing one-to-one support for individuals with mental health issues. He is passionate about assisting musicians all the way through to retirement to promote a healthy lifestyle into older age. 

Liam is a musician and composer in his spare time and he writes music for television. 


Claire Cordeaux: Director, British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM)

Having started her career as a youth and community worker over 30 years ago, Claire Cordeaux has worked in the private and voluntary sectors, social care and the NHS, covering early years and children’s services, workforce development, health strategy, research and innovation at international, regional and local levels. In addition to a language degree, Claire holds a Masters in Research and Postgraduate Diplomas in Public Sector Management and Youth and Community work. Prior to her current role, Claire was Healthcare Director of SIMUL8 Corporation, working globally to improve healthcare using computer modelling and simulation. Claire is an active musician in a Celtic folk fusion band, and has supported a number of arts initiatives and festivals from youth music projects to running a boat stage to connect performers in coastal areas.  Now Director of the British Association for Performing Arts Medicine, Claire counts herself as very lucky to have a role which combines her two passions of health improvement and performing arts.


Duglas T Stewart: Singer / Songwriter, BMX Bandits

Duglas is a singer songwriter from the ex-mining Lanarkshire town of Bellshill. Since 1985 he has been the leader of BMX Bandits. BMX Bandits' songs mix melodic qualities and humour with, at times, raw and heartbreaking pathos. Duglas describes their songs as being his world put to music. Kurt Cobain said on a New York Radio show if he could be in any other band it would have been BMX Bandits. The Guardian described them as “Britain’s ultimate cult group”. Duglas and the group have released twelve studio albums and have toured extensively in the U.K., Europe, Japan and U.S.A.
 
The group's most celebrated song is 'Serious Drugs' which is about love versus a dependency on antidepressants. Duglas has always been open, talking about his own mental health issues including depression and self harming. In 2011 a feature length documentary entitled 'Serious Drugs - Duglas and the music of BMX Bandits' was released. The film was screened internationally at festivals and special events, was released on DVD and included in Sight and Sound's top films of the year list.
 
In 2015 the feature length independent movie 'Wigilia' starring and co-written was released. The film deals with isolation and loss and is set over two Christmas Eves in Glasgow. The film received critical acclaim and had festival screenings in the U.K., Poland and U.S.A. 'Wigilia' was released on DVD and digital platforms in 2016.
 
As well as his musical output with BMX Bandits Duglas has produced recording for other artists including Alex Chilton, Nick Garrie, Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub and Korean jazz pop singer Yeon Gene.
 
Duglas worked in broadcasting for several years. In the 1990s he was a regular contributor to radio shows on BBC Radio Scotland and evening BBC Radio One. In the late nineties and two thousands Duglas produced and wrote for a variety of BBC television shows including The Beat Room, Top of the Pops Saturday, Comedy Connections, Tales from The Edge and The Saturday Show. Duglas has been a strong supporter of The Scottish Mental Health Film and Arts Festival for more than a decade, contributing many years and in 2016 was their keynote speaker.
 
Duglas has one son and now lives in the West End of Glasgow with his partner and fellow BMX Bandit Chloe.


Tom Johnson: Founder and Editor, GoldFlakePaint

Tom Johnson is the founder and editor of GoldFlakePaint, a curious music blog and magazine based in Glasgow. Launched in 2010, the site is home to a handful of writers who share personal and in-depth reflections about their favourite musical discoveries, from unsigned gems to more seasoned artists. As well as GFP, Tom also writes for The Independent, Bandcamp, and Green Man Festival and launched a brand new record label, Human Noise, in early 2018. 

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 / Derek Murray: Broadcaster, Radio Nan Gaidheal / Jim Gellatly: Broadcaster / Columnist / Gig Host & DJ, Amazing Radio / 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.


Derek Murray: Broadcaster, Radio Nan Gaidheal

From Ness, Isle of Lewis, freelance broadcaster Derek “Pluto” Murray has been involved in Gaelic media/broadcasting nigh on 30yrs including writing, acting and production. Celtic Media Festival’s Radio Presenter/Personality of the Year (Galway 2008) he is BBC Radio nan Gaidheal’s main football commentator for more than a decade now and produces/presents his own drive-time radio show for the station. A former Strathclyde Police Officer he wastes a good walk by golfing and enjoys spending most of his time with his two kids and any game involving a cue!


Jim Gellatly: Amazing Radio 

For over 30 years Jim Gellatly has been championing new music across Scotland's airwaves. From presenting The Headbangers Show on Moray Firth Radio in the late 80s, he's gone on to support new and emerging rock music on some of the country's biggest stations including BBC Radio Scotland and Clyde 1. Along the way Jim was the first presenter in the world to feature now established acts like Biffy Clyro, Amy Macdonald and Twin Atlantic. In April 2008 he was presented with the Radio Academy's 'John Peel Award for contribution to Music Radio'. Since 2010 he's presented a weekly showcase of New Music on Amazing Radio. In 2011 he launched the Music Week Award nominated In:Demand Uncut, a networked New Music show across Bauer Radio's Scottish stations (Clyde 1, Forth 1, Northsound 1 etc). One of the original voices on XFM Scotland, he returned to host Drivetime when it relaunched in 2014, a role he fulfilled until the station closed the following year. In addition to Amazing Radio, Jim recently joined Forces Radio BFBS Scotland to present the Breakfast Show. As well as his radio work, Jim writes a weekly New Music column in The Scottish Sun, creates podcasts, and regularly DJs and hosts events throughout Scotland. Highlights include DJing at Fender's 50th Anniversary at Wembley Arena, hosting the live music stage at Edinburgh's Hogmanay, and being personally invited to DJ for Manic Street Preachers on their Holy Bible 20th Anniversary Tour.


