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South West Companies Meet the Commissioners

The Media Innovation Network will be hosting a special event with BBC4and BBC South West on Monday 14th May.  Media companies from across the region will be given a chance to “Meet the Commissioners” when Richard Klein from BBC4 and Simon Willis from BBC South Westgive a special briefing to producers in Plymouth.

 The event will take place at Foot Anstey’s Salt Quay House HQ on Sutton Harbour and it begins at 2pm.  As well as listening to a general briefing some companies have also taken advantage of an opportunity for a one to one meeting with Richard.

Richard Klein became the Controller of BBC Four in December 2008.  Since he has been at the channel, Richard has overseen BBC Four’s highest-rating programme, Gracie! (1.5m) – which was part of the Women We Loved season of dramas. Other successes include the topical On Expenses drama (0.83m); Chemistry – A Volatile History (0.66m); Paul Merton Looks At Alfred Hitchcock (0.51m); The Art Of Russia (series average 0.4m); A History Of Christianity (series average 0.44m); and Newswipe With Charlie Brooker, which recently won the RTS award for best Entertainment programme.

The event is just one of the ways in which the Media Innovation Network supports and promotes creative companies in the South West and it is the latest in a series of training and business development events on offer.

Karen Stockdale, Manager of the Media Innovation Network, said “Opportunities for producers to hear about commissioning requirements are rare and we’re delighted that Richard Klein has chosen to talk to South West based companies.  This will be an amazing opportunity for producers to find out about the channel targets and output, and to hear about their programme and multi-platform requirements.”

For further information and to register to attend the event go to: www.mediainnovationnetwork.com/events/

9th May 2012




As part of this year’s Dickens bicentenary celebrations, Portsmouth Film Society in partnership with the University of Portsmouth’s Centre for Studies in Literature, is proud to present three classic British screen adaptations of the novelist’s finest works.  Douglas McGrath’s acclaimed interpretation of Nicholas Nickleby emerged in 2002 from under the shadow of Trevor Nunn’s RSC tour de force broadcast in the early days of Channel 4. A Nickleby for modern times, this Golden Globe nominee features an all-star British cast including Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Alan Cumming, Edward Fox, Christopher Plummer, Timothy Spall and Juliet Stevenson. Nicholas Nickleby will open the Dickens season on 2 May, with differing perspectives on the adaptation offered by Dr Chris Pittard of the University’s Centre for Studies in Literature, and film historian Dr Justin Smith.

The second film in this bicentennial celebration stars British matinee idol Dirk Bogarde alongside Dorothy Tutin in Dickens’ romance of the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities.  Directed for Rank by Ralph Thomas in 1958, the story of political corruption, social upheaval and Anglo-French passion found a new contemporary resonance in a Britain on the cusp of the 1960s.  This presentation is introduced by Dr Patricia Pulham of the University’s Centre for Studies In Literature.

The final offering in the trio is an all-time classic.  In the late 1940s acclaimed British director David Lean made two adaptations of Dickens novels. In 1948 he transformed Oliver Twist into a taut, brutal black-market thriller, while Great Expectations, with bravura performances by John Mills and Alec Guinness, became a supernatural tale of intrigue, loss and remorse. Guy Green’s atmospheric black and white cinematography won an Oscar at the 1948 Academy Awards.  Dr Justin Smith commented: “This is not simply one of the best adaptations of a Dickens novel, it is one of the highpoints of British cinema.  Not to be missed!”  This screening will be introduced by Sue Harper, Emeritus Professor of Film History at the University of Portsmouth.

Aysegul Epengin, Chair of Portsmouth Film Society said: “We are delighted to be working with the University and No. 6 Cinema in celebrating the finest of Dickens on British film”.  All three Dickens films are screening at No. 6 Cinema, Portsmouth Dockyard, at 7.30. Admission £5 or £10 for all three special offer!  You can buy tickets online on the link http://www.portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk/

27th April 2012

Creative Business Base – Improving Your Competitive Edge

Creative Business Base: A Free 6-month Creative, Business and Entrepreneurial Development Programme

Deadline 2nd April

Screen South, Maidstone Studios, Peter Jones Academy and Amersham & Wycombe College


Creative Business Base
*Revised Deadline, Terms and Conditions*

The Free 6-month Creative & Business Development Programme – Helping you to greatly improve your competitive edge and professional skills. Supporting skills development of your:
Script, Creative Projects, Creative and Business pitching, Understanding Legal contracts and IP issues, Project and Business Exploitation and planning, National and International Market Strategies, Project and Business Investment Sourcing, National and International Finance Sourcing, Creative Entrepreneurial and Cross-media thinking and strategies.

