goNORTH Festival Programme 2014

Day 1 Wednesday 4th June 2014

9:00am – 5:30pm
Senate Suite

Hit The Ground Running

Times: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Venue: Senate Suite
Speakers: Linda Fraser

If you want to break into film and television drama, then this is the course for you. This one day intensive training course consists of a series of practical exercises that will equip you with the knowledge, tools and experience to help you break into the industry. Devised and tutored by industry professionals, the course focuses on entry level positions in drama production and specifically the role of the Runner. It's very informal and a lot of fun too. Find out what it takes for you to Hit The Ground Running.

To find out more about the course and how to apply click here.

Linda Fraser

Linda Fraser

Linda is the creator and trainer of Hit the Ground Running.  In 1997, Linda Produced the BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award winning short, Swimming with the Tiger.  In the same year, she secured her first job as a runner on a film in Glasgow, and so began a successful career working mainly as a Production Co-ordinator on film and television dramas.

Alison Goring, BECTU

Alison Goring

Alison Goring worked for many years as an assistant director in film & TV production before moving into training and development.  She oversees two training schemes for film & TV practitioners in Scotland which offer training at all levels from new entrants right through to producers.

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10:00am – 4:00pm
Mercure Arts Bar

Radio goNORTH

Times: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: Mercure Arts Bar
Speakers: Richard Melvin, Scott Shaw, Sean Kerwin, Al Lorraine, Julia Sutherland

Radio goNORTH will take to the airwaves for a third year during our annual creative gathering in June bringing the audience interviews, chat and acoustic sessions with the bands showcasing. Our trainees will benefit of industry professionals in the shape of our long-term collaborators, Dabster Productions, who will guide them through the radio production process from start to end.  Check out our archive to find out how the trainees did last year and visit our dedicated Radio goNORTH website for even more content from last year.

Listen to Radio goNORTH QR Code

To listen drom the 3rd - 5th June you can scan the QR code seen here or on the festival leaflet or brochure.  Alternatively go onto the Radio goNORTH website to listen live online,

Richard Melvin, Director, Dabster Productions

Richard Melvin

Richard Melvin is the Director of Dabster Productions and leads from the front at work and play. Now eight years as an independent, the challenges are just as tough but on an ever increasing scale. Delivering training with an inspirational rather than aspirational mindset is at the core of Richard’s and therefore Dabster’s heart.

Scott Shaw, Radio Producer

Scott Shaw

Scott Shaw has a lifetime’s experience of working in the commercial and public sectors of the radio industry; imparting that information to the next generation is the thing that gives Scott his biggest buzz. Just as happy behind the microphone or in front of a classroom, Scott looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for radio with as many as he can.

Sean Kerwin, Sound Engineer

Sean Kerwin

Sean Kerwin is an audio ninja, he has been producing music for over 15 years and specialises in electronica for a range of outlets including commercial release, broadcasting and new media. For Dabster, he’s a production master, a recording specialist and our most experienced trainer, currently at Perth, Abertay and Glasgow Kelvin College.

Al Lorraine, Radio Producer

Al Lorraine

Al Lorraine is a producer and the Training Course Manager at Dabster. He has delivered structured mentorship to through the chaos of the Edinburgh Festival to produce world class programming, he has designed training courses for arts funding bodies and support networks and produced pioneering pubic engagement sessions for Stirling University’s social policy research centre amongst others.

Julia Sutherland, Producer

Julia Sutherland

Julia Sutherland is a producer, performer and presenter who worked for over 10 years at BBC Scotland. Now at Dabster she continues to pioneer new ground in radio production and our training projects. Julia is currently working on two broadcast projects for BBC Radio Scotland as well as presenting and writing for both television and radio.

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10:00am – 10:30am
Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel

Public Sector Briefing

Times: 10:00am – 10:30am
Venue: Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel
Speakers: Iain Hamilton (HIE), Jeni Oliver (HIE)

This short briefing session is aimed at public sector staff who may be working with clients in the creative industries, or would like to develop a better understanding of the sector in 2014.  The briefing offers an opportunity to find out more about specific panels during the day, advice about which sessions are likely to be most useful to you in your work, or if you would like to arrange a meeting with specific speakers or delegates.

Iain Hamilton, Head of Creative Industries, HIE

Iain Hamilton

Iain is currently Head of Creative Industries with Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Prior to working on developing support programmes for the creative sector, Iain was a working musician and was one of the founders of goNORTH.

Jeni Oliver, Senior Executive, Creative Industries, HIE

Jeni Oliver

In the last 10 years Jeni worked with a broad spectrum of creative businesses and social enterprises for Highlands & Islands Enterprise. Recently seconded to Scottish Development International, Jeni’s focus is to help Scottish creative businesses internationalise.

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10:30am – 12:30pm
The Ironworks

Fashion Trends & Let's Talk Tradeshows

Times: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Venue: The Ironworks
Speakers: Anne Ritchie, Laurian Davies

In the first hour of this two-hour long workshop, style guru, Anne Ritchie will look at trends in fashion for autumn-winter 2015/16. This session is designed specifically for design, textile and fashion companies and focuses on colour, design and product trends for textiles, fashion, accessories and jewellery. In the second hour, Laurian Davies of UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT), which UKFT works with the UK government to get financial help for designers and brands showing overseas, will help gauge if you are ready to show overseas. Which tradeshows are right for you? How do you get accepted? What are the politics of the trade show scene? How does the funding process work?

You must book a place for this event in advance.

Anne Ritchie, Anne Ritchie Consultancy Ltd

Anne Ritchie

has been giving trends presentations for some 20 years and through extensive travel is able to bring an international dimension to colour, fashion and interior trends. Anne also organises, on behalf of HIE and SDI, Learning Journeys for Scottish designers to key international trade shows and retail stores in major cities including London and Paris.

Laurian Davies, Head of International Business Development, UKFT

Laurian is head of International Business Development at the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT). She trained as an archaeologist but has spent her entire working life in clothing and textiles. Her passion is helping fashion businesses grow and she works with freelance designers on improving business, encouraging manufacturers and designers to strengthen marketing and promotional skills. To date, she has taken hundreds of UK designers and brands to exhibitions all over the world.

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10:30am – 11:45am
Inverness Suite

Opening Keynote: Where Next? The Future Of Digital

Times: 10:30am – 11:45am
Venue: Inverness Suite
Speakers: Neil Cartright

In this opening keynote, Neil Cartright, managing director of Million Media, will address the question on the lips of everyone who works in the creative industries; where next for the future of digital?

Neil Cartright, Managing Director, Million Media

Neil Cartright

Former Head of New Media at Sony Music UK, Neil is now MD of digital marketing agency Million Media where his clients have included Jamiroquai, Channel4, MIDEM, The Prodigy, Ministry Of Sound, Trinity Films, Avalon TV Productions, ITB, and The Orchard.  Named in the Courvoisier Future 500 as one of 500 people who will help shape the future of the UK.

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10:30am – 11:45am
The Townhouse

Meet The Broadcast, Broadsheet & Tabloid Journalists

Times: 10:30am – 11:45am
Venue: The Townhouse
Speakers: Alan Morrison, Drew Farrell, Nicola MacAlley, Paul English, Siobhan Synnot

Securing press interest in you as an artist or in your product can mean the difference between success and failure. But what are journalists looking for in this digital age? In this panel, we have gathered a group of top-flight journalists who specialise in covering the creative industries. Our panel is made up of experienced broadcast, broadsheet and tabloid journalists whose currency is the ebb and flow of content and images. This is the panel where you will glean insider knowledge on the best way to approach the media. What makes then grin and what makes them gurn?

