Spotify, Disney, Microsoft join U.K. confab

Creativity and Business Int'l Network runs Oct. 26-28

LONDON -- Music-download service Spotify, Disney and Microsoft will join dozens of international creative businesses to debate how to foster success and secure creative rights at the first government-backed Creativity and Business International Network held in London from Oct. 26-28, culture secretary Ben Bradshaw said Friday.

Dubbed "C&binet," the conference is the government's attempt to boost growth for the creative industries and devise conditions to nurture the next generation of creative entrepreneurs. It will reflect the international nature of the entertainment and creative industries and involve representatives from overseas governments and regulators in a bid to establish international dialogue and cross-border consensus on such issues as copyright production, intellectual property and boosting the creative economy.

"Britain is known across the world for the strength of its creative industries and the wealth of talent we possess. We want to make sure this success continues but to ensure sustained growth we need international cooperation," Bradshaw said.

We also need to make sure the next generation of talent has access to the finance, support and new business models they need.

Keynote speakers will include U.K. business secretary Peter Mandelson, alongside Vivendi chairman and CEO Jean-Bernard Levy and Elio Leoni-Sceti, CEO of EMI Music. The opening address will be made by Ingenious Media CEO Patrick McKenna, with a panel event including Lorna Tilbian, executive director, Numis Corporation and Julie Meyer, CEO, Ariadne Capital and founder of First Tuesday.

Other speakers will include Paul Brown, U.K. managing director of Spotify, and Stephen Moore, executive vp at Disney.

The three-day event will focus on the areas of raising finance, online business models, creating opportunities and building infrastructure.