NEW CONTENT HORIZONS 2017

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS AND SURVIVAL IN THE EVER CHANGING MEDIA LANDSCAPE

Following its highly successful Los Angeles event, Futuresource is hosted its third New Content Horizons conference in London. Industry leaders and Futuresource analysts addressed a number of key topics such as:

  • ORIGINAL CONTENT - Investment in original content production is accelerating, becoming a key differentiator for networks and service providers – What content is key, what keeps customers "sticky" and who among the traditional players and new social media platforms will have the war chest to compete?

  • EMBRACING THE STUDIO CHALLENGE - How are the studios adapting to the growth in digital video, and how are market methods and digital products evolving?

  • LIVE SPORTS - In the next five years, will the sports industry engage more deeply with OTT, mobile and social media platforms for premium content distribution to maintain relevance for the younger audience and how will this impact rights?

  • THE ESPORTS PHENOMENON - Premium sports of a different kind - major investments have been made by leading brands and broadcasters in this space but what will be the shelf life of League of Legends compared to traditional sports? Short term fad or here for the long haul?

  • VIRTUAL REALITY, AUGMENTED REALITY AND MIXED REALITY - Where do the real opportunities lie for the entertainment industry and are consumers embracing these exciting technologies - what's next for the world of "adjusted reality"?

  • CONNECTING WITH KIDS - Linear TV viewing is still the most popular way of viewing TV and Video content in many countries. However consumption of on demand entertainment services is growing coupled with increased consumption of short form content. What are the implications of these trends on rights holders, broadcasters, service providers and kids brands?

  • FUTURE OF SMART TV AND TV AS AN APP - Is the death of the set-top-box nigh?

Packed full of energising keynotes, best-in-class presentations and panels, New Content Horizons also includes Futuresource market insight presentations, providing you with strategic analysis of the current landscape and the key challenges and opportunities for the years ahead. Join us and meet, connect with and learn from industry leaders, entrepreneurs and those driving innovation within video entertainment and broadcast.

  • WHERE - The Ham Yard Hotel, London, UK

  • WHEN - Afternoon of Thursday 15th June 2017

  • HOW MUCH? - £89 per ticket (excl. VAT) - Price includes complimentary drinks and canapés at the post event networking session.

SPEAKER LINE-UP


Nik Powell, Film Producer, Chairman of Scala Productions and Director of National Film & Television School

Nik Powell took over the running of the National Film and Television School in 2003 and prior to that had a distinguished career in the media industry, firstly in music as co-founder of Virgin Records and subsequently as a producer of Oscar and BAFTA award-winning films including Company of Wolves, Mona Lisa, Scandal, Crying Game and Ladies in Lavender. Outside of the School Nik has continued to maintain his close links with industry leaders and served as a trustee of BAFTA where he chaired the Film Committee. The NFTS is recognised as one of the best film schools in the world with its students having won more top awards than any other film school, including four Oscar nominations, seven BAFTAs and 10 Cilect Global Student Film awards.


Richard Collins, CEO - Tellyo

Richard is CEO at Tellyo, a company providing an advanced social video production, editing and distribution platform. He has led businesses in digital, print and event based media, covering both UK and international markets, succeeding to build strategic partnerships that coincide with his drive for excellence and commercial success. He has advised broadcast businesses regarding second screen and emerging technologies, and his passion and enthusiasm for tech innovation remains. He now helps companies to maximise opportunities presented by social video and its ability to positively engage audiences online.


Alice Beverton-Palmer, Entertainment Partnerships - Twitter

Alice has worked in digital content and communications for a decade, at glossy magazines, start-ups and now at Twitter. In her spare time, she serves on the committee of the @RVTFuture campaign and DJs for @PushTheButton.


Ignacio Monereo, Business Development, Android Apps & Games, EMEA - Google

Ignacio Monereo works in business development for Android Games in the EMEA region. In his role, he provides strategic & tactical advice in the areas of product development & distribution for mobile games both in the 2D and 3D worlds. Prior to joining Android Apps and Games, he was a Strategic Partner Manager and country lead in the Google AdSense and DoubleClick team, focussing on monetization solutions for large publishers in both Spanish and Italian markets.


