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DCF Anchor Event: Made in the North Summit & Exhibition


16th Apr 2024

Bringing Together the North’s Powerhouse Media, Production, and Broadcast Sectors

Part of Digital City Festival 2024

Location: Hot House, MediaCity

Join us for a day dedicated to actionable insights, collaboration, and showcasing the vibrant media, production, and broadcast sectors of the North. Dive deep into discussions, panels, and exhibitions that spotlight the region’s talent, innovations, and challenges.


10:00 – Exhibition Opens
– Explore the Made in the North Exhibition showcasing:
– Commercial production companies
– Studio facilities
– TV & Film production
– Gaming studios
– Animation studios
– Interactive tech – AR/VR
– Training, education, and talent support
*(Exhibition open until 4:30 pm)*

10:45 – Demo Sessions
– Venue: Upstairs at the Summit

11:30 – Importance of Face-to-Face Experiences in a Digital World
– Speakers:
– Jo Madeley, Managing Director at Cascade
– Andy Unsworth, Content Producer at Cascade

13:00 – Made in the North Summit opens

13:15 – Opening Session: The Macro Forces Affecting Media and Broadcast
– Topics:
– Changes in viewer/consumer behavior
– Impact on production and international investment
– Streaming landscape – Opportunity or challenge?
– Positioning of the North of England media & broadcast sector
– Panelists:
– Caroline Cooper Charles, Chief Executive of Screen Yorkshire

14:00 – Innovation & Immersive Technology
– Panelists:
– Simon Benson, Technologist – Talent For Tech
– Richard Wormwell, Head of Product Innovation at dock10

14:45 – Networking Break
– Explore the Made in the North Exhibition downstairs and connect with the North’s talent.

15:30 – Access to Talent – Solving the Sector’s Talent Crisis
– Topics:
– Identifying current gaps
– Ongoing initiatives
– Ways to get involved
– Panelists:
– Dr. Sarah Haynes – Liverpool Screen School
– Philippa Childs – Bectu
– Professor Kirsty Fairclough – Manchester Metropolitan University
– Colin McKevitt – Badger & Combes

16:00 – Keynote Session: Screw The Silos – Bringing The North Together
– Topics:
– Northern screen industry silos
– Importance of collaboration
– Introduction to Screen Alliance North
– Ways to get involved
– Panelists:
– Laura Caveney-Morgan, Executive Editor of Tonight – ITV Studios
– Alison Gwynn, Chief Executive of North East Screen

16:30 – Networking and Drinks Reception

Post-Event Coverage:
Full coverage and key takeaways will be available across all Prolific North channels after the event.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a transformative day that celebrates, discusses, and shapes the future of the North’s media, production, and broadcast sectors!