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Top Names at Midlands Event to Launch RTS Futures

RTS FUTURES is the Royal Television Society’s new venture targeting the future generation of the media and it’s coming to the Midlands.

So to mark the launch of RTS Futures in the region, The Electric Cinema in Birmingham will play host to How to Pitch on Thursday, April 23, 6pm for 6.30pm, featuring a Channel 4 commissioner and some of the most successful indie bosses based in the Midlands.

The panel will consist of:

Johannah Dyer, Chief Executive, Hotbed Media, Chair

Aysha Rafaele, Deputy Commissioning Editor Documentaries, Channel 4

Jonnie Turpie, Digital Media Director, Maverick TV

Catherine Elliott-Kemp, Creative Director, Isis Media

How To Pitch will discuss the most toe-curling pitches – from freezing up, to ideas that are just plain ridiculous, and hear the experiences of our panel on the pitfalls of pitching programme ideas. This session will demystify the process of how a programme idea ends up on our screens and will provide a comprehensive guide of what’s hot and what’s not in TV today. Plus they’ll be giving their top tips on how to give a successful pitch under pressure.

Andy Duncan, Channel 4’s Chief Executive and RTS Futures National Chair, said: “I’m delighted that RTS Futures is launching in the Midlands – this initiative is a really valuable way of bringing through the next generation of talented people in television.”

“I’m looking forward to hearing about the events they have planned in the next year.”

Futures is about giving young professionals a platform to talk about the issues surrounding the community they are in – not just London. RTS Futures is about connection. It’s also about providing members access to some of the movers and shakers – who make key decisions in various fields such as television, radio, digital and games – through regular events.

Janet Wootton, RTS Midlands Centre Chair, said: “This is a must-attend event for people wanting to gain real knowledge and experience from top people in the television industry. We are delighted to host this first RTS Futures event outside London.”

Since its launch at Madame Tussaud’s in 2007, RTS Futures has organised panel sessions featuring top names in the broadcast commissioning, presenting, writing and producing world. Along with channel chiefs, the panellists have shared tips on pitching, interviewing and writing for TV as well as discussed topics that affect business such as the future of television.

RTS Futures is free to join. Please visit http://www.rtsfutures.org.uk to sign up and to find out more. This event is in conjunction with Creative Republic. You can join them by signing their Charter on http://www.creativerepublic.org.uk.

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