XpoNorth Festival Programme 2016

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Day 1 Wednesday 8th June 2016

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

Registration and General Information

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

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

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

Delegate passes are essential for all conference, training and showcase events at Eden Court, Opening Party on Wednesday, Networking Reception on Thursday, Closing Party at the Ironworks, and Late Night Festival Club at the Penta on both nights.

REGISTER AS A FESTIVAL DELEGATE HERE.

9:30am – 11:00am
SGL Room, Eden Court

Writers’ Pitch To Publishers And Agents - Women's Fiction Panel 1

Times: 9:30am – 11:00am
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Janne Moller, Francine Toon

XpoNorth Writing & Publishing's panel of publishers and agents hear unpublished submission pitches from selected writers who submitted to our call earlier this year.

WOMEN'S FICTION PANEL 1 - 7 PITCHES

Janne Moller (Rights Director, Black & White Publishing); Francine Toon (Editor, Sceptre/Hodder)

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

One-To-Ones

Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: First Floor Foyer, Eden Court
Speakers: In association with Enterprise Europe Network

The XpoNorth One-to-Ones are in association with Enterprise Europe Network

75% of the people who go to events do so to network, but the reality is that the networking part is usually restricted to small talk during the event’s coffee breaks. So, to help you meet potential cooperation partners, we've joined forces with Enterprise Europe Network to bring you a brokerage event. People meet and greet at high speed, 20 minutes is usually enough to build connections, then the bell rings and the next talk starts.

How it works

  1. Register online and set up your profile
  2. Find businesses that match your interests
  3. Book bilateral meetings with these businesses
  4. On the day, we give you a schedule of meeting times

REGISTER FOR OUR ONE-TO-ONES HERE.

VIEW OUR ONE-TO-ONE PROFILES HERE.

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

Film Showcasing and Curated Partner Programme

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

We are screening more than a hundred films as part of submitted and curated programme.

THE FULL FILM SHOWCASING SCHEDULE CAN BE VIEWED HERE.

VIEW, DOWNLOAD OR PRINT THE FILM SHOWCASING SCHEDULE PDF HERE.

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

VIEW THE CONFERENCE SCREENING SCHEDULE HERE.

10:00am – 5:00pm
Maclean Room, Eden Court

Technology and Gaming Playground

Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Maclean Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Various companies

Cutting edge technology and gaming – test and play with some of the latest technology out there.

Cryworks

CryWorks
Euan Macdonald, Niall Macdonald, Calum Macdonald | CryWorks is located in the San Francisco with the core creative team having worked with Disney, LucasFilm, Industrial Light and Magic, Pixar and Electronic Arts. The company develop and produce entertaining experiences, technology & apps that combine digital content, augmented & virtual technologies, with CGI & visual effects in incredible ways and have an HTC Vive to show off some of their latest developments.

Euan Macdonald

Euan Macdonald

Niall Macdonald

Niall Macdonald

Calum Macdonald

Calum Macdonald

DeuXality

DeuXality
Darroch McNaught | A small but dedicated team based in Inverness focused on making fun games and looking for their next VR adventure! Exhibiting a virtual reality music project, 'Synesthesia', where DJs perform live but within a virtual environment.

Darroch McNaught

Darroch McNaught

Dundee Game Collective

Dundee Game Collective
Albert Elwin | Originally from New Zealand, as a member of the Dundee Game Collective Albert is working on a range of digital experiments and collaborations including Killbox, an online game and interactive installation that critically explores the nature of drone warfare, its complexities and consequences.

Albert Elwin

Albert Elwin

Exit Reality

Exit Reality
Darren Malley | Exit reality has been set up to champion VR technology and new music project called Synesthesia, in partnership with Deuxality Games, where DJs perform live but within a virtual environment.

Darren Malley

Darren Malley

Steadishot Facilities Limited

Steadishot Facilities
Philip Price | Steadishot Facilities creates beautifully crafted immersive 360 video and virtual reality films from concept through to delivery. The Hunt is their latest 360 natural history film, blending 360 video with CGI, animation and special effects we create an immersive and unique experience.

Philip Price

Philip Price

Future Fossil Studios

Future Fossil Studios
Daniel Falconer | Future Fossil is a games development studio based in Dundee, developing a mixture of proprietary IP and commissioned games.

Daniel Falconer

Daniel Falconer

Playdead

Playdead
Johnny Harris and Kev Macrae | Playdead is a visual studio focused on intelligent storytelling and communication through beautiful motion design, animation and visual effects and are exhibiting a new project Wildless.

Johnny Harris

Johnny Harris

Kev Macrae

Kev Macrae

Institute of Design Innovation

Institute of Design Innovation, School of Design, The Glasgow School of Art
Paul Smith | Find out about digital fabrication technologies, experiment with new ideas and techniques and try out 3D printing.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith

Digital Design Studio

Digital Design Studio, The Glasgow School of Art
DDS’s intense learning and research environment exploits the interface between science, technology and the arts to explore imaginative and novel uses of advanced 3D digital visualisation and interaction technologies.

Ariis AR

Ariis AR
We have created a World of Augmented Reality - taking a physical image and transforming it into something magical - an interactive opportunity to demonstrate a new concept in marketing.

Soluis

Soluis
Greg Williamson | The Soluis Group is one of Europe’s leading digital creativity organisations, delivering benchmark quality CGI visuals, animation and interactive engagement solutions from studios in Glasgow & London.

Greg Williamson

Greg Williamson

#Hackstock

#Hackstock
James E. Marks | With the democratization of technology, platforms and brave new ways to create immersive experiences. We explore beyond 2016, we’re talking about so much more than just VR: holograms, augmented reality, 360 social video and live experiential, haptic & cognitive technology (wearable tech), blurring the boundaries of our real world virtuality.

James Marks

James Marks

Moray Game Jam

Moray Game Jam | Moray Game Jam is now in its fourth year with some inspiring and innovative games being created. We have a taster of both digital and board games on offer, ready to play!

No Qualms Games
Alan Yeats, Rory Thomson, Leo Reid, Jacob Naylor
Game: Stay in School

Dispatch the Rabbit
Charles Matt Fletcher, Graham Geddes
Game: Dispatch the Rabbit

DNL
Christy Kail, Jo Campbell, Daniel Fraser Harwyn
Game: Gronk

No Loading Required
Jacob Paterson, Scott Simpson, Cari Watterton
Game: Lost In The Dark

d4
Emma Rydström, Gwen Lloyd-Wiggins, Andrew Fullarton, Tom Slade
Game: Zombie Attack!

TwinstickOn!
Kevin McDowall, James Smith
Game: For The Colony

Stikkz Media
Andrew French
Game: Wonder Warriors

Peacock Dreams
Douglas Flinders, Henry Pullan
Game: Everything is Peachy

Board Game Team
Bartek Kuckarski, Jamie Wood
Game: Cyber Hunters

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

Trade Stands

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

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

Musicians' Union

Musicians' Union
The MU represents over 30,000 musicians in the UK. We work for musicians by negotiating with all the major employers in the industry, as well as offering services, benefits and advice tailored to your needs at every stage of your career.

Caroline Sewell

Caroline Sewell
Regional Officer, Scotland and Northern Ireland | Caroline Sewell has worked in the music industry in Scotland for the past 15 years and studied Commercial Music at the University of Paisley. Caroline has worked at the MU in the role of Regional Officer for two years.

Louise Stanners Pow

Louise Stanners Pow
Regional Administrative Officer, MU Scotland and Northern Ireland | Louise has worked for the Musicians’ Union in the Scotland & Northern Ireland office for over 6 years. Louise is a songwriter and studied BA Popular Music at Edinburgh Napier University.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland offers specialist education in dance, drama, music, production and screen. It has recently been recognised as one of the top ten performing arts institutions in the world.

Acquired Taste Productions

Acquired Taste Productions
Acquired Taste Productions is an artist friendly music management, promotions and audio engineering and recording company providing high quality sound services to talent across Scotland.

Sarah May

Sarah May
Founder, Acquired Taste Productions | Acquired Taste Productions is an artist friendly music management, promotions and audio engineering and recording company providing high quality sound services to talent across Scotland.

PRS for Music

PRS for Music
PRS for Music is the home of PRS and MCPS, representing the rights of over 118,000 members. We license organisations to play, perform or make available copyright music on behalf of our members and those of overseas societies, distributing the royalties to them fairly and efficiently. We promote and protect the value of copyright.

Creative Europe Desk UK - Scotland

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

Blas

Blas
International celebration of Highland music and Gaelic language, in a range of venues across Highland Region.

Qpal

Qpal
Qpal have developed a technology solution that revolutionises the way transactions take place at live music events. Qpal reduces queue times, increase event revenues and most importantly, get the people back to the music they came to enjoy.

Craig Buchan

Craig Buchan
Founder/Managing Director | Qpal founder Craig Buchan is currently growing the business as part of the Elevator Accelerator Programme in Aberdeen, Summer 2016 will see Qpal launch at pilot events across the UK.

AudioLock

AudioLock
AudioLock provides producers, record labels, artists, DJ's and digital download stores with the most cost-effective, rapid and accurate way to protect their releases from digital piracy and maximise revenue.

Tristan Hunt

Tristan Hunt
Partner and Director of Business Development, AudioLock | After ten years in music events management and marketing, Tristan moved up to lead on business development at AudioLock. Four years on and AudioLock is ranked by Google’s statistics as the world leader in music specific anti-piracy. Tristan is also on Executive Board of the Association For Electronic Music where he represents the membership’s interests in the area of technology and software.

Jon Tufnell

Jon Tufnell
Business Development Executive, Audiolock | Jon has been with AudioLock for 2 years and brings his industry wide experience as a touring musician, label owner and charting alternative-rock songwriter to his role; advising artists, labels and managers on how to minimise their exposure to piracy and the most effective implementation of anti-piracy counter measures.

Business Gateway

Business Gateway
Business Gateway Highland and Moray supports new and growing businesses. Experts in business planning, our advice is free and impartial. Our workshops cover everything from start-ups, to successful marketing.

Music Producers Guild

Music Producers Guild
The Music Producers Guild was conceived and is supported by producers and engineers who are passionate about all aspects of making and recording music. It is a not-for-profit company and is run by volunteers from the membership.

Andrew Hunt

Andrew Hunt
Producer/ Engineer/ Mixer/ Writer/ Musician/ Executive Director of the Music Producers Guild | In bands, Andrew 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. Recent projects include Hazel Iris, Jonathon Holder & The Good Thinking and SALIO.

Brett Cox

Brett Cox
Producer/ Engineer/ Mixer/ Musician | This year Brett won MPG Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year for his work with Alt-J and Marika Hackman. He has spent much of his time recently working with MPG Producer Of The Year Charlie Andrew at his Iguana Studios, but also produces records in his own right and has worked with Jack Garratt, Tusks and more.

Cameron Blackwood

Cameron Blackwood
Producer/ Mixer/ Musician | Starting off in Glasgow indie bands, Cameron then toured the world as a session guitarist (CSS and Alabama 3), before producing George Ezra’s massive breakthrough album, Wanted On Voyage. He is at the helm of his own Voltaire Studios, producing early recordings for London Grammar. His other clients include Billie Marten, Eaves and Gavin James.

Dave Bascombe

Dave Blascombe
Mixer | Dave Bascombe is undisputedly one of today’s finest mix engineers. His work in the 1980s established a defining sound for artists such as Depeche Mode, Tears For Fears, Peter Gabriel, Human League, ABC and Erasure. His reputation has continued to soar, with recent work with Goldfrapp, Ironik, Royksopp, Lady Antebellum and Pendulum.

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.

Mick Glossop

Mick Glossop
Producer/ Engineer | Mick Glossop has been producing, engineering and mixing for over 35 years. Initially known for recording and producing new wave and punk bands such as Magazine, Public Image Ltd and The Ruts, he has also had success collaborating with many other artists, including The Waterboys, The Wonder Stuff, Frank Zappa, John Lee Hooker and a 30 year history with Van Morrison.

Planet Groucho Records

Planet Groucho Records
Planet Groucho Records is an independent record label based in the Scottish Highlands. Artists include: The Ramisco Maki Maki Rocking Horse, The Kazoo Funk Orchestra, Oak Hero and Lindsay Llewellyn.

