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Meet the Commissioner

Shirani Sabaratnam

 2pm-4pm on WEDNESDAY 26th OCTOBER 2011


Shirani Sabaratnam is Commissioning Editor at UKTV, one of the most important and successful multi-channel providers in the UK. Formed in 1997, it is an independent commercial joint venture, between Virgin Media and BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC. Attracting 36 million viewers each month, the network offers a broad range of quality programming across its entertainment, lifestyle and factual offerings Watch, GOLD, Dave, Alibi, Eden, Blighty, Yesterday, Home, Really and Good Food.

UKTV currently operates 24 broadcast streams and complementary websites for every channel brand. The success of UKTV is based on its programming including award-winning shows from the BBC and an increasing number of original commissions (around 700 hours a year) and acquisitions.

Shirani Sabaratnam will brief delegates on UKTV channel content, target audiences, commissioning priorities and processes. There will also be a limited number of 10 minute one to one meeting slots available on a first come first served basis (please a slot request at the time of booking).

Registration fee: 15 for members of Plymouth Media-Partnership, Bristol Media, Digital Peninsula Network, Wessex Media Group and Gloucestershire Media Group. Just 30 for non-members. 

We have a limited number of places so book by calling: 01752 346530 or email: karen@pm-p.com

22nd October 2011

RTS Awards Open for Submission





The Royal Television Society Southern Centre will be staging its annual awards on the 16th February 2012 at Winchester Guildhall.

It is a popular and prestigious evening, which offers encouragement to the region’s creative talent and highlights the quality of programming and new media content produced in Southern England.

You will see from the attached list of categories that the 17 awards recognise excellence in production, craft, presentation, reporting, technical skills and cover a wide range of programme genres. We have tried very hard to create categories, which are inclusive enough to allow as many people as possible to highlight the quality of their work. These categories reflect the diverse and ever-changing nature of our industry.

If you or your colleagues would like to enter for any of the awards, please send a completed application form and DVD’s to me at the address on the entry form, enclosing the appropriate application fee for each entry.


I will be writing to you again nearer the time with more details of the awards evening itself, but I can tell you now that following the fantastic success of the 2010 awards evening, we will be holding an awards party followed by the awards presentation.

Last years awards attracted a large field of high-calibre/guest judges entries and recognised some excellent programmes and production talent.

Please encourage your colleagues to enter this year’s awards.

Any questions please contact info@rtssouth.org.uk

21st October 2011

“Like a Bat Out of Hell” by James Rose has its debut

 “Like a Bat Out of Hell”, the debut film of James Rose is being shown this Friday the 7th Ocotber as part of Southampton Film Week and the YFF Short Film Showcase

The screening takes place at Sir James Matthew Building, Southampton Solent University, 157-187 Above Bar Street Southampton SO14 7NN. It’s free entry, just turn up and is suitable for ages 12 and above.

To view the trailer go to: http://www.jamesrose.com/media-projects-services/like-a-bat-out-of-hell/ViewTrailers/index.php

For more information on James and his projects go to: www.jamesrose.tv and visit his blog at www.sillymoods.com

4th October 2011

YouthDocs & ‘Beyond the Brickworks’ at the Bursledon Brickworks National Heritage Open Day

 Thanks to an award from the Heritage Lottery Fund, young people from Solent Youth Action were able to make films about the Bursledon Brickworks, the last steam driven brickworks in the UK. Over three weeks they worked with filmmakers, The Butterfly Fx, to portray the working life of the site, through animations and drama reconstructions. The testimonies of former employees were recorded to understand how the site used to work and capture their experiences.

On the 8th of September 2011 the Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum (BBIM) will be hosting an arts and photography exhibition displaying work by local artists, photographers and craftsmen for the National Heritage Open day.  BBIM has been exploring its local history over the last year via all kinds of avenues including the Hidden Histories project. They have also been searching the newly released 1911 Census which will be on display as part of the exhibition.   His Worshipful the Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Trevor Cartwright MBE and Mayoress Mrs Ruth Cartwright will be attending as honoured guests from 11am.

Beyond the Brickworks films will be screened as part of the event. Please come along and celebrate the young people’s achievement. There will be a special presentation about how the films were made at 1pm and an opportunity to meet the former employees and young people involved. Lena Samuels from WMG will also be launching a new documentary film making competition for young people called YouthDocs at 2pm. Admission is free

Lisa Calder, Director of The Butterfly Fx said: “This is an exciting project for young people to explore the heritage on their doorstep, whilst learning new media skills.  The films made by the young people will be a permanent installation helping future visitors to understand the working life of the Brickworks.”

Lena Samuels, Director of WMG said: “YouthDocs 2011 with its theme A Sense of Place gives young people such as those from Solent Youth Action and any young person in the South, an opportunity to create a short film, a piece of audio and a blog as part of the competition which recognises both their talent as well as gives them a chance to explore and develop their media creativity. ”

The competition is now open for entries with a deadline for submissions of 2nd March 2011. For more information email: lena@wessexmediagroup.co.uk


5th September 2011

British Music Mission to Berlin 21st/22nd September

Following last year’s successful BPI/UKTI Trade mission for UK independent companies covering the Nordic markets, this year the event will look at the Germany, Switzerland & Austria (GSA) region with a two day networking and seminar programme, to be held at the British Embassy in Berlin, September 21/22nd.

Germany alone is now the world’s third largest music market and has always been a strong area for UK independent companies, with a large number of domestic labels and distributors very active in sourcing and releasing UK titles. The mission programme will look to both inform and connect delegate companies with potential business partners in the region through panels and presentations from industry experts on licensing, publishing, retailing, distribution, marketing, promotion, live and of course the whole fast-growing social networking and digital space there – which saw a 25% growth in the first half of 2011 and which independent companies are in the forefront of. In addition, there will be a networking evening reception hosted at the British Embassy in which UK delegates can meet local industry executives and further extend their contact lists.

Please contact Debi.Blackgrove@bpi.co.uk for further details and an application form. Space is limited and you are advised to register without delay. There will be a £120.00 + VAT registration fee and delegates will be expected to pay their own travel and accommodation costs. The event will run first thing (09.30) on Wednesday 21st and finish late afternoon (16.00) Thursday 22nd.

NB: UK Delegates on the GSA Mission can get an exclusive discount for the Reeperbahn Festival taking place in Hamburg 22/24th September – the normal price of €149 is reduced to €69. When registering for the GSA Mission please indicate your interest in attending Reeperbahn and you will be sent further details on how to get this special discount. For more information about the Reeperbahn festival itself please go to www.reeperbahnfestival.com

27th August 2011