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September 2017

Virgin Media Drinks

September 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Virgin Media, Griffin House, 161 Hammersmith Road,
London,, W6 8BS United Kingdom

Virgin Media was our BPG Awards sponsor in 2017 and has agreed to be so again in 2018. This is a thank you and get to know you better for all BPG members offered by Virgin Media. It's a get together with senior Virgin Media executives for a few glasses and nibbles. And a demo of the content on demand on Virgin TV.

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December 2017

Heidi Thomas, writer and Sophie Gardiner, head of drama and creative director at Playground Entertainmen

December 5, 2017 @ 12:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Little Italy, 21 Frith Street, Soho
London, W1D 4RN United Kingdom
£32

On December 5 2017, the BPG welcomes for lunch the writer Heidi Thomas - responsible for Cranford, Call The Midwife, Ballet Shoes, and the BBC reboot of Upstairs Downstairs - and Sophie Gardiner, head of drama and creative director at Playground Entertainment. Previous to this, Sophie was at Channel 4 where she oversaw My Mad Fat Diary, Utopia, The Mill, Southcliffe and Dates. Playground also made Howard's End which became BBC1's biggest Sunday night drama of the year behind Line of Duty this past…

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January 2018

Mark Linsey, Director of BBC Studios.

January 16, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Little Italy, 21 Frith Street, Soho
London, W1D 4RN United Kingdom
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A longtime TV producer and former acting director of BBC Television, in March 2016 Mark Linsey was appointed director of BBC Studios. Now over 18 months into heading up the new £400m production venture that will over time have to pitch for all the BBC’s flagship shows apart from those in sport, news and current affairs and children’s, Linsey is leading the charge on a step change in how the BBC in-house production entity will become a commercial player in…

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March 2018

Lunch with Damian Collins MP and chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Committee

March 1, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Little Italy, 21 Frith Street, Soho
London, W1D 4RN United Kingdom
£32

Our next BPG Lunch is on March 1st with Damian Collins MP and chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Committee. He has has been very active recently on some key issues including fake news and the BBC gender pay debate.

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April 2018

Jane Fetherstone and Abi Morgan

April 18, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Little Italy, 21 Frith Street, Soho
London, W1D 4RN United Kingdom

Our next on-the-record lunch is on April 18 with producer and founder of Sister Pictures JANE FEATHERSTONE and Emmy-winning writer ABI MORGAN to discuss The Split, the forthcoming BBC One drama about a family of female lawyers at the heart of London's divorce court circuit. The Spit is Featherstone and Morgan’s fourth collaboration after The Hour, Tsunami: The Aftermath and River. The Split stars Nicola Walker, Deborah Findlay, Annabel Scholey, Fiona Button and Stephen Mangan. The Lunch details are below-…

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September 2018

Lunch: Sarah Sands, Editor, Today

September 5, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Little Italy, 21 Frith Street, Soho
London, W1D 4RN United Kingdom

Open to all BPG members at a cost of £32 per head (two-course lunch, a glass of wine, specialty coffees/teas). Please bring a cheque or cash on the day. We will provide receipts. As Radio 4’s Today Programme reaches its 60th anniversary amid criticism that it is losing its edge and many listeners, our lunch guest is Today Editor Sarah Sands. She took over last year as the first ‘outside’ editor in the programme’s history, after editing the Evening Standard…

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Bob Bakish, President, Viacom

September 19, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 10:15 am
Little Italy, 21 Frith Street, Soho
London, W1D 4RN United Kingdom
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October 2018

Alex Horne, creator, Taskmaster; Richard Watsham, UKTV commissioner; & James Taylor, executive producer

October 30, 2018 @ 12:45 pm - 2:30 pm
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November 2018

BPG Lunch with Facebook’s Patrick Walker

November 20, 2018 @ 12:45 am - 2:30 pm
Little Italy, 21 Frith Street, Soho
London, W1D 4RN United Kingdom
£32

Please join us for lunch with Facebook's director of media partnerships Patrick Walker, who will be discussing the social media platform's evolving global video strategy following the international launch of Watch. Background As the Director of Media partnerships at Facebook, Patrick Walker is responsible for leading content partnerships with media companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa across news, sports and entertainment. He develops publishing and audience development strategies for products including Facebook video, Instant Articles, Instagram, 360-video and…

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March 2019

BPG Lunch: ITV CEO Carolyn McCall

March 28 @ 12:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Little Italy, 21 Frith Street, Soho
London, W1D 4RN United Kingdom

Happy New Year from the BPG! Please keep this date in your diaries for lunch with ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall. Carolyn is the first female Chief Executive of ITV, joining in early 2018. She was previously Chief Executive of easyJet for seven years. Under her leadership easyJet achieved record passenger numbers and profits. The airline entered the FTSE 100 in 2013. Prior to joining easyJet, she was Chief Executive of Guardian Media Group plc. In 2008 she was awarded an OBE for services to women…

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