Ray McCartney

Ray McCartney
Founder, Planet Groucho Records | Founder of Planet Groucho Records, songwriter, musician, producer and alter-ego of The Ramisco Maki Maki Rocking Horse.

Music Publishers Association

Music Publishers Association
The Music Publishers Association is the trade body for music publishers in the UK.

Maggies

Maggies
This year Maggie’s is 20 years old and by the end of the year will have 20 Centres across the UK and beyond. To celebrate this and the RIAS Festival of Architecture 2016, part of the Year of Innovation and Design, ECA have worked with Maggie’s to create a travelling exhibition called ‘Just Incase’, which carries 12 objects selected by the 12 people who represent the significant foundations of Maggie’s in Scotland.

Help Musicians UK

Help Musicians UK
Help Musicians UK is the leading UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement. We help at times of crisis, but also at times of opportunity, giving people the extra support they need at a crucial stage that could make or break their career.

Academy of Music and Sound

Academy of Music and Sound
The Academy of Music and Sound offers specialist music education and training to aspiring musicians, producers and music professionals.

Hebrides International Film Festival

Hebrides International Film Festival
HIFF 2016 screens unique current world cinema from small international islands alongside groundbreaking environmental films and this year takes place on 14th – 17th September.

#hellodigital

#hellodigital
#hellodigital connects business and technology. Our goal is for every business to make the most of digital technology in promoting and operating their business.

Professional Publishers Association Scotland

Professional Publishers Association Scotland
The Professional Publishers Association (PPA) represents around 220 companies, ranging from consumer magazine publishers to business-to-business data and information providers, customer magazine publishers and smaller independent companies.

10:00am – 5:00pm
The Buzz Project Bus

The Buzz Project Bus

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

The Buzz Project Bus

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

Chris Adams

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

Simon Nicholls

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

10:30am – 12:00pm
One Touch Theatre, Eden Court

Remote Control: Leave The Urban Life Behind

Times: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Venue: One Touch Theatre, Eden Court
Speakers: Johnny Lynch, Anna Svensson, Beatrix Wood, Marcel McKeough, Chair: Donald Iain Brown

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Miles Away | Dir: Dave Macleod (UK, Highland)

Remote Control: Leave The Urban Life Behind

Whether you run a record label or design studio, work as a television producer or a publisher, successful creative businesses no longer have to be based in urban locations: with a phone line, a good broadband connection and a laptop, you can work from anywhere, as this international panel – all of whom run successful business miles away from the big cities – knows from first-hand experience. Regional identity may well be a strong selling factor.

Johnny Lynch

Johnny Lynch
Musician/ Festival Director, Howlin' Fling Johnny is the Festival Director of Isle of Eigg-based event Howlin’ Fling, and also Director of Lost Map Records, which he founded in 2013 following ten years as Director of Fife's Fence Records. Also an established artist, he has toured the globe and recorded extensively under his Pictish Trail moniker, and has a new album due later this year.

Anna Svensson

Anna Svensson
Documentary Filmmaker Commissioning editor of documentaries at Sveriges Television Umeå, up in the northern parts of Sweden. Anna has also worked as a film and media educator at the northern regional center of film, Film i Västerbotten, and for six years a member of the Guldbaggejury, the Swedish “Oscars”, for short film and documentary. Anna is also a trained chef and photographer.

Beatrix Wood

Beatrix Wood
Screenwriter & Film-Maker, Trix Pix Beatrix is a film-maker/narrative artist on award-winning films and cultural projects utilising EU and MEDIA funding. TrixPix Ltd, South Uist, is a multi-media production company based on a working croft. The company currently has 3 creative documentary films currently in production with MG Alba. “New Norway” has been awarded MEDIA Production Support in co-production with Sami Film.

Marcel McKeough

Marcel McKeough
He is on the Executive Management Team representing Culture and Heritage Development in the Department of Communities Culture and Heritage, Government of Nova Scotia.

Donald Ian Brown

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

10:30am – 12:00pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

State Of The Arts

Times: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Marie-Louise Munter, Alan Morrison, Nikki Simpson, Pauline McLean, Chair: Kenneth Fowler

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Banned From Traveling | Dir: Amin Alwan (Qatar) 

State Of The Arts

Who is currently writing about the arts in broadsheets, tabloids and online blogs? With print circulations dropping and long-established expert critics facing redundancy, are digital outlets in place to take over? But can their opinions and editorial balance of new media be trusted if you don’t have to pay for content? An experienced panel examines the future of arts coverage for journalists and consumers alike under the pressures of 21st-century media.

Marie-Louise Munter

Marie-Louise Munter
Content Creator, missdesignsays Marie-Louise Munter is Founder and Editor at the international media MISSDESIGNSAYS. She is a leading Danish Social Media strategist with keen interest in design, architecture and art. In 2011 she was PR & Communications Manager at Copenhagen Design Week and prior to that she spent 11 years as Nordic PR at BBC Worldwide.

Alan Morrison

Alan Morrison
Freelance Journalist & Editor Alan writes about Scottish music in The National and was formerly Group Arts Editor at The Herald and Sunday Herald, Reviews Editor of Empire, Film Critic for The Daily Record, Associate Editor of Total Film and Editor of The List. He is set to become the new Head of Music for Creative Scotland at the end of June 2016.

Nikki Simpson

Nikki Simpson
Business Manager, PPA Scotland Nikki has worked on various magazine-led initiatives, including a 100 Years Of Scottish Magazine Publishing exhibition, annual creativity festival Magfest, the PPA Scotland magazine Unlimited and the Scottish Magazine Awards. She is now working to open an International Magazine Centre, attracting international publishers to live and work in Scotland.

Pauline McLean

Pauline McLean
Arts Correspondent, BBC Pauline McLean has been arts correspondent for BBC Scotland news programmes since 1997. She was previously arts editor of the Western Mail in Wales.

Kenneth Fowler

Chair: Kenneth Fowler
Director of Communications, Creative Scotland Kenneth has worked in communications in Scotland for 25 years in both the private and public sectors. For the past 5 years, he has been Director of Communications for Creative Scotland with responsibility for media relations, digital communications and all aspects of external affairs.

10:30am – 12:00pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Picture Hooks Masterclass: How To Write A Picture Book

Times: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Vivian French

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: ed | Dir: Taha Neyestani (Canada)

Picture Hooks Masterclass: How To Write A Picture Book

In 2013, together with literary agent Lucy Juckes, Vivian French – author of the Stargirl Academy series and lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art – set up Picture Hooks as a project to support emerging Scottish illustrators through mentoring, conferences and exhibitions. Here French describes the process of how to write a picture book for children – an imaginative literary world where images are often as important as words.

Vivian French

Vivian French MBE
Author/ Co-founder, PictureHooks Vivian was first published in 1990 after careers in the theatre, counselling and storytelling. Her books include the Stargirl Academy and Tales From The Five Kingdoms series, and in 2012 she and Lucy Juckes set up PictureHooks, a mentoring scheme for new illustrators. Vivian was awarded an MBE in the 2016 Honours List for services to literature, literacy, illustration and the arts.

10:30am – 12:00pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

The Digital Garage From Google

Times: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Ade Bamgbala

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Megadoubts | Dir: Nestor F (Spain)

The Digital Garage From Google

In need of a digital tune-up? Not sure if you can tell your virals from your analytics? Then step into the Google Digital Garage and pick up the skills required to make the most of the web. In this live session, learn how to take the next step and make your business more visible online so that new customers can find you. Understand the cornerstones of digital marketing, and learn how to use online marketing tools to reach prospective customers. This session will have a particular focus on harnessing and understanding how to master Google Analytics.

Ade Bamgbala

Ade Bamgbala
Lead Trainer, The Digital Garage from Google Ade has over 7 years experience as a Digital Marketer specialising in SEO and Web building for small and medium-sized businesses. As a Lead Trainer for Google's Digital Garage on Tour he has delivered engaging seminars to over 3,000+ individuals across the UK ensuring audiences are left with the fundamental knowledge of how best to harness the power of the web to drive growth for their business or career.

10:30am – 6:00pm
Various Venues

Conference Film Showcasing

Times: 10:30am – 6:00pm
Venue: Various Venues
Speakers: Various Directors

We have programmed a selection of gems to screen before each conference session to get as much exposure as possible. Don't be late, get comfortable and be transported for a few minutes...

THE FULL CONFERENCE FILM SHOWCASING SCHEDULE CAN BE VIEWED HERE.

11:00am – 5:00pm
Stalls, Foyer and Newsbar

XpoNorth Live!

Times: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Stalls, Foyer and Newsbar
Speakers: XpoNorth Live! Team

Broadcasting throughout the festival

At our live television station, hear your favourite band, meet our partners, listen to some key insider info from our speakers and delegates.

Come and be part of our audience!

FOLLOW XPONORTH LIVE! POSTS HERE.

11:15am – 12:45pm
SGL Room, Eden Court

Writers' Pitch To Publishers And Agents - Crime Fiction Panel

Times: 11:15am – 12:45pm
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Adrian Searle, Allan Guthrie, Moira Forsyth

XpoNorth Writing & Publishing's panel of publishers and agents hear unpublished submission pitches from selected writers who submitted to our call earlier this year.

CRIME FICTION PANEL - 9 PITCHES

Adrian Searle (Managing Director, Freight Books); Allan Guthrie (Editor, Bastei Luebbe and Agent, Jenny Brown Associates); Moira Forsyth (Editorial Director, Sandstone Press)

12:00pm – 1:30pm
One Touch Theatre, Eden Court

Putting A Region On The Map: The Success Of The Highlands And Islands Festival Sector

Times: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Venue: One Touch Theatre, Eden Court
Speakers: Kresanna Aigner, Joe Gibbs, Les Kidger, Johnny Lynch, Alasdair Nicolson, Chair: Allan McGowan

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: The Octopus Lady | Dir: Amanda Wang Ziyan (Singapore)

Putting A Region On The Map: The Success Of The Highlands And Islands Festival Sector

Belladrum, Howlin’ Fling, St Magnus Festival, Loopallu, Findhorn Bay Arts Festival, HebCelt … the festival sector is booming in the Highlands and Islands to the benefit of local fans and rural talent. Headline names are getting starrier, the music on offer is growing more diverse and audiences are pouring in from further afield in greater numbers. This session brings together a cross-reach of festival organisers and promoters to discuss the positive impact these events are having on the area’s infrastructure.

Kresanna Aigner

Kresanna Aigner
Director, Findhorn Bay Arts Festival/Culture Day In 2013 Kresanna produced the first Culture Day, a one-day celebration that showcased the wealth of arts activity taking place throughout the year in Moray. She then went on to launch the biennial Findhorn Bay Arts Festival in 2014. Her previous experience includes working for Celtic Connections and producing the inaugural Culture Night Belfast.

Joe Gibbs

Joe Gibbs
Founder/ Festival Director, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival Following a misspent youth going to rock festivals in the 1970s, Joe founded Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival in 2004, before going on to launch RockNess in 2006 along with two other partners. Belladrum is now Scotland’s second largest music festival after T In The Park. Joe is also a partner in dance events Groove Loch Ness and Groove Cairngorm.

Les Kidger

Les Kidger
Director, LCC Live Events Les’s passion for music is the driving force behind LCC Live, which successfully brings big artists to unique locations. Having promoted Rod Stewart, Sir Tom Jones, Madness, Wet Wet Wet, Simple Minds and Runrig, this year sees the Inverness-based concert promoter host shows for Bryan Adams as well as Will Young and Status Quo.

Johnny Lynch

Johnny Lynch
Musician/ Festival Director, Howlin' Fling Johnny is the Festival Director of Isle of Eigg-based event Howlin’ Fling, and also Director of Lost Map Records, which he founded in 2013 following ten years as Director of Fife's Fence Records. Also an established artist, he has toured the globe and recorded extensively under his Pictish Trail moniker, and has a new album due later this year.

