Get ready to be blown away by some of the biggest names in broadcast media production at the Media Production & Technology Show.

Oscar and Bafta award winning filmmakers, pioneering technologists and an Olympic athlete- unite to showcase the UK’s creative excellence at The Media Production & Technology Show (MPTS) on 15-16 May, London Olympia.

The international event for the broadcast media, production and technology community returns with a power packed and free seminar programme featuring more than 250 elite, unique and diverse speakers across eight theatres of keynote presentations, masterclasses, panel discussions and educational sessions.

Making drama out of a crisis

Few dramas have generated headlines with more real world impact than ITV’s Mr Bates vs The Post Officewhich is why this year’s Opening Keynote is such a must. This is a Director’s Masterclass featuring four directors of recent hit shows including Mr Bates’ director James Strong and showrunner James Hawes who directed the first season of caustic spy thriller Slow Horses for AppleTV+ and has just directed Oscar winner Remi Malick in 20th Century thriller Amateur.

James Strong also joins a special Mr Bates production masterclass with Natasha Bondy, Creative Director Little Gem; Executive Producer, Patrick Spence and former sub-postmistress Jo Hamilton, who featured as a character in the ITV drama.

Newsnight’s infamous 2019 interview with Prince Andrew is another headline grabbing drama given an MPTS spotlight. The real life star of Scoop, executive producer and author Sam McAlister (played by Billie Piper) gives us the low down on how the story was adapted for screen alongside director Philip Martin.

The challenge and opportunities of current factual programming are explored in a series of sessions led bybroadcaster Marcel Theroux who discusses his recent hit documentary The Playboy Bunny Murders. Also, in an exclusive ‘In Conversation With’ is writer/director and producer Peter Ettedgui who will discuss the making of acclaimed docs like McQueen and Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story. With podcasts soaring in popularity, historian and broadcaster Dan Snow tells us how History Hit became the UK’s number one history podcast.

Four-time Winter Olympian and TV presenter Chemmy Alcott joins MPTS to discuss how sports broadcasting is driving positive environmental change as part of BAFTA albert’s Sustainability Series. Staying with sports Lowri Davies, VP and Director of Broadcaster Services for Premier League Productions at IMG reveals the future of live in an exclusive interview.

Priya Singh, Director of Operations, Commissioning & Content at ITV and Sarah Asante, Scripted Commissioning Editor for UKTV are two of television’s finest Wonder Women, who have shattered the glass ceiling to senior leadership. They give us their perspectives from the top.

Craft masters

Fresh from winning the Academy Award and Bafta for the sound design of The Zone of Interest, Johnnie Burn headlines the Audio Theatre to talk about his unique approach to this remarkable film and working with directors Jonathan Glazer and Yorgos Lanthimos.

Few film editors are more insightful or engaging than Paul Machliss (Baby Driver) who shares tips, techniques and anecdotes about creative collaboration on films with Guy Ritchie, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish.

As Virtual Production takes off you can explore the latest techniques and learn how to avoid trapdoors in the company of VP expert Steve Jelley. As co-founder and joint managing director of Dimension, he has just launched two of the world’s largest LED volume stages in London and Rome and was executive producer on No Way Up, a thriller about a plane crash in the Pacific Ocean.

No topic is hotter than AI with the very integrity of journalism and future of broadcast news threatened by misinformation and deepfakes. Reporting from the front line on how AI might change political live coverage is Anushka Asthana, deputy political editor of ITV News, who gives a special keynote at the AI Forum.

Charlotte Wheeler, Event Director, said, “The quality and diversity of our speaker programme underlines the unique heritage of the world class creative industries here in the UK which we excited to present at The Media Production & Technology Show.

From award-winning directors to pioneering female leaders and technology entrepreneurs to decision makers in news, factual programming, drama and more each speaker brings their unique perspective and invaluable insights to share with everyone at this special event. There is no line-up that better represents the pinnacle of expertise and innovation in the world of content creation and technology. Myself and my team thank them and can’t wait to see you all at MPTS this month.”

Don’t miss your chance to learn from the best in the business. Register for free today to secure your place amongst industry leaders, innovators and visionaries.

Full details about MPTS 2024 and the speaker programme can be found at

Jon Creamer

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