Alan Morrison, Group Arts Editor

Alan Morrison

Alan Morrison is Group Arts Editor of The Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times newspaper titles, where he commissions across all arts genres and writes regularly about music, particularly by Scottish bands and musicians. For most of his career, however, he has specialised in film, and was Editor of The List, Associate Editor of Total Film and Reviews Editor/Contributing Editor of Empire, as well as film critic for The Daily Record for several years. Over the past two decades, he has been a regular guest on various BBC Radio Scotland shows. He is also currently Artistic Director of the Kirkcaldy Film Festival, which launched in 2013; this year's festival runs from September 19th-21st.

Drew Farrell, Freelance Photographer

Drew Farrell

Drew has over 20 years experience working a freelance photographer for a variety of editorial clients; including blue chip corporates, as well as international and national arts organisations, He is a regular contributor to UK and Scottish broadsheets, shooting a range of subjects from news to business, sports, features and festivals. He has worked with Scottish Ballet, including tours to China and France, Scottish Opera, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, as well as the Edinburgh International Festival, RSNO and various theatre companies including The National Theatre of Scotland. For the last two years, Drew has covered the SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, for Creative Scotland.

Nicola McAlley, Reporter, STV Highlands & Islands

Nicola McAlley

Nicola has been STV's Highlands & Islands reporter for 12 years. She has been based in Inverness since 2002. Such is the varied nature of news, she could be interviewing the First Minister one day and a Hollywood star the next. She particularly enjoys covering cultural stories and has been delighted with the emergence of so many festivals in this part of the region in recent years. Nicola is passionate about trying to spread the word about how much creative talent there is in this part of the world.

Paul English, Feature Writer, Daily Record & Sunday Mail

Paul English

Paul English is a feature writer at the Daily Record & Sunday Mail and a principal member of the papers' entertainment team. He mostly covers TV, music, theatre and film and devises, co-produces and presents online content including podcasts, interviews, short films and live music sessions. Paul recently established The Glad Cafe acoustic sessions which have seen performances by Eddi Reader, RM Hubbert, Randolph's Leap, Beerjacket and The Pearlfishers run on dailyrecord.co.uk  since the start of the year. He has fronted two series of STV's holiday show Scottish Passport, and presented Comedy Heroes, The Choir, The Real Fairytale of New York, TIn The Park 2010 and The Tom Morton Show for BBC  Radio Scotland.

Siobhan Synot, Writer & Broadcaster

Siobhan Synott

Siobhan Synnot is an award-winning film writer and broadcaster. She is chief film writer for Scotland on Sunday, and served on the Edinburgh International Film Jury last year. She also contributes to the BBC, STV, BAFTA, Daily Record, Sunday Times, Best, Sunday Mail, and (best of all) The Lady. 

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11:00am – 5:00pm
Caledonian Suite

Film Showcasing

Times: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Caledonian Suite
Speakers: Various filmmakers

Our open call this year has been its most successful to date with submissions coming from across the globe. Check out bite-sized chunks of the vast wealth of film-making talent at home and abroad. The full film showcasing schedule can be found here.

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11:00am – 4:00pm
Mercure Hotel Lower Foyer

Gaming Playground

Times: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: Mercure Hotel Lower Foyer
Speakers: Various gaming companies below.

The Scottish Games Network is the industry organisation for the video games and interactive sector in Scotland. Exclusively for goNORTH, SGN has brought together some of the most innovative game designers working in Scotland. Our ‘Playground’ gives you the opportunity to try out their creations; and feedback your thoughts.  For one day only!

Each of our Playground companies strives for excellence, innovation and to showcase Scotland as a hotbed for indie games.  They work commercially on the likes of Harry Potter and Medal of Honor to Play to Cure: Genes in Space with Cancer Research UK; creating responsive interactions, vivid visual and tight gameplay to deliver the best experience to users.

Brain Baglow, Scottish Games Network

Brain Baglow

Brian Baglow is the founder of the Scottish Games Network, writer, lecturer in interactive entertainment, designer, developer, researcher, speaker and professional loudmouth.  He started his career in the games industry as a writer, working with legendary DMA Design on titles including the original Grand Theft Auto.  He moved, more or less willingly, into marketing and public relations.  Since then Brian has worked with several hundreds game developers. He most recently seized power and transformed the Scottish Games Network from a grass roots community, into the official industry body for Scotland.

Binary Pumpkin

Binary Pumpkin are digital developers who make cool digital content for clients and themselves on mobile, web, desktop, console and VR. With 500,000 downloads of their Bingo games and 35+ years industry experience including senior roles on large franchises such as Harry Potter, Medal of Honor and F1; they should talk. www.binarypumpkin.com

Blazing Griffin

Blazing Griffin is a game studio based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Founded in 2011, the company aims to revive IP -The Ship: Murder Party, Distant Star - and develop new games across multiple platforms. APB Retribution was released on iOS in 2013, and Dino Tribes, a match-3 game to be released in June 2014, is currently under development. www.blazinggriffin.com

Dave Sapien Ltd

A Golden JoyStick nominated and UK Events Award winning game and app development studio. Developers of ‘Paint Sapien’, a system that realistically mixes paint pigments on mobile devices, a cornerstone of their continuing adventures in creative gaming.

EM Studios

Extra Mile Studios (EM), a Glasgow based developer of digital content, was formed in 2004 by a team of game development professionals with many years experience in the casual entertainment sector. EM is currently working on an innovative take on the infinite runner genre – due for release on all mobile platforms Summer 2014. www.emstudios.co.uk

Guerilla Tea

Guerilla Tea is an independent game and app development company based in Dundee. The studio develops original IP and contract based projects, the most recent release being Play to Cure: Genes in Space in conjunction with Cancer Research UK, which was a huge success gaining worldwide coverage. www.guerillatea.com

Hidden Armada

Hidden Armada is an independent studio based in Dundee, creating games with a strongly iterative approach so core gameplay is defined early. Their mission is to create responsive interactions, vivid visuals, and tight gameplay loops built on innovative technologies, always striving to deliver fresh experiences to their users. www.hiddenarmada.com

Hunted Cow

Hunted Cow Studios is a leading game developer and publisher which was founded in 2003. Their most popular browser game is Fallen Sword, which has attracted over four million players since its launch in 2006. Hunted Cow’s vision is to create fun and accessible strategy and roleplaying games with a layer of deeper and engaging gameplay for experienced players.

Lost Zombie

Lost Zombie Studios made up of Jody Gallagher and Matt Sharpe, hunting haggis, wearing kilts and making games since 2011 with a mission to make fun and amusing games that hark back to those played when you were young. Since their founding they have worked on a number of projects including children's adventure games for iOS, sports simulators, and lifestyle games for Facebook. Previous titles worked on by team members: APB, Crackdown, Flock!, Pocket Racer, World Snooker Championship, Hydrophobia and many more! Several industry awards including a golden joystick and most innovative game at the Scottish Game Jam 2014. www.lostzombies.co.uk

Ludometrics

Ludometrics makes games, toys and playthings you might like. They like to make things for iPhones, PCs and consoles and have previously worked with The Comedy Unit and Cryptic to create apps, as well as creating their own games such as Dsmvwld for iPhone and Bodycheck for PS Vita.

Me & The Giants

A kids games development studio that focuses on traditional education and emotional literacy. Currently they are developing of a range of games and an accompanying animated show for kids based their own emotional robotic world. They work with academics from Glasgow University to ensure their games have meaningful learning value and improve the lives of their customers, young and old. www.meandthegiants.com

Quartic Llama

Quartic Llama is an award-winning independent game development studio developing fun, unique and beautiful games. They are a highly creative team working on original games across multiple platforms, and in collaboration with exciting partners. Formed in 2012 they have been named in the Develop Top 100 studio list and selected as finalists at IndieCade International Festival of Independent Games.