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 / CHAIR: Mark Gordon: CEO, Score Draw Music

‘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.


Mark Gordon
CHAIR: Mark Gordon: CEO, Score Draw Music


Mark Gordon runs Score Draw Music; a multi-award-winning composition company working in film, television, advertising and animation. The last 12 months have seen the company win the Royal Television Society award for best music for their work with Dolly Parton on the pre-school animation ‘Lily’s Driftwood Bay’. The company also has co-written the titles music for the US box office number one film, Tyler Perry's ‘Boo 2’, and contributed music to the multi-Oscar nominated Guillermo Del Toro film ‘The Shape Of Water’. Alongside this the company’s current slate of work includes music and songs for an 80-part series for PBS America, all music for a 52-part series for Disney, feature documentary score work for BBC and Channel 4, and ongoing music for a range of global brands. Mark has also programmed and spoken on music and image panels and discussions at SXSW, Primavera Pro, Paris Sync Summit, XpoNorth and The Great Escape.

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 / Paul McFadyen: Senior Producer, BBC The Social / Michael Rueger: Creative Director, Innovation Lab Ravensburger AG / Adam Gee: Commissioning Editor, Little Dot Studios / CHAIR: Nick Coveney: Publisher Relations and Content Lead, U.K. & ANZ, Rakuten Kobo

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.


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 Ravensburger AG

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.


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.


Nick Coveney
CHAIR: Nick Coveney: Publisher Relations and Content Lead, U.K. & ANZ, Rakuten Kobo


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. Until 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. 

In his new role at Rakuten Kobo, Coveney is responsible for driving growth for Kobo’s content offering and client support for existing Kobo platforms and services, including the Kobo Writing Life self-publishing platform. Additionally, he will focus on strategic partnership opportunities with the company’s business development team.

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, Wicksteed Works / Dougal Perman: Chair, Scottish Music Industry Association / Jonathan Robinson: Programme Director, Music Tank / Brian Murnin: Music Consultant / Sandy Thomson: Artistic Director, Poorboy

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, Wicksteed 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.
 

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 was then 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.


Sandy Thomson
Sandy Thomson: Artistic Director, Poorboy


Sandy is a writer, part time blues singer and Artistic Director of Poorboy – a story and stage company making work for multiple platforms with an international ensemble. Sandy is a Creative Business Coach at the Cultural Enterprise Office where she helps artists and organisations across creative sectors with planning, problem solving, decision making and achieving their goals.

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 / Clare Welch: Group Head of Resourcing, All3Media / Alison Goring: Head, National Film and Television School / 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.


Clare Welch: Group Head of Resourcing, All3Media

Clare joined All3Media in 2011 and sits across recruitment, resourcing, and talent initiatives.   Clare’s background is rooted in television, she’s an ex Head of Production having spent 16 years at Maverick Television working across multiple genres namely documentary, fact ent and scripted, for all the major UK broadcasters.


Alison Goring: Head, National Film and Television School

Alison Goring worked for many years in film and TV drama in the UK and abroad as an Assistant Director and Production Manager before moving into training and talent development. In January she took up the post of Head of the newly established Scottish hub of the National Film and Television School.


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 Hutchinson 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.


Peter Urpeth
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 ShiftED: 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 – 4:45pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

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

Times: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Kirsty Booth: Membership & Outreach Manager, 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.


Steve Farris
Steve Farris: Manager, Artist Development, 13 Arts Publishing

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


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
OneTouch Theatre, Eden Court

Auteur! Auteur! Keynote with Olivia Hetreed

Times: 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Venue: OneTouch Theatre, 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 – 6:00pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

XpoNorth Listening Room: Your Songs in the Spotlight

Times: 4:45pm – 6:00pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Björn Sandberg: Promotions Manager, FUGA / Preston Rodie: A&R Manager, Sire Records, Warner Bros. Records /Nicola Meighan: Journalist & Broadcaster/ Stephen O’Reilly: Head of Marketing, ie:music / Jo Hart: Hart Media 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 Manager, Sire Records/ Warner Bros. 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 scouting pop & alternative artists while working closely with several developing acts including international breakouts Amy Shark and Nothing But Thieves. Preston is currecntly A&R Manager at Sire Records/ Warner Bros. Records. 


Nicola Meighan: Journalist/ Broadcaster

Nicola Meighan is a music journalist and broadcaster who regularly writes for The Herald and presents music / arts shows on BBC Radio Scotland. She has contributed to MOJO, Q Magazine, The Big Issue, The Quietus, BBC Radio 4, Radio 1, 6 Music and STV.Prior to this, she worked at Mute records (Nick Cave, Goldfrapp, Depeche Mode), D-E-F artist management (Moby, Robyn, The Knife), for Scotland's Triptych festival, and at much-missed Glasgow arts hub, the Arches.