Alasdair Nicolson

Alasdair Nicolson
Artistic Director, St Magnus International Festival A highly respected creative producer, Alasdair is currently Artistic Director of St Magnus International Festival and was formerly Director of Bath International Music Festival. His music has been performed by some of the world’s most renowned ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Chair: Allan McGowan

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

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

ShowTalk - The Inside Track On Overseas Design Shows

Times: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Laurian Davies

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Eye For An Eye | Dir: Antoneta Kusijanovic (Croatia)

ShowTalk - The Inside Track On Overseas Design Shows

Exhibiting at a trade show remains one of the best ways to reach buyers. But with hundreds of shows on the international circuit, how do new designers or established brands decide which one is right for them? ShowTalk brings together the experience of the UK Fashion & Textile Association in taking hundreds of exhibitors to all the major trade shows each year. This session explains UKFT’s exhibition programme, how to get accepted into shows, how to promote yourself to buyers and find  financial help. After the introductory session, Laurian Davies will be available to talk about the shows in your specific market sector.

Laurian Davies

Laurian Davies
Business Development, UK Fashion & Textiles (UKFT) Laurian is passionate about fashion and textiles. Her mission is to help businesses grow - working with freelance designers on presentation and getting paid, encouraging manufacturers and designers to get into successful exporting, and taking UK designers and brands to exhibitions all over the world.

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

Feature Film Self-Distribution: A Case Study

Times: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Stephen Follows

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: The Chimney Sweep | Dirs: Nicolas Bianco-Levrin & Julie Rembauville (France)

Feature Film Self-Distribution: A Case Study

Ever wanted to see the full details of how films earn their income? Writer and producer Stephen Follows presents an in-depth case study of the theatrical distribution, broadcast and VOD sales of an international feature film.

Stephen Follows

Stephen Follows
Writer/Producer Stephen’s work researching and explaining the film industry has been featured in most major newspapers. He was main contributor on BBC Radio 4’s The Business Of Film and consults for film industry bodies, producers and pressure groups. Stephen has also taught at a number of top film schools around the world and runs a production company from Ealing Studios.

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

Beyond The Logo: Design For Town, Cities And Communities

Times: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Anne Guiney, Don McIntyre, Alex Milton, Ingrid van der Wacht, Chair: Clare English

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Tuck Me In | Dir: Ignacio F. Rodó (Spain)

Beyond The Logo: Design For Town, Cities And Communities

It’s not enough to think of the places we live in as plainly functional spaces. So what should be the designer’s role in the reimagining and regeneration of towns, cities and communities? Leading figures from the international design world explore the transformational impact of design, and share areas of opportunity that are opening up to designers in new fields. 

Anne Guiney

Anne Guiney
Director of Research, Van Alen Institute, New York Anne Guiney is a writer, editor and project developer. Prior to joining Van Alen Institute as Director of Research, she led multi-disciplinary think tank The Institute for Urban Design. She spent five years as editor of the New York edition of The Architect’s Newspaper, and served as an editor at Architecture magazine and Metropolis. She has written widely for publications including Architect, ID and Details.

Don McIntyre

Don McIntyre
Design Director, Institute of Design Innovation, The Glasgow School of Art |
A graduate from The Glasgow School of Art in Product Design and an MSc in Computer Science from Strathclyde University, Don has expertise in this combination of creative and technical disciplines. His first role was as a 3D designer with Leicester-based virtual reality pioneers Virtuality, and Don was part of the Tokyo-based team that ported Pac Man from 2D to an immersive 3D environment. He has worked as a Designer and Digital Project Manager with agencies such as Oyster Partners and Crown Business Communications; and Operations Manager with DA Group. Don retains his passion for design and technology, and has spoken on the emergence of Design Innovation as an integrative discipline at a number of forums including Cambridge University, MIT and Harvard University.

Alex Milton

Alex Milton
Programme Director, Irish Design 2015 As a designer, educator, researcher, curator and author Alex has promoted an interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial approach to design. He is a visiting professor at Manchester School of Art, Aston University and the National College of Art and Design, Ireland, and his creative work has been exhibited at numerous international venues.

Ingrid Van Der Wacht

Ingrid Van Der Wacht
Ambassador for Design For Europe/ Freelance International Projects Manager for Dutch Design Week Ingrid describes herself as a connector, conceptor, communicator with a focus on co-design for people and planet. Over the years she has initiated projects for the use of design as the driver for social innovation, economic growth and sustainable development. Previously, she was project manager for PROUD Europe and Design Management Europe (FP7).

Clare English

Chair: Clare English
BBC Culture Social Affairs presenter Clare has been a journalist for 30 years, working mainly in radio. Beginning her career in 1985 at Radio Clyde before joining BBC Radio Scotland as a young producer, she has worked on arts television show XS, radio current affairs programmes Good Morning Scotland and PM, and the weekly food programme, The Kitchen Cafe.

1:00pm – 2:30pm
SGL Room, Eden Court

Writers' Pitch To Publishers And Agents - Women's Fiction Panel 2

Times: 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Adrian Searle, Janne Moller

XpoNorth Writing & Publishing's panel of publishers and agents hear unpublished submission pitches from selected writers who submitted to our call earlier this year.

WOMEN'S FICTION PANEL 2 - 6 PITCHES

Adrian Searle (Managing Director, Freight Books); Janne Moller (Rights Director, Black & White Publishing)

1:30pm – 3:00pm
One Touch Theatre, Eden Court

AudioLock Anti-Piracy Keynote

Times: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Venue: One Touch Theatre, Eden Court
Speakers: Tristan Hunt

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: 100 Second Red Light | Dir: Navid Zare (Iran)

AudioLock Anti-Piracy Keynote

AudioLock is the world’s leading music-specific anti-piracy service for record labels, distributors and artists according to Google’s Transparency Report. The company provides protection services to labels such as Mute, Warp, Domino and Ministry of Sound, artists such as Goldfrapp, Tiesto, Skrillex and Primal Scream, and integrations with the world’s leading distributors such as Believe Digital, PIAS and FUGA to provide quick and simple one-click protection. 

Partner and Director of Business Development Tristan Hunt will deliver a keynote address overviewing measures artists and businesses can take to safeguard and protect sales, increase fan engagement levels and protect the exclusivity of streams, downloads and physical releases. 

Tristan Hunt

Tristan Hunt
Partner & Director of Business Development, AudioLock After ten years in music events management and marketing, Tristan moved up to lead business development at AudioLock. Four years on and AudioLock is ranked by Google’s stats as being the world leader in music specific anti-piracy. Tristan is also on AFEM’s Executive Board where he represents the membership’s interests in the area of technology and software.

1:30pm – 3:00pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Supercharge Your Smartphone To Broadcast Standard

Times: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Marc Settle

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Red | Dir: Ario Saffarzadegan (Iran)

Supercharge Your Smartphone To Broadcast Standard

Marc Settle from BBC News takes us through the tips and apps, gadgets and gizmos, lenses and microphones that can supercharge your smartphone. Whether it’s to gather the news, film the family or make a movie, you really can use the phone in your pocket to capture broadcast-quality content. While the principles and techniques will apply to any smartphone, the session will be of most benefit to iPhone owners.

Mark Settle

Mark Settle
Senior Trainer, BBC Academy Marc Settle is the BBC's senior trainer in mobile journalism at the BBC Academy, where he has shown more than 1000 journalists how to turn their smartphone into a pocket-based mobile newsroom. Before joining the BBC Academy, Marc spent fifteen years as a reporter, presenter and editor in local, regional and national radio and TV.

1:30pm – 3:00pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Designing Content And Storytelling For 21st Century Audiences

Times: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Charles Kriel, Daniel Livingstone, Eric Huang, Paula Zuccotti, Chair: Clare English

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Typewriterhead | Dir: Eric Giessmann (Germany)

Designing Content And Storytelling For 21st Century Audiences

An inspirational ‘show and tell’ from four very different perspectives. Leading designers and content makers explore examples of the latest thinking in 21st-century, trans-media content, and share ideas on how businesses can create their own great content.

Charles Kriel

Charles Kriel
Author/ Co-founder and Editor of Lightful Charles was born in the back of a circus wagon. Now the Co-founder and Editor of Lightful, he is a lifelong broadcaster and photographer who regularly travels to conflict zones promoting free press. Charles is an Emmy-nominated platforms and games designer, and the author of several books including his recent debut novel, The Lobster Boy And The Fat Lady’s Daughter.

Daniel Livingstone

Daniel Livingstone
Digital Design Studio, The Glasgow School of Art Daniel is the Postgraduate Programmes Leader at the Digital Design Studio (DDS) at The Glasgow School of Art, where he helps develop new programmes that enable graduates to apply their creative vision to Virtual Reality. With a background in Computer Science, he previously led the undergraduate programme in Computer Game Technology at the University of the West of Scotland.

Eric Huang

Eric Huang
Development Director, Made In Me Eric started out at Disney Publishing in LA before moving to Melbourne as Managing Editor at Penguin. He has also worked for toy company Funtastic, Parragon and Penguin UK, where he looked after licensed publishing, IP and co-production businesses. In 2013 Eric joined Made in Me, where he looks after IP development and partnerships around creating and launching digital brands.

Paula Zuccotti

Paula Zuccotti
Founder, The Overworld Paula is a strategist, ethnographer, industrial designer, trends forecaster and the founder of The Overworld, a London creative consultancy that specialises in research, insights, strategy, design and production. She is also the author of Every Thing We Touch, for which she photographed the lives of more than 60 people around the world and the objects each touches in a day.

Clare English

Chair: Clare English
BBC Culture Social Affairs presenter Clare has been a journalist for 30 years, working mainly in radio. Beginning her career in 1985 at Radio Clyde before joining BBC Radio Scotland as a young producer, she has worked on arts television show XS, radio current affairs programmes Good Morning Scotland and PM, and the weekly food programme, The Kitchen Cafe.

1:30pm – 3:00pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Scottish Magazine Publishing: A Global Industry

Times: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Fraser Allen, Nick Creed, Nikki Simpson

Scottish Magazine Publishing: A Global Industry

Magazines come in all shapes and sizes – digital and print, newsstand and free, consumer and B2B – and publishers are making money in increasingly diverse ways. With data and social media now key to any successful business, global opportunities have grown exponentially as publishers become bolder and more determined to succeed. This session sets out the magazine scene in Scotland, as key figures from this thriving sector reveal how they’re taking the world by storm.

Fraser Allen

Fraser Allen
Co-founder and CEO, White Light Media Fraser launched Edinburgh-based White Light Media in 2001. Evolving into Scotland's leading content marketing agency, it has created campaigns for Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group, Channel 4, BP and Tesco. White Light has launched the magazines Hot Rum Cow (in 2012) and Poppy (in 2014), and acquired World Whisky Day in February 2015.

Nick Creed

Nick Creed
Co-founder and Digital Director, The Drum Nick is focused on digital strategy, customer loyalty and The Drum brand, leading to driving revenue and engagement across the thedrum.com, Europe’s leading marketing website. As an experienced publishing professional, he has specific knowledge of digital media, technology, product development, design/UX, marketing and editorial operations.

Nikki Simpson

Nikki Simpson
Business Manager, PPA Scotland Nikki has worked on various magazine-led initiatives, including a 100 Years Of Scottish Magazine Publishing exhibition, annual creativity festival Magfest, the PPA Scotland magazine Unlimited and the Scottish Magazine Awards. She is now working to open an International Magazine Centre, attracting international publishers to live and work in Scotland.

2:45pm – 4:30pm
SGL Room, Eden Court

Writers' Pitch To Publishers And Agents - General Fiction & Non-Fiction Panel

Times: 2:45pm – 4:30pm
Venue: SGL Room, Eden Court
Speakers: Moira Forsyth, Francine Toon, Hugh Andrew, Canongate Books Rep

XpoNorth Writing & Publishing's panel of publishers and agents hear unpublished submission pitches from selected writers who submitted to our call earlier this year.

GENERAL FICTION & NONFICTION PANEL - 10 PITCHES

Moira Forsyth (Editorial Director, Sandstone Press); Francine Toon (Editor, Sceptre); Hugh Andrew (Managing Director, Berlinn); Canongate Books Representative

3:00pm – 4:30pm
One Touch Theatre, Eden Court

Services For Authors: A Buyers' Guide

Times: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Venue: One Touch Theatre, Eden Court
Speakers: Ricardo Fayet, Ben Galley

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Sirimiri | Dir: David Marquez (Puerto Rico)

Services For Authors: A Buyers' Guide

From cover design to editing and proofreading, the growth and success of professional independent authorship and self-publishing has sparked a major demand for services for authors. But how do authors select the right professional suppliers? In this session, Ricardo Fayet, co-founder of Reedsy, the largest international market place for professional authors services, and Ben Galley, indie author and consultant, address these key issues, and introduce Reedsy and its services. 