Team Junkfish

Team Junkfish is a games studio based in Dundee, Scotland which was founded in September 2013. They aim to show that Scotland can be a hotbed for indie games. They are currently working on the survival horror labyrinth “Monstrum” for PC with Oculus Rift support.

Punch Studios

The winners of this year’s inaugural Moray Game Jam, Power Punch Studios with their game Vaccine.

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12:00pm – 1:15pm
Inverness Suite

Born To Be Wide: Building The Team

Times: 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Venue: Inverness Suite
Speakers: Olaf Furniss, moderator (Born to be Wide) , Eric McLellan (Sire Records/ Warner Bros. Records), Alex Knight (Fat-Cat Records)
, Robert Hicks (Artist Manager, Middle of Nowhere Recordings)
, Marc Strain (Musician, Fatherson)
, Allie Shaw (Manic Monkee Mgmt)

For any artist, building a team is an essential part of building a career. However, finding the right manager, lawyer, label, agent, PR and publisher to work with, not to mention tour manager, producer, accountant and promoter, can be a daunting task. This panel looks at the different aspects which should be considered when deciding who to work with and how to ensure everyone works together as an effective unit.

Olaf Furniss, Moderator

Olaf Furniss

Olaf is founder of Born To Be Wide, an organisation which hosts music business seminars and Scotland's music industry convention/showcase Wide Days. He reports for a wide variety of media including the BBC, The Scotsman, MusikWoche and IQ, and has written for Billboard, Music Week, Audience and Fono Forum. Olaf has worked as a consultant for music industry conferences including Sonic Visions, by:Larm, Reeperbahn Festival, GoNORTH, Berlin Music Week and Canadian Music Week, organising and/or moderating over 200 panels in the past five years.

Eric McLellan, Sire Records/Warner brother Records

Eric McLellan

Eric McLellan began his music industry career as an intern at Universal Motown Records in 2004. He worked four four years at Sony Music in Creative Services and video production. He came to Sire in 2008 and worked his way up the A&R ranks. He is currently director of A&R at Sire Records/Warner Bros. Records and ADA. He is responsible for discovering, signing and developing artists. Eric’s CV includes A&R’ing projects for Delta Rae, Ewert & The Two Dragons, Kill It Kid, Ben Fields and Cold Fronts. His most recent signing is rapper Deniro Farrar whom he brought to Vice Records and Warner Bros. Records. Eric is A&R for: Delta Rae, Ewert & The Two Dragons, Cold Fronts.

Alex Knight, Fat Cat Records

Alex Knight

Alex is co-founder, Fat Cat Records, which began life as a record shop in 1989 before becoming established as a label in 1996. Having become home to several Scottish artists over recent years including PAWS, The Twilight Sad, We Were Promised Jetpacks and Honeyblood, the label’s wider roster features a diverse list of acts such as TRAAMS, Mazes, Vashti Bunyan and Dustin O’Halloran. The label also has a US base and previous signings include Sigur Rós and Frightened Rabbit.

Robert Hicks, Artist Manager, Middle Of Nowhere Recordings

Robert Hicks

Robert has been at the vanguard of Scotland’s live sector for over 12 years, and was was instrumental in founding Rock Ness, Loopallu, and establishing Belladrum as a key fixture on the festival calendar. He is also a partner in the Ironworks venue in Inverness. Adding a management strand to his business in 2010 to represent acclaimed singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni, this development has led to the launch of his own label with Rachel, called Middle of Nowhere Recordings.

Marc Strain, Musician, Fatherson

Marc Strain, Fatherson

Marc Strain is the bass player and chief organiser of Scottish indie-rock band Fatherson who recently released their debut album I Am An Island. Instead of working with a traditional record label to release the album, Fatherson chose to put the record out with a label established by their management, A Modern Way, and hand-picked a team to work the release. The release has attracted wide-spread coverage from publications such as Kerrang, Rock Sound, Big Cheese, This is Fake DIY and The Line of Best Fit, as well as being play-listed on XFM and regular airplay on a number of BBC Radio 1 programmes.

Allie Shaw, Manic Monkee Management

Allison Shaw

Allison currently heads up Brand Development for Public Enemy and Digital Distribution company Spit Digital, which is owned by Chuck D. She moved into this role after working as an online writer for MTV and VH1, and owning her own award-winning International Music Magazine. Allison is Founder and CEO of Manic Monkee MGMT, offering consultancy and marketing solutions for a range of digital platforms, artists, producers and brands. She is also CMO for innovative music licensing platform, Hollywood Elite Composers.

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12:00pm – 1:15pm
The Townhouse

Meet The Creative Nordics

Times: 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Venue: The Townhouse
Speakers: Christian Ulf-Hansen - moderator, Janne Moeller, Inge Ejbye Sorenson, Donna Heddle, Inger Dirdal, Jannica Honey

When did everyone suddenly become obsessed with television and films from the Nordic countries?  Did shows like The Killing and The Bridge just come out of nowhere, or is this the latest in a long line of great programmes that are suddenly getting the attention they deserve?  What can aspiring writers, director and producers in Scotland learn from the success of our Nordic neighbours?  Come and hear form a distinguished panel of creators from across the North Sea.

Christian Ulf-Hansen, Moderator, Artists Agent

Christian is a London based manager and agent for artists, with a specialism in publishing. He initially worked for The Performing Rights Society moving on to become the European representative for the US royalties organisation BMI. There, he worked with some of the biggest songwriters of the period, and also found songs for a variety of artists, including a 30 million + seller. In 2002, he Christian set up his own management company, Plan C, whose first artist was Teitur, a singer songwriter from the Faroe Islands, who he signed on a worldwide deal to Universal in the US. His company now has an enviable track record of securing licensing in film and TV and finding new songs and writers for successful artists. He is also co-owner of a film and TV production company. He works regularly in Scandinavia and is a regular speaker at major trade events such as Spot Festival in Denmark, By:Larm in Norway, and Is This It in Finland, and is on the committee of the Independent Publishers Association (IPA).

Inge Ejbye Sorenson, Producer

Inge Sorenson

Inge Ejbye Sørensen is the producer of the feature film Timelock and has worked for a decade as an award-winning Producer of documentaries and factual programmes for Channel 4, BBC Scotland and STV. Inge is a Research Fellow in Digital Economy and Culture at CCPR at University of Glasgow.

Janne Moeller, Rights Manager, Black & White Publishing

Janne Moller

Janne is rights manager at Edinburgh-based independent publishing house Black & White Publishing, where she handles foreign rights sales, licensing and subsidiary rights. Born in Copenhagen 1971. She worked for Gyldendal Book Clubs from 1995-1999, before moving to London to work as a literary agent at The Susijn Agency. She moved to Edinburgh in 2004 to run the writers' retreat programme at Hawthornden Literary Institute.

Donna Heddle, Director of the Centre for Nordic Studies, Orkney College UHI

Donna Heddle

Donna has been based at Orkney College UHI as Head of the Department of Cultural Studies since June 1999. She was programme leader for the Times Higher Education Supplement Award winning BA (Hons) Scottish Cultural Studies until March 2006.  Donna is now Director of the Centre for Nordic Studies which researches interdisciplinary Northern and Nordic studies based in Kirkwall and Scalloway in the Northern Isles and programme leader for the MLitts Highland and Islands Literature; Highlands and Islands Culture; Orkney and Shetland Studies; and Viking Studies. Her research interests are Scottish and Northern isles cultural history, small island studies, language, literature and the interface between research and community. She has published widely in these areas.  She is currently leading several national and international research projects involving Northern studies, including an AHRC Skills Training programme for PhD students and ECRs in the field of Old Norse-Icelandic and Viking Studies. Donna was awarded a Personal Chair by UHI in June 2013.

