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19 Oct 2020

Broadcast Tech Fest 2020 (Day 1): watch now

Jake Bickerton
Free streams of all speaker sessions from the first day of Broadcast Tech Fest 2020

ll the sessions from day one of Broadcast Tech Fest 2020 are now available to stream in full on YouTube.

Broadcast Tech Fest was held online on Wednesday and Thursday last week (14-15 October), on virtual conferring platform Hopin.

Day one presented a series of speaker sessions about producing in lockdown, while day two focused on 5G and connectivity.

To stream all the sessions from the first day of Tech Fest, click below.

Chapter markers

Session #1: In conversation with Tania Alexander. 0:05-22:16

Session #2: Producing in Lockdown: Broadcaster panel. 22:17-1:03:24

Session #3: Producing in Lockdown: Post-production panel. 1:03:25-1:49:18

Session #4: Producing in Lockdown: Studios panel. 1:49:19-2:28:14

Session #5: Producing in Lockdown: Producer panel. 2:28:15-3:04:51

The schedule for day one is below.


Session #1 – In conversation with Tania Alexander


Studio Lambert director of factual entertainment Tania Alexander shares exclusive insights with Broadcast Tech editor Jake Bickerton about how the production of Channel 4’s Gogglebox continued despite a series of challenges posed by the pandemic.


Session #2 – Producing in lockdown: Broadcaster panel



Katherine Gumeniuk, senior director, Sky Sports

Morwen Williams, head of UK ops, BBC News

Mohammed Akhlaq, chief technology officer, ITN

Chair Chris Curtis, editor in chief, Broadcast

An enlightening discussion about how different broadcasters responded to the Covid-19 crisis. The session focuses on how, almost overnight, all broadcasters were forced to establish new, complex remote production operations, and find new ways to create compelling content in the most challenging of circumstances.


Session #3 – Producing in lockdown: Post-production panel



Emma Butt, ADR recording and sound editor, freelance

Zeb Achonu, TV/film editor, freelance

Aidan Farrell, senior colourist and head of grading, The Farm Group

Olly Strous, director of post production, ITN

Chair Jake Bickerton, editor, Broadcast Tech

Hear how post facilities and freelance operators had to overhaul their services and ways of working the moment lockdown hit. The panel also discusses the longer-term impact of the pandemic on the post-production sector and how new hybrid workflows are being established to enable more flexible working environments for clients and staff.


Session #4 – Producing in lockdown: Studios panel



Andy Waters, head of studios, Dock 10

Cara Sheppard, managing director, Twickenham Studios

John O’Callaghan, operations director, BBC Studioworks

Roger Morris, managing director, Elstree Studios

Chair Heather Fallon, media researcher, Commissioner Index

This session discusses how studios have coped with the sweeping changes demanded by the return to production post-lockdown. What do the new procedures for filming on-set mean for clients? How will the requirement for social distancing and the practicalities of this impact the business model of studios?


Session #5 – Producing in lockdown: Producer panel



Jan Younghusband, head of commissioning, music TV, BBC

Chris Jones, head of branded content, Electric Robin

Erron Gordon, series director for Good Morning Britain and Peston, ITV

Richard Frediani, editor, BBC Breakfast

Chair Alice Redman, senior media researcher, Commissioner Index

With workflows transitioning to remote working as soon as lockdown came into effect, this panel investigates how production companies were able to complete projects and continue working on their slate of productions. What content was created and how did technology enable this to happen, and what were the best examples of lockdown productions? The panel also discusses how the production industry will be able to get back on track again over the coming year.

 Day 2 of Tech Fest will be available later this week.

Broadcast Tech’s sister title Broadcast Sport is running a two-day virtual festival in November - to find out more, and sign up to this event, head over to http://www.broadcasttech.co.uk/sport

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Exhibitors Include:



  • Exhibiting and speaking at MPTS was a very worthwhile investment for Blackbird. We made a lot of valuable contacts over the 2 days at what was a busy & well organised event for the UK’s media production industry
    Adrian Lambert
  • I think MPTS is a fantastic opportunity for film, television and online to all come together, ultimately we have so much to learn. We are increasingly needing to and should be producing television & stories that are truly engaging and interactive
    James Levelle
    Adventure Filmmaker
  • Our first show & it’s been a great experience, it surpassed our expectations. We got exposure to a receptive audience which has been incredible. The show worked really well for us & would love to do it again. A well-organised, brilliant experience!
    Bethan Wilkin
  • What I like about MPTS is that it covers everything from creative to very high-end technology. The benefits of attending are simple, it's THE annual event for the screen production industry in the UK and provides the opportunity to connect with people from across the production process
    Paul de Carvalho
  • Panasonic have supported MPTS since its inception, because we wanted to support a show that both considers the constant evolution of our industry and helps deliver new opportunities for our business. We consider MPTS to be a key show for the UK as it provides a platform that focuses on the technology advancements that impact the creative industries, and that is something we want to be a part of
    Nigel Wilkes