Over 160 exhibitors and 100 speakers are set to attend Focus 2016 next week, the end of year event for the international production and locations industry.

Focus, which takes place on December 6th and 7th at the Business Design Centre in Islington, is free to attend for members of the production industry.

The 160 exhibitors from 55 countries will be showcasing their filming incentives and services. 

A new UK village will showcase film-friendly locations and regional agencies, including Creative England, Creative Scotland, Wales Screen and Northern Ireland Screen.  Film Offices UK, comprised of 11 regional film offices, will make their first public debut as a collective on the FOCUS show floor.

China’s Wanda Studios will showcase their new 40% filming incentive, while Arizona’s newly launched Film and Digital Media Office, dubbed ‘Studio 48’, will be making its first public appearance at Focus.

Meanwhile, over 100 speakers will deliver 35 panel discussions, presentations and workshops, covering film, TV, advertising and interactive content.

The programme, curated by Sue Hayes, has been developed in consultation with industry organisations including the Advertising Producers Association, the BFI, the British Film Commission, Creative Skillset, Pact, The Production Guild, the Production Managers Association, UKIE and Women in Film and TV.

This year’s sessions will discuss the key topics concerning the production industry today such as sustainability, diversity, accessing the Asian market and the future of television in an era of convergence. Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London will be opening this year’s iteration of FOCUS with an exclusive interview conducted by Variety.

Televisual editor Tim Dams will chair a session on ‘The future of TV – the audience as the new scheduler’ with Comedy Central’s Claire McArdle, Youngest Media’s Jody Smith, Big Balls Media’s Phil Mitchelson and The Tape Consultancy’s Paul Youngbluth.

Jean-Frédéric Garcia, Co-founder of Focus said: “We are proud to offer this incredible industry resource to the global production community, and look forward to another engaging, exciting edition.”

Televisual is a media sponsor of Focus.

To register, visit www.tlgfocus.com

Staff Reporter

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