5 December, 2007 – New MD of mediacity:uk taking the stage at regional TV conference
Newly-appointed mediacity:uk Managing Director, Brian Greasley will be making his debut public appearance when he speaks at a major regional television symposium at the Lowry, Salford Quays, on 22 January.
Organised by the International Media Centre at Salford University and supported by the Northwest Regional Development Association and mediacity:uk, the annual Television for the Nations and Regions Conference will feature the UK TV industry’s biggest names including BBC Director General, Mark Thompson.
Mark will be speaking for the first time in public about the BBC’s plans for the new multi-million pound media city complex at Salford Quays, with Brian engaging in a debate with international experts on media cities as new places to work.
With the focus of the Conference on regional programme making, commissioners, producers and writers of almost all regionally-based soap operas will gather for a masterclass on how to write for television drama – including John Fay (Brookside, Coronation Street), Morag Bain (Eastenders) and Keith Richardson (Emmerdale).
For the first time, the Scottish National Party and the British Government will go head to head over the SNP plan to devolve Scottish television back to Scotland – plans which could have a major impact on television throughout the UK.
Salford University’s Professor Ron Cook said: "Both mediacity:uk and the Scottish proposal are having a huge effect on regional television production.
"With opportunities opening up all over the UK, there has never been a better time to be involved in the industry outside London.
"Our conference is the only national event to focus on television from a non-metropolitan perspective and some of the industry’s biggest names will head the line up again this year."
Jason Legget, NWDA’s Programme Manager for mediacity:uk, added: "mediacity:uk is already attracting immense amount of interest from local, regional, national and international companies.
"By ensuring key events in the media sector calendar showcase the project, we can enthuse, excite and capture many more people’s imagination about what will be possible in 2011."
Source: University of Salford press release