Inger Dirdal, Norwegian Copyright Development Association

Inger headed up the Norwegian Music Export Office for 12 years, during which time she was responsible for approximately 100 international exhibitions / networking events and industry-led delegations to many countries. She was an initiator in the formation of NOMEX, an association of the five Nordic music export offices. She currently works with Norcode – Norwegian Copyright Development Association and Waterfall Music, an Oslo based publishing company with artists such as, Ina Wroldsen, Susanne Sundfør, Alfred Hall, Brandyn Burnette, Ida Jenhsus, Ingrid Olava, Raga Rockers etc. Since December 2013, Waterfall Music has been co-published by BMG Chrysalis. As well as music, Inger has experience of book publishing in Norway.

Jannica Honey, Photographer

Jannica Honey

Award-winning photographer Jannica Honey, has extensive experience shooting a wide range of subjects in arts, fashion, travel, food and interiors. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, the LA Times, Aftenposten, Svenska Dagbladet, The Scotsman, Vogue, Dazed & Confused, Tank, and Gaffa, while in recent years she has been one of the most prolific contributors to The List, shooting over 20 front covers, dozens of features and several editions of the Eating & Drinking Guide.In addition to her print publications, Honey has exhibited several photo essays in the UK, France and Sweden. In 2011 she spent a few months photographing Edinburgh strippers, providing a candid and sensitive insight into a world rarely captured and last year she  she spent two days walking around the 9000-strong community in Kahnawake, a Mohawk reservation outside Montreal.

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12:30pm – 1:30pm
The Ironworks

Interior Trend Workshop: Autumn-Winter 2015/16

Times: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Venue: The Ironworks
Speakers: Anne Ritchie

Anne Ritchie leads a workshop on interior colour trends and discusses retail and global trends in lifestyle and product design and gives an overview of Maison et Objet, the international trade show in Paris. With over 30 years experience in the textile and design industries as well as extensive knowledge and understanding of the challenges faced by the design sector. Anne has real insight into the challenges faced by designers in the Highlands & Islands, having delivered trend presentations and one-to-one sessions to design businesses throughout the region for many years.

You must book a place for this event in advance.

Anne Ritchie, Anne Ritchie Consultancy Ltd

Anne Ritchie

Anne has been giving trends presentations for some 20 years and through extensive travel is able to bring an international dimension to colour, fashion and interior trends.  Anne also organises, on behalf of HIE and SDI, Learning Journeys for Scottish designers to key international trade shows and retail stores in major cities including London and Paris.

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1:30pm – 2:45pm
Inverness Suite

MPG: Meet The Producers

Times: 1:30pm – 2:45pm
Venue: Inverness Suite
Speakers: Mick Glossop - moderator (MPG), Giles Perring (Producer), Simon Gogerly (Mix Engineer
), Tony Doogan (Producer
), Roddy Hart (Musician )


This session will bring together a diverse selection of award-winning producers to attempt to blow away some of the myths, introduce a greater understanding of what producers actually do, and look at the valuable role they play in contemporary music production. There will be a particular focus on how artists across levels of experience can develop more creative relationships with producers.

Mick Glossop, Music Producers Guild (Moderator)

Mick Glossop

Mick Glossop is director of the Music Producers Guild (MPG), which represents the interests of record producers, recording engineers, mixers and anyone involved in the production of recorded music. He has been producing, engineering and mixing for over 30 years. Initially known for recording and producing new wave and punk bands such as Magazine, Public Image Ltd, The Skids and Penetration, he had success collaborating with many other artists, including The Waterboys, Frank Zappa, Ian Gillan, John Lee Hooker and Lloyd Cole. He has a 25 year history with Van Morrison and spent most of 2004, 2005 & 2006 extensively mixing Van's archive material.

Giles Perring, Producer

Giles Perring

Giles Perring has a studio on the Isle of Jura where he produces recordings. A musician [and music educator] for over three decades, with a successful production music catalogue to his name, he actively looks to work across a wide range of musical forms. After producing the recordings of his own diverse musical projects, he began to emerge as a producer of other artists in the early noughties. He has worked most recently with singer songwriters such as Karl Culley and Ginny Clee, as well as punk/folk band Brigada Mercy. He has been acclaimed for his work in the World Music arena with the Tuvan band Yat Kha.

Simon Gogerly, Mix Engineer

Simon Gogerly

Simon is one of the UK’s leading mix engineers. Over a career spanning 25 years he’s worked with some of the world’s top selling recording artists. In 2006, he was awarded a Grammy for his work on the U2 album ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’. Starting out as a musician, Simon played with several London bands before playing keyboards on tour with electropop band Dead Or Alive. He then landed a job at Mayfair Studios where he engineered hundreds of sessions and progressed to mixing hits including, ‘Altogether Now’, by The Farm and ,’Missing You’, by Soul II Soul.  At the end of the 90s Simon teamed up with Nellee Hooper and their on-going relationship has included work with No Doubt & Gwen Stefani, U2, Massive Attack and Paloma Faith.

Tony Doogan. Producer

Tony Doogan

Tony Doogan has been honing his production and engineering skills since 1990, mostly working in Glasgow. He has worked with some of the most influential Scottish artists of recent years including Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai, The Delgados, Teenage Fanclub and The Reindeer Section. In a diverse career, he has also worked with Super Furry Animals, Dirty Pretty Things and collaborated with David Byrne on the soundtrack for the film, Young Adam. He also collaborated with Mogwai on the film soundtracks to Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain and Douglas Gordon’s documentary, Zidane.

Roddy Hart, Musician

Roddy Hart

Roddy Hart is frontman of Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire. The band’s recently released debut album was produced by Danton Supple (Coldplay, Morrissey). As well as having his own show on BBC Radio Scotland, Roddy was responsible for curating Forever Young: A 70th Birthday Tribute To Bob Dylan for Celtic Connections 2011 featuring artists such as Rosanne Cash, Thea Gilmore, and Josh Rouse and broadcast by BBC Radio 2 and Sky Arts. For Celtic Connections 2013, he curated The Roaming Roots Revue, which included Beth Orton, The Low Anthem and LAU. Hart has performed for the Queen at the Scottish Parliament, toured internationally, and played with major artists such as Wilco, Kris Kristofferson, Ray LaMontagne, John Prine, Ray Davies and Jeff Beck.

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1:30pm – 2:45pm
The Townhouse

Meet The International Film Festivals

Times: 1:30pm – 2:45pm
Venue: The Townhouse
Speakers: Gail Hackston (Moderator), James Mullighan (Cork International Film Festival), Diane Henderson (Edinburgh International Film Festival), Fanny Corcelle (Silhouette Film Festival), Kate Metcalfe (Sundance Film Festival)

How many films get submitted to film festivals?  Who chooses which films get programmed?  What gives a festival its identity and what do those in charge look for when selecting new films?  Find the answer to all these questions and get some serious insight into how you can get your film into a film festival in this stellar panel session featuring some of the most renowned and interesting film festivals in Europe.  Come and hear from programmers from Silhouette Film Festival in Paris, Leipzig Documentary Film Festival, Cork International Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival and the London office of the Sundance Film Festival.

Gail Hackston, Producer (Moderator)

Gail Hackston

Gail produced the world record breaking crowdsourced feature film “50 Kisses” with the London Screenwriters Festival and is prepping with the team for the next Create 50 Challenge. A writer/director herself, her most recent short film “Cancer Hair” is being shown at film festivals around the world.