Ricardo Fayet

Ricardo Fayet
Publishing Entrepreneur Ricardo is a co-founder of Reedsy, an international, online marketplace connecting authors with the best editorial, design, marketing and translation talent. An avid reader and technology enthusiast, he likes to imagine how small players will build the future of publishing. He also blogs about publishing on the Reedsy blog.

Ben Galley

Ben Galley
Author/Self-publishing Consultant Ben is a best-selling dark fantasy author from Brighton, creator of the epic Emaneska series and a new western fantasy series, the Scarlet Star Trilogy. He also works as a consultant, helping fellow authors to self-publish and sell their books at www.shelfhelp.info. Ben can be found on Twitter (@BenGalley), Facebook (/BenGalleyAuthor) or at his website www.bengalley.com.

3:00pm – 4:30pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Making Your Location Your USP: Selling To A Worldwide Audience Online

Times: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Sally Bendelow, Ajeet Jugnauth, Heather McDermott, Natalie Melton, Mati Ventrillon, Chair: Patricia van den Akker

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Tripbook | Dirs: Nicolas Bianco-Levrin & Alice Andreo (France)

Making Your Location Your USP: Selling To A Worldwide Audience Online

Your location is key to your success, and selling online gives you the opportunity to make this your unique selling point. In this session, major players for online markets and makers who run successful businesses based in very rural locations will join forces to discuss and debate the issues, challenges and opportunities when defining your USP. The discussion will be followed by a questions and answer session.

Sally Bendelow

Sally Bendelow
Creative Product Director, Not on the High Street Sally joined Notonthehighstreet.com in 2015 as Creative Product Director following a career of more than 25 years in Buying and Design within retail. With a strong balance of creative and commercial acumen, Sally focuses on ensuring customers are continually offered new, unique, quality and innovative products from the best creative small businesses.

Ajeet Jugnauth

Ajeet Jugnauth
International Community Programmes Team, ETSY Ajeet has built a career in community development across the arts, charity and public sectors. Prior to joining Etsy, he worked in music showcasing and creative entrepreneurship for the British Council. He is now part of Etsy’s International Community Programmes team, developing the seller base for the UK market, acquiring new sellers and enhancing the growth of existing sellers on the site.

Heather McDermott

Heather McDermott
Heather McDermott Jewellery After completing her BA (Hons) and a one-year MA at Edinburgh College of Art in 2011, Heather moved home to the Isle of Skye to establish her business. She takes her inspiration from the ever-changing shoreline and landscapes of Skye, and uses stainless steel with elements of silver and vivid discs of colour.

Natalie Melton

Natalie Melton
Managing Director, The New Craftsmen Natalie is the Managing Director and a co-founder of The New Craftsmen. Prior to this she was Commercial Director of Arts & Business, overseeing a £2m investment programme for the arts. Working with Walpole, Natalie managed Crafted, a mentoring scheme pairing skilled craftsmen with leaders from the luxury sector.

Mati Ventrillon

Mati Ventrillon
Textile Artist Mati is one of the few remaining knitters making garments on Fair Isle, Scotland. The motivation for her work comes from women’s role in maintaining the continuous life on the island. Her designs are inspired by museum pieces; she uses only traditional patterns from 19th and early 20th centuries and likes experimenting with colour and pattern arrangement.

Patricia van den Akker

Chair: Patricia van den Akker
Director, The Design Trust Patricia is an experienced creative business adviser, coach and trainer who talks and writes regularly about growing craft and design businesses, working with cultural organisations, universities and studio providers across the UK. She was recently the Business Adviser for the Etsy Resolution training programme and writes a regular business column for Crafts magazine, called The Design Doctor.

3:00pm – 4:30pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

The Future Of Radio And Music

Times: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Heather Campbell, Vic Galloway, Jeff Zycinski, Brian Paige, Chair: Sat Bisla

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

FIlm: You Ci Ke (有刺客) | Dir: Ronald Fong Ren Kai (Singapore)

The Future Of Radio And Music

As the BBC faces charter renewal and changes to the licence fee, some of the leading lights in radio in Scotland weigh up where music might fit on the radio dial. Does the DJ still carry weight or is the playlist now all powerful? How is the BBC currently faring against commercial stations? This session will also reflect differences between UK and US broadcasters.

Heather Campbell

Heather Campbell
Assistant Producer, BBC Radio 1/1Xtra After doing work experience at BBC Radio Scotland’s music department in 2010, Heather joined Radio 1 and 1Xtra in 2012 as a Team Assistant, before becoming an Assistant Producer. An avid music lover, she has worked across all of the daytime and specialist shows on both networks. She has also produced her first documentary for R1/1Xtra, Running With Grief, presented by Clara Amfo.

Vic Galloway

Vic Galloway
BBC Radio Broadcaster, TV Presenter, Journalist, Musician & Author Vic Galloway is a broadcaster, journalist and author based in Scotland. He has presented weekly music programmes for the BBC including Radio 1. He continues on BBC Radio Scotland every week and regularly contributes to BBC 6Music. He has written for Clash, The Skinny, The List, The Times and Sunday Herald, and is also a musician, DJ and event host. His first book ‘Songs in the Key of Fife’ was published recently.

Jeff Zycinski

Jeff Zycinksi
Head of Radio, BBC Scotland Jeff is Head of Radio at BBC Scotland. He commissions and schedules programming for BBC Radio Scotland and leads the teams who pitch and produce programmes for UK networks such as Radio 4 and Radio 3. He has won numerous awards for his work in journalism, entertainment and topical programming.

Brian Paige

Brian Paige
Regional Content Director – West Scotland, BAUER An award winning Scottish broadcaster with over 20 years' experience within the radio industry, Brian is Bauer Radio’s Regional Content Director – West Scotland. Previously he was Programme Director of Radio Forth. He now has day to day responsibility for Clyde and oversees the content teams of MFR, West FM and Westsound FM.

Sat Bisla

Chair: 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.

3:00pm – 4:30pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

In Conversation With...Michael Caton Jones, Director

Times: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Michael Caton Jones, Chair: Siobhan Synnot

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: What Do You See? | Dirs: Scott Willis & John Batty (UK, Inverness)

In Conversation With...Michael Caton Jones, Director

From a working-class upbringing in Broxburn to the high-life in Hollywood… Michael Caton-Jones is one of the UK film industry’s global success stories. He discusses a career that has taken him from the National Film School (where he was headhunted to direct TV series Brond in 1987) to LA (where he has directed Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bruce Willis and Sharon Stone). He also shares memories of helming Scottish historical epic Rob Roy and talks about recent work, such as forthcoming feature Urban Hymn.

View Michael's showreel here: https://vimeo.com/169350609 Password: XpoNorthOK 

Michael Caton Jones

Michael Caton Jones
Film Director/Producer Michael was born in Broxburn and quickly came to notice when his television series Brond was broadcast in 1987. The success of his feature film debut Scandal launched a career that has seen him work in Hollywood (on the likes of This Boy’s Life, The Jackal and Basic Instinct 2) as well as return to home turf for 1995’s historical drama Rob Roy.

Siobhan Synott

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

4:30pm – 6:00pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Keynote: Re-Presenting Craft And Luxury With Natalie Melton

Times: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Natalie Melton

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Granny Crochet | Dir: Joaquin Villalonga Malpica (Spain)

Keynote: Re-Presenting Craft And Luxury With Natalie Melton

The co-founder and Managing Director of The New Craftsmen tells the story of what has quickly become the go-to destination for exciting British craft. Founded in 2012 by three individuals with a passion to champion and promote great craft, The New Craftsmen has established an enviable reputation amongst the press, makers and customers. In this keynote address, Natalie Melton will talk about the journey of the business thus far, what the future holds, and why she is optimistic about the health of the UK craft sector.

Natalie Melton

Natalie Melton
Managing Director, The New Craftsmen Natalie is the Managing Director and a co-founder of The New Craftsmen. Prior to this she was Commercial Director of Arts & Business, overseeing a £2m investment programme for the arts. Working with Walpole, Natalie managed Crafted, a mentoring scheme pairing skilled craftsmen with leaders from the luxury sector.

4:30pm – 6:00pm
One Touch Theatre, Eden Court

Meet The Music Supervisors

Times: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Venue: One Touch Theatre, Eden Court
Speakers: Connie Farr, Dan Ogden, Josh Rabinowitz, Duncan Smith, Chair: Mark Gordon

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Electrofly | Dir: Natalia C.A. Freitas (Germany)

Meet The Music Supervisors

This interactive seminar on music placement offers practical, end-to-end information on how music supervision works across the TV, film, advertising and gaming arenas. Representatives from Sony Computer Entertainment, Domino Publishing, Grey Worldwide, Ignition Creative, ThinkSync Music and Score Draw Music examine this multi-faceted and increasingly important area of the music industry.

Connie Farr

Connie Farr
Founder, ThinkSync Music/ Music Supervisor, Ignition Creative Connie founded ThinkSync Music over a decade ago as a leading one-stop music consultancy and licensing service for the visual media industries. Her recent projects include the award-winning 45 Years and the upcoming adaptation of London Fields. She is also the out-of-house Music Supervisor at the UK office of movie services house, Ignition Creative.

Dan Ogden

Dan Ogden
Synchronisation Manager, Domino Publishing Dan Ogden began his career working for the likes of Chrysalis & Warner/Chappell Publishing before joining the in-house Sync team at Domino Publishing. Over the past decade Domino has established itself as one of the World’s most innovative, independent publishing houses, with over 40,000 songs from writers as influential as the Jesus and Mary Chain, Robert Wyatt and Stereolab- through to current chart artists such as Anna Calvi, Frightened Rabbit and Wild Beasts.

Josh Rabinowitz

Josh Rabinowitz
SVP, Director of Music, Grey Worldwide Josh is Senior Vice President/Director of Music for the Grey Group and is one of the biggest global names in music and advertising. Throughout his career he has worked with brands such as Sony, Pantene, Dr. Pepper and Cover Girl and with artists including Rihanna, Chuck D, Cyndi Lauper, Macy Gray and Run DMC.

Duncan Smith

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

Mark Gordon

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

4:30pm – 6:00pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Keynote: Don McIntyre, Institute of Design Innovation

Times: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Don McIntyre

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: The Day It Snowed | Dir: Pooyan Sedghi (Iran)

Keynote: Don McIntyre, Institute of Design Innovation

In this keynote, Don will talk about the emergence of 'Design Innovation’ as a discipline, and provide examples of where it has been applied across a number of sectors to address complex issues and stimulate innovation. In addition, Don will introduce Professor Irene McAra-McWilliam’s thinking around “Preferable Futures’ and the opportunity that exists for designers to integrate the social, cultural and technological opportunities across society.

Don McIntyre

Don McIntyre
Design Director, Institute of Design Innovation, The Glasgow School of Art |
A graduate from The Glasgow School of Art in Product Design and an MSc in Computer Science from Strathclyde University, Don has expertise in this combination of creative and technical disciplines. His first role was as a 3D designer with Leicester-based virtual reality pioneers Virtuality, and Don was part of the Tokyo-based team that ported Pac Man from 2D to an immersive 3D environment. He has worked as a Designer and Digital Project Manager with agencies such as Oyster Partners and Crown Business Communications; and Operations Manager with DA Group. Don retains his passion for design and technology, and has spoken on the emergence of Design Innovation as an integrative discipline at a number of forums including Cambridge University, MIT and Harvard University.

6:00pm – 8:00pm
Ironworks

XpoNorth Opening Party

Times: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Ironworks
Speakers: With Glasgow School of Art

Festival of Architecture and Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

The Glasgow School of Art showcases work from the GSA's Digital Design Studio, the Institute of Design Innovation and the BA (Hons) Fashion Design programme.

