BVE Preview 2018

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BVE EVOLVES FOR 2018 Jenny Priestley talks to event manager Daniel Sacchelli about what delegates can expect from this year’s programme How did you decide on topics for this year’s seminars? Every year BVE speaks to 300 people, 100 of whom have never attended the show, to ensure we are delivering a programme that interests, engages and challenges our new and existing audience. The show is built by the industry, for the industry. As a result of our conversations, this year’s exhibition theme is ‘We are all creators’, which acknowledges the variety of roles in the wider industry, whether they are behind the camera, developing new solutions to manage workflow, or envisioning new ways to monetise content. Over 200 speakers will appear across six brand new theatres, each one representing a certain aspect of the industry – The Storytellers Stage, The Business of Production, Craft of Capture, Techflow Futures, Post in Practice, and Connected Media. Each dedicated theatre will deliver tailored content on every aspect of production, allowing visitors to easily discover the talks, workshops and seminars that are most appealing. This year’s seminar programme has also been led by the growth in technology. It has impacted every part of the production process and changed more in the last two years than it has in the last 20 years. Have the topics you’re covering changed that much from 2017? If so, why? The creative industries hold an interest in every aspect of the production process and that is why BVE 2018 has six stages that look in to each aspect. BVE has evolved to become a one-stop-shop for anybody, which means visitors can make the best use of their time. BVE has evolved from pure tech to look at what goes into AV and live from a variety of angles, including the creative standpoint, the workflow technicalities and the editing and demonstration of the impact of audio.

The session will include speakers from BBC News, HuffPost UK and Associated Press.

Each of our theatres looks at different sides of the production process, so broadcast professionals will find each appealing. However, each theatre programme has been specifically designed to make it easier for visitors to explore BVE 2018, and access the content that interests them the most. Of particular interest to the broadcast industries will be the Techflow Futures theatre, which will focus on the impact technology has had on workflow as well as exploring what direction the next few years will take the industry. Mark Harrison, DPP managing director, will be part of the seminar, ‘IMF: What does the new mastering format mean to you?’. The seminar will analyse the impacts of IMF on distribution, versioning, and localisation, as well as the impact on workflow. The Production of Business theatre will also host a seminar relating to fake news. A panel of industry experts will discuss whether user-generated content can be trusted, and is a must for broadcast professionals.

In 2017, the popularity of certain seminars led to theatres overflowing. Has this been addressed for 2018? The popularity of our seminars is huge credit to the work that goes on behind the scenes, and we want as many people as possible to hear from the influential speakers and industry icons available at this year’s event. That’s why we’ve increased capacity in our theatres, as well as introducing the ability to stream seminars into our lounges so more people than ever can see each session. We’ve also enriched the overall event experience with the introduction of Glisser, an app which will enable visitors to submit seminar questions via their mobile device even if they are unable to get in the theatre. It can be used throughout BVE 2018 to access information about the exhibition, allowing visitors to plan each day of their visit. Diversity has been a hot topic over the last few months. How are you tackling it? As part of our seminar programme, BVE is hosting an ‘Inclusivity in the creative industries’ seminar. Louise King, head of content, Media Bounty, and Riaz Meer, BAFTAnominated producer and film editor, will both talk about how the lack of diversity in front of the camera has been making headlines this year, with the BBC’s gender pay gap and high profile cases of whitewashing in film casts as well as sexual harassment controversies. The session will tackle the questions of ‘What is the situation behind the scenes, and how can we improve access and visibility in the creative industries?’ and ‘How can you embrace diversity in your organisation?’ n


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