James Mullighan. Creative Director, Cork International Film Festival

James Mullighan

James Mullighan has been Creative Director of Cork International Film Festival since May 2013. He is also Contributing Editor for VODO, Cinovate and Rich Pickings, and producer of Marketing and Distribution for the Sleep Paralysis Project. Most recently he was Chief Executive Officer of Transmedia Next, and in 2011, he directed the 65th Edinburgh International Film Festival. The Australian was also Creative Director of Shooting People and the producer of RESFEST’s UK, Irish and Australian tours. James serves on the Boards of Encounters Short Film and Animation, Sheffield DocFest and the London Short Film festivals.

Diane Henderson, Deputy Artistic Director, Edinburgh International Film Festival

Diane Henderson

Diane is Deputy Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival. She has worked in cinema exhibition in the UK since the late 1980s. A graduate of photography from Edinburgh's Napier University, she first became involved in cinema through various front-of-house and cinema marketing roles at The Edinburgh Filmhouse. In 1992 she took up a post at Edinburgh College of Art and, as curator of the its year-round exhibition programme, she worked with a wide range of artists from the UK and beyond. She worked as general manager of Edinburgh's Cameo Cinema from 2000-2004. She is a voting member of BAFTA UK and has served on the juries of various international film festivals.

Kate Metcalfe, Shorts Programmer, Sundance Film Festival

Kate Metcalfe

Based between the UK and the US, Katie has been a Shorts Programmer for Sundance Film Festival since 2010. She first cut her short film teeth working with Future Shorts and went on to help launch Secret Cinema, producing live cinematic events worldwide. She also worked with immersive theatre company Punchdrunk on their US launch and more recently she helped Vimeo produce and program their NY-based Festival & Awards.

Fanny Corcelle, Silhouette Film Festival

Fanny Corcelle

Fanny Corcelle is responsible for programming the Silhouette Short Film Festival in Paris. She has worked as a co-ordinator for other festivals, specialising mainly in documentary. She also works in the field of image education and is co-directing a feature documentary, currently in development.

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3:00pm – 4:15pm
Inverness Suite

MPA: Getting To Grips With Publishing

Times: 3:00pm – 4:15pm
Venue: Inverness Suite
Speakers: Allan McGowan, moderator (Editor, VIP News, Wintrup Songs)
, Steve Farris (Polar Patrol Publishing), Kirsty Geoghegan (Airstate/ Valentine Music), Joe McAlinden (Songwriter/ Composer)
, Simon Pursehouse (Sentric Music)

In 2012, the music publishing business in the UK generated around £900m in revenues, not far behind total recorded music revenues. Songs have to come first. This panel will explore the role of the music publisher in creating, protecting and promoting musical works and in developing the careers of songwriters and composers. Where does the money come from? What are the different types of publishing deals? What does a publisher actually do? Our varied panel of publishers represent a variety of companies, while Argyll-based singer/songwriter Joe McAlinden offers up an artist’s perspective.

Allan McGowan, Editor, VIP News, Wintrup Songs

Allan McGowan

Allan McGowan has 30 years experience in the advertising, music and entertainment industries. He has worked in record retail, as a concert promoter, artist manager and booking agent for companies including Chrysalis and Virgin. He is currently news editor for Vip News, an on-line data and news service for the live music industry.

Steve Farris, Managing Director, Polar Patrol Publishing

Steve Farris

Steve Farris is managing director of Polar Patrol Publishing, set up by members of Snow Patrol. He progressed from doing lights for The Levellers while he was still in his teens, to becoming A&R assistant at EMI then A&R manager at Sony/ATV. Steve signed Snow Patrol and Belle & Sebastian to their first publishing deals.

Kirsty Geoghegan, Airstate/ Valentine Music

Kirsty Geoghegan

Kirsty has been working for independent music publishers, Airstate and Valentine, since 2011. As music publishing manager, she oversees the smooth-running of the its daily business operations. Airstate offers a royalty collection service while marketing catalogues. They specialise in maximising performing right royalties for music used within broadcast media. Media music publishing clients include top music production houses; Adelphoi, Finger, Siren, Hear No Evil and Soviet Science. Sister catalogue, Valentine Music, is a British music publishing institution. Founded in 1972, it spans three decades of musical history and covers jazz to bluegrass to orchestral to soul. Luminaries include; Dave Brubeck, Jimmy Smith and The Ventures.

Joe McAlinden, Songwriter/Composer

Joe McAlinden

Joe McAlinden is a classically trained singer-songwriter who writes and records music from a studio in Argyll. He recently released a new Edwyn Collins-produced solo album, Bleached Highlights, on AED Records. His band, Superstar, were signed to Creation Records in 1992 by Alan McGee and released seven albums in eight years. He has played/written/collaborated with Rod Stewart, Teenage Fanclub, Big Star/Alex Chilton, Eugene Kelly (The Vaselines), The Boy Hairdressers, NOM, BMX Bandits, Matthew Sweet, artists Jim Lambie and Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, novelist Alan Warner, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, Brianna Corrigan (The Beautiful South). He has also written for Channel Five, Disney ABC, Sky One, Sky Sports, Sky HD and Vodafone.

Simon Pursehouse, Director Of Music Services, Sentric Music

Simon Pursehouse

Simon Pursehouse is director of music services at independent music publisher, Sentric Music, where he drives the sync side of the business overseeing music being placed in TV, movies and adverts worldwide. Sentric’s catalogue is currently featured on a daily basis on shows such as Hollyoaks, Skins and Made In Chelsea.

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3:00pm – 4:15pm
The Townhouse

Meet The Publishers: Saraband & Freight Books

Times: 3:00pm – 4:15pm
Venue: The Townhouse
Speakers: Sarah Hunt (Saraband) , Adrian Searle (Freight Design)

Independent publishing houses, Saraband and Freight Books, have had a major impact on Scotland's publishing scene with lists reflecting creative vision, high quality production and bravery in a constantly changing and challenging market. In fostering unique platforms for Scotland's new writing and writers, they have provided a rich seam of quality writing. In this session, Sara Hunt of Saraband, and Adrian Searle of Freight, will introduce the work of their publishing houses and examine opportunities and challenges facing independents in the current market.

Sara Hunt, Founder & Director, Saraband

Sara Hunt

Sara Hunt is founder and director of award-winning Glasgow-based publisher, Saraband. She worked in publishing in London and New York before founding Saraband in 1994. Saraband has extensive international experience, an increasingly Scottish focus, and a growing portfolio of innovative digital projects. The list focuses on literary fiction, memoir and narrative non-fiction, particularly in nature and sustainability. Sister imprint Contraband is dedicated to crime, mystery and thrillers. Digital projects include acclaimed Burns Night app, and new Scottish books discovery tool, Bookspotting.

Adrian Searle, Founding Director, Freight Design

Adrian Searle

Adrian Searle is a founding director of Freight Design, publisher at Freight Books and founding co-editor of Gutter, Scotland’s leading literary magazine. He has edited a number of anthologies of new writing including The Hope That Kills Us: An Anthology of Scottish Football Fiction (Freight, 2002) and The Knuckle End: A Meaty Collection of New Scottish Writing (Freight, 2004). He co-authored 101 Uses of a Dead Kindle (Freight, 2012) with artist Judith Hastie, a BA top five Christmas Book of the Year 2012 and winner of two Scottish Design Awards 2013. He is currently working on Look Up Edinburgh, to be published October 2014, as well as writing a novel.

