Broadcast Indie Summit


Get advice and insight from the best in the indie business with sessions on commissioning, finance, IP and more.

9:00am | State of the nation

Indie Survey editor Robin Parker reveals the top line findings from this year’s Indie Survey 2017 and what impact these findings will have on the sector.

Plus our expert panel give a strategic overview of the indie markets key opportunities and challenges – while addressing the questions of what it means to be a true indie? Whether being a super indie means more creative freedom? Who are the fastest growing companies succeeding in the eyes of their peers, and if Brexit is affecting global sales?

CHAIR: Robin Parker Features Editor, Broadcast

Neil Grant
Creative Director
Avanti Media

Richard Johnston
Endemol Shine UK

John McVay
Chief Executive

Melanie Leach
Chief Executive
Twofour Group

10:10am | BBC Studios and the New Landscape

An already rapidly changing production sector is about to welcome a significant new player – the refocused BBC Studios. How will it be similar to or different from existing indies? What will be the impact of competitive tendering on the whole sector? How is production in the nations and regions evolving, and what will BBC Studios role be in that? Mark Linsey and other senior execs discuss BBC Studios and the trends affecting the sector.

CHAIR: Hannah Gannage-Stewart Senior Reporter, Broadcast

David Mortimer
Director of Content
Tinopolis Group

Cat Lewis
CEO & Executive Producer
Nine Lives Media

Mark Linsey
BBC Studios

Sara Geater

11:15am | How I Got my Show Commissioned

We take a look at the story behind how some of TV’s stand-out shows of the year made it past the gate-keepers and onto our screens? Plus see the sizzles tapes that helped win the commissions. Projects up for discussion include BBC2’s Exodus,  Channel 4’s Escape and the as yet untitled children’s horse drama from Netflix.

CHAIR: Tom Avison Head of Studios, 3 Mills Studios

Will Anderson
Creative Director
KEO Films
Exodus, BBC Two

Simon Knight
Chief Executive Officer
Escape, Channel 4

Emily Dollman
Head of Development

Kate Little
Managing Director
Lime Pictures
Free Rein, Netflix

12:15pm | Switching Sides

In the non-stop game of musical chairs, genre commissioners and channel controllers discuss how their experience has helped to inform their strategies for running an indie. Plus some invaluable tips on what they learned when they shifted to the other side of the table and key advice on how an indie can become a commissioner’s best friend.

CHAIR: Phil Edgar Jones Director, Sky Arts

Karl Warner
Managing Director
Electric Ray

Tanya Shaw
Managing Director
Shine TV

Kim Shillinglaw
Head of Factual
Endemol Shine UK


Lunchtime briefing: Doing business overseas

Join Tony Humphreys, representing the Department for International Trade, as he offers advice and strategies for how to win commissions or sell shows overseas.

Click here  to register and attend this intimate workshop, which will explore how the government can help companies access export markets, broaden their knowledge and set international goals.

*Session available for paid attendees only

2:00pm | Whose Show is it Anyway?

The hot topic of the moment – our expert panel debate IP disputes, who owns what and how to protect your ideas whether you are an indie or a producer – get the inside scoop!

CHAIR: Chris Curtis Editor, Broadcast

Leanne Klein
Chief Executive
Wall to Wall

Stephen Lambert
Chief Executive
Studio Lambert


3:10pm | New Money

An expert panel reveals how indies can secure finance for their companies and productions without losing their independence and who are the emerging independents with the new money – get insider knowledge.

CHAIR: Conor Dignam CEO, MBI

Alex Graham
Angel Investor

Michael McCoy
Executive Officer
The Story Lab UK

Jane Millichip
Managing Director
Sky Vision

Joanna Smith
Investment Manager
Edge Investments

4:00pm | Five Ways to Grow Your Indie

Top indie bosses discuss what it takes to expand and maintain your indie business. Hear how to move into new genres, build the best development team, create a worldwide hit, migrate out of London, make it in the US and become the commissioners’ go-to indie.

CHAIR: Ninder Billing Commissioning Editor / Producer

Matthew Justice
Managing Director
Big Talk

Magnus Temple
Chief Executive
The Garden

Jonathan Stadlen
Managing Director

Camilla Lewis
Curve Media


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