In association with NorthHop and their suppliers: Spey Valley Brewery, Windswept Brewing Co, Cromarty Brewing Co, Wooha Brewing Co, Thistly Cross Cider, Dunnet Bay Distillers, Berry Good, Roots Soda Co and Brew Lab Coffee.

8:00pm – 10:00pm
One Touch Theatre, Eden Court

Special Screening Of 'Hamish'

Times: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Venue: One Touch Theatre, Eden Court
Speakers: Robbie Fraser

A special screening of 'Hamish' a feature film documenting the life of Hamish Henderson. Followed by a Q&A with Director Robbie Fraser 

8:00pm – 12:30am
Various Venues

Music Showcasing

Times: 8:00pm – 12:30am
Venue: Various Venues
Speakers: Various Acts

Around 60 acts have been selected to play in XpoNorth's eagerly awaited 2016 showcase event which takes place at venues throughout Inverness.

Check the schedule here for times, act and venue listings:

THE FULL MUSIC SHOWCASING SCHEDULE CAN BE VIEWED HERE.

WEDNESDAY MUSIC SHOWCASING SCHEDULE PDF HERE.

11:59pm – 3:00am
Mad Hatters

Late session at Mad Hatters

Times: 11:59pm – 3:00am
Venue: Mad Hatters
Speakers: Catholic Action, DJs

Midnight till late

For one night only we host a late session with live music from Catholic Action and DJs, completing our first evening of music across the highland capital.

Open to the general public as well as festival delegates.

12:00am – 3:00am
Penta Hotel

Late Night Festival Club Delegate Pass Access Only

Times: 12:00am – 3:00am
Venue: Penta Hotel
Speakers: -

James Mackenzie will kick off our inaugural late night club at The Penta Hotel on Wednesday 8th June. We promise an eclectic mix of showcasing bands and some other surprises over both nights.

XpoNorth Delegate Pass Holders only.

Day 2 Thursday 9th June 2016

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

Registration and General Information

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

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

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

Delegate passes are essential for all conference, training and showcase events at Eden Court, Opening Party on Wednesday, Networking Reception on Thursday, Closing Party at the Ironworks, and Late Night Festival Club at the Penta on both nights.

REGISTER AS A FESTIVAL DELEGATE HERE.

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

One-To-Ones

Times: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: First Floor Foyer, Eden Court
Speakers: In association with Enterprise Europe Network

The XpoNorth One-to-Ones are in association with Enterprise Europe Network

75% of the people who go to events do so to network, but the reality is that the networking part is usually restricted to small talk during the event’s coffee breaks. So, to help you meet potential cooperation partners, we've joined forces with Enterprise Europe Network to bring you a brokerage event. People meet and greet at high speed, 20 minutes is usually enough to build connections, then the bell rings and the next talk starts.

How it works

  1. Register online and set up your profile
  2. Find businesses that match your interests
  3. Book bilateral meetings with these businesses
  4. On the day, we give you a schedule of meeting times

REGISTER FOR OUR ONE-TO-ONES HERE.

VIEW OUR ONE-TO-ONE PROFILES HERE.

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

Film Showcasing and Curated Partner Programme

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

We are screening more than a hundred films as part of submitted and curated programme.

THE FULL FILM SHOWCASING SCHEDULE CAN BE VIEWED HERE.

VIEW, DOWNLOAD OR PRINT THE FILM SHOWCASING SCHEDULE PDF HERE.

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

VIEW THE CONFERENCE SCREENING SCHEDULE HERE.

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

Trade Stands

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

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

Musicians' Union

Musicians' Union
The MU represents over 30,000 musicians in the UK. We work for musicians by negotiating with all the major employers in the industry, as well as offering services, benefits and advice tailored to your needs at every stage of your career.

Caroline Sewell

Caroline Sewell
Regional Officer, Scotland and Northern Ireland | Caroline Sewell has worked in the music industry in Scotland for the past 15 years and studied Commercial Music at the University of Paisley. Caroline has worked at the MU in the role of Regional Officer for two years.

Louise Stanners Pow

Louise Stanners Pow
Regional Administrative Officer, MU Scotland and Northern Ireland | Louise has worked for the Musicians’ Union in the Scotland & Northern Ireland office for over 6 years. Louise is a songwriter and studied BA Popular Music at Edinburgh Napier University.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland offers specialist education in dance, drama, music, production and screen. It has recently been recognised as one of the top ten performing arts institutions in the world.

Acquired Taste Productions

Acquired Taste Productions
Acquired Taste Productions is an artist friendly music management, promotions and audio engineering and recording company providing high quality sound services to talent across Scotland.

Sarah May

Sarah May
Founder, Acquired Taste Productions | Acquired Taste Productions is an artist friendly music management, promotions and audio engineering and recording company providing high quality sound services to talent across Scotland.

PRS for Music

PRS for Music
PRS for Music is the home of PRS and MCPS, representing the rights of over 118,000 members. We license organisations to play, perform or make available copyright music on behalf of our members and those of overseas societies, distributing the royalties to them fairly and efficiently. We promote and protect the value of copyright.

Creative Europe Desk UK - Scotland

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

Blas

Blas
International celebration of Highland music and Gaelic language, in a range of venues across Highland Region.

Qpal

Qpal
Qpal have developed a technology solution that revolutionises the way transactions take place at live music events. Qpal reduces queue times, increase event revenues and most importantly, get the people back to the music they came to enjoy.

Craig Buchan

Craig Buchan
Founder/Managing Director | Qpal founder Craig Buchan is currently growing the business as part of the Elevator Accelerator Programme in Aberdeen, Summer 2016 will see Qpal launch at pilot events across the UK.

AudioLock

AudioLock
AudioLock provides producers, record labels, artists, DJ's and digital download stores with the most cost-effective, rapid and accurate way to protect their releases from digital piracy and maximise revenue.

Tristan Hunt

Tristan Hunt
Partner and Director of Business Development, AudioLock | After ten years in music events management and marketing, Tristan moved up to lead on business development at AudioLock. Four years on and AudioLock is ranked by Google’s statistics as the world leader in music specific anti-piracy. Tristan is also on Executive Board of the Association For Electronic Music where he represents the membership’s interests in the area of technology and software.

Jon Tufnell

Jon Tufnell
Business Development Executive, Audiolock | Jon has been with AudioLock for 2 years and brings his industry wide experience as a touring musician, label owner and charting alternative-rock songwriter to his role; advising artists, labels and managers on how to minimise their exposure to piracy and the most effective implementation of anti-piracy counter measures.

Business Gateway

Business Gateway
Business Gateway Highland and Moray supports new and growing businesses. Experts in business planning, our advice is free and impartial. Our workshops cover everything from start-ups, to successful marketing.

Music Producers Guild

Music Producers Guild
The Music Producers Guild was conceived and is supported by producers and engineers who are passionate about all aspects of making and recording music. It is a not-for-profit company and is run by volunteers from the membership.

Andrew Hunt

Andrew Hunt
Producer/ Engineer/ Mixer/ Writer/ Musician/ Executive Director of the Music Producers Guild | In bands, Andrew 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. Recent projects include Hazel Iris, Jonathon Holder & The Good Thinking and SALIO.

Brett Cox

Brett Cox
Producer/ Engineer/ Mixer/ Musician | This year Brett won MPG Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year for his work with Alt-J and Marika Hackman. He has spent much of his time recently working with MPG Producer Of The Year Charlie Andrew at his Iguana Studios, but also produces records in his own right and has worked with Jack Garratt, Tusks and more.

Cameron Blackwood

Cameron Blackwood
Producer/ Mixer/ Musician | Starting off in Glasgow indie bands, Cameron then toured the world as a session guitarist (CSS and Alabama 3), before producing George Ezra’s massive breakthrough album, Wanted On Voyage. He is at the helm of his own Voltaire Studios, producing early recordings for London Grammar. His other clients include Billie Marten, Eaves and Gavin James.

Dave Bascombe

Dave Blascombe
Mixer | Dave Bascombe is undisputedly one of today’s finest mix engineers. His work in the 1980s established a defining sound for artists such as Depeche Mode, Tears For Fears, Peter Gabriel, Human League, ABC and Erasure. His reputation has continued to soar, with recent work with Goldfrapp, Ironik, Royksopp, Lady Antebellum and Pendulum.

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.

Mick Glossop

Mick Glossop
Producer/ Engineer | Mick Glossop has been producing, engineering and mixing for over 35 years. Initially known for recording and producing new wave and punk bands such as Magazine, Public Image Ltd and The Ruts, he has also had success collaborating with many other artists, including The Waterboys, The Wonder Stuff, Frank Zappa, John Lee Hooker and a 30 year history with Van Morrison.

Planet Groucho Records

Planet Groucho Records
Planet Groucho Records is an independent record label based in the Scottish Highlands. Artists include: The Ramisco Maki Maki Rocking Horse, The Kazoo Funk Orchestra, Oak Hero and Lindsay Llewellyn.

Ray McCartney

Ray McCartney
Founder, Planet Groucho Records | Founder of Planet Groucho Records, songwriter, musician, producer and alter-ego of The Ramisco Maki Maki Rocking Horse.

Music Publishers Association

Music Publishers Association
The Music Publishers Association is the trade body for music publishers in the UK.

Maggies

Maggies
This year Maggie’s is 20 years old and by the end of the year will have 20 Centres across the UK and beyond. To celebrate this and the RIAS Festival of Architecture 2016, part of the Year of Innovation and Design, ECA have worked with Maggie’s to create a travelling exhibition called ‘Just Incase’, which carries 12 objects selected by the 12 people who represent the significant foundations of Maggie’s in Scotland.

Help Musicians UK

Help Musicians UK
Help Musicians UK is the leading UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement. We help at times of crisis, but also at times of opportunity, giving people the extra support they need at a crucial stage that could make or break their career.

Academy of Music and Sound

Academy of Music and Sound
The Academy of Music and Sound offers specialist music education and training to aspiring musicians, producers and music professionals.

Hebrides International Film Festival

Hebrides International Film Festival
HIFF 2016 screens unique current world cinema from small international islands alongside groundbreaking environmental films and this year takes place on 14th – 17th September.

#hellodigital

#hellodigital
#hellodigital connects business and technology. Our goal is for every business to make the most of digital technology in promoting and operating their business.

Professional Publishers Association Scotland

Professional Publishers Association Scotland
The Professional Publishers Association (PPA) represents around 220 companies, ranging from consumer magazine publishers to business-to-business data and information providers, customer magazine publishers and smaller independent companies.

10:00am – 5:00pm
The Buzz Project Bus

The Buzz Project Bus

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

The Buzz Project Bus

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

Chris Adams

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

Simon Nicholls

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

10:30am – 12:00pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Are Tech Companies The New Powerhouses Of The Creative Industries

Times: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Tristan Hunt, James E. Marks, Brian Baglow, Dougal Perman, Chair: Neil Cartwright

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Tom | Dir: Piotr Piasta (UK, Berwick-Upon-Tweed)

Are Tech Companies The New Powerhouses Of The Creative Industries

Shazam, Spotify, Audiolock, Google, Amazon, Dropbox … What are the key trends, technologies and innovations set to impact consumers and the creative industries in 2016 and beyond? This seminar will bring together a range of perspectives from across the digital arena for an insightful discussion into one of the tech world’s hottest topics.

Tristan Hunt

Tristan Hunt
Partner & Director of Business Development, AudioLock After ten years in music events management and marketing, Tristan moved up to lead business development at AudioLock. Four years on and AudioLock is ranked by Google’s stats as being the world leader in music specific anti-piracy. Tristan is also on AFEM’s Executive Board where he represents the membership’s interests in the area of technology and software.

James Marks

James E. Marks
Founder of ScreenageRenegade, PsychFi Lab & #HACKSTOCK An entrepreneurial new media & disruptive tech provocateur. With over 20 years of hands-on branded & unbranded entertainment creation experience. A Honoree 2016 Webby Award Winner & World RecordSetter with #HackThePlanet VR, Exec Producer on 2016 Tribeca Documentary 'The Banksy Job' & founder of Immersive Arts Without Boundaries Festival #HACKSTOCK.