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4:30pm – 5:45pm
The Townhouse

SGN: Gaming Masterclass

Times: 4:30pm – 5:45pm
Venue: The Townhouse
Speakers: Gary Penn, Christopher Brookmyre

Video games are awesome. They're flat out amazing. They can build whole new universes. They can connect millions of players. They offer experiences which film and television can't even imagine. Yet for many people video games are just 'toys' - for kids - with nothing to say to proper grown-up artists.  We've got two people who disagree. Gary Penn is a designer, developer and official games media legend. He's worked on hundreds of games (including Grand Theft Auto). Christopher Brookmyre is an author and gamer. His novel, Bedlam is set inside video games (and is being turned into a game itself).  Video games are changing the world. Come and find out how...

Gary Penn, Games Design & Development

Gary Penn

Gary is a games industry veteran of some 30 years who's enjoyed success in a variety of roles: an accomplished writer, editor, consultant, voice actor and designer in a breadth of capacities focussed on magazines and games. He's been a stimulating columnist for the likes of PC Gamer and Edge, a producer for Konami and BMG and, more recently, a creative force for good on original works such as GTA, Crackdown, Denki Blocks! and the BAFTA award-winning Quarrel. He's an officially recognised Games Media Legend and all round good egg who just wants the world to be a more playful place in every possible way.

Christopher Brookmyre, Author

Christopher Brookmyre

Christopher Brookmyre is the author of seventeen novels, including the Jack Parlabane series and the Jasmine Sharp trilogy, as well as the gamer-as-unlikely-hero epic A Big Boy Did It And Ran Away. His recent SF novel Bedlam is being developed as an FPS and will be released this autumn.

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4:30pm – 5:15pm
Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel

Music Week Keynote Interview

Times: 4:30pm – 5:15pm
Venue: Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel
Speakers: Rob Hallett

Rob Hallett

Rob Hallett

Rob Hallett exited his post as president of international touring at AEG Live at the beginning of May after 10 years at the company. Across this time he oversaw some of the biggest and most successful tours and events of the last decade.
 
With Hallett being one of the top executives in the global live industry and a key figure in the music business more generally, there’s a keen sense of intrigue surrounding his next move. He’s already teased a brand new venture with a much broader scope, combining his early artist management experience with his live expertise and more.
 
Music Week Deputy Editor Tom Pakinkis will sit down with Hallett at this exciting point in his career to look back over his time in the industry, get his perspective on the modern music business and uncover more about his plans for the future.

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5:00pm – 6:00pm
Caledonian Suite

CARE - Cast & Crew Screening

Times: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: Caledonian Suite
Speakers: Tristan MG Aitchison, Neil Rolland, Paul Terry, Paul Dunkley

CARE

Deep in the remote Scottish Highlands sits an abandoned and dilapidated nursing home, seemingly long forgotten; it lies deteriorating. Amidst the damp and dust an elderly and confused woman, Doreen, sits in what once was the day room. Doreen is seeking a way out of this nightmare but through every door is not an exit but memories of humiliation, abuse and a sense that she might not be as alone as she seems. Care is a short psychological chiller which at its core is about the fear of what will happen to you when you no longer have the ability to care for yourself, because we all get old... but who will look after you?

Writer/Director/Producer Tristan Aitchison hails from Muir of Ord and has brought together a professional team from across the UK  It features H&I talent Maureen Pringle and was edited by Catherine Weir, who has  developed her editing skills to broadcast level.

Paul Dunkley, Paul Terry and Neil Rolland will be available after the screening to answer questions on the creative process and what the learning curves have been along with Tristan.

Tristan MG Aitchison, Director

Tristan MG Aitchison

Tristan Mg Aitchison : Tristan MG Aitchison is an eternal student of Storytelling at the University of Spinning Yarns (formerly Telling Tales Polytechnic). He writes. He makes films. He takes photos. Tristan’s first ever screenplay was shortlisted for the John Brabourne Big 5 Comedy Award in 2011 and since then he has worked developing  scripts with BAFTA winning director Marcus DF White.  Last year Tristan spent 4 months in Kenya filming a feature documentary about the intersex and transgender community of Nairobi. This is currently in post production.

Paul Terry, Composer

Paul Terry

Paul Terry is a writer of music and books. His film scores include Tristan MG Aitchison's chiller 'Care' (2014) and Caroline Harvey's Felicity Jones and Christopher Eccleston starring drama 'Emily' (2013). His solo records (under the moniker Cellarscape) include the acclaimed new album 'The Act Of Letting Go' (2014). He also co-authored (with Tara Bennett) the official 'LOST Encyclopedia' and 'Fringe: September’s Notebook' for the hit Bad Robot TV shows.

Paul Dunkley, Titles Designer

Paul Dunkley

Paul Dunkley is creative director, motion designer and founder of LÉON studio. He has a passion for creating title sequences for short and feature length films as well as television. He thrives on working in the independent film community, sharing ideas and collaborating with talented, like-minded filmmakers. Paul loves film and named his studio after one of his favourites.

Neil Rolland, Write-Shoot-Cut

Neil Rolland

Neil is an Edinburgh based screenwriter and filmmaker who is currently in post-production on his debut feature film Take It Back and Start All Over. Neil created Write Shoot Cut, which is a platform dedicated to celebrating and showcasing independent and undiscovered filmmaking talent from across the world online and at regular events in Edinburgh.

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6:00pm – 8:00pm
The Ironworks

HIE Opening Party With Fashion Show

Times: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: The Ironworks
Speakers: N/A

HIE

This exciting event brings together all our disciplines.  Scotland Re:Designed is presenting our Runway Show, featuring some of the best new designers from the Highlands and Islands as well as some other creative surprises.

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8:00pm – 12:30am
Various Venues

Music Showcasing

Times: 8:00pm – 12:30am
Venue: Various Venues
Speakers: Various

Around 60 acts have been selected to play in goNORTH’s eagerly awaited showcase event which takes place at venues throughout Inverness. This years full music showcasing schedule is available for view here.  All the venues are within close walking distance, which makes this festival showcase really accessible to our visiting music lovers.

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8:00pm – 9:30pm
Caledonian Suite

Feature Film Screening - 50 Kisses

Times: 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Venue: Caledonian Suite
Speakers: Simon McCay, Gail Hackston

50 Kisses

50 Kisses is a ground breaking project that brought together new talent in a global collaboration with the sole aim of creating an extraordinary feature film. In the summer of 2012 the London Screenwriters Festival issued a challenge to the writing community – create script that filmmakers will work with you to produce. The best 50 of those films was then woven together to create a feature length film.

Fifty Kisses is a crowd created feature film with multiple stories connected by one thing – a Valentines kiss. Irreverent, charming, ridiculous, moving and at times wonderfully profound, 50 Kisses features everything from love struck zombies, androids and teddy bears to fatigue fighting lesbians! 50 Kisses is the world's first crowd generated feature film; a multi-cultural and global reflection of pop culture’s vision of love in the 21st century.

Gail Hackston, Producer and Simon McCay Producer and Star of Close Encounters, one of the shorts, will be on had to answer your questions about the difficulties in bringing together 2 years work, 1870 scripts, 127 films, untold man-hours and one vision.  An unenviable task!

Please RSVP if you are planning to attend.

Simon McCay, Producer

Simon McCay

Simon McCay is a Director and co-founder of Burning Horseshoe Productions Ltd. An Honours graduate in English and History, Simon has been an actor since 2008 appearing in several stage productions including Macbeth, Breaking the Code and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. Simon started acting for film in 2010. He has appeared in a number of short films, TV pilots and two feature films. Simon's interest in filmmaking started with 'Close Encounters' which he produced in 2012 for the 50 Kisses film competition. It was only through the help and dedication of the rest of the Burning Horseshoe team that this film was made. Both 'Close Encounters' and 'I.F.' were accepted into the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and Simon was delighted to attend the festival in 2013. In February of this year Simon and the rest of the team were delighted to find that Close Encounters had made the final edit of the Feature 50 Kisses and are very proud to help bring the Film's Scottish premiere to goNORTH.

