Previous Speakers & Events

2018

Patrick Walker, director of media partnerships, Facebook
Alex Horne, creator, Taskmaster; Richard Watsham, UKTV commissioner; & James Taylor, executive producer (October 30)
Bob Bakish, President, Viacom (September 19)
Sarah Sands, Editor, Today (September 5)
Jane Featherstone, CEO Sisters Pictures and Abi Morgan, Writer The Split (April 18)
Damian Collins, MP and Head of the Media, Culture and Sport committee (March 1)
Mark Linsey, Director of BBC Studios (January 16)

2017
Heidi Thomas – writer of Little Women, Call The Midwife, Cranford, Ballet Shoes – and Sophie Gardiner, head of drama and creative director at Playground Entertainment – lunch, Little Italy (December 5)
David Bouchier, Chief Content Officer, Tom Mockridge, CEO, and other Virgin Media executives – Autumn drinks with Virgin Media at Hammersmith HQ (September 26)
Damian Kavanagh, Controller BBC Three – lunch, Little Italy (September 7)
Beth Willis, Head of Drama Channel 4, and Peter Kosminsky, writer (August 9).
Zai Bennett, Director of Programmes, Sky; Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky 1; and Phil Edgar Jones, Head of Entertainment, Sky – breakfast at Sky Studios (July 17)
Jonathan Thompson, CEO, Digital UK CEO – lunch, Little Italy (April 12)

2016
John Hardie, CEO of ITN, & Mark Browning, MD of ITN Productions – lunch and tour, ITN Studios (November 24).
Peter Hutton, CEO, Eurosport (October 12)
Peter Bowker, writer, The A Word, Marvelous, Occupation and Capital (March 16)
Lord Puttnam breakfast launching his report A Future for Public Service Broadcasting Report (June 29)
Nicola Shindler, MD, Red Production Company (September 21)
Anna Winger, writer and co-creator of Deutschland 83, and Walter Iuzzolino the ‘Walter’ in Walter Presents (November 29)

2015
Lord Grade, chairman of Pinewood Studios – lunch and tour, Pinewood Studios (December 7)
Lindsey Clay, CEO and other Thinkbox executives – drinks at Soho House (November 26)
Lunch with David Abraham CEO Channel 4 (November 16)
UKTV chief executive Darren Childs (October 14)
Chris Bryant Shadow Culture Secretary (July 15)
BT Tower; John Petter, chief executive, BT Consumer and Delia Bushell, managing director of TV and sport, BT (July 9)
BPG Trip to MediaCity (April 22)
Sir Martin Sorrell, chief executive, WPP (March 25)
Hat Trick MD Jimmy Mulville and Avalon managing director Jon Thoday (March 17)
Russell T Davies, Writer, Piers Wenger, head of drama, Channel 4, Nicola Shindler, managing director, Red Production Company (January, 15)

2014
Peter Salmon, Head of BBC England, (December 1)
Philippe Dauman, President and CEO of Viacom (October 8)
Peter Fincham, director of TV, ITV (May 13)
Jamie Angus, Editor, Today (September 25)
Tom Mockridge, chief executive, Virgin Media (March 20)
Tim Davie, CEO, BBC Worldwide (January 27)

2013
Sally Wainwright, writer, Last Tango in Halifax, Scott & Bailey
Marc Watson, CEO, BT Vision
Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning BBC
John Whittingdale, Chairman, Parliamentary Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee
Anne Mensah, Head of Drama Commissioning, BSkyB

2012
Richard Klein, Controller, BBC Four
Lord Patten, Chairman BBC Trust
Roger Mosey, BBC’s director, London 2012
Melvyn Bragg, Writer and Broadcaster
Harry Shearer, Actor, Nixon’s the One, Sky Arts
Jeff Ford, Director of Programmes at Channel 5
Tricia Wilber, Chief Marketing Officer, EMEA at The Walt Disney Company
Ben Stephenson, Controller, BBC drama commissioning

