RTS members get 15% discount on Creative Week tickets

23 Apr 2015

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RTS members can receive a 15% discount on tickets for Creative Week, a unique event connecting the worlds of TV, film and advertising to share inspiration and information.

Held at BAFTA and comprising a Media Summit, Creative Summit and Global TV Summit, Creative Week will provide expert analysis of the media industries, an exploration of the latest creative innovations and fantastic networking opportunities.

'Post Production in the Palm of your Hand'

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Come to Cardiff and see demonstrations of the latest software and hardware, which can be used to produce, edit and grade your production.  The session will be led by Paul Hawke-Williams, Apple Master trainer, who has over 10 years experience as an independent editor and producer.


Come and see demonstrations of the latest software and hardware which can be used to produce, edit and grade your production.

The session will be led by Paul Hawke-Williams, director and Apple Master trainer, who has over 10 years experience as an independent editor and producer.  He will outline the various editing techniques now available for programme makers, with particular reference to the Apple certified pro applications curriculum.

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Venue location: 
Digital Media Training,
Pascoe House, Bute Street,

RTS Student Awards 2014

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The scene is set for the RTS Student Television Awards, which will take place at the BFI Southbank in June. 

The very best in student production will be recognised at the RTS Student Television Awards 2014, set to be announced at the BFI Southbank on Friday 5 June. 

The shortlist of succesful nominees will be announced later this month, with categories from entertainment to factual and animation being rewarded. The awards encompass both undergraduate and postgraduate students from across the UK. 

Venue details
Venue location: 
BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road South Bank
London SE1 8XT
United Kingdom

NAB 2015: To the Internet and Beyond

14 Apr 2015
Exploring four trends that could transform TV as broadcasters meet at NAB 2015

1. Why your TV should talk to your toaster: connected-TV and the 'internet of things'

One of the big draws at television technology shows such as NAB in Las Vegas is the "living room of the future", with its wall-filling, multi-image, interactive TV screen. Such "wallpaper displays" are still, largely, mock-ups, not demonstrations of real services.

But the "internet of things" (IoT) – the multiplication of connected devices, body-worn sensors and Cloud data services – could soon make such TVs a reality.

Why diversity makes business sense for TV

14 Apr 2015
Reflecting the whole nation makes business sense for broadcasters. But will the BBC’s lack of a commercial imperative derail its diversity targets? Matthew Bell reports

Picture by Paul Hampartsoumian
Picture by Paul Hampartsoumian
The economic arguments for diversity came under the microscope at a lively joint RTS/BBC session held at New Broadcasting House last month. The panellists agreed that, following years of inaction, broadcasters are finally making an effort to boost black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) represen­tation in television.

Sackings, secrecy and sex: Pinkoes and Traitors

14 Apr 2015
A new history of the BBC during the Thatcher era by its official historian has it all. But Maggie Brown wonders if the approach lacks genuine focus

Margaret ThatcherWriters of contemporary media history need to be brave. They also, of course, want to be read. Professor Jean Seaton, the official BBC historian, has a crisp style, a fine grasp of the period 1974-87 and has authored an absorbing book, with the power to annoy and stimulate debate.

As the title, Pinkoes and Traitors (taken from the Dear Bill letters of Private Eye), announces, the prose is leavened by light touches.

Our Friend in the North

14 Apr 2015
Graeme Thompson shows how studying media in North East England trumps North East China

Here in the North East, it doesn't take long to detect a growing appetite for culture and the creativeindustries. After years of eye-watering investment in regeneration, manufacturing and infrastructure, civic leaders are prioritising design, content production and interactive digital media.

Tony Hall: On a Rescue Mission

14 Apr 2015
As Tony Hall prepares for an epic Charter battle, Anne McElvoy detects an upbeat mood at Broadcasting House. Can he win over the BBC’s critics?

Tony HallFor an insight into the day job of the BBC Director-General two years into his role, I pop into Tony Hall's plate-glass eyrie at New Broadcasting House. I arrive in the aftermath of one of the regular encyclicals that DGs dispense.

He's sung the praises of the BBC's place in a "thriving, free and competitive market", an alternative to what a colleague terms the "Joni Mitchell" school of heartstring-tugging about the Beeb's innate brilliance.

Profile: Lucinda Hicks, COO at Endemol Shine

14 Apr 2015
Lucinda Hicks, COO of newly merged Endemol Shine UK, has never made a programme in her life. But that hasn’t stopped her rapid rise, says Tara Conlan

Lucinda HicksThe world of television production can, to quote Digital UK Chief Executive Jonathan Thompson, "sometimes be somewhat sniffy about strategy folk".

With this in mind, he says Lucinda Hicks' success in becoming Endemol Shine UK's Chief Operating Officer is doubly impressive.

He hired Hicks to work with his team at Channel 4 in 2008, when he was its Strategy Director.

Jed Mercurio: the Drama Doctor

14 Apr 2015
Boyd Hilton interviews Jed Mercurio, whose edgy approach to his craft has transformed storytelling on TV

Jed Mercurio, Critical
Jed Mercurio (right) with actor Catherine Walker (centre) on the set of Critical (Credit: John Rogers/Sky)
Jed Mercurio doesn't make it easy for himself. His current show, Sky 1's Critical, is a 13-part drama set in a state-of-the-art trauma centre. Every week, it focuses on a different and gruesome medical emergency while also telling the intertwined personal stories of its large cast. Oh, and it's told in real time, too.

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