You may think that you do not need some of them but these are essential skillsets in today’s professional industry.

Application Deadline Noon Monday 2nd April 2012

This scheme is supported by the Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of A Bigger Future 2

Screen South is looking for 8 Creative Business Teams (with projects for the screen) to develop their scripts, script development skills and (in these days) necessary entrepreneurial and businesses skills and that will give you and your business the best chance of moving up the ladder.

The programme is built around the group of 8 participating creative teams that have at least one viable feature length script.

The participating creative teams and their projects will be developed over the entire 6-month period with seminars, master classes, continuing script development, bespoke 121’s, and training days most of which happen every fortnight. These are all supported by:

  • Team specific Script Development 121 surgeries with top Industry Professional Script  Developer – Britt Harrison
  • Professional Development 121’s with David Castro (Development and Training Exec for Screen South), Jo Nolan (MD Screen South) and Geoff Miles (CEO Maidstone Studios)

The teams can be existing businesses or newly formed partnerships (minimum 2 members max 3) – minimum 1 person attending on the scheduled days, maximum 3 people per team attending on the scheduled days.

Alongside all of the development Seminars, master classes and 121’s you will also have access to hot desks, phones, Internet etc and a meeting space which is available at The Maidstone Studio every day over the programme. The programme concludes with all 8 teams pitching (both your Projects and Businesses) in London with top industry Financiers, Producers and Business Angels.

Creative Teams will also have:

  • Access to (up to) £500 bursary (available for a variety of expenditures that you will encounter during the programme, e.g., Contributions towards writers / legal fees, International travel, Marketing costs, etc,
  • Access to (up to) £500 hardship fund, which can be used towards transport to and from Maidstone Studios.
  • Free access to the four live public events that will also be running over the same 6-month period at Maidstone Studios and they will also have opportunities to meet with the guest industry panelists.

The live public events will be covering Finance (Business and Project), Creative Development, Distribution & Selling and ‘How the New Frontier of digital and internet can be tamed for your benefit’.

More about The Creative Business Base Programme 
The Creative Business Base programme will be delivered by current industry practioners and will cover subjects including:

  • Script and Project Development
  • Legals and contracts
  • Entrepreneurial mind-set and skills
  • Planning and Pitching
  • Creative Business – planning and development
  • Sources of Funding and Finance
  • Single project and Business Investments
  • Ways to market (Traditional vs. new media inc social networks)
  • Sales Distribution Exhibition – what are they looking for?
  • Working with the global markets UK and International
  • Understanding exploitation potentials of projects (IP)
  • Use of new medias and IP
  • E-marketing and promotion

Participants Eligibility
This is a free programme for companies and freelancers from the Kent, Essex and East Sussex LEP area (http://southeastlep.com/area-map.) as well as North Seas Area (http://www.northsearegion.eu/ivb/countries/). Priority (but not exclusivity) will be given to those actively operating or developing from a Kent base. Please check eligibility, as you will need to verify this in your application.

Participant Requirements

  • All participants must be over 18 and not full or part/time students.
  • All participant teams must have produced a short, feature, TV, promo, advert corporate etc that has been sold or distributed.
  • Participant teams must have at least three ideas – one project at full script stage. The other ideas can be TV or interactive projects.
  • Participating teams must have at least one person from each creative team able to attend dates shown below April – October 2012. This does not have to be the same member each time.

Schedule as follows:
Daily Hours 10am – 5pm
Location Maidstone TV Studios (except final presentation in London)
19/03/2012 Open Application
02/04/2012 Close Application 7pm.
05/04/2012 12 selected, Participants informed of meeting
11/04/2012 Selection panel meet participants (1/2 hr. each)
11/04/2012 Selection down to 8 made at end of meeting.
11/04/2012 Successful applicants (8) informed via email
26/04/2012 Workshop 1 and Masterclass 1
10/05/2012 Masterclass 2, Live Public Event 1
24/05/2012 Masterclass 3, 121’s
07/06/2012 Masterclass 4, Live Public Event 2
21/06/2012 Workshop 2 , 121’s
05/07/2012 Workshop 3, Live Public Event 3
19/07/2012 Masterclass 5, 121’s
02/08/2012 Workshop 4, Live Public Event 4
16/08/2012 Workshop 5, Business Project planning
30/08/2012 Workshop 6, Pitching and Project development
13/09/2012 Workshop 7, 121’s
27/09/2012 Masterclass 6, Pitching and Project development
11/10/2012 Workshop 8, Rehearsal for presentations
18/10/2012 Final presentations, London (Location TBA)
*All dates are currently correct but may be subject to change