Steve Green, EVP, Director ITV Studios, Kids Division - ITV

Stephen Green has built businesses based on Entertainment brands for the last 15 years. He has worked across all genres and entertainment formats. At Hasbro he held roles in both the acquisition of 3rd party brand rights and the extension of Hasbro's brands through strategic partnerships. He was responsible for Global brand operations at Chorion plc where he managed Noddy, Enid Blyton, Mr Men and Agatha Christie. Following this he was CEO of Galleon Holdings PLC launching a digital publishing business in online and mobile in China and creating multi platform brand funded formats such as Super Soccer Star with Chelsea Football Club. He has provided strategic planning to brand owners like Ford, BBC Worldwide, Egmont and Spurs through Corinthian Entertainment. Currently he is EVP Kids at ITV Studios responsible for all aspects of the kids business including development production distribution and 360 licensing and exploitation of all kids and family brands such as Thunderbirds Are Go and Robozuna.


David Gibbs, Digital Director, Sky Sports & Sky News - Sky

David is a senior executive with almost 20 year's digital experience. He's been with Sky since 1998, aside from brief stints at TEAMtalk Media and Coral, and has worked in Sales, Commercial, Business Development and Product roles all with a focus on digital. Since 2012 he has been the Digital Director for Sky Sports and recently added Sky News to that portfolio. In his current role he is responsible for Sky's portfolio of digital sports & news products, partnerships, and distribution across social channels. David also is Sky's board representative for Diagonal View, Whistle Sports and Incrowd.


Jamie Hindhaugh, COO - BT Sports & BT TV

Jamie joined BT Sport on 15th October 2012 as the Chief Operating Officer to build the infrastructure, broadcast chain and operating model for the launch of BT Sport. In August BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and BT Sport ESPN all started broadcasting from the brand new purpose built studio facility on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. From the 1st August 2015 the BT Sport offering has been expanded to 13 channel outlets to deliver the exclusive Champions League and Europa League coverage, as well as the launch of Europe's first 4k UHD sports channel. Jamie started his TV career as a transport coordinator at the BBC. Since then he has had many roles in the BBC including Head of Sourcing Production Resources and culminating as the Head of Production L2012 – responsible for the BBC's multiplatform coverage of the Olympics, Paralympics and other key national events in 2012.


Andy McKenzie, Co-Founder - LiveWire Sport

Andy McKenzie is one of the co-founders of LiveWire Sport, a digital agency that provides consultancy and content services to some of the biggest organisations in sport, including the Premier League, NFL International, Wimbledon and World Rugby. The company won a BAFTA for its work on the London 2012 Paralympics for Channel 4. He has spent 20 years working in digital sport for a number of organisations, including IMG and the BBC.


Karl Woolley, Head of VR, London - Framestore

Karl leads Framestone's VR team in London. Karl was integral to the growth of Framestore's digital business from joining the company in 2005. With a background in engineering, his role involved harnessing hardware and software and offering it to clients as a marketing solution, thus expanding traditional campaigns into fully integrated projects. Karl is passionate about finding technical and creative solutions to even the trickiest of advertising briefs. Karl worked directly with Oculus on our award-winning VR experience for Game Of Thrones with HBO, and was involved in the motion capture walk-around VR experience for Merrell's 'Trailscape'. He was key in establishing Framestore's award-winning Virtual Reality Studio in 2014, and central to creating a strategic and fully immersive VR experience for the launch of Fiat's 500x. Karl continues to work with agencies and brand partners alike, pushing the boundaries of technology and creativity.


Dominic Smales, CEO & Founder - Gleam Futures

After spending 15 years in media, production and advertising Dominic Smales set up Gleam Futures in 2010 initially to help online communities connect for mutual benefit. This evolved quickly into managing ‘Digital First Talent’, a term coined to describe entertainers and content creators who have used social media platforms as the first place to build an audience. Gleam has become the biggest Digital First talent management company in the world. Gleam Futures develops the careers of its roster across all forms of media and entertainment including; publishing, film, TV, Licencing and merchandising. The Gleam Futures roster is widely regarded as the best and biggest talent in each market they operate in. They also take on and nurture best new talent in each market. Their long standing roster includes names like Zoella, Pixiwoo, Tanya Burr, Jim Chapman, Joe Sugg, Caspar Lee, Alfie Deyes and Marcus Butler. Dom has been recognised in the last year in the Debretts 500 most influential people in the UK, The Bookseller Power 100, Wired Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful and The Business Insider Coolest 100 people in tech.


Alison Bakunowich, General Manager - Nickelodeon UK & Ireland

General Manager of Nickelodeon UK & Ireland, Alison Bakunowich reports directly to the Board of Nickelodeon. Alison is responsible for the Nickelodeon business within the UK and Ireland, driving ratings and revenues across the Nickelodeon brands including seven television channels as well as the network's multiplatform and consumer products offering. Previous to her tenure at Nickelodeon UK, Bakunowich served as Marketing and Commercial Partnerships Director for Nickelodeon Australia/New Zealand. Before Nick she spent seven years at Australia's John Fairfax Publications.