2011
Adam Crozier, Chief Executive, ITV
Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three
Dee Forbes, President and Managing Director, Discovery Networks Europe
Peter Salmon, Director, BBC North
Jeremy Hunt, Culture Secretary
Mike Darcey, Chief Operating Officer, BSkyB
Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One

2010
Jana Bennett, director, BBC Vision
Kip Meek, Chairman, YouView
Andy Parfitt, Controller, BBC Radio 1 (Breakfast)
Richard Woolfe, Controller, Five
Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Two
Isle Howling, Managing Director, Freeview
Adrian van Klaveren, Controller, BBC Radio Five Live

2009

Jay Hunt, Contoller, BBC One
Andy Burnham, Secretary of State, Culture, Media & Sport
Erik Huggers, director, BBC Future Media & Technology
Julian Bellamy, Head of Programming, Channel 4
Lee Bartlett, Managing Director, ITV Global Content
Dawn Airey, Chief Executive, Five
Jeremy Hunt, Shadow Culture Secretary
Stephen Miron, chief executive, Global Radio
Wayne Garvie, Head of Content and Production, BBC Worldwide

2008
Roly Keating, Controller, BBC Two
Neil Berkett, acting Chief Executive, Virgin Media
Andy Burnham, Culture Secretary
David Abraham, Chief Executive, UKTV
Rob Woodward, Chief Executive, SMG
Rich Ross, President, Disney Channels Worldwide
Sir Michael Lyons, Chairman, BBC Trust
Michael Grade, Executive Chairman, ITV
Lord Carter, Minister for Communications and Technology

2007
Ashley Highfield, Director, Future Media and Technology, BBC
Simon Shaps, Director of Television, ITV
Shaun Woodward, Broadcasting Minister
Lesley Douglas, controller, BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music
Ed Richards, chief executive, Ofcom
James Purnell, Secretary of State for Culture Media & Sport
Casey Harwood, Senior Vice President, Digital Media, at Turner Broadcasting System Europe

2006
Dawn Airey, Managing Director, Sky Networks
Nigel Parsons, Managing Director, Al Jazeera International
Mark Thompson, Director-General, BBC
Paul Jackson, Head of Entertainment, ITV
Chris Cramer, Managing Director, CNN International
Les Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation
Peter Fincham, Controller, BBC One
Andy Duncan, Chief Executive, Channel 4

2005

Michael Grade, chairman, BBC
Nick Pollard, head, Sky News
Jane Tranter, head, BBC Drama
Kevin Lygo, director of programmes, Channel 4
Mark Damazer, controller, BBC Radio 4
Charles Allen, chief executive, ITV
Dan Chambers, director of programmes, Five
Ford Ennals, chief executive, Digital UK (SwitchCo)

2004
Stephen Garrett, managing director, Kudos
Bob Shennan, controller, BBC Radio 5 Live
Nigel Pickard, director of programmes, ITV
Ashley Highfield, director, BBC New Media
John McVay chief executive, PACT
Stephen Lambert, director of programmes, RDF Media
John Willis, director, BBC Factual & Learning
David Chance, director, Top Up TV

2003

Alex Armitage, chief executive, Noel Gay Artists
Jana Bennett, director, BBC Television
Stephen Carter, chief executive, Ofcom
Daisy Goodwin, director of programmes, Talkback Thames
Jane Lighting, chief executive, Channel 5
Mark Thompson, chief executive, Channel 4
John Whittingdale, Shadow Culture Secretary

2002
Lord Dubs, chairman, Broadcasting Standards Commission
Greg Dyke, director-general, BBC
Duncan Heath, chairman, ICM London
Tessa Jowell, Culture Secretary
John Whiston, head of drama, Granada

2001
Peter Ainsworth, Shadow Culture Secretary
Dawn Airey, chief executive, Channel 5
Lorraine Heggessey, controller, BBC One
Patricia Hodgson, chief executive, Independent Television Commission
Kelvin MacKenzie, chief executive, the Wireless Group
Jim Moir, controller, BBC Radio 2
Jane Root, controller, BBC Two
Paul Smith, chief executive, Celador

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