Click here to apply

This programme is free to participants made possible by support from Screen South, Skillset, and the North Sea Screen Partnership Interreg Programme

This scheme is supported by the Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of A Bigger Future 2

30th March 2012

Media Innovation Awards Deadline 14th March

Creative companies across Dorset are being encouraged to enter the 2012 Media Innovation Awards which is the region’s most prestigious awards event for people working in the creative industries.  The deadline has just been extended to 14th March and the event is a great opportunity to celebrate and promote the most innovative work in the region.  The prizes will be presented at a glitzy gala dinner taking place in Bristol during the Autumn.

A stellar line up of judges has been brought together to judge the 2012 awards including: Shirani Sabaratam from UKTV, Adam Powers from Bartle, Bogle & Hegarty, Ravi Amaratunga from Channel 4, and Matthew Annal from games studio Nitrome.

The competition is open to all members of Wessex Media Group, Dorset Design Forum, Meet Draw and other South West clusters. You can enter online or download an entry pack from www.mediainnovationawards.com. Media and design companies and their clients can enter up to five categories and nominate for the new talent and outstanding contribution awards.

Mutant Labs, a company based in Plymouth, won the Games Design award in 2011 for their project “Sonic Boom”.  Alex Ryley, Managing Director of Mutant Labs, said: “Winning a Media Innovation Award was an honour for the Mutants. The prestige of the awards has helped us to promote the work that we do and build our reputation in the South West.”

The 16 categories in the 2012 awards include 3 new categories for Animation, Advertising & Marketing B2B and Advertising & Marketing B2C.  The categories are:

  • Television, Video or Film
  • Website Design and Use
  • Mobile Application
  • Graphics
  • Animation
  • Installation/Exhibition/Live Events
  • Radio/Audio/Music
  • Games Design
  • Branding
  • Marketing and Advertising B2B
  • Marketing and Advertising B2C
  • Collaboration between Business and Young People
  • International Trade
  • Entrepreneurship
  • New Talent
  • Outstanding Contribution to Innovation

To find out more and to enter the awards go to: www.mediainnovationawards.com


8th March 2012

Media Innovation Awards Judges Announced

A stellar line up of industry leaders has been lined up to judge the 2012 Media Innovation Awards.  The panel of creative and digital media experts includes:

Ravi Amaratunga from Channel 4

Adam Powers from international communications agency Bartle, Bogle & Hegarty

Shirani Sabaratnam from UKTV

Bill Lawrence a Director of Creative England and film industry partnership Reel Solutions

Mark McKeever from web development agency bit10

Matthew Annal from games studio Nitrome

Linsay Duncan, co-founder of marketing consultancy Marke2ing

Ben Tomlinson, Creative Director of Poke

Daniel Campbell, Art Director at WGSN

The Chair of the panel will be Stephen Gray, founder of digital agency Stickee, and more judges will be announced later this month for the competition which celebrates the most innovative work produced by media, design and music companies during 2011.

The competition is open to all members of creative networks and clusters in the South West as well as their clients.  If you run a business that has recently published a new website, run a marketing campaign or launched a new brand and you’ve commissioned the work from a company based in the South West then you’re urged to enter the competition by the deadline of 28th February. You can enter online or download an entry pack from www.mediainnovationawards.com. Companies and individuals can enter up to five categories and the search is on for the most innovative New Talent and the company or person worthy of the Most Outstanding Contribution to Innovation award.

The glitzy award ceremony will take place in Bristol in the Autumn and the 16 categories in the 2012 awards are:

  • Television, Video or Film
  • Website Design and Use
  • Mobile Application
  • Graphics
  • Animation 
  • Installation/Exhibition/Live Events
  • Radio/Audio/Music 
  • Games Design
  • Branding
  • Marketing and Advertising B2B
  • Marketing and Advertising B2C
  • Collaboration between Business and Young People   
  • International Trade   
  • Entrepreneurship
  • New Talent
  • Outstanding Contribution to Innovation

Karen Stockdale from the Media Innovation Awards said: “We’re honoured to have such eminent judges this year.  It’s a great opportunity for entrants to have their work seen by these industry leaders and for their talents to be celebrated across the region.  This initiative shows off the incredible diversity, creativity and innovation in companies across the South West.”

 For more information please visit the website at: www.mediainnovationawards.com, call Karen Stockdale on 01752 346530 or email on info@mediainnovationnetwork.com

11th February 2012