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First speakers revealed for Digital City Festival’s Made in the North Summit and Exhibition

Leaders from ITV Studios, Pact, Screen Yorkshire and more will be speaking at Digital City Festival’s Made in the North Summit.

Hosted on Tuesday 16 April at Hot House – Open Centre, MediaCity, Made in the North Summit is an unmissable event for anyone working in the media, production or broadcast industries, addressing challenges such as access to investment, fragmented collaboration, talent shortages and much more.

It will be co-located with a Made in the North exhibition, a free to attend showcase of all the talent, tech and facilities in these sectors across the North. Find out more about this here.

The first of our speakers at the Made in the North Summit is Caroline Cooper Charles, chief executive at Screen Yorkshire. As chief executive of Screen Yorkshire, Caroline champions the film, TV and wider screen industries in Yorkshire & Humber and provides leadership to a talented team of industry experts who deliver skills and talent development, production support and content investment. 

She’ll be joining the opening panel session on the macro forces affecting media and broadcast, covering the changes in viewer behaviour and the impact on commissioning, the opportunities and challenges of the streaming landscape and much more.

Interested in innovation and immersive technologies in media and broadcast? Join a panel session with Simon Benson, technologist at Talent for Tech.

Simon Benson is a leading technology consultant, specialising in immersive and real-time interactive development. He has close to 30 years of commercial immersive development experience, including military R&D, motorsports and consumer entertainment. Career highlights include leading multi-million-dollar AAA game projects, pioneering stereoscopic 3D console gaming and founding the PlayStation VR project.

How do we solve the sector’s talent crisis and create a more sustainable and inclusive jobs market in the media and broadcasting sectors? Find out during a panel with Dr Sarah Haynes,  Media Production, Film Studies and Journalism Lead at Liverpool Screen School. More speakers are set to be revealed soon.

As Subject Leader for Media Production, Film Studies and Journalism at the Liverpool Screen School, Liverpool John Moores University she leads three very successful practice-based subject areas with students from level 3 Foundation to PhD.

A keynote session called Screw the Silos – Bringing the North Together is up next, where you’ll be able to hear from Laura Caveney-Morgan, Executive Editor of Tonight – ITV Studios and more speakers set to be revealed soon.

This discussion will address how we can pave a way forward for regions across the North to act as ‘one voice’ to collaborate, and shout more about the work and talent from the region. As executive editor of Tonight, Caveney-Morgan also oversees the digital strategy and social media production for in-house MultiStory brands.

With over 23 years of production experience, she started her career at Granada TV on Stars in Their Eyes. Her previous roles include Series Producing factual entertainment shows for the BBC including Save My Holiday and Marrying Mum and Dad, winning two BBC Production Awards.

We’ll also be joined by Chris Curley – Head of Nations and Regions Member Relations and Projects at Pact. As a former commissioning editor and head of development at Comedy Central UK, Curley has great depth and breadth of development and production experience.

With more industry leading speakers set to be revealed soon, check out the full agenda for the Summit with ways to get involved here.

If you have any questions or want to know more ways about how you can get involved with the Digital City Festival 2024, please contact us on

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