Brian Baglow

Brian Baglow
Games industry veteran & expert on Scotland's interactive sector A writer, for the original GTA, Brian has since worked with over 150 companies in areas including biz dev, game design, marketing, PR, production, management & writing. Brian is the Executive Producer at Team Rock Games, Founder of the Scottish Games Network, a Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University & interactive expert on the BAFTA Scotland committee. He claims to be a style guru, but nobody of note agrees with him.

Dougal Perman

Dougal Perman
Director, Inner Ear For Dougal creativity and technology are inextricably linked. He runs content company Inner Ear which serves clients and its own creative projects: Radio Magnetic, Walking Heads, TRADtv and collaborative music sync agency ZULU. Dougal advises Cultural Enterprise Office and Co-operative Development Scotland and chairs the Scottish Music Industry Association.

Neil Cartwright

Chair: Neil Cartwright
Digital Marketer Neil Cartwright is founder of Million Media, a digital marketing agency providing services to labels and artists in the music industry. He is Chair of a music charity called Community Music.

10:30am – 12:00pm
One Touch Theatre, Eden Court

The Making Of Highlands - Scotland's Wild Heart

Times: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Venue: One Touch Theatre, Eden Court
Speakers: Nigel Pope

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Sandyman | Dir: Ed Chappell (UK, Kingston-upon-Thames)

Highlands was the second landmark wildlife series made by Scottish indie company Maramedia. Celebrating the incredible wildlife, mercurial weather and spectacular landscape of the Highlands, this BBC series was three years in the making and drew on the dedication and expertise of dozens of people across the whole region. Executive producer Nigel Pope gives an inside view of how the series was made, illustrated with a host of vivid clips and engaging anecdotes.

Nigel Pope

Nigel Pope
Producer Nigel Pope has established a global reputation as a producer of outstanding natural history content. Stand-out series include Big Cat Diary, Springwatch and Secret Life of Elephants. In 2008 he established Maramedia which has also gained a reputation for outstanding blue-chip production through the success of the Ewan McGregor-voiced Hebrides and Highlands series.

10:30am – 12:00pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Festival Of Architecture Keynote

Times: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Details to come

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: The One Who Tamed Clouds (France)

Festival Of Architecture Keynote

As part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Scotland will host a country-wide celebration of buildings that take your breath away. Here, a leading architect discusses theories behind their career and work.

 

10:30am – 12:00pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

From Concept To Creation - Children's Media In Scotland

Times: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Lindy Cameron, Joanne Carmichael, Damien O’Connor, Eleanor Coleman, Chair: Mick Cooke

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: I Am Not A Mouse | Dir: Evgenia Golubeva (UK, Stratford-upon-Avon)

From Concept To Creation - Children's Media In Scotland

Harry Potter, Peter Pan, The Gruffalo… All these world-famous children’s brands started with a spark of an idea from someone living in Scotland. This session looks at how to develop an idea into something that children will find fascinating and enjoyable. It will also ask if Scotland’s children’s media industry – on the rise, particularly in the Highlands – can learn from the success of its counterpart in Ireland and mainland Europe.

Lindy Cameron

Lindy Cameron
Producer and editor Lindy Cameron co-runs the eclectic Highland Indie Move on Up. She developed, exec produced & picture edited the Katie Morag Series’ (based on Mairi Hedderwick’s iconic books) for CBeebies; this was Kay Benbow's first live-action drama commission. Both series’ have been well received, each garnering a number of awards.

Joanne Carmichael

Joanna Carmichael
IP Creator/artist Joanne is an IP Creator, mixed media artist/beachcomber and the creator of the Original Idea and Characters of BAFTA nominated pre-school show Lily's Driftwood Bay. Whilst filling her pockets and cottage with beach finds on the Isle of Arran, she first spied their potential to create whole new worlds. She is currently dreaming up new ideas for TV and picture books.

Damien O'Connor

Damien O'Connor
Episodic Director, Brown Bag Films Damien currently works at Brown Bag Films directing episodes of the No 1 US pre-school show Doc McStuffins for Disney Junior, and has previously written and directed four award-winning Irish Film Board-funded shorts. His most recent short film, ANYA, was selected to exhibit for three months in Dublin Castle as part of the Irish Global Design Exhibition.

Eleanor Coleman

Eleanor Coleman
Producer Eleanor Coleman is a Paris-based American producer who was responsible for conceiving the first truly profitable 360° strategy for children’s digital content in France, during her tenure as head of in-house production across all platforms at TF1. Since leaving TF1, Eleanor works independently in animated feature film acquisitions, development, production and ground breaking transmedia projects.

Mick Cooke

Chair: Mick Cooke
Composer/songwriter Mick Cooke is a BAFTA-winning composer and songwriter. He was a member of BRIT award winners Belle & Sebastian for fifteen years. One animated film featuring his music, The Happy Duckling, has won over 10 international awards. Another, The Tannery, was long listed for an Oscar. Mick is composer on two worldwide animated pre-school television series, Zack & Quack for Nick Jr, and Boj for CBeebies. He is also a founding committee member of Children’s Media Network Scotland.

10:30am – 6:00pm
Various Venues

Conference Film Showcasing

Times: 10:30am – 6:00pm
Venue: Various Venues
Speakers: Various Directors

We have programmed a selection of gems to screen before each conference session to get as much exposure as possible. Don't be late, get comfortable and be transported for a few minutes...

THE FULL CONFERENCE FILM SHOWCASING SCHEDULE CAN BE VIEWED HERE.

11:00am – 5:00pm
Stalls, Foyer and Newsbar

XpoNorth Live!

Times: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Stalls, Foyer and Newsbar
Speakers: XpoNorth Live! Team

Broadcasting throughout the festival

At our live television station, hear your favourite band, meet our partners, listen to some key insider info from our speakers and delegates.

Come and be part of our audience!

FOLLOW XPONORTH LIVE! POSTS HERE.

12:00pm – 1:30pm
One Touch Theatre, Eden Court

Innovation And Survival In The Digital Age With Eric Huang

Times: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Venue: One Touch Theatre, Eden Court
Speakers: Eric Huang

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Desert Child | Dir: Luna Steven (Switzerland)

Innovation And Survival In The Digital Age With Eric Huang

Made In Me is a digital publisher and digital agency that has been around in some form or another for nearly ten years. In that time, not a single strategy was accurate: all of Made In Me's successes have been purely accidental. The secret to their survival has been about relationships and being open to ripping up business plans in order to move in a new, unsuspected direction. Eric Huang, Development Director at Made In Me, relates the ups and downs of running a creative company in the modern age.

Eric Huang

Eric Huang
Development Director, Made In Me Eric started out at Disney Publishing in LA before moving to Melbourne as Managing Editor at Penguin. He has also worked for toy company Funtastic, Parragon and Penguin UK, where he looked after licensed publishing, IP and co-production businesses. In 2013 Eric joined Made in Me, where he looks after IP development and partnerships around creating and launching digital brands.

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

Music Publishers Association: The Role Of A Modern Music Publisher

Times: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Steve Farris, Kathryn Joseph, Blair Macdonald, Chair: Pru Miller

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: North Coast 500 | Dirs: Iain Mitchell & Rupert Shanks (UK, London)

Music Publishers Association: The Role Of A Modern Music Publisher

This introductory panel delves into the changing landscape of one of the most important, dynamic and fast-moving areas of the music industry: music publishing. But what is the current role of a modern music publisher and how do they develop the careers of songwriters and composers? With a focus on different types of deals, revenue streams, music protection and promotion, this event will be of particular interest to unsigned writers and those interested in the starting points of publishing.

Steve Farris

Steve Farris
MD, Polar Patrol Publishing Steve Farris is 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.

Kathryn Joseph

Kathryn Joseph
Artist Kathryn released her debut album “bones you have thrown me and blood I’ve spilled” in January 2015, with the album recorded predominantly live in just a week with veteran producer Marcus Mackay (Frightened Rabbit, Snow Patrol). This critically acclaimed, stunning debut offering went on to win the prestigious SAY Award in June of the same year, firmly placing Kathryn as one of the most exciting and unique new voices in Scottish music.

Blair McDonald

Blair McDonald
MD, UK & Europe, Nettwerk Music Group Following his time as Creative Manager at Virgin Music Publishing where he signed deals for acts including The Verve, Blair moved to Sony Music Publishing as Director of A&R and later Managing Director. Across his time with Sony he oversaw all creative aspects from the signing of Noel Gallagher, The Pet Shop Boys and Snow Patrol, to the incorporation of the ATV catalogue including Northern Songs (Lennon & McCartney). Blair then became MD of Columbia Records UK working with artists from Destiny’s Child to Bob Dylan. He is currently the MD, UK and Europe at Nettwerk Music Group.

Pru Miller

Chair: Pru Miller
Freelance Music Consultant Pru started out as assistant to lawyer/manager James Wyllie, a director of Beggars Banquet and XL Recordings who also managed Eurythmics. She then moved into music licensing and was formerly part of the award winning Universal Music Publishing sync team pitching catalogue to TV and negotiating worldwide film licences. Now a freelance music consultant working in film and TV, recent projects include The Night Manager & Harlan Cobden's The Five.

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

International Co-Production With PACT: A How To Guide

Times: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Nicola Davey, David Hooper, Anna Svensson, Chair: Rod Caird

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Guide To Fetal Development | Dir: Scott Willis (UK, Edinburgh/Inverness)

International Co-Production With PACT: A How To Guide

In association with PACT, this hands-on practical session flags up the creative strengths and potential pitfalls of international co-production, with specific reference to the Canadian version of River Monsters, produced by Zig Zag and distributed by Icon. After all, what looks like a good idea at the time might have dramatic consequences further down the line.

Nicola Davey

Nicola Davey
Commercial & Creative Executive Nicola joined Zig Zag in 2012. Previously working across Zig Zag’s diverse production slate in various capacities, Nicola is now in charge of managing the company’s intellectual property and content around the world. Splitting her time between Zig Zag's London and New York offices, Nicola is across all activity surrounding international opportunities, commercial partnerships and co-production relationships.

David Hooper

David Hooper
Managing Director, Espresso TV Since the late 1990’s David has focused Espresso on International TV distribution and established international contacts in the documentary and factual entertainment genres representing over 900 hrs of factual & lifestyle programming from over 120 International Producers (many Award winning).

Anna Svensson

Anna Svensson
Documentary Filmmaker Commissioning editor of documentaries at Sveriges Television Umeå, up in the northern parts of Sweden. Anna has also worked as a film and media educator at the northern regional center of film, Film i Västerbotten, and for six years a member of the Guldbaggejury, the Swedish “Oscars”, for short film and documentary. Anna is also a trained chef and photographer.

Rod Caird

Chair: Rod Caird
Television Producer Rod is an experienced producer and executive producer of all genres of factual television. He is Executive Producer on three multi-part 2D/3D series for Discovery Networks International - How Cities Work, Sky High Scrapers and Lost Worlds with Monty Halls and Leo Houlding. He is also a consultant for PACT on international market development and a consultant for the EU Media Programme.

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

Designing For The Market: Working With Trends

Times: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Fiona Chautard, Laurian Davies, Jaki Love

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: The Theft | Dir: Mohammad Farahani (Iran)

Designing For The Market: Working With Trends

Trends information can be vital to your business, whether you work in fashion, interiors or accessories. In this round-table discussion, a panel of experts will discuss the issues around accessing trends, the current trends forecasts and the way that the delivery of trends is changing. The session is led by designer and creative business advisor Fiona Chautard.

Fiona Chautard

Fiona Chautard
Creative Business Consultant, Fashion Info Trends Fiona is a Creative Business Consultant with over 20 years of experience in the fashion, textiles and retail industries. She runs her own consultancy practice, Fashion Info Trends, offering advice on all aspects of developing products to suit a retail marketplace.

Laurian Davies

Laurian Davies
Business Development, UK Fashion & Textiles (UKFT) Laurian is passionate about fashion and textiles. Her mission is to help businesses grow - working with freelance designers on presentation and getting paid, encouraging manufacturers and designers to get into successful exporting, and taking UK designers and brands to exhibitions all over the world.

