Who’s Who at Pitching Multiplatform Ideas?
So, who will be speaking at the Pitching Multiplatform Ideas event on the 4th of June?
Alice Taylor, Commissioning Editor, Education, Channel 4 Television – Chair
Alice Taylor started in new media in 1995, from early days developing and launching Channel 4’s first website in early ‘96 to more recently, Vice President of Digital Media for BBC Worldwide in Los Angeles. In September ‘07 Alice took up the role of Commissioning Editor, Education at Channel 4, focusing on cross-platform educational content for 14-19 year olds.
Alice specializes in cross-media entertainment, virtual worlds and videogames. She was recently a judge for the 2007 Independent Games Festival and 2007 Edge magazine Awards, as well as Dare to be Digital 2008. She also contributes to conferences and events, most recently the 2007 Oxford Media Convention and the 2007 Virtual Worlds Forum.
Alice founded the gamecentric blog Wonderland and has written about gaming for sites and magazines, including BBC News, The Guardian, Paste, the New Statesman, and Kotaku. Wonderland was recently nominated for Best Non-Commercial Website/Blog in the MCV Games Media Awards.
A bit more about Channel 4 Television
Placing a premium on “innovation and experiment in the form and content” of its programming, Channel 4 has been Britain’s most cutting edge, controversial and creative broadcaster of the last two decades.
Channel 4 was established by Act of Parliament in 1982 and came on air in November of that year. It enjoys unique status as the world’s only major public service broadcaster funded entirely by its own commercial activities, including advertising-funded digital TV channels E4, More4 and Film4.
Channel 4 commissions all its programmes from third parties and has played the leading role in helping nurture and grow a vibrant community of independent producers in the UK.
Martin Trickey, Commissioning Executive – Comedy and Comedy Entertainment, BBC
Martin Trickey started working in digital media as a producer of multiplayer online games back in 1999. He joined the BBC for his first stint in 2000 and worked on cross platform projects such as Test The Nation, Doctor Who and Celebdaq. He left in 2004 to join Teachers TV as the Director of Digital Services but has now returned to the Beeb as a Commissioning Executive in Entertainment and Comedy. He lives in Brighton.
Lucy Willis, Executive Producer, Raw TV
Emmy winning Lucy Willis joined Raw TV at the end of 2005 and since then she has worked on a range of factual series, one off documentaries and multi-platform projects, for a number of broadcasters. Recent productions include Neigbourhood Watched, a four part series for BBC1, Brits who made the Modern World, a six part series presented by Peter Snow for Five, Cutting Edge: Wilfred Goes to Westminster an going doc for C4, Half Ton Veg and Saving Britney Spears, both one off docs for C4.
Lucy has recently spear headed the companies move into multi-platform with Battlefront, a major campaigning project for Channel 4 which exists on line and as two TV series.
Before joining Raw TV, Lucy worked at Channel 4 as Acting Commissioning Editor for Education, where she commissioned over 30 hours of cutting edge programmes including Cold Turkey, the award winning Young Black Farmers and the campaigning series Davina Does Sex.
Jon Davenport, Head of Digital, Hat Trick Productions
Jon Davenport began his career in digital media at Granada where he produced the websites for I‘m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!, Blind Date and Emmerdale. He then moved into a development role at Endemol where he worked on a variety of cross-platform projects. Jon produced a series of original ‘mobisodes‘ for T4‘s teen drama Totally Frank, Europe‘s first picture messaging soap opera FanTESStic, and originated BBCi‘s supernatural drama Signs of Life, the most expensive web production funded by the BBC at the time.
Since setting up Hat Trick‘s digital department in 2006, Jon has continued to develop and produce innovative and ground-breaking projects in the digital space, including BAFTA nominated Bryony Makes A Zombie Movie for BBC Three, online drama Neon Candy for Ford Fiesta, cross-platform sitcom Mark‘s Brilliant Blog and four hours of sketch material for Virgin 1 under the Comedy Flannel banner.
This free event is brought to you by the RTS Midlands Centre in partnership with Screen West Midlands and supported by Advantage West Midlands. To book a place, click here.