What TV’s on at the RTS in September and October? Including Think You Know About TV?

Every so often, TMINE flags up what new TV events the Royal Television Society is holding around the UK

It’s been a bit of a break since the previous rundown of RTS events, so there’s a bumper crop to work our way through this week, some this month, some next. In fact, one’s tomorrow.

There’s a quiz, there’s something worthy with Richard Curtis and then there’s the Baird Lecture. Full details are after the jump…

Think You Know About TV?

Date: Wednesday 9 September
Timings: 7.30pm

The “Think You Know About TV?” quiz is coming to you, via YouTube, on September 9th at 7.30.

Hosted by Darren Altman – comedy impressionist, stand-up and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist – the RTS invites you to test your knowledge of television from our nations and regions. RTS London, Midlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Yorkshire compete to see which committee can produce the most difficult questions! Are you up to the challenge? Whether playing as a team or individually, you don’t want to miss this so book now and we will email you with the YouTube link.

If you want to play as a team, you can apply individually or just one of you from the team – it’s the same link. Join forces on the night via Zoom, FaceTime, Messenger etc., and either share the YouTube feed (where technology allows) or watch it individually. Comments on YouTube will be enabled so we can share scores as we go along.

No prizes, just the pleasure… of being smug…until the next quiz!

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RTS and Global Action Plan Present: Making A Drama Out Of A Crisis – With Special Guest Richard Curtis

Date: Thursday, 1 October, 5pm-6.30pm

This virtual event, hosted by RTS, headlined by Richard Curtis CBE and coordinated by Global Action Plan, outlines how commissioners and producers can answer the call from young viewers for more environmental content in entertainment.

Research commissioned by environmental charity Global Action Plan this summer shows three quarters (77%) of young people in the UK want to see environmental issues included in drama programmes on TV more than they currently are.

Richard will be introducing five new film makers, finalists in Global Action Plan’s Flickers of the Future competition who are already working on visions of a positive sustainable future where people and planet thrive.

Supported by Albert, the authority on environmental sustainability for film and TV from BAFTA, Making a drama out of a crisis aims to inspire change in the way the broadcast industry covers the environment.

A panel of experts hosted by presenter and journalist Lucy Siegle will discuss different industry perspectives on how the sector can respond to the challenge of including more environmental content in entertainment, and be part of a vision of a positive, sustainable world.

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Thinking about The Future of The Entertainment Business In A Converging World: Consumer Price, Choice, Regulation, and Discoverability

Date: Monday, 12 October, 11:15am-12:00pm

When we talk about the future of entertainment we usually think about ‘the products and content we like’. But the last few months have thrown our usual consumer choice behaviour up in the air. What might the future look like? What might be the outcome be in the battle between subscription, ad supported, and transactional models? And why should we care? Chris Auty, Head of the Creative Business for Entrepreneurs and Executives and Producing courses at the NFTS, explores.

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Fiona Campbell, BBC Three – Baird Lecture

Date: Wednesday, 14 October. 12:30pm-1:15pm

Fiona Campbell, Controller, BBC Three gives the RTS Midlands Baird Lecture as part of the Careers Fair.

Fiona holds overall responsibility for content commissioning across platforms and oversees the strategy of BBC Three.

Prior to joining BBC Three Fiona was Director, Digital BBC News and was responsible for BBC News strategy to engage and build relationships with the youth audience on and off BBC platforms. She created the BBC Stories content strand curating the best of pan BBC content that appeals to women, the young and the less well-off and puts particular emphasis on the value of community building and listening. Fiona also had responsibility for the BBC News presence on iPlayer and the audio platform BBC Sounds.

Fiona is a supporter of the BBC’s Women in Leadership group and the BBC’s Rise diversity scheme mentoring individuals inside and outside the BBC and has also worked in the commercial sector as a Commissioning Editor at Channel 4 News.

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    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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