Senior figures from media industry to speak at Sunderland conference

Lord David Puttnam is among the speakers at a conference in Sunderland next month

Lord Puttnam

The changing nature of the creative, media and technology sectors are under the spotlight at a Sunderland conference next month.

Senior figures from the BBC, local and national TV productions and academics will descend on the North East on Tuesday, June 10, for the Acamedia Conference.

Lord David Puttnam, a former chancellor of the University of Sunderland will be just one of the keynote speakers at the event and it will be chaired by Steve Hewlett, a presenter of BBC Radio 4’s The Media Show.

The conference aims to provide a platform for discussions on best practice and routes into the sectors and has been designed for small businesses, large organisations and interested academics. The event will also explore the role of creativity in sectors such as manufacturing, engineering and the automotive industries.

Acamedia 2014 will be building on the overwhelming success of last year’s inaugural event that attracted more than 180 delegates from across the UK.

Keynote lectures will include Lord David Puttnam who will make a case for creativity being the lifeblood of all industries, and Dr Adrian Woolard, Head of BBC Research & Development, who will discuss the BBC’s Connected Studio Operations.

The conference runs from 8.30am to 5pm on Tuesday, June 10, at the David Puttnam Media Centre Cinema, Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. To book visit , call 0191 5153199 or email


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