Manchester, England

"The Media Festival will explore how content will be funded, created and distributed in future and introduce you to the people who are making this happen.

The Media Festival is the destination where today’s media industries will meet to exchange ideas, draw inspiration and build partnerships for the future. It is a celebration of great and innovative digital work and the latest thinking. It will explore what it means to be creative in a digital age, and interrogate both established and new digital business models.

The Media Festival will feature world class speakers from every corner of the converged media industry television, film, advertising, gaming, online and the emerging spaces in between. It will provoke high level discussion and provide excellent networking opportunities. It will be a chance for people to swap experiences with each other beyond the industry sectors they work in and share in appreciating great work and fascinating stories, through the conference programme as well as screenings, masterclasses and parties.

The Media Festival has been developed to address the critical commercial, creative content and digital technology issues collectively faced by the digital content industries. It will explore the challenges facing all of us as we adapt and evolve in a rapidly changing world."

Speakers include: Peter Bazalgette, Media Consultant; Emily Bell, Director of Digital Content, Guardian; Jana Bennett, Director of Vision, BBC; Rachael Castell, Interactive Producer, English National Opera; Michael Denny, VP, Sony Computer Entertainment; Peter Fincham, Director of Television, ITV; Ben Gallop, Head of Sport Interactive, BBC; Will Gompertz, Director, Tate Media; Peter Hobolt Jensen, Head of Online Communications, Lego; Magnús Scheving, CEO, Creator & Co-founder, Lazytown Entertainment; Mark Selby, Head of Multimedia, Nokia; Robert Senior, UK CEO, SSF Group; David Stevens, Vice President - Int'l Marketing Europe, Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent.; Rory Sutherland, Vice Chair, Ogilvy UK; John Woodward, Chief Executive, UK Film Council.

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Added by nico_macdonald on August 8, 2008