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.
 


Jo Hart
: Hart Media

Following a successful 4 year tenure as a regional plugger & promoter for EMI, Jo Hart went on to help set up the highly successful Size Nine Promotions before going it alone. In July 1997, Jo Hart PR was created and from these seeds Hart Media was born which now runs into it’s 21st year.Hart Media spearheads Radio, Specialist, Student/College/University and Online Radio promotions in addition to Online PR and Management ConsultancyHart Media prides itself on the personal relationship it has with its Head of Music, Specialist DJs, Online PS and Student/College/University DJs. These are relationships that have been nurtured and devilled through the years thanks to Hart Media’s friendly, knowledgeable and diligent teams to produce the very best results for its artists.Over the years Hart Media has been behind the success stories of campaigns for Blondie, Jamie Cullum, Britney Spears, Bob Sinclair, Justin Timberlake, N Sync, Ward Thomas, Enter Shikari, The Prodigy, Embrace, TLC, Sash!, M People and Johnny Marr to name but a few. Hart Media’s current roster reflects this eclectic attitude with artists such as Public Service Broadcasting, Passenger, You Me At Six, Tony Hadley, Parcels, 5 Finger Death Punch, Kara Marni, Blue Rose Code, Madison Beer, Wildwood Kin, Lissie, Embrace, Tim McGrath & Faith Hill, Emma Blackery,  Max Graham and many more.

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.

6:00pm – 7:30pm
Ironworks Venue

XpoNorth Opening Party in Association with HIE, SMIA & the Celtic Media Festival: Delegate Access Only

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

XpoNorth Opening Party in Association with HIE, SMIA and the Celtic Media Festival: 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

Hootananny 
In Association with A&R Worldwide
9pm – 9.30pm: TAMZENE 
10pm – 10.30pm: ACRYLIC 
11pm – 11.30pm: Parliamo
Midnight – 12.30am: Retro Video Club

Mad Hatters
In Association with EXCITE
8.30pm – 9pm: NOAH NOAH 
9.30pm – 10pm: Rome Is Not A Town (Sweden)
10.30pm – 11pm: SHHT (Belgium)
11.30pm – Midnight: Bloodlines 

PentaHotel
In Association with HMUK
7.30pm – 8pm: Hamish Hawk
8.30pm – 9pm: Megan Airlie
9.30pm – 10pm: Steven Macintosh

Mercure Bar
In Association with Off Axis Scotland
8.15pm – 8.45pm: Spanish
9.15pm – 9.45pm: Deb Rabbit 
10.15pm – 10.45pm: Dancing on Tables
11.15pm – 11.45pm: Anchor Lane 

Market Bar
In Association with GMS
8.45pm – 9.15pm: North Atlas
9.45pm – 10.15pm: PYRO
10.45pm – 11.15pm: SHREDD 

The Tooth & Claw
In Association with Inverness Gigs
8pm – 8.30pm: Static Union
9pm – 9.30pm: Home$lice
10pm – 10.30pm: The Dunts
11pm – 11.30pm: King Kobalt 

MacGregor’s
In Association with Netsounds
8.30pm – 9pm: The Sea Atlas 
9.30pm – 10pm: Apache Darling
10.30pm – 11pm: CLOTH 
11.30pm – Midnight: Emme Woods 

The Phoenix
In Association with the SAMAs
8pm – 8.30pm: Crystal
9pm – 9.30pm: LaKyoto
10pm – 10.30pm: Foggy City Orphan
11pm – 11.30pm: LIONAL 

Ironworks
In Association with BBC Scotland 
8.30pm – 9pm: Zoe Graham
9.30pm – 10pm: Folda
10.30pm – 11pm: Bad Mannequins
11.30pm – Midnight: Spring Break 


 

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

DIT: Introduction to Doing Business in China

Times: 10:00am – 11:15am
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Chris Hurne: Sector Specialist (Music and Games), Department for International Trade / Umair Ahmad: Deputy Head of UK Marketing and Campaigns, Department for International Trade / David Dunn: Managing Director, 442 Design / CHAIR: Tony Humphreys: Sector Specialist (Screen), Department for International Trade

Representatives from the Department for International Trade join XpoNorth to talk about doing business in China. Specialists will be on hand to talk about the market, culture, industry and exporting to one of the world's largest economies.


Umair Ahmad: Deputy Head of UK Marketing and Campaigns, Department for International Trade

Umair Ahmad works for the UK Government in the Department for International Trade (DIT) as Deputy Head of UK Marketing Campaigns. This includes overseeing the Exporting is GREAT Campaign. Previous to this, Umair worked in UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, as well as stints in the private sector.


Chris Hurne: Sector Specialist (Music and Games), Department for International Trade


Chris started working at the research councils nearly ten years ago, and in that time has held a number of government strategy, policy, and business development roles.  Initially working in the biotechnology sector, then supporting the technology and engineering sectors, Chris has helped connect hundreds of UK companies with export opportunities, from projects such as the large hadron collider at CERN, to synthetic biology deals with investors in Silicon Valley. 
 
Since November 2016 Chris has been responsible for supporting companies in the games, music, and immersive sectors grow their exports via trade missions, support at trade shows and conferences, hosting visiting trade delegations, and overseeing DIT’s music export growth scheme (MEGS) and our contribution to the international showcase fund (ISF).


