MPTS 2023 welcomed more than 10,000 visitors!

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MPTSThis year’s Media Production & Technology Show (MPTS) has celebrated record attendance, with the confirmation that more than 10,000 people from 47 countries visited the two-day event. 

Held at Olympia’s largest event space on 10 and 11 May, the editorially- curated programme comprised over 100 live sessions, 250+ hours of free content across six theatres and featured more than 300 speakers. 

Combined with a packed show floor of 300+ exhibitors and sponsor partners, the event showcased the depth and breadth of the UK’s creative and technical excellence.

Peaky Blinders creator and Star Wars screenwriter and filmmaker Steven Knight CBE delivered the opening Keynote address in which he spoke about his own creative processes and exciting plans to further develop the Midlands as a film and TV hotspot. Other notable speakers included Danny Brocklehurst, Daniela Neumann, Jo Plaete, Nathan Orloff, Markus Stemler, Mary Nightingale, Louisa Bremner and Deborah Williams. 

The booming interest in Virtual Production was reflected in a keynote session by Epic Games and in the expanded Virtual Production theatre, which hosted a case study of HBO’s House of the Dragon and insights from Pixotope, Absen, and disguise among others. 



The Audio theatre proved a big hit with attendees wanting to learn about the latest equipment and best practice for a variety of production genres. Speakers included Emmy and RTS Award winning composer Nainita Desai, BAFTA Award and German Film Award winner Markus Stemler and BAFTA nominated Kate Davis.

The Post Production stage featured state of the nation panels with leading industry figures in post and VFX from Picture Shop, ENVY, Fifty Fifty, Lux Aeterna, Ghost VFX and Framestore. The creative team behind The Boy, The Mole, The Fox & The Horse shared the workflow that helped them win an Oscar and visitors also got the chance to go behind-the-scenes on the colour grading on His Dark Materials and the VFX and animation on Apple TV+’s Prehistoric Planet.



Many exhibitors were impressed by both the number and the mix of visitors. First-time exhibitor, Dawn Bochenski, marketing director, CVP, said: “It’s been our first time exhibiting at MPTS and we will definitely be coming back. The quality of the customers and panels was perfect for us.” 


Next year’s Media Production & Technology Show will be held at Olympia London on 15 - 16 May 2024. Register your interest here


Lexie Morgan, marketing & communications leader, HHB, said: “MPTS has been really wonderful, it is great to see how much the show has expanded this year. In my opinion, it just seems to be getting better and better every year and I can’t wait to see what next year brings.”

Aura Popa, marketing manager, 80six & Virtual Production Studios by 80six, said: “We had a fantastic show, with so much interest in our in-camera visual effects solutions for car shoots. It was really impactful to give producers and creative directors the chance to see the workflow in action.”

Charlotte Wheeler, event director, Media Production & Technology Show, said: “This has been an incredible show this year, packed to the rafters with visitors who all seemed so keen to engage and learn with seminars and visiting the exhibits. We’ve heard what it takes to put together world-class, award-winning productions, had the veil lifted on disruptive technology like AI and not shied away from tackling topics that challenge our industry like diversity, skills shortages and sustainability. 

“We thank everyone who gave their time and expertise to make MPTS such a thrilling success and rest assured - We are already working on MPTS 2024!”



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