Scott Francis, CTO - THX

Scott brings over 20 years of experience managing extremely complex and technical products and services. With a background in mixed hardware and software, Scott has a passion for delivering high-quality audio-visual entertainment experiences and has delivered on this throughout his entire career. From working on the very first desktop computer hardware to newer audio-inclusive digital signage in retail environments, he has focused on putting the best possible experience into the hands of consumers.


Douglas Lloyd, Founder - Azoomee

Douglas Lloyd is the founder of Azoomee, the safe, fun and creative app where kids can access the best TV shows, games, tutorial videos, audiobooks in one safe place. Designed for primary-school aged children, it offers tailored, age-appropriate content that changes and develops as a child grows. It also includes an art studio and Azoomee chat, which lets children communicate safely with family and friends. Azoomee is available on any mobile device in the UK in the AppStore, GooglePlay Store and Amazon App Store. Douglas is a serial entrepreneur having co-founded multiple companies including VB/Research (sold to a FTSE250 media company). Azoomee, which he co-founded with his wife Estelle, was founded in December 2014.


Chester King, CEO - British Esports Association

Chester founded the 'British Esports Association' in 2016 – the national body for esports in the UK, whose main aims are to help develop the UK's grassroots esports scene and provide an infrastructure to nurture future British talent. (www.britishesports.org). Chester King is a co-owner of the International Group of companies, which was founded in 1964. International Group has worked in 52 countries and completed 500 healthcare, leisure, sporting and esports projects. International Group owns and operates International Hospitals Group (www.ihg.co.uk), Stoke Park, the UK's leading country club and 5 star hotel (www.stokepark.com) and operates The eGames (www.egames.org).


Jean-Philippe Randisi, CEO - Zodiak Kids

Jean-Philippe Randisi is CEO of Zodiak Kids, a Banijay Group company, a global independent leader in kids entertainment, combining dedicated kids production companies in France and the UK, consumer products and sales division. Prior to joining Zodiak Kids he was EVP & Director of Consumer Products at ITV Studios Global Entertainment. He was responsible for the division's reboot of Thunderbirds Are Go!, its consumer products and digital strategy, and the exploitation of its in-house and third party intellectual property portfolio across DVD, publishing and licensed products. Previous roles include; Senior Vice President and Managing Director, International at Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products, a division of MTV Networks International, working on properties such as SpongeBob Square Pants, Dora the Explorer and South Park and Prior to Viacom, heading up Saban consumer products Europe.


Steven Hancock - MelodyVR

Steven is the Chief Operations Officer and Co-Founder of MelodyVR. Prior to this, Steven gained over 15 years' experience at senior management level, within events management where he worked with music artists around the globe and also numerous FTSE 100 companies, managing more than 150 staff on a daily basis. More recently, Steven was the Commercial Manager at Ibiza Rocks, one of the fastest growing youth lifestyle brands in Europe, where he oversaw sales and marketing. In early 2015, Steven joined forces with Anthony Matchett to create MelodyVR.


SPONSORS

Integro Group

Integro Group are a global insurance brokerage and specialty risk management firm driven to deliver dedicated, quality benefits consulting and insurance brokerage services through client-first, transparent business practices.


THX

Over the past thirty years THX expanded its certification categories past studio and cinema, to consumer electronics, content, automotive systems and live entertainment. THX also maintains an active technology portfolio, and robust audio-video education programs.


MEDIA PARTNERS & ASSOCIATIONS

Media Partners & Associations can provide their members with a discount on the ticket price. Partners and Associations will also be promoted on conference collaterals and on various signage at the event, as well as receiving a free delegate pass for a director of the association. If you work for an industry association and would like to partner with Futuresource for a future event, please contact Nicola Finn via:

nicola.finn@futuresource-hq.com


MEDIA PARTNERS


DIGITAL TV EUROPE

Digital TV Europe is the leading source for news and analysis on the digital media and pay TV industry in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. They cover all aspects of digital and pay TV in EMEA, including the growth of OTT TV, multiscreen and multiplay offerings, and the IP-based convergence of video and data services.


ADVANCED TELEVISION

Advanced Television launched in 2001 as the primary news source for all broadband TV developments. The website provides a Daily News email bulletin, as well as the Friday File e.Digest and the Research Monitor each week. The company also produces several magazine titles including Euromedia and TV Everywhere.


MOBILE MARKETING

Dot Media publishes Mobile Marketing magazine on the web, the iPad, on mobile, and in print. The magazine celebrates its 12th anniversary this year, while the website attracts 40,000 unique visitors every month with its mix of news, opinion and analysis.