David Dunn:  Managing Director, 442 Design

David is founding partner and MD of leading design agency 442 based in Edinburgh.  Originally from Kingussie, David has run 442 for 15 years working in both the UK and overseas. 442 specialise in creating standout customer experiences through commercially focused design for Retail, Food and Drink and Live Entertainment companies.  Current projects include work for Arsenal FC, Puma, Aramark, Norwich City, Fulham , BBC Scotland, Edinburgh Fringe and Kingsmills Hotel Group.


Tony Humphreys
CHAIR: Tony Humphreys: Sector Specialist (Screen), Department for International Trade


Tony started working in theatre as a production manager then producer/director whilst reading drama at Exeter University.

In 1997 Tony became Business Development Manager for Talent Television, a new independent TV production venture founded by the talent agency International Artists and former LWT Controller of Entertainment John Kaye Cooper. Tony became its Managing Director in 1999. Early successes for Talent TV included being the first indie to produce both the awards ceremonies and TV productions for The BAFTA TV Awards and the 50th BAFTA Film Awards. Another early success was the commissioning by Sky TV of The Villa which ran for four series and pioneered reality TV with the use of surveillance cameras in an entertainment format.

It was Tony who created strong ties with Japanese broadcasters for Talent Television, the fruits of which were a number of HDTV documentary co-productions with NHK and TV Asahi. Tony along with co-producer Akifumi Takagi was also responsible for taking the Test the Nation format to Japan, where the show was co-produced with TV Man Union and TV Asahi for five years.

Tony is a full voting member of BAFTA, was a judge for the Royal Television Society Awards in 2010 and 2011, a judge for the Rose d'Or Festival in 2010 and 2012, and chairman of the Cambridge International Format Forum in 2009 and 2011.

Tony's connection with the Far East was extended to China on 2014 when he was consultant for Hunan TV for the development and production of their first original celebrity reality format Wonderful Friends. In 2016 Tony accepted a consultancy role as Screen Specialist, Creative Content, for the UK Department of International Trade, helping British film and TV companies increase their international activities and exports, particularly in the USA and 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 / Joe McAlinden: Songwriter/ Producer / 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.


Joe McAlinden: Songwriter/ Producer

Joe is a classically trained singer-songwriter who writes and records music from a studio in Scotland. His band, Superstar, were signed to Creation Records in 1992 by Alan McGee and released seven albums in eight years. He has played/written/collaborated with Rod Stewart, Teenage Fanclub, Big Star/Alex Chilton, novelist Alan Warner and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He has also composed music for Channel Five, Disney ABC, Sky One, Sky Sports, Sky HD and Vodafone. He is represented by leading management company ieMusic (Robbie Williams, Passenger, Ladyhawke, Lily Allen).



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
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).

10:00am – 5:45pm
OneTouch Theatre, Eden Court

XpoNorth Technology Playground

Times: 10:00am – 5:45pm
Venue: OneTouch Theatre, Eden Court
Speakers: n/a

XpoNorth
XpoNorth Technology Playground

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

Curated Film Showcase Programme

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 / CHAIR: Colin Simpson: Principal Officer – Europe, Tourism & Film, Highland Council

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.


Colin Simpson: Principal Officer – Europe, Tourism & Film, Highland Council

Having started work with the Inverness Loch Ness & Nairn Tourist Board in 1988, Colin marks 30 years of working in Highland tourism this week. Early roles were largely related to managing Tourist Information Centres and engaging with the tourism industry including having spells as an Area Manager in Lochaber and Skye and then in Inverness with the Highlands of Scotland Tourism Board (HOST). A move to the marketing team in HOST then saw Colin take on responsibility for regional and national marketing campaigns before HOST merged with VisitScotland in 2005. A move to The Highland Council followed where Colin has been responsible for the Council’s tourism work and it’s engagement with tourism organisations as well as overseeing the work of the Council’s film locations office.

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 / Sara Kozak: Senior Vice President, Production, Investigation Discovery and AHC at Discovery Inc. / 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.

 

Sara Kozak
Sara Kozak: Senior Vice President, Production, Investigation Discovery and AHC at Discovery Inc.

Sara Kozak is the senior vice president of production for Investigation Discovery (ID) and American Heroes Channel (AHC). With more than three decades of experience in the television industry, Kozak has been at the forefront of some of television’s most recognisable and lucrative series.  She has been critical to the success of Investigation Discovery, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2018.  During her tenure the network has become a top 10 cable network during primetime and the number one ad-supported cable network in total day delivery for women, solidifying its rank as the top true crime destination on television today.  Kozak helms a team of some of the most creative storytellers in the television industry, with a dedicated group of 18 Executive Producers, Producers and Associate Producers who make more than 650 original hours of content for ID and AHC each year in both the New York and Silver Spring offices.


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 / CHAIR: Chris Taylor: Regional Partnerships Director, VisitScotland

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.


CHAIR: Chris Taylor: Regional Partnerships Director, VisitScotland

Chris has worked at a senior level in tourism over a number of years, starting as project co-ordinator with the Tourism and Environment Forum.  In 2017 he took on the role of Regional Partnership Director, having formerly been Head of Tourism in Highlands and Islands Enterprise, and Tourism and Economic Development Manager with the Cairngorm National Park Authority.

