This year’s Creative Cities convention has announced three new speakers. BBC Three’s Fiona Campbell, Managing Director of Channel 4 Nations and Regions Sinead Rocks and Channel 5’s Ben Frow will speak at the Creative Cities Convention on April 23rd and 24th, held at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow. 


The Creative Cities Convention is a joint event organised by BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Pact. Discussions and panels will be based around how the broadcast industry can help build local economies, including advice for smaller businesses in the global, competitive marketplace.


Campbell who is BBC Three Controller will talk about her strategy for reaching different parts of the UK, commissioning more homegrown programmes and casting contributors from different parts of the UK.


Managing Director of Channel 4 Nations and Regions, Sinead Rocks will discuss the channel’s move out London with the launch of new hubs in Leeds, Glasgow and Bristol and the challenge of building the talent base to match production growth across the UK.


Channel 5’s Ben Frow will be attending in his new role as Director of Programmes for all Viacom’s UK content including Comedy Central and MTV. He will also update on the broadcaster’s commitment to improving the diversity of the companies it works with.

Director Ruth Pitt said of the announcement “We’re delighted that once again some of the industry’s biggest players are joining us to discuss and celebrate the fantastic growth of media production outside London.”


The convention’s theme this year is ‘Going Global’ and will include sessions such as, Can TV Save The Planet?, which will ask how producers can influence global opinions on climate change and sustainability.


The event will include Maramedia’s Creative Director, Nigel Pope discuss Stormborn, a global co-commission between BBC Scotland, Arte in France and Love Nature, a joint partnership with the Smithsonian Channel and Blue Ant Media. Nigel will be joined on stage by partners including Love Nature’s Vice President of Development and Production, Alison Barrat.


Synchronicity’s Managing Director Claire Mundell will talk about the company’s international projects and discuss the making of The Cry, set across Scotland and Australia. “The opportunity in high end TV drama is more global than ever and at Synchronicity we are developing a range of shows to speak to an international audience, exploring universal themes but also rooted in Scotland in some way”, says Claire.


Further speakers are expected to be announced in the leadup to the convention


To find out more about the Creative Cities Convention, visit


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