Gail Hackston, Producer

Gail Hackston

Gail produced the world record breaking crowdsourced feature film “50 Kisses” with the London Screenwriters Festival and is prepping with the team for the next Create 50 Challenge. A writer/director herself, her most recent short film “Cancer Hair” is being shown at film festivals around the world.

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Day 2 Thursday 5th June 2014

10:00am – 4:00pm
Mercure Arts Bar

Radio goNORTH

Times: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: Mercure Arts Bar
Speakers: Richard Melvin, Scott Shaw, Sean Kerwin, Al Lorraine, Julia Sutherland

Radio goNORTH will take to the airwaves for a third year during our annual creative gathering in June bringing the audience interviews, chat and acoustic sessions with the bands showcasing. Twelve trainees will benefit of industry professionals in the shape of our long-term collaborators, Dabster Productions, who will guide them through the radio production process from start to end.  Check out our archive to find out how the trainees did last year and visit our dedicated Radio goNORTH website for even more content from last year.

Listen to Radio goNORTH QR Code

To listen from 3rd - 5th June you can scan the QR code seen here or on the festival leaflet or brochure.  Alternatively go onto the Radio goNORTH website to listen live online.

Richard Melvin, Director, Dabster Productions

Richard Melvin

Richard Melvin is the Director of Dabster Productions and leads from the front at work and play. Now eight years as an independent, the challenges are just as tough but on an ever increasing scale. Delivering training with an inspirational rather than aspirational mindset is at the core of Richard’s and therefore Dabster’s heart.

Scott Shaw, Radio Producer

Scott Shaw

Scott Shaw has a lifetime’s experience of working in the commercial and public sectors of the radio industry; imparting that information to the next generation is the thing that gives Scott his biggest buzz. Just as happy behind the microphone or in front of a classroom, Scott looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for radio with as many as he can.

Sean Kerwin, Sound Engineer

Sean Kerwin

Sean Kerwin is an audio ninja, he has been producing music for over 15 years and specialises in electronica for a range of outlets including commercial release, broadcasting and new media. For Dabster, he’s a production master, a recording specialist and our most experienced trainer, currently at Perth, Abertay and Glasgow Kelvin College.

Al Lorraine, Radio Producer

Al Lorraine

Al Lorraine is a producer and the Training Course Manager at Dabster. He has delivered structured mentorship to through the chaos of the Edinburgh Festival to produce world class programming, he has designed training courses for arts funding bodies and support networks and produced pioneering pubic engagement sessions for Stirling University’s social policy research centre amongst others.

Julia Sutherland, Producer

Julia Sutherland

Julia Sutherland is a producer, performer and presenter who worked for over 10 years at BBC Scotland. Now at Dabster she continues to pioneer new ground in radio production and our training projects. Julia is currently working on two broadcast projects for BBC Radio Scotland as well as presenting and writing for both television and radio.

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10:00am – 10:30am
Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel

Public Sector Briefing

Times: 10:00am – 10:30am
Venue: Inverness Suite, Mercure Hotel
Speakers: Iain Hamilton (HIE), Jeni Oliver (HIE)

This short briefing session is aimed at public sector staff who may be working with clients in the creative industries, or would like to develop a better understanding of the sector in 2014. The briefing offers an opportunity to find out more about specific panels during the day, advice about which sessions are likely to be most useful you in your work, or if you would like to arrange a meeting with specific speakers or delegates.

Iain Hamilton, Head of Creative Industries, HIE

Iain Hamilton

Iain is currently Head of Creative Industries with Highlands and Islands Enterprise. Prior to working on developing support programmes for the creative sector, Iain was a working musician and was one of the founders of goNORTH.

Jeni Oliver, Senior Executive, Creative Industries, HIE

Jeni Oliver

In the last 10 years Jeni worked with a broad spectrum of creative businesses and social enterprises for Highlands & Islands Enterprise. Recently seconded to Scottish Development International, Jeni’s focus is to help Scottish creative businesses internationalise.

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10:30am – 12:00pm
The Ironworks

Creating The Right Creative Business For You

Times: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Venue: The Ironworks
Speakers: Patricia van den Akker

In this practical, brainstorming workshop, Patricia van den Akker, director of The Design Trust, will take you through a series of thought-provoking questions and exercises to create the right creative business for you. What do you really want? What does success look like? What is the right business model for you? Where do you get in the way of yourself? What’s next for you, and how will you get there? 

You must book a place for this in advance.

Patricia van den Akker, Director, The Design Trust

Patricia van den Akker

Patricia van den Akker is director of The Design Trust, an online business school for designers and makers, which receives over 25,000 visitors a month. An experienced and inspiring creative business adviser, coach and trainer, Patricia is known for a practical, no-nonsense approach. She writes regularly about craft and design businesses, including The Design Doctor, in Crafts Magazine.

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10:30am – 11:45am
Inverness Suite

The Next Ten Years: Future Trends & Technologies

Times: 10:30am – 11:45am
Venue: Inverness Suite
Speakers: Neil Cartright, moderator (Million Media)
, Allie Shaw (Manic Monkee Mgmt, Spit Digital)
, Matt Riley (Head of Digital Marketing, AWAL/KOBALT)
, Paul Sims (Exhibeo Publishing)
, Kate Baker (Head of Brand Creative, Jigsaw Group)


By now we all accept digital is key to the future of entertainment. But what next? An astonishing 90% of the world's online data was created in the last two years. There are now more mobile handsets than there are people. Around 25% of all entertainment in the UK is now streamed. While this transformation happens, what are the key trends, technologies and consumer behaviour that will shape the creative industries over the next five to ten years? This panel of specialists will gaze in to the crystal ball and attempt the impossible – predicting the future!

Neil Cartright, Moderator, Million Media

Neil Cartright

Former Head of New Media at Sony Music UK, Neil is now MD of digital marketing agency Million Media where his clients have included Jamiroquai, Channel4, MIDEM, The Prodigy, Ministry Of Sound, Trinity Films, Avalon TV Productions, ITB, and The Orchard.  Named in the Courvoisier Future 500 as one of 500 people who will help shape the future of the UK.

Allie Shaw, Manic Monkee MGMT

Allison Shaw

Allison Shaw currently heads up Brand Development for Public Enemy and Digital Distribution company Spit Digital, which is owned by Chuck D. She moved into this role after working as an online writer for MTV and VH1, and owning her own award-winning International Music Magazine. Allison is Founder and CEO of Manic Monkee MGMT, offering consultancy and marketing solutions for a range of digital platforms, artists, producers and brands. She is also CMO for innovative music licensing platform, Hollywood Elite Composers.

Matt Riley, Head of Digital Marketing, AWAL/KOBALT

Matt Riley

Matt Riley is head of digital marketing at AWAL/Kobalt Label Services. He was a DJ and promoter, before joining London-based electronic label Hospital Records. He worked on licenses and brand partnerships with the likes of Sony Playstation, Microsoft Xbox, Samsung, EA Games, Disney, BBC and Channel 4 while overseeing all promotional output on the web. Artists he worked with included; Netsky, Camo & Krooked, High Contrast and Fred V & Grafix. The label won three BT digital music awards and became the first UK record label to stream live on YouTube, broadcasting, Hospitality at Brixton Academy, in April 2011. This year, Matt joined AWAL/Kobalt Label Services, working on artist campaigns for the likes of Todd Terje, Lissie, SOAK, Matthew & The Atlas and Jasmine Thompson.

