SOUTH WEST SCREEN HOSTS 2nd CONFERENCE OF EUROPEAN CREATIVE BUSINESS NETWORK
Key companies from across Europe are gathering together in Bristol today for the second conference of the European Creative Business Network (ECBN), hosted by South West Screen.
From 2-4 March, the conference will see more than 60 European creative businesses and support organisations gather together to discuss services that the ECBN can provide and explore the latest developments and opportunities of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV).
Founded in October 2010, the ECBN is an alliance of European partners including South West Screen, ecce (european centre for creative economy), the creative industries consultancy CIDA and the Dutch Creative Residency Network. The goal of the ECBN network is to establish the European Union as a more accessible, effective and rewarding single market for small creative entrepreneurs. Following the ECBN’s inaugural summit in Essen, Germany last year, the network has selected Bristol as the destination for its second conference.
A welcome event for delegates will take place tonight, hosted by Bristol City Council, where Bristol’s creative industry sector and advances in media innovation will be showcased. The conference will then continue with a two day innovation forum at At Bristol on 3rd and 4th March, with workshops facilitated by Theatres of Thinking. Delegates will build an understanding of the business models at work across Europe and different roles played by the agencies and organisations that support creative companies.
The conference will explore strategies that can be used to drive innovation in the rapidly converging world of creative industries. IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) will be used as a platform to explore how new developments in digital technology bring new opportunities for interaction and co-creation and how audiences are rapidly evolving.
Expert speakers will include Kip Meek, Non-Executive Chairman of YouView and Chairman of South West Screen, John Denton (Managing Editor of TV Platforms, BBC Future Media & Technology), Vibeke Hansen (Creative Director, SlipStream), Dan’l Hewitt (European Director, DemandMedia), Patrick Towell (Chief Executive, Golant Media Ventures) and Colin Donald (Director, Futurescape).
Kip Meek, Non-Executive Chairman of YouView and Chairman of South West Screen, said: “We look forward to welcoming these companies to Bristol for this valuable opportunity to share knowledge, identify common challenges and build new relationships whilst also discussing the innovation in content and technology across the creative industries.”
Prof. Dieter Gorny, Director of the ecce in Dortmund, said; "Creative cities are the basis for economic success in individual nations, and now they are also developing into soft-landing-platforms for the creative industries throughout Europe; this is a step into a single European market for the creative economy. The European centre for creative economy congratulates South West Screen in Bristol for hosting the ECBN conference to start this programme."
The ECBN conference is funded by the Creative Industries iNet. The iNet is a part of Solutions for Business, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and led by South West Screen.
Text: press release