MPTS 2023 – Part 1 of the programme revealed!
The Media Production and Technology Show (MPTS) has announced the first part of its seminar line-up and speaker programme, with speakers focusing on a range of topics including audio, production, post-production and AI.
The MPTS has gone from strength to strength and, due to its success and size, is this year being held in the largest of Olympia’s event space, the Grand Hall, on 10 and 11 May.
The first part of the speaker, seminar and content programme has been announced, with a special focus on disruptive and interactive technologies, from AI to Virtual Production.
More than 300 speakers will be talking across six theatre spaces, with keynote presentations, masterclasses, panel discussions and educational sessions. Highlights include sessions with veteran TV screenwriter Danny Brocklehurst and some of the creative team behind the Oscar-winning Best Animated Short Film, The Boy, The Fox, The Mole and the Horse.
Event director Charlotte Wheeler said: “The quality and range of our speaker programme is exceptional and will bring a deeper understanding of the pressures and opportunities facing professional media content creators today.
“We are all aware of evolving technologies like Generative AI, real-time tools and Cloud, as well as the urgency to do more to reduce our carbon footprint and increase sustainable accountability whilst continuing to deliver wide-ranging content to audiences. MPTS is our chance to press pause, assess the impact and speed of change, and collectively make sure our industry is fighting fit for the future.”
The Keynote Theatre presents a host of industry leaders who will share their successes and visions for the future. Speakers include BAFTA-winning screenwriter Danny Brocklehurst; Daniela Neumann, MD at Spun Gold TV and former senior programming executive at ITV; James Burstall, CEO of Argonon; Jo Plaete, chief innovation officer at Metaphysic, the company behind the Tom Cruise deepfakes; and BK Johannessen, the unreal engine business director for broadcast and live events at Epic Games, to name a few.
The Virtual Production Theatre will host a range of case studies and insights from DNEG, Dimension Studios, Lux Machina, disguise, University of York and MARS Academy Training. Following the success of this theatre in 2022, headline sponsor Pixotope returns and leading video technology company 80six will host an expanded area to showcase how innovative technologies and creativity are fuelling this growing sector.
The Post Production Theatre examines the evolution of this vital sector, both creatively and technologically, with examples of recent work, product masterclasses and the latest post-production workflows. Visitors will have access to tailor-made training sessions from Avid, Filmlight and IPV across both days and will hear from some of the UK senior leaders managing post-production in the UK, including Helen Alexander, MD, Formosa Group (UK); Cara Sheppard in her new role as president of Picture Shop; and some of the creative team behind the Oscar-winning Best Animated Short Film, The Boy, The Fox, The Mole and the Horse will also take the stage.
The Audio Theatre offers case studies, how-to sessions and product workshops featuring the latest equipment and techniques for projects from documentaries to live events and feature films. Speakers include Emmy and RTS award winning composer Nainita Desai; Kate Davis, the BAFTA-nominated head of sound at Directors Cut and Adam Mart, Founder of cloud-first audio studio Airaphon.
The Production Theatre is always a big hit with visitors wanting to learn about the latest equipment and best practice for a variety of production genres. Back by popular demand, this year’s line-up features sessions about wildlife filmmaking, location filming and health and safety on set. Featured speakers include wildlife filmmaker Elise Gibbins; doc filmmakers Tom Porter and Michael Ogden, giving the spotlight to some of our award-winning industry young talent and for the first time a conversation around the importance of stunt performers from those that risk their lives for actors!
Wheeler added: “I want to recognise and commend our team at MPTS for their dedication in securing for us so many fabulous guests and to thank all of our speakers for their generosity, expertise and insight. This is our BIGGEST and most exciting programme yet, and we hope visitors enjoy all that it has to offer.”
Registration for MPTS 2023 is now open.
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