Grade to deliver RightsLab keynote


LONDON -- ITV executive chairman Michael Grade is set to give the keynote address at this year's RightsLab confab in London, organizers said Tuesday.

Sponsored by indie producers trade body Pact, the June 14 conference aims to get chins wagging about cross-platform exploitation.

Grade will use his keynote to talk about "the creative regeneration of ITV" and the opportunities for independent producers, Pact said in a statement.

Other high-profile speakers on tap include AOL's Niall McOnegal, BSkyB's Sophie Turner Laing, Peter Bazalgette from Endemol, Patrick McKenna from Ingenious, Peter Bennett-Jones from PBJ Management, RDF Comedy's Zad Rogers and Lovefilm's Mark Livingstone.

Said Pact chief executive John McVay: "Producers are now faced with a matrix of new distribution and revenue opportunities for their programs -- from download-to-own to VOD to mobile TV. It's an exciting but complex new business environment. RightsLab is a must-attend for any production company with commercial content because it will help them not only understand these new platforms but also build strategies to best maximize their content and revenues."

RightsLab has cash backing from Creative London, a part of the Mayor's London Development Agency.