Brexit, Netflix, Future of TV to Be in Focus at Royal Television Society London Conference
A keynote from NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke, a session with Ted Sarandos and more will be part of the event under the theme of "Full Stream Ahead."
U.K. and U.S. TV industry executives will come together in London on Tuesday for a Royal Television Society Conference entitled "Full Stream Ahead: Commissioning, Producing and Distributing Content in an Age of On-Demand."
It will explore "how the emergence of a myriad of new distribution platforms is impacting the commissioning and production landscape," the organization said.
A keynote from NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke will kick off the day, with a session with Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos later in the day adding more executive star power.
Also part of the program will be a panel discussion on the Brexit with Josh Berger, president & managing director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland & Spain, among others. The Brexit debate promises to "unpack the range of opportunities, hot potatoes and plain not-sure-yets that it poses."
Another session entitled "Go Global or Go Home" will discuss the role of globalization and whether TV projects have to be international from the start to succeed these days. The panelists will be BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie, Michael Edelstein, president, NBCUniversal International Studios, Stephen Lambert, CEO of Studio Lambert, and Jane Millichip, managing director of Sky Vision, pan-European pay TV giant Sky’s growing international distribution business.
Meanwhile, BBC, Channel 4 and other executives will discuss the evolution of public service broadcasting in Britain and beyond. The final session of the day will confront the challenges of the future, with speakers such as BBC director general Tony Hall, Sky CFO Andrew Griffith, Channel 4 CEO David Abraham and Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge.
And who knows, the two final sessions could well include some debate about the BBC's recent loss of ratings hit The Great British Bake Off to Channel 4.
Kevin MacLellan, chairman, global distribution and international at NBCUniversal, will serve as convention chair.