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: Writer, Director, Producer / CHAIR: Mark Stewart: Senior Events Manager, EventScotland

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.

 

Joe Gibbs
Joe Gibbs: Founder, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival


Following a misspent youth in the seventies going to rock festivals, Joe decided to start his own on a piece of ground that had once been the site of beautiful formal gardens at his home in Inverness-shire. Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival sprang to life in 2004 on a wing and a prayer, and next to no practical knowledge of running a musical event. Two years later, with two partners, he started RockNess, on the shores of Loch Ness. Joe’s daytime job involves running his mixed estate in the Highlands – farming, forestry, tourism in the form of weddings, and let cottages. Prior to that he had been a journalist, and a film location manager, mainly working in the Highlands on movies like ‘Mrs Brown’ and ‘The Governess’ and on television series like ‘Hamish MacBeth.’ Belladrum now attracts around 21,000 people to a festival of music and performing arts, with many other forms of entertainment and culture on show and is Scotland’s largest countryside music festival. Joe is also a partner in dance events Groove Loch Ness and Groove Cairngorm, a snowboarding and music festival. 


Jessica Fox
Jessica Fox: Writer, Director, Producer 

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.


Mark Stewart
CHAIR: Mark Stewart: Senior Events Manager, EventScotland


A member of the EventScotland team in VisitScotland’s Events directorate, Mark works with a range of partners across the international cultural and sporting event portfolios to develop existing events in the calendar and bring major events to Scotland. This includes planning for Glasgow's role as a host city in the UEFA EURO 2020 football championships and bidding to secure a package of 4 European and World Curling Championships between 2016 - 2020. Mark also works with Scottish destinations that are developing their cultural events offer.

 

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 / Sean Genockey: Producer/Mixer/Songwriter/Guitarist / Rhiannon Mair: Producer/ Artist / 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.


Sean Genockey: Producer/Mixer/Songwriter/Guitarist

With over 20 years of experience in the music industry, Sean is primarily known as a rock music producer – with artists such as Jamie Lenman, The Saint Pierre Snake Invasion and Loa Loa. Although he has also clocked up numerous records which are somewhat gentler on the eardrums, including Tom McRae, Days Are Done and Jasmine Rodgers.

His engineering/mixing credits feature, amongst others, heavyweights The Who, Suede, Manic Street Preachers and Starsailor, and as well as being the proud owner of Black Dog Studios, he is currently on guitar duties with Roger Daltrey!




Rhiannon Mair
Rhiannon Mair: Producer/ Artist


Championed by Music Tech Magazine as one of the ‘UK’s rising stars of production’, Suffolk born Rhiannon Mair started her career in audio production at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studio’s near Bath assisting on Port Erin’s debut album.

Pursuing a career as both producer and artist Rhiannon has gone on to work in some of the UK’s most iconic studios including Konk, Urchin and Warner’s Firepit with artists including Laura Marling, Bryde, Emma McGrath and Kimberly Anne.

 


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

 

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.


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, Invest Northern Ireland and Tourism 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: Chief Creative Lead, Deuxality

Darroch is the Chief Creative Lead at "DeuXality", a games company who develop Augmented Reality and Mixed Reality experiences designed to enhance the users understanding of the world around them.

An avid adventurer, who is rarely found in the one place! He enjoys creating Digital Voodoo, Riding Motorbikes and Global travel, often at the same time!

"At DeuXality, we have a core belief that learning should be fun, and gamification of education is one of our linchpins."

 

Dave Vincent
Dave Vincent: Chief Digital Officer,
Invest Northern Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland

Dave Vincent is Chief Digital Officer for Invest Northern Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland, where he is driving digital transformation across both organisations.

He is responsible for accelerating a ‘Digital First’ ambition to deliver organisational change, while also providing strategic digital leadership to the tourism industry to enhance the visitor experience.

With over 20 years’ experience in the IT, telecommunications, utilities, financial services and public sectors, Dave’s combination of entrepreneurial drive and business-management skills empower him to translate complex business issues and requirements into commercially and technically compelling propositions.  He has an inherent love of all things technical and a passion for the role that technology can play in facilitating and delivering real business change.


2:15pm – 3:45pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Industry Insights: The World of Fashion and Craft Buyers

Times: 2:15pm – 3:45pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Kathy Shenoy: Product & Relationship Manager, The New Craftsmen / Laurian Davies: International Business Development, UKFT / Alex Munden: Photographer / Filmmaker, Brits around the World / CHAIR: Jaki Love: Director, Textiles Scotland

Join industry experts for a workshop giving insights into the world of the fashion and craft markets.

ShowTalk with Laurian Davies, UKFT and Alex Munden, Brits around the World.
 
Overseas trade shows are still the route to market for fashion and textile designers and brands. The right exhibition will give you the exposure you need and the opportunity to meet potential retail and online buyers and agents.

This session will cover which exhibition is right for you and how to get accepted, pre-show preparation and what buyers really want. 

Following on from ShowTalk we will have: 

The New Craftsmen: working with and for craft makers and collectors with Kathy Shenoy
The New Craftsmen curate, commission and sell unique contemporary objects rooted in craftsmanship and narrative. Spanning luxury furniture, lighting, textiles, gifts, ceramics, baskets and decorative accessories, their range is created by makers from across the British Isles.
 
