The organisers of BVE 2015 have celebrated the show as the best yet, with a high quality and diverse audience attending from across the broadening content creation industry. With a packed seminar programme and industry leading debate, the event combined overflowing theatres with a variety of exhibitors, new and returning. New features such as the Live! Ammunition! pitching contest and keynote sessions from Richard Ayoade (pictured, left) and Catherine Hardwicke were also popular, and the facilitated networking sessions were packed every day.
“We’re so pleased with the response we’ve had to this year’s BVE,” said Alison Willis, portfolio director. “We worked hard to reflect the continuing evolution of the broadcast industry by introducing new features and partners from non-traditional sectors including marketing and AV, and also broadened our offering for pre-production and production professionals. The feedback we have received so far has been phenomenal, and strongly supports our plans to create a broader event that will bring all of the UK creative industries closer together.”
The show again saw over 15,000 key industry decision makers including leading DOPs, indies, post houses, broadcasters and brands attend in full force. BVE 2015 also saw record numbers of new exhibitors, and over 76 per cent of the showfloor is already rebooked for 2016.
Joanna Kaliniecka-Williamson, marketing and communications co-ordinator, VizRT, said, “Vizrt has exhibited at BVE since its inception a decade ago and this third year at the ExCeL saw our stand the busiest ever. The increase in footfall year on year is remarkable – we had a fantastic show. We plan to come back next year with an even bigger stand.”
The show organisers are now building on the diverse visitor and exhibitor profile at this year’s show and the continuing convergence of the UK’s creative industries with plans for London Entertainment Week 2016, a week-long series of events built around an expanded BVE show. The event will encompass film, TV, commercials, theatre, brands/corporate, AV, live events and gaming. Supporters to date include Raindance, EVCOM, the IABM, Escape Studios, VFX Festival 2016, ABTT and BKSTS.