Jaki Love

Jaki Love
Business Development Manager, Scottish Textile & Leather Association (STLA) Jaki has been working with the STLA as Business Development Manager for the last three years, promoting the Scottish textile industry as a whole, but working in particular with membership businesses using Scotland’s inherent strengths of heritage, design and innovation. She strives to create, promote and support sustainable and collaborative design-led processes.

1:30pm – 3:00pm
One Touch Theatre, Eden Court

Intellectual Property: The Great Known Unknown

Times: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Venue: One Touch Theatre, Eden Court
Speakers: Laurian Davies, Philip Hannay, Jaki Love, Alan Moore, Mati Ventrillon

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Switch | Dir: Max Machado (Canada)

Intellectual Property: The Great Known Unknown

Intellectual property (IP) – defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “intangible property that is the result of creativity” – is one of the greatest ‘known unknowns’ for businesses. As such, this panel discussion, led by lawyer Philip Hannay and followed by a Q&A with Laurian Davies and Jaki Love, is essential for anyone working in the creative industries. Learn more about your own IP and why you should know about the IP of others.

Laurian Davies

Laurian Davies
Business Development, UK Fashion & Textiles (UKFT) Laurian is passionate about fashion and textiles. Her mission is to help businesses grow - working with freelance designers on presentation and getting paid, encouraging manufacturers and designers to get into successful exporting, and taking UK designers and brands to exhibitions all over the world.

Philip Hannay

Philip Hannay
Managing Director, Cloch Solicitors Philip is Managing Director of Cloch Solicitors, a boutique law firm which provides specialist corporate and intellectual property advice, and prioritises the value of a client’s idea over the depth of their pocket. Philip was the first (and only) lawyer to win the IP Lawyer of the Year award in consecutive years.

Jaki Love

Jaki Love
Business Development Manager, Scottish Textile & Leather Association (STLA) Jaki has been working with the STLA as Business Development Manager for the last three years, promoting the Scottish textile industry as a whole, but working in particular with membership businesses using Scotland’s inherent strengths of heritage, design and innovation. She strives to create, promote and support sustainable and collaborative design-led processes.

Alan Moore

Alan Moore
Head of Design, ten30 Alan started ten30 a year after graduating from Glasgow School of Art and, specialising in embroidery, it has evolved into a luxury menswear tailoring and accessories brand. Alan is the company director and Head of Design at ten30, as well as a part-time tutor at Glasgow School of Art, part-time student at the Royal School of Needlework and Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust scholar.

Mati Ventrillon

Mati Ventrillon
Textile Artist Mati is one of the few remaining knitters making garments on Fair Isle, Scotland. The motivation for her work comes from women’s role in maintaining the continuous life on the island. Her designs are inspired by museum pieces; she uses only traditional patterns from 19th and early 20th centuries and likes experimenting with colour and pattern arrangement.

1:30pm – 3:00pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Data Management From The Camera Onwards

Times: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Davide Cimmarrusto, Eileen Byrne, Hamish Allison

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Once Upon 3 Times | Dirs: Julie Rembauville & Nicolas Bianco-Levrin (France)

Data Management From The Camera Onwards

Through today’s technologies, the film and broadcast industries have moved from film rolls and tape libraries to data centres. The content we produce, from camera through post-production to delivery, now follows IT-centric workflows requiring meticulous data management to enable the creative processes to flow seamlessly.

How should we handle this data through an end-to-end production pipeline? How does retaining shoot data influence the edit, grade and VFX processes? Good data management means the ability to enhance the creative process and also to catalogue, archive, search and find, supply and package our produced media efficiently. Join this session for invaluable industry know-how on how best to implement fast, efficient creative workflows.

Davide Cimmarrusto

Davide Cimmarrusto
Technologies Manager, Freakworks Before relocating from London to Scotland, Davide spent eight years working for Scandinavian MTG Group/Viasat Broadcasting UK, as Technical Manager for their 100+ seats post-production facility, and also collaborating on technical work for Technicolor, Disney and BBC Worldwide, to name a few.

Eileen Byrne

Eileen Byrne
Manager, Visual Impact Eileen Byrne has worked in camera and grip rentals for 14 years. She currently manages Visual Impact’s Scottish branch based in Glasgow. Eileen and her team have the job of keeping on top of current equipment trends and advising their ever budget conscious clients of kit solutions. Visual Impact have been a member of SFS since its inauguration, with Eileen as one of the current working group members.

Hamish Allison

Hamish Allison
Creative Director, Freakworks Hamish has been working in the Film and Television Production and Post Production business for over 24 years: directing, editing and creating graphics for literally thousands of commercial and corporate films. As Creative Director, he oversees and supervises all of the creative output.

1:30pm – 3:00pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Crafting Fiction: Building A Career In Long-Running Drama

Times: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Roanne Bardsley, Jerome Bucchan Nelson, Nawfal Faizullah, Chair: Campbell Glennie

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: I Could Eat A Horse | Dir: Jake Hovell (UK, London)

Crafting Fiction: Building A Career In Long-Running Drama

Experienced writers and story editors guide newcomers through the dark arts of producing and writing a long-running, continuing or returning drama such as Holby City, Hollyoaks, The Musketeers and EastEnders. What does it take to start and build a career in the genre, and what are the many roles involved in putting such dramas together? Presented in conjunction with the Edinburgh International Television Festival’s Ones To Watch programme.

Roanna Bardsley

Roanne Bardsley
Writer, Hollyoaks, Lime Pictures After starting as a production secretary and eating too much cake behind the scenes of Bake Off, Roanne got her break in continuing drama when she was hired as a storyliner for Hollyoaks, where she worked on over 1,000 episodes before being promoted to writer on the award-winning soap.

Jerome Bucchan Nelson

Jerome Bucchan Nelson
Story Editor, Holby City, BBC Jerome’s career began when he won a competition to write on BBC Three’s EastEnders:E20. From there he went on to work in the story and script departments of Hollyoaks and Emmerdale before returning to EastEnders first as a storyliner then moving up to story editor. In 2016, Jerome moved to Holby City to join their writing team.

Nawfal Faizullah

Nawfal Faizullah
Development Script Editor, Bandit Television, Endemol Shine Group Nawfal began his career at BBC Drama. He worked his way up from an office runner to Script Editor on the BBC One action-adventure series The Musketeers, before joining Bandit as a Development Script Editor in 2016. He is currently working on Delicious starring Dawn French and written by Dan Sefton for Sky One.

Campbell Glennie

Campbell Glennie
Director of Talent Schemes, Edinburgh International Television Festival Campbell is Director of Talent Schemes, the charitable arm of the Edinburgh International Television Festival. He is responsible for The Network and Ones To Watch, schemes designed to develop new and emerging talent in television, and is a member of the RTS Education Committee. Previously he was Marketing & Business Director at Sheffield Doc/Fest for four festivals.

3:00pm – 4:30pm
One Touch Theatre, Eden Court

The Music Producers Guild: The Art Of Making Records

Times: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Venue: One Touch Theatre, Eden Court
Speakers: Dave Bascombe, Cameron Blackwood, Brett Cox, John Leckie, Chair: Andrew Hunt

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Bubbles Don't Lie | Dir: Stepan Etrych (Czech Republic) 

The Music Producers Guild: The Art Of Making Records

In recent times, the music industry has come to believe that the healthiest revenues only exist in the live arena. This distinguished panel of producers, engineers and mixers begs to differ, arguing that making records is an art form in its own right, and should be celebrated and championed as such. As the late Sir George Martin said: “The recording is not what one hears, but what one must make others hear.”

Dave Bascombe

Dave Bascombe
Mixer Dave Bascombe is undisputedly one of today’s finest mix engineers. His work in the 1980s established a defining sound for artists such as Depeche Mode, Tears For Fears, Peter Gabriel, Human League, ABC and Erasure. His reputation has continued to soar, with recent work with Goldfrapp, Ironik, Royksopp, Lady Antebellum and Pendulum.

Cameron Blackwood

Cameron Blackwood
Producer/ Mixer/ Musician Starting off in Glasgow indie bands, Cameron then toured the world as a session guitarist (CSS and Alabama 3), before producing George Ezra’s massive breakthrough album, Wanted On Voyage. He is at the helm of his own Voltaire Studios, producing early recordings for London Grammar. His other clients include Billie Marten, Eaves and Gavin James.

Brett Cox

Brett Cox
Producer/ Engineer/ Mixer/ Musician This year Brett won MPG Breakthrough Engineer Of The Year for his work with Alt-J and Marika Hackman. He has spent much of his time recently working with MPG Producer Of The Year Charlie Andrew at his Iguana Studios, but also produces records in his own right and has worked with Jack Garratt, Tusks and more.

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.

Andrew Hunt

Chair: Andrew Hunt
Producer/ Engineer/ Mixer/ Writer/ Musician/ Executive Director of the Music Producers Guild In bands, Andrew 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. Recent projects include Hazel Iris, Jonathon Holder & The Good Thinking and SALIO.

3:00pm – 4:30pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

Future Perfect: Engaging The Creative Industries With The Gaming World

Times: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Kirk Ewing, Eleanor Coleman, Charles Kriel, Brian Baglow, Chair: Tanya Laird

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Dance Of A Broken Heart | Dir: Maja Fjällström (UK, London)

Future Perfect: Engaging The Creative Industries With The Gaming World

The revolution will not be televised. But it might be streamed... The world has changed. Interactive media has fundamentally transformed the creative industries. The way that media and the arts are created, distributed, monetised and consumed is evolving rapidly. From the latest smartphones and devices, to the inexorable rise of social media, every creator now needs to understand the digital realm. 

The future of gaming is not about VR, AR, PS4, Xbox One or GTA. The future of the gaming world is engagement with the rest of the creative industries. From funding, to distribution, content creation to community, the games sector has been there, done that and has (in some cases) lived to tell the tale.

Whether you're a television producer, film maker, musician, author, artist, journalist or performer, you need to know how to make this work for you. We've hand-picked a panel of experts to report back from the cutting edge of the outer limits of the interactive universe.

Kirk Ewing

Kirk Ewing
Creative Director Zappar A serial digital creative & entrepreneur, Kirk’s client list includes; Audi, BBC, CBS, Disney, Hasbro, Rockstar, Sony, Universal, Walmart & Warners. He is currently founder of pioneering AR company, Zappar, & mobile avatar business, Veemee.

Eleanor Coleman

Eleanor Coleman
Producer Eleanor Coleman is a Paris-based American producer who was responsible for conceiving the first truly profitable 360° strategy for children’s digital content in France, during her tenure as head of in-house production across all platforms at TF1. Since leaving TF1, Eleanor works independently in animated feature film acquisitions, development, production and ground breaking transmedia projects.

Charles Kriel

Charles Kriel
Author/ Co-founder and Editor of Lightful Charles was born in the back of a circus wagon. Now the Co-founder and Editor of Lightful, he is a lifelong broadcaster and photographer who regularly travels to conflict zones promoting free press. Charles is an Emmy-nominated platforms and games designer, and the author of several books including his recent debut novel, The Lobster Boy And The Fat Lady’s Daughter.

Brian Baglow

Brian Baglow
Games industry veteran & expert on Scotland's interactive sector A writer for the original GTA, Brian has since worked with over 150 companies in areas including biz dev, game design, marketing, PR, production, management & writing. Brian is the executive producer at Team Rock Games, founder of the Scottish Games Network, a lecturer at Napier University & interactive expert on the BAFTA Scotland committee. He claims to be a style guru, but nobody of note agrees with him.

Tanya Laird

Chair: Tanya Laird
Founder, Digital Jam Ltd Tanya has been on the leading and creative edge spanning games, film, TV, comics, music, immersive theatre, theme parks and Transmedia. As the creator of the VR Writers Room and the co-organiser for the world’s largest VR & AR meet-up group “Augmenting Reality”, Tanya brings together thought leaders and experts to share key findings with the wider VR community, develop methodologies and establish unified terminologies across industries.

3:00pm – 4:30pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Virtual Reality Going Beyond The Frame

Times: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Euan McDonald, James E. Marks, Greg Williamson, Louis Savy, Chair: Neil Cartwright

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

FIlm: Gloria And The Rain | Dir: Andrea Ruffini (Paraguay)

Virtual Reality Going Beyond The Frame

The technology kit is easier to get your hands on, the media platforms have become more available and the creative industries are beginning to converge. The result is that Virtual Reality now offers exciting new opportunities for creatives to break boundaries and connect empathetically with audiences. This session explores the present and future landscapes of immersive 360-degree interactive experiences.