Kathy will discuss their work with makers and high wealth collectors, interior designers and architects.

Kathy Shenoy
Kathy Shenoy: Product & Relationship 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
Laurian Davies: International Business Development, UKFT


The national trade association for fashion and textiles, UKFT took 700+ designers, manufacturers and brands to over 40 overseas tradeshows in 2017. Laurian works with many of them every year to encourage them to promote themselves effectively, to get into successful exporting, and to get paid.

Following a degree in Archaeology, and a spell in “ladies’ linings”, Laurian jumped into the trade association scene, where she has happily remained ever since.


Alex Munden: Photographer / Filmmaker, Brits around the World

A self-taught photographer and filmmaker, Alex Munden has worked closely with UKFT for many years. He compiles the UKFT Brits around the World videos which showcase the collections of designers and brands at the international trade shows to which UKFT takes sponsored groups every season. He also offers help and advice on using photography and social media and developing effective websites.


Jaki Love
CHAIR: Jaki Love: Director, Textiles Scotland


Jaki is the Director of Textiles Scotland. With extensive experience as an independent designer, in management roles, and multiple degrees in graphic, industrial, and woven textile design, Jaki now is a driving force behind the creation of a strong, collaborative and innovative textile industry association for Scottish textiles.

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.


Peter Urpeth
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: Marketing Manager, Louvre-Lens / Michelle Fisher: Louis C. Madeira IV Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art / Arwen Fitch: Press and Communications Manager, Tate - St Ives / 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
Mattieu Raoult: Marketing Manager, The Louvre-Lens


Matthieu is Marketing Manager of the Louvre-Lens Museum. He is responsible for the Marketing strategy and for the development of museum’s new publics. After working as a Strategic Planner in Edelman Paris and Change Communications consultant for big industry companies, he decided to go back to his very passion: the culture. He directed the Communications and Marketing of the Flow, the biggest Hip-Hop center in Europe. He owns a Master degree in Sociology, specialized in citizenship and identity, from Lille, Charles De Gaulle University and Master degree in Marketing, Communication and Management from ISCOM Paris School.

Michelle Fisher: Louis C. Madeira IV Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Michelle Fisher is the Louis C. Madeira IV Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where she looks after decorative arts since 1800 as well as modern and contemporary design. Formerly Curatorial Assistant in Architecture + Design at the Museum of Modern Art, NY, she has also held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim.  Formerly Adjunct Lecturer at Parsons The New School for Design and Baruch College, as well as Teaching Associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design she continues to teach regularly.



Arwen Fitch
Arwen Fitch: Press and Communications Manager, Tate - St Ives


Arwen has over 20 years’ experience working for national galleries, from the National Gallery London to Tate St Ives in Cornwall. Responsible for external communication for Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and for internal communication for the Tate St Ives team and stakeholders.
 
Tate St Ives is part of the Tate family of galleries and situated on the spectacular beach in the small town of St Ives. In October 2017 we launched the new Tate St Ives, a transformed building with double the space for exhibitions and events. The project has taken 14 years, during which time many wonderful projects have been achieved, including the Cornwall wide Look Groups, an arts focussed social club, along the same lines as a Book Group. The Town Project was a way to work with schools, home-educators and specialist groups on celebrating the artistic heritage of St Ives.

This has helped build strong connections to the community in Cornwall, culminating in the launch weekend in October. We had free entry, events and activities, finishing with glorious fireworks, the only way to celebrate.


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
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

(RE)INVENTIONS AND DIMENSIONS

Times: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Sara Kozak: Senior Vice President, Production, Investigation Discovery and AHC at Discovery Inc. / CHAIR: Kate Hooper, XpoNorth

From humble beginnings at Border Television helping schedule Sheep Dip commercials, TV Producer Sara Kozak has worked, and often fought her way, to the top of her profession.  Today, she’s a Senior Vice President with one of America’s most successful Cable Networks, Investigation Discovery.  Her journey is a remarkable, often hilarious story, full of practical advice for all creatives – not just TV and filmmakers – and an illuminating insight into reinventing yourself and embracing change.

Sara Kozak
Sara Kozak: Senior Vice President, Production, Investigation Discovery and AHC at Discovery Inc.


Sara Kozak is the senior vice president of production for Investigation Discovery (ID) and American Heroes Channel (AHC). With more than three decades of experience in the television industry, Kozak has been at the forefront of some of television’s most recognisable and lucrative series.  She has been critical to the success of Investigation Discovery, which celebrated its 10-year anniversary in 2018.  During her tenure the network has become a top 10 cable network during primetime and the number one ad-supported cable network in total day delivery for women, solidifying its rank as the top true crime destination on television today.  Kozak helms a team of some of the most creative storytellers in the television industry, with a dedicated group of 18 Executive Producers, Producers and Associate Producers who make more than 650 original hours of content for ID and AHC each year in both the New York and Silver Spring offices.


CHAIR: Kate Hooper, XpoNorth

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

Up-skilling for storytelling: A Keynote with Micheal Flaherty

Times: 3:30pm – 4:45pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Speakers: Micheal Flaherty: Producer

Will this be the century that values story-telling in all its forms?  What skills will be required?  Where do these skills come from? Co-founder of Walden Media and cinematic champion of children's literature, Micheal Flaherty will discuss the Epiphany.