Paul Sims, Exhibeo Publishing

Paul Sims

Paul has been licensing digital music since its inception. Introducing Universal and Warner Music to ringtones, he went on to take up Executive Director roles at Webtv and DX3 and also negotiated the first unlimited MP3 download service for DATZ. For the last six years Paul has headed up the music and licensing element of the world’s largest crowd sourced agency MOFILM whose clients include Coca Cola, Diageo, Chevrolet and Playstation.

Kate Baker, Head of Brand Creative, Jigsaw Group

Kate is a Creative Brand Manager and Designer with over 20 years experience spanning fashion, interiors and media. She is also a trained fashion designer and trend forecaster and is currently Head of Brand Creative at Jigsaw Group. Kate’s previoys experience includes Founder-member and Head of Trends at WGSN.com, the world’s first online Trend Forecasting service (acquired by EMap), where clients included; Louis Vuitton, L’Oreal, Selfridges, John Lewis, Zara, Levi’s, BMW, MTV and The BBC. She also launched Big Sky London, a high-end film and photographic studio working on interiors, fashion shoots and events such as the Elle Fashion Awards.

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10:30am – 11:45am
The Townhouse

SDI: Meet The Nordic Documenary Makers

Times: 10:30am – 11:45am
Venue: The Townhouse
Speakers: Ben Kempas (Moderator), Christian Falch, Inge Sorensen, Beatrix Wood, Barbara Orton, Riina Spørring Zachariassen

The campaign for an independent Scotland is suggesting forming an independent state with its Nordic neighbours. What about starting with documentary? Scandinavian countries have a long tradition of loving and nurturing the documentary form. They have an incredibly dynamic production system and their documentaries are festival favourites. What is their secret and, more to the point, how can we work together? Join us to discuss cooperation and co-production!

Ben Kempas. Moderator

Ben Kampas

With 15 years of experience as award-winning documentary filmmaker and cinematographer working out of Munich, Ben joined the Scottish Documentary Institute in Edinburgh in 2011. As Producer of Marketing and Distribution, he connects filmmakers and audiences in innovative ways – developing campaigning strategies, online communications, distribution technology, and fundraising tools.

Christian Falch, Producer

Christian Falch

Christian Falch has produced six documentaries, including Two Raging Grannies and The Exorcist in the 21st Century. The latter was nominated for awards in Europe and the US. In 2013/14, he received slate funding from NRK and The Norwegian Film Institute and co-produced “The Donald Duck Principle” for Avanti Media in Berlin.

Inge Sorenson

Inge Sorensen

Inge Ejbye Sørensen is the producer of the feature film Timelock and has worked for a decade as an award-winning Producer of documentaries and factual programmes for Channel 4, BBC Scotland and STV. Inge is a Research Fellow in Digital Economy and Culture at CCPR at University of Glasgow.

Beatrix Wood

Beatrix Wood

Beatrix A. Wood, Trix Pix Ltd, has 20 years co-production and screenwriting experience with the Nordic territories.  She has worked on award-winning feature, documentary and multi-media films, including Emergency Call, The Commissioner, In The Shadow Of Doubt, Game Over, The Real McCoy, Brothers of the Forest and Boy Hero 001

Barbara Orton

Barbara Orton

Barbara Orton is an award winning Independent Producer, and founder of the Glasgow based ‘True TV and Film’ (1994). She makes factual and documentary films for the UK and International markets. Recent Credits include: Producing a 2 part series on popular dancing for BBC 1 Sunday night prime time – ‘Bruce Goes Dancing’ with UK TV star Bruce Forsyth, co-producing a series of 5 x 43 mins with Germany's Lichtblick Film for ZDF/Arte ‘Gardens of Delight’, (2012).

Riina Spørring Zachariassen

Riina Sporring Zachariassen

Trained as a lawyer, Riina has worked with CPH:DOX as Head of Industry. In 2012 she joined Vibeke Windelov as a freelance producer. Alongside her work with Vibeke Windelov at Windelov/Lassen, she joined one of Denmark's biggest production houses Fridthjof Film (who produced the EMMY-winning doc ‘Armadillo’) in 2013, where she is finishing 5 international feature documentaries shooting in Denmark, India, Syria, Egypt.

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11:00am – 5:00pm
Caledonian Suite

Film Showcasing

Times: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Caledonian Suite
Speakers: Various

Our open call this year has been its most successful to date with submissions coming from across the globe. Check out bite-sized chunks of the vast wealth of film-making talent at home and abroad. The full film showcasing schedule can be found here.

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11:00am – 5:00pm
Mercure Hotel Lower Foyer

Trade Market

Times: 11:00am – 5:00pm
Venue: Mercure Hotel Lower Foyer
Speakers: N/A

BPI


BPI represents the UK’s recorded music industry, which is one of the most exciting and thriving music sectors in the world. British artists account for one in eight albums purchased by fans around the globe. As a trade body, we champion the interests of our membership which includes more than 300 independent music companies and the UK’s major record companies – Universal Music, Sony Music, and Warner Music. Together, BPI’s members account for 85% of all music sold in the UK. BPI organises the BRIT Awards show and the Classic BRIT Awards show.

Music Publishers Association (MPA)


The Music Publishers Association (MPA) exists to safeguard and promote the interests of music publishers and the writers signed to them; represent these interests to government, the music industry, the media and the public; provide publishers with a forum, a collective voice and a wide range of benefits, services and training courses; promote an understanding of the value of music and the importance of copyright; and provide information and guidance to members of the public. The MPA currently has around 260 members, representing nearly 4000 catalogues, covering every genre of music.

The Music Producers Guild (MPG) (UK)

The MPG promotes and represents  individuals in the music production and recording professions. It is a professional organisation that embodies collective and individual creative contributions to the production and recording of all genres of music and media related activities. Conceived and supported by producers and engineers who are passionate about all aspects of creating and recording music, it provides a community to share collective experiences and collaborate with other like-minded people. Membership is open to all producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers, sound designers, mastering engineers, students, enthusiasts – everyone who shares our delight in and dedication to the creation of music and audio.

Bureauexport


Bureauexport
 is a French non-for- profit organisation and network created in 1993 to support and advise the French music scene. We help French and international music professionals work together to develop French-produced music around the world. The Institut français is in charge of implementing France’s cultural action abroad and helps promotes French influence abroad through greater dialogue with foreign cultures, while responding to the needs of France via a policy of listening, partnership and openness to other cultures.

EmuBands


Emubands

EmuBands is a digital music distribution service founded in 2005. EmuBands provides a simple but powerful digital music distribution service for artists, and record labels, to sell music online through iTunes, Spotify, Amazon.com, MP3 and many more of the world's digital music services. In a non-exclusive deal, artists and labels earn 100% of the royalties generated from sales, and maintain full ownership and control of their rights, and with a simple one-off pricing model, there are no annual fees.

Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA)


SMIA

The SMIA was incorporated in 2008 to foster, promote and serve the best interests of Scotland’s music industry.

Honeycomb - Creative Works

Honeycomb Creative Works

In order to support the growing digital content sector within the wider creative industries, Honeycomb - Creative Works has been developed. It is a £3.58 million cross-border/cross-regional programme that is setting up a digital hive across the INTERREG IVA region of the six border counties of Ireland, Northern Ireland (except greater Belfast) and Western Scotland. Honeycomb is freely available to companies and freelancers who are involved in the production of creative content for animation, film and broadcasting, game design, interactive online media and music technology.  Honeycomb provides access to an exciting programme that will build new skills and knowledge and spark