Euan MacDonald

Euan MacDonald
CEO and Founder, Cry Works Euan has been at the forefront of Computer Generated Imagery for the past 25 years, in various pivotal roles in the Film, Visual FX and Games industries. Euan helped design and build Disney’s ImageMovers Digital(IMD), Bob Zemeckis' performance capture studio, in the role of Supervising Technical Director, which created Disney’s A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey. He has also held the title of Digital Effects Supervisor at Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), George Lucas' visual effects company, supervising on a number of productions including Star Wars & Harry Potter films.

James Marks

James E. Marks
Founder of ScreenageRenegade, PsychFi Lab & #HACKSTOCK An entrepreneurial new media & disruptive tech provocateur. With over 20 years of hands-on branded & unbranded entertainment creation experience. A Honoree 2016 Webby Award Winner & World RecordSetter with #HackThePlanet VR, Exec Producer on 2016 Tribeca Documentary 'The Banksy Job' & founder of Immersive Arts Without Boundaries Festival #HACKSTOCK.

Greg Williamson

Greg Williamson
Senior VR and Creative Consultant Sublime/ Soluis Group As a leading ‘creative consultant’ in ‘VR’ ‘prop tech’ and the ‘visual communication of design and the built environment’ Greg uses VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented Reality), CG animation, 360 cinematography and immersive media’ to engage and immerse people in digital environments to improve design, understanding, communication, enterprise and stakeholder engagement.

Louis Savy

Louis Savy
Founder and Festival Director, SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival Over its 15 years the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival has grown into a credible Launchpad for international independent films. Louis also runs a 48hr film challenge as part of the event and as seen over 1000 short films produced. Passionate about science fact and fiction, the festival is now embracing VR and new immersive entertainment technology.

Neil Cartwright

Chair: Neil Cartwright
Digital Marketer Neil Cartwright is founder of Million Media, a digital marketing agency providing services to labels and artists in the music industry. He is Chair of a music charity called Community Music.

3:00pm – 4:30pm
La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Make Creative Europe Work For You

Times: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Venue: La Scala Cinema, Eden Court
Speakers: Kate Deans, Beatrix Wood, Heidrun Kelly

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: The Song Of The Wandering Aengus | Dir: Matthew Lawes (UK, London)

Make Creative Europe Work For You

Join Creative Europe Desk UK-Scotland as a panel experienced in managing EU-supported projects explores the rewards and challenges of working on creative and cultural projects with European partners. Find out more about what makes a good project idea, how to build and deepen European partnerships, and the logistics and practicalities of coordinating a Creative Europe project. Creative Europe funds collaborative projects and initiatives across all art forms, and also provides support for publishers looking to translate European fiction. 

Kate Deans

Kate Deans
Culture Officer, Creative Europe Desk UK-Scotland Kate is Culture Officer for Creative Europe Desk UK-Scotland, based within the Creative Scotland offices in both Edinburgh and in Glasgow. Creative Europe Desk UK promotes awareness and understanding of Creative Europe, the European Union's Programme to support the cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors, providing free advice and support for applicants from the UK.

Beatrix Wood

Beatrix Wood
Screenwriter & Film-Maker, Trix Pix Beatrix is a film-maker/narrative artist on award-winning films and cultural projects utilising EU and MEDIA funding. TrixPix Ltd, South Uist, is a multi-media production company based on a working croft. The company currently has 3 creative documentary films currently in production with MG ALBA. “New Norway” has been awarded MEDIA Production Support in co-production with Sami Film.

Heidrun Kelly

Heidrun Kelly
Marketing and Development Director at Curated Place Development Director for Curated Place who has devised Creative Europe projects bringing together partners from Iceland, Norway, Italy and the UK with artists across Europe working in light and music.

4:30pm – 6:00pm
One Touch Theatre, Eden Court

BAFTA Scotland Presents: The Ups And Downs Of Life Online

Times: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Venue: One Touch Theatre, Eden Court
Speakers: Scola Dondo, Charlie McDonnell, Emily Diana Ruth, Chair: Anthony Browne

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Mars 3752 | Dir: Nicolas Bianco-Levrin (France)

BAFTA Scotland Presents: The Ups And Downs Of Life Online

Do you think you could be the next Pewdie Pie or Zoella? How do you actually make your online profile stand out from the crowd and what are the pitfalls to look out for? Join Anthony Browne (Social Media Exec at BBC Scotland) and YouTuber panelists Charlie McDonnell, Emily Diana Ruth and Scola Dondo as they share their tips and tricks on how to make a career via online channels.

Scola Dondo

Scola Dondo
Personal Trainer/ Fitness Blogger At the age of 14, Scola was obese and unhappy, and decided to embark on a weight loss journey. By the time she was 16 she had dropped 50lbs (23kg) and realized that she loved health and fitness, which them prompted her to qualify as a Personal Trainer to help her followers achieve their goals. Her YouTube channel, That Fitness Life, has over 200,000 subscribers.

Charlie McDonnell

Charlie McDonnell
Video Blogger/ Filmmaker/ Musician After starting to post videos in 2007, Charlie became the first Video Blogger in the UK to reach one million subscribers on YouTube (where he is known as charlieissocoollike). He has also worked with a number of key brands including BBC (Doctor Who, Radio 1), Microsoft, Sony Pictures, Pixar, Disney and Tommy Hilfiger.

Emily Diana Ruth

Emily Diana Ruth
Filmmaker/ Video Blogger/ Digital Showrunner Emily received her BFA in Film Production and Screenwriting from York University in her Canadian homeland before basing herself in London. Currently she is completing a ten-episode digital series entitled COLD for Verizon’s go90 platform with New Form Digital. In her spare time she likes to post on her YouTube channel to over 50,000 subscribers.

Anthony Browne

Chair: Anthony Browne
Executive Producer of Social Media, BBC Scotland As Executive Producer of Social Media at BBC Scotland, Anthony supports delivery across TV, Radio and Online. He also is Executive Producer of BBC The Social, a new project by BBC Scotland. He has been involved in digital marketing since 2001 and in 2014 he managed the social media provision for the cultural arm of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. @anthonybrowne

4:30pm – 6:00pm
The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court

From Punking Putin To Islamic State - Launching Lightful

Times: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Venue: The Jim Love Studio, Eden Court
Speakers: Charles Kriel

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Quacksalver | Dir: Jorn Leeuwerink (Netherlands)

From Punking Putin To Islamic State - Launching Lightful

Dr Charles Kriel explores the issues of finance, distribution and promotion for the free press working in conflict zones, and introduces Lightful – a news and fundraising platform powered by Beyond Profit Organisations. Properly launched for the first time here at XpoNorth, Lightful was born out of Kriel’s work promoting the free press in conflict zones – building a radio station for women behind Islamic State frontlines, training Crimean bloggers, and bringing together Azerbaijani and Armenian journalists over Nagorno-Karabakh. Because he sees the same issues plague journalists and NGO workers around the world, Lightful is, he believes, the news and fundraising solution for the 99%.

Charles Kriel

Charles Kriel
Author/ Co-founder and Editor of Lightful Charles was born in the back of a circus wagon. Now the Co-founder and Editor of Lightful, he is a lifelong broadcaster and photographer who regularly travels to conflict zones promoting free press. Charles is an Emmy-nominated platforms and games designer, and the author of several books including his recent debut novel, The Lobster Boy And The Fat Lady’s Daughter.

4:30pm – 6:00pm
Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court

Trading Zone With The Textiles Future Forum

Times: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Venue: Studio 2 (2nd Floor), Eden Court
Speakers: Joe Pacitti, Gillian Wishart

As part of our film submissions programme, XpoNorth screen a short film at the beginning of each of our conference programme sessions:

Film: Canned | Dirs: Ivan Joy, Tanya Zaman, & Nathaniel Hatton (US)

Trading Zone With The Textiles Future Forum

This open space forum is run by the Textiles Future Forum (TFF) to help convert ideas into real, commercially viable opportunities. Overcome common business problems such as obtaining funding, design and manufacturing issues, IP shortages and market intelligence via the power of collaboration. Start with a conversation, identify partners with common goals or solutions, and build opportunities to innovate.

Joe Pacitti

Joe Pacitti
Assistant Principal Strategic Projects & Policy Adviser, Textiles Future Forum Joe took up his current post as Assistant Principal Strategic Projects & Policy Adviser in May 2016. He previously managed the Textiles Future Forum (TFF), an Innovation Project which has been hosted at Heriot-Watt University since October 2014 and continues as the senior sponsor at HWU for the TFF.

Gillian Wishart

Gillian Wishart
Programme Consultant, Textiles Future Forum Gillian is a Programme Consultant leading the Textiles Future Forum programme - an Innovation Project which has been hosted at Heriot Watt University since October 2014. She specialises in innovation and change, and has a proactive results-focused style, with a successful track record of delivery.

6:00pm – 8:00pm
Ironworks

Networking Reception

Times: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Ironworks
Speakers: With Scottish Music Industry Association, Screen Facilities Scotland, Publishing Scotland, and Screen Academy Scotland

Join XpoNorth for a special Networking Reception with Scottish Music Industry Association, Screen Facilities Scotland, Publishing Scotland, and Screen Academy Scotland.

A chance to network and connect with speakers and delegates from across the creative industries. Along with some nibbles and drinks, you can re-charge before the evening's music showcases.

Featuring performances from:
 

Pictish Trail

Pictish Trail | Highlands & Islands singer-songwriter Johnny Lynch, whose pure, plaintive voice brings an emotional heart to his psychedelic-tinged folk.


 


 


 

Rachel Sermanni

Rachel Sermanni | Singer-songwriter from Carrbridge whose albums Under Mountains (2012) and Tied To The Moon (2015) are released by Middle Of Nowhere Recordings. Rachel recently made the longlist for the Scottish Album of the year Award.


 


 


In association with Scottish Music Industry Association, Screen Facilities Scotland, Publishing Scotland, and Screen Academy Scotland.

NorthHop will again bring a taste of the Highlands with: Spey Valley Brewery, Windswept Brewing Co, Cromarty Brewing Co, Wooha Brewing Co, Thistly Cross Cider, Dunnet Bay Distillers, Berry Good, Roots Soda Co and Brew Lab Coffee.

7:30pm – 1:30am
Various Venues

Music Showcasing

Times: 7:30pm – 1:30am
Venue: Various Venues
Speakers: Various Acts

Around 60 acts have been selected to play in XpoNorth's eagerly awaited 2016 showcase event which takes place at venues throughout Inverness.

Check the schedule here for times, act and venue listings:

THE FULL MUSIC SHOWCASING SCHEDULE CAN BE VIEWED HERE.

THURSDAY MUSIC SHOWCASING SCHEDULE PDF HERE.

8:00pm – 10:00pm
Penta Hotel

Play Pieces Lunchtime Theatre Season Preview

Times: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Venue: Penta Hotel
Speakers: Play Pieces

Play Pieces

Play Pieces
Join us to hear from the Creative team behind the Play Pieces Lunchtime Theatre Season.

We are working hard to secure the future of the next lunchtime season so come and find out what makes our events so special with a free performance from Mallory: Beyond Everest.

To join us simply RSVP here: http://lunchtimepreview.eventbrite.co.uk

XpoNorth Festival Delegate Pass also required.

11:30pm – 2:00am
Ironworks

Closing Party With Special Guests (Delegate Pass Only)

Times: 11:30pm – 2:00am
Venue: Ironworks
Speakers: Special guests Astrid with showcase support slot by Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5

XpoNorth is delighted to welcome newly reformed Lewis band Astrid perform from their new album, the first for 11 years.  A highlight of the programme!

As the festival draws to a close, join us in a final musical feast at our closing party in the Ironworks.

12:00am – 3:00am
Penta Hotel

Late Night Festival Club Delegate Pass Access Only

Times: 12:00am – 3:00am
Venue: Penta Hotel
Speakers: -

Late night club at the Penta Hotel for XpoNorth Delegate Pass Holders only.