Graham Linehan special guest at International TV Summit

In the age of Video on Demand, with new ways of consuming content and ever tightening
budgets, is TV at a crossroads?
An interview with special guest Graham Linehan (Father Ted, The IT Crowd, Black Books), a
panel with the Director Generals of the main broadcasters in Ireland and another with funders
from the world of Video on Demand are some of the highlights of the FÍS TV Summit, hosted
by Galway Film Centre and taking place in Galway on October 12th.
The international summit is aimed at producers and content creators from throughout Ireland
and it will take place in the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill. The main focus of the summit is the
question: “In the age of Video on Demand, with new ways of consuming content and evertightening
budgets, is TV at a crossroads?” The event will also have a special strand
dedicated to discussing programming for young people.
Placing Ireland on the global stage, as a centre of excellence for media production is one of
the key pillars of the Government’s arts policy, and Galway UNESCO City of Film considers it
timely to discuss the current landscape with the heads of the main channels. Taking part in
the event are Dee Forbes (RTÉ), Alan Esslemont (TG4), Pat Kiely (TV3) and Peter Johnston
(BBC NI), who will discuss the challenges and opportunities they face in their roles and the
rapidly changing and evolving landscape of content creation.
One of the key changes in TV in recent is how audiences consume content and the related
economics arising from that, so there will be a special focus on VOD and the OTT (Over the
Top) sector, particularly Subscription VOD sector (SVOD), with an international panel of
speakers from Yaddo, Acorn TV, Rights Stuff and QYou. There will also be an opportunity for
attendees to arrange one-to-one meetings with the VOD speakers.
Young People’s Programming is an exciting area in Ireland at the moment, with many Irish
companies performing well globally. The Summit will focus on how to reach this next
generation of junior audiences with speakers from CBeeBies, RTÉ, TG4 and Paper Owl.
The day will be interspersed with networking lunches, receptions and one-to-one meetings for
This event is hosted by Galway Film Centre, in association with TG4, the Western
Development Commission, Údarás na Gaeltachta, Gréasán Na Meán, Screen Training
Ireland, The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, RTÉ, GMIT, Creative Europe Galway, Mazars
and the Arts Council.
Tickets to the event are available through Eventbrite
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For further information or interview requests, please contact:
Glenn Hogarty,
9.45am – 11.15am: TV at a Crossroads: The Current TV Landscape
• TG4: Alan Esslemont
• RTÉ: Dee Forbes
• TV3: Pat Kiely
• BBCNI: Peter Johnston
• CHAIR: Betty Purcell
11.15am – 11.35am: TEA/COFFEE BREAK
11.35am – 1pm: VOD: Changing the Future of TV
• Yaddo -Lawrence Elman
• QYOU – Amory Schwartz
• Acorn TV – Shane Murphy
• Chair – Rights Stuff – Wendy Bernfeld
more speakers to be confirmed
1.45pm – 2pm: Lunchtime Newsflash – Section 481 with Mazars
2.30pm – 4pm: Programming for the Next Generation
• CBeeBies – Julia Bond, Commissioning Executive
• PaperOwl – Gráinne McGuinness, Producer
• RTÉ – Sheila De Courcy
• TG4 – Siobhán Ní Bhrádaigh
4pm – 4.15pm: TEA/COFFEE BREAK
4.15pm – 5.30pm: Interview with Special Guest
• Guest: Graham Linehan
• Chair – Billy McGrath, Sideline Productions