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More leading speakers revealed for Digital City Festival’s Made in the North Summit & Exhibition

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As Digital City Festival returns to Manchester next week, we can now reveal more on the jam-packed agenda and industry leaders set to speak at Made in the North Summit.

Made in the North Summit, hosted on Tuesday 16 April at Hot House in MediaCity, will bring together industry experts across the North’s media and broadcast sectors to address industry challenges and opportunities.

It will be co-located with Made in the North Exhibition, a free showcase of all the incredible talent, tech and facilities across the North’s broadcast, production and media sectors.

Alongside some of the exciting speakers already announced, take a look below to see what else you can expect to hear from on the day.

Interested in the Impact of AI on creativity and the creative industry? Join an insightful panel from 10.15am with Dr Steve Henderson, Director and CEO at Manchester Animation Festival and Laura Harper, Partner – Digital, Commerce and Creative at Lewis Silkin LLP.

Interested in the Importance of Face-to-Face Experiences in a Digital World? Find out more with Jo Madeley, Managing Director at Cascade and Andy Unsworth, Content Producer at Cascade.

We’ll be delving deep into the macro forces affecting media and broadcast, whether that’s changes in consumer behaviour to the streaming landscape, with an unmissable discussion with industry experts.

Expect to hear from Caroline Cooper Charles, Chief Executive of Screen Yorkshire; Howard Tattersall, Marketing Director at Footasylum; Chris Cowey, Producer & Director; and Fabian Taghian, Producer at Multistory Media.

Want to learn more about innovation and immersive technology? We’ll be exploring this in more detail during a panel with Simon Benson, Technologist at Talent for Tech plus Richard Wormwell, Head of Production Innovation at dock10.

Access to talent is crucial. But how do we solve the sector’s talent crisis and create a more sustainable and inclusive jobs market in the media and broadcast sectors?

We’ll be tackling this important topic with Dr Sarah Haynes – Media Production, Film Studies and Journalism Lead at Liverpool Screen School; Philippa Childs – Deputy General Secretary at Bectu; Professor Kirsty Fairclough – Manchester Metropolitan University, SODA Head of Research and Innovation; and Colin McKevitt, Managing Director of Badger & Combes.

We’ll be wrapping up the day with a keynote on Screw The Silos – Bringing The North Together. During this panel discussion, we’ll explore whether the Northern screen industry can collaborate better together and operate as ‘one voice’ to shout more about what the North has to offer.

Expect to hear from Laura Caveney-Morgan, Executive Editor of Tonight – ITV Studios; Chris Curley, Head of Nations and Regions at Pact, Alison Gwynn, Chief Executive of North East Screen; and Colin McKeown, Founder & Producer – LA Productions.

Don’t miss out, check out all the details for the event and don’t forget to book your tickets for Made in the North Summit and Exhibition here.

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