Representatives of Manchester’s media and digital industries to meet Singapore counterparts.
MIDAS, Manchester’s Investment and Development Agency, will host a Manchester Business Club Media Seminar in Singapore on Monday 26 July, looking at potential opportunities for collaboration in the media and digital industries between the cities.
Manchester and Singapore both have vibrant and rapidly growing creative sectors. Singapore is developing into a global media city through investment in film, TV, and new media, while Manchester is enjoying its position as the dominant creative hub in the UK outside the south-east with the arrival of the BBC at MediaCityUK.
The keynote speaker will be Kenneth Tan, COO and Director (Film, Animation and Publishing) at the Media Development Authority of Singapore. Andy Baker, CEO and Founder of Manchester-based MOFILM will also speak about the media community in Manchester. Baker is an early pioneer of downloadable music and made-for-mobile films.
The half-day seminar, at the Conrad Centennial hotel, is supported by the British High Commission and will be opened by Sarah Croft, Director, Trade, British High Commission.
Attendees will take part in a workshop consisting of presentations by speakers, interactive discussions, Q&A sessions and a networking lunch. This will be followed by a panel session. There will be a drinks reception, for attendees and Manchester Business Club members, in the evening.
Andrew Cornish, Managing Director, Manchester Airport said: “With Singapore Airlines’ recent announcement to increase the existing Manchester to Singapore link to a daily service, it is great to see the media and digital communities of these two business destinations collaborating. The Business Clubs have already seen strong economic links forged between foreign companies and those based in the UK, which can also assist the development of our route network and further enhance the choice of flights from Manchester.”
Zoe Ensor, Director of External Relations, MIDAS said: “The Manchester Business Club Media Seminar in Singapore is an exciting collaboration between the media and digital industries in these great business cities. As with earlier events in New York and Kuala Lumpur, it’s set to be a high-level networking opportunity for like-minded businesses and an opportunity to build and strengthen ties between Manchester and Singapore.”
The Media Development Authority of Singapore recently oversaw a year-long trial of 3D television broadcasts in the region and earlier this month ad:tech Singapore 2010, Asia’s largest media and marketing event, culminated successfully with more than 1,500 professionals congregating in the city.