ScreenSkills Select Congress 2022: Programme

This was the programme for the ScreenSkills Select Congress 2022 - Re-writing the rules: talent and global content. It took place on Wednesday 23 March.

Congress welcome

Ria Hebden (Congress Host), TV Presenter and founder of production company, Carpe Diem Media Productions.

Tim Weiss, Director of Vocational Skills, ScreenSkills.

Seetha Kumar, Chief Executive, ScreenSkills.

Seetha and Tim will provide an overview of the Congress, the latest ScreenSkills Select developments and how ScreenSkills is providing support to the screen industries.

Opening keynote


Sir Peter Bazalgette, Non-Executive Chairman of ITV and industry co-Chair of the Creative Industries Council.

Sir Peter will provide his unique perspective and views on the current and future environment for UK screen industries.

Industry Insight: Rewriting the rules – the screen industries’ workforce of the future


Mark Harrison, Chief Executive, DPP, the business network for the media industry.

Kate Bulkley, Media analyst and journalist.

Mark and Kate will discuss how the screen industries’ companies are rethinking their workforce, their ways of working, and the impact of diversity and sustainability.

Live studio sound


Richard Sillitto and Andy Tapley, Co-Sound Supervisors for Strictly Come Dancing.

Session facilitator

Polly Hickling, Media Technology Course Leader, Solent University.

Panel: The global TV economy - the impact for talent


Alan Griffiths, Founder and Chief Executive, World Media Rights, producers of factual television series such as WWII In Color: Road To Victory and Royals: Keeping The Crown.

Loren Baxter, Head of Acquisitions at Off the Fence, with a catalogue of more than 6,000 hours of diverse programming across multiple genres.

Tim Bryans, Managing Director and Co-Founder, ALT Animation, who have produced animations for Disney, CBBC, Nickelodeon and Channel 4.

Alan, Loren and Tim will discuss the new and emerging global commercial models and the demand for talent worldwide.

Session facilitator

Kate Bulkley, Media analyst and journalist.

Panel: Time to re-think - a supportive community for talent


Brian Hill, Managing Director, Century Films, who recently created for the BBC Do Black Lives Still Matter and A Pandemic Poem: Where Did the World Go?

Suzanne Burns, HR and Communications Director, STV, part of the ITV network.

Brian and Suzanne will set out their views on how the industry is resetting the standards of behaviour and well-being, and support for students' skills. This includes on how best to recognise and manage their own wellbeing and that of others.

Session facilitator

Dr Kingsley Marshall, Head of Film and Television, Falmouth University, UK.

12.45 - 13.45: Lunch

Sustainability quiz


Lettija Lee, TV presenter and brand development and marketing consultant.

Lettija will set an interactive quiz on environmental impact which is becoming increasingly important for new entrants to the industry to understand.

Academic international case study


Liz Lander, Production design lecturer, Puttnam School of Film and Animation (Singapore).

Liz will speak about how students will need to know how to excel in a diverse, multi-disciplinary environment by utilising and integrating a wide range of emerging technologies.

Session facilitator

To be confirmed.

Panel: Industry-wide skills shortages


Adam Knopf, Production manager for Doctor Who, currently producing the second series of The Pact.

Tamara Howe, Director of Commercial and Operations, Naked TV and former Controller of Business at BBC Comedy and Entertainment. Naked TV produces The Apprentice and Escape to the Country.

Hannah Gosney, Company Director, Media Career Advice.

Addie Orfila, Production executive, trainer, and former head of production for Hollyoaks and production manager for Coronation Street.

Tamara, Adam, Hannah and Addie will discuss industry-wide skills shortages throughout the screen industries.

Session facilitator

Ria Hebden, TV presenter and founder of production company, Carpe Diem Media Productions.

15.00 – 15.10: Break

Breakout groups

From a choice of three specialist breakouts, delegates can register to hear about recent developments in these fields and the skills needed.

Lighting the darkness


Caroline Bridges, award-winning TV and film cinematographer. Recent productions include Guilt (BBC), Ladybaby (BBC) and Outlander (Amazon Prime).

Session facilitator

Oliver Stapleton, Co-Head of Cinematography, National Television and Film School (NFTS).

Crewing up a drama


Amy Walker, Talent Executive, Sister, producers of including This is Going to Hurt.

Session facilitator

Beth Hewitt, Creative Director for School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology, University of Salford.

Virtual reality: The micro studio


Rob Chandler, Chief Executive and founder, Morden Wolf.

Session facilitator

Jason Turton, Chief Operating Officer, Barking & Dagenham College.


Closing keynote


Stephen Naughton, Vertical Lead - Entertainment, Gaming and Sport, TikTok.

Four ways the TikTok community is reimagining entertainment.

Closing remarks


Ria Hebden (Congress Host), TV Presenter and founder of production company, Carpe Diem Media Productions.

Sara Putt, Managing Director, Sara Putt Associates, leading independent UK agency for film and television, and Chair ScreenSkills’ industry advisory group.

Tim Weiss, director of vocational skills, ScreenSkills.

Closing remarks and an update on ScreenSkills Select’s plans for 2022 and 2023