Micheal Flaherty: Producer

Micheal Kelly Flaherty has been an amateur Irish Gaelic speaker since his Irish grandparents first began to teach him the language of saints and scholars.  His grandparents even attempted teaching him Scot’s Gaelic.  They refused to teach him Welsh Gaelic, however, because they considered it “more of a throat disease than a language.”  Having failed at mastering Gaelic, Flaherty became a film producer.  In 1999, he co-founded Walden Media, a film company focused on adapting award-winning literature into award-winning films.  Flaherty served as the President of Walden Media for fifteen years.  During that time, Walden co-financed and produced nearly two dozen movies that grossed over $3 billion at the global box office, including “The Chronicles of Narnia,” “Bridge to Terabithia,”  “The Giver,” “Charlotte's Web,” and “Amazing Grace.”  Walden also co-financed “The Water Horse,” a film about the fabled. Lough Ness Monster.  

In addition to adapting literary classics, Flaherty also oversaw films that addressed educational equality, including the Sundance award-winning documentary "Waiting For Superman" and ”Won't Back Down," a feature film inspired by Flaherty's visits to Compton and an Opinion piece he wrote for the Wall Street Journal about Compton's public schools.   Based on California's innovative “parent trigger law" in California, the film starred Academy Award winners Viola Davis and Holly Hunter.  Since the release of the film, 25 states have considered adopting the law and another five have enacted some version of the law.    

Flaherty left Walden in 2015 to homeschool his children and become an independent producer.  He served as an Executive Producer on the Cesar-Award Winning animated film "The Little Prince" and "Happy Mother's Day," starring Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston.  He most recently executive produced the surprise hit “I Can Only Imagine” starring Dennis Quaid, released by Lions Gate Films in March 2018.  He is the co-founder of a new production company, Epiphany Story Lab, whose first documentary film, “Step,” won the Grand Jury Award at Sundance for Most Inspirational film and was purchased by Fox Searchlight.  Epiphany currently has a number of films and television series in development, including “Nature,” a series co-created by Angela Vroom and Flaherty’s close friend and Scotland resident Jessica Fox.  

Flaherty has been profiled in a number of leading newspapers including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and Entertainment Weekly.  He has also appeared as a guest on a number of national radio and television shows, including Fox News and PBS.  An established public speaker, Flaherty has spoken before tens of thousands of people at a number of prestigious gatherings including the historic Congressional Prayer Breakfast, the Salvation Army Annual Awards Ceremony and the Philanthropy Roundtable.  He was honored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education to be the featured speaker at its biannual Askwith Forum and was chosen to deliver forum addresses at a number of other colleges including Tufts, USC, BYU, Seattle Pacific and Samford University.  An accomplished author, Flaherty has been published several times in the Wall Street Journal and other major periodicals.  He is currently completing his first book, “In the Room Where It Happened:  The Disasters, Discoveries, and Discussions That Changed the World In a Single Room, In a Single Day.”   

3:50pm – 4:45pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

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

Times: 3:50pm – 4:45pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Joan Johnston: Director, Bespoke Fabrics / CHAIR: Jaki Love: Director, Textiles Scotland

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


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.


Jaki Love
CHAIR: Jaki Love: Director, Textiles Scotland


Jaki is the Director of Textiles Scotland. With extensive experience as an independent designer, in management roles, and multiple degrees in graphic, industrial, and woven textile design, Jaki now is a driving force behind the creation of a strong, collaborative and innovative textile industry association for Scottish textiles.

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 Stephanie Vergnaud: Cultural Mediator, Louvre-Lens / Dr Thea Stevens: Lecturer, School of Design, Glasgow School of Art / Michelle Fisher: Louis C. Madeira IV Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art / Arwen Fitch: Press and Communications Manager, Tate - St Ives / CHAIR: Jacob O’Sullivan: Collections and Interpretation Support Manager, Museums Galleries Scotland

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. 


Stephenie Vergnaud
Dr Stephanie Vergnaud: Cultural Mediator, Louvre-Lens


Stéphanie Vergnaud is currently a cultural mediator at Louvre-Lens. She has a Masters Degree in Art History and Museology (Université Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux, University of Montreal) and has a doctorate in cultural anthropology (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris). Charged with developing cultural projects for the public who have little access to art, she collaborates with various partners to build actions promoting experiential learning and interculturality. Her main areas of work are the modes of art appropriation, the diversification of audiences and the training of teachers and supervisors.


Thea Stevens
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.


Michelle Fisher: Louis C. Madeira IV Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Michelle Fisher is the Louis C. Madeira IV Assistant Curator of European Decorative Arts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where she looks after decorative arts since 1800 as well as modern and contemporary design. Formerly Curatorial Assistant in Architecture + Design at the Museum of Modern Art, NY, she has also held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim.  Formerly Adjunct Lecturer at Parsons The New School for Design and Baruch College, as well as Teaching Associate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design she continues to teach regularly.

 

Arwen Fitch
Arwen Fitch: Press and Communications Manager, Tate - St Ives


​Arwen has over 20 years’ experience working for national galleries, from the National Gallery London to Tate St Ives in Cornwall. Responsible for external communication for Tate St Ives and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and for internal communication for the Tate St Ives team and stakeholders.
 
