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Blue Planet II producer announced as BVE keynote

Mark Brownlow among over 200 speakers at this year's event

Blue Planet II producer Mark Brownlow has been announced as a headline keynote speaker at BVE 2018.

Also known for popular nature documentaries such as Planet Earth and Ocean, Brownlow will share his experiences of creating one of the most talked about TV shows of the last 12 months.

Taking place at ExCel London from 27th February to 1st March, BVE 2018 will deliver what it is calling the most diverse range of exhibitors and speakers to date, with expert storytelling, new technology, and innovative techniques take centre stage.

The three-day event will see over 200 speakers take to the stage, including:

– Cameron Saunders, managing director, UK Theatrical, 20th Century Fox

– Jeff Kember, technical director, media, CTO office, Google Cloud

– Tom Griffiths, director of broadcast and distribution technology, ITV

– Keith Underwood, director of strategy and technology, Channel 4

– Ula Pontikos, cinematographer, (credits include Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool)

– Oliver Stapleton BSC (credits include Cider House Rules and My Beautiful Laundrette)

– Tim Hoogenakker, re-recording mixer, Formosa Group (credits include Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games

– Abesh Thakur, product manager, Audio 360, Facebook

– Steve MacPherson, CTO, Framestore

Six theatres will be dedicated to different areas of content and video production: The Storytellers Stage, Business of Production, Craft of Capture, Techflow Futures, Post in Practice, and Connected Delivery. BVE said each theatre’s programme has been “specifically selected to appeal to the diverse interests of the visitors attending the event”.

Daniel Sacchelli, BVE event manager, said: “This year, BVE has attracted its strongest speaker line-ups yet, featuring some of the creative industries’ leading lights from behind the camera. The breadth of speakers and experts available for visitors to hear from and discover is truly unique and exciting, with a genuine mix in all areas of production.

“No other show in the UK connects as many parts of the broadcast sector. BVE enables its visitors to learn from some of the most celebrated industry figures, make lasting business connections, collaborate with fellow creators, and experience new technologies shaping the future of media.”

As well as the core programme, BVE will host Connected Media Europe, which is returning as a co-located exhibition and conference at BVE 2018. The Branded Content Marketing Association (BCMA) will also be at the expo and will run The Great Content Revolution in conjunction as a standalone two-day co-located conference for marketing and creative professionals.