Tate St Ives is part of the Tate family of galleries and situated on the spectacular beach in the small town of St Ives. In October 2017 we launched the new Tate St Ives, a transformed building with double the space for exhibitions and events. The project has taken 14 years, during which time many wonderful projects have been achieved, including the Cornwall wide Look Groups, an arts focussed social club, along the same lines as a Book Group. The Town Project was a way to work with schools, home-educators and specialist groups on celebrating the artistic heritage of St Ives.

This has helped build strong connections to the community in Cornwall, culminating in the launch weekend in October. We had free entry, events and activities, finishing with glorious fireworks, the only way to celebrate.


Jacob O'Sullivan
CHAIR: Jacob O’Sullivan: Collections and Interpretation Support Manager, Museums Galleries Scotland


Jacob O’Sullivan is Collections and Interpretation Support Manager for Museums Galleries Scotland; the national development body for Scotland’s Museums and Galleries. He works to support and advise museums in collections management and development, and the effective communication of collections through interpretation.

 

 

 

 

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

A&R Worldwide Global Keynote with Aton Ben-Horin

Times: 4:45pm – 5:45pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, 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
OneTouch Theatre, Eden Court

XpoNorth Closing Reception in Association with Textiles Scotland: Delegate Access Only

Times: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Venue: OneTouch Theatre, Eden Court
Speakers: n/a

XpoNorth Closing Reception in Association with Textiles 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

XpoNorth
LIVE SHOWCASE VENUES
THURSDAY 28TH JUNE 2018:
 

Hootananny
In Association with A&R Worldwide
9pm – 9.30pm: Luna The Professor
10pm – 10.30pm: MALKA
11pm – 11.30pm: Miracle Glass Company 

Mad Hatters
In Association with EXCITE
8.30pm – 9pm: Breakfast Muff
9.30pm – 10pm: The Strives 
10.30pm – 11pm: Ida Kudo (Denmark)
11.30pm – Midnight: The Dazed Digital Age 

PentaHotel
In Association with HMUK
7.30pm – 8pm: Gus Harrower
8.30pm – 9pm: Brian O hEadhra & Fiona Mackenzie
9.30pm – 10pm: Carma

Mercure Bar
In Association with Off Axis Scotland
8.15pm – 8.45pm: Slow Blood
9.15pm – 9.45pm: LILURA
10.15pm – 10.45pm: Be Like Pablo 
11.15pm – 11.45pm: VISTAS 

Market Bar
In Association with GMS
8.45pm – 9.15pm: SWAY
9.45pm – 10.15pm: Gordon James and The Power
10.45pm – 11.15pm: Toy Mountain

The Tooth and Claw
In Association with the Music Producers Guild (MPG)
8pm – 8.30pm: Real Life Entertainment
9pm – 9.30pm: 100 Fables 
10pm – 10.30pm: Frankys Evil Party
11pm – 11.30pm: The Nickajack Men 

MacGregor’s
In Association with the Music Publishers Association (MPA)
8.30pm – 9pm: Angus Munro
9.30pm – 10pm: Anna Sweeney
10.30pm – 11pm: ewenc.grant
11.30pm – Midnight: Beta Waves 

The Phoenix
In Association with the SAMAs
8pm – 8.30pm: Super Inuit
9pm – 9.30pm: The Rah’s
10pm – 10.30pm: Fauves
11pm – 11.30pm: Kaputt 

Ironworks
In Association with Rapal
8m – 8.30pm: Annie Booth
9pm – 9.30pm: E M I L I E
10pm – 10.30pm: The 101
11pm – 11.30pm: Wotjeck The Bear

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 2018 Official Closing Party 

Please note, you must register as a delegate to attend this event, simply register free here.

Norman Jay MBE
The Van T's


 

Norman Jay MBE

Norman Jay is unquestionably one of the most respected and popular DJs in the world today. Cofounder of the legendary Good Times Sound System and London dance music station KISS FM, Jay fostered the ‘Rare Groove’ scene pushing the boundaries of the UK’s emerging club culture. Awarded an MBE for services to deejaying and music, in 2017 he released ‘Mister Good Times’ capturing the true spirit of Good Times, and is currently taking his legendary Good Times party to selected venues around the UK, continuing to convert generations of clubbers to the cause, championing new sounds, yet never forgetting his musical roots, thus guaranteeing nothing but ‘Good Times’.

Norman’s legendary Good Times party promises to convert generations of clubbers to the cause and champion vibrant new sounds. Nothing but ‘Good Times’ will carry the festivities through till 3am.

The Van Ts

The Van T’s are the West of Scotland 4-piece comprised of Chloe Van Thompson (vocals, guitar), Hannah Van Thompson (vocals guitar), Joanne Forbes (bass) and Shaun Hood (drums). Formed in around 2013 by twins Hannah and Chloe, The Van T’s have already enjoyed widespread praise from blogs and radio including Bella Union honcho Simon Raymonde. This acclaim has spread outwith the UK with radio plays in France and the US. Despite their newcomer status, their songs are as revitalised a debut as you could hope for. Rapturous surf-pop with rock swagger balanced by sugar-pop harmonies have won over numerous fans already. With influences ranging from First Aid Kit to Wolf Alice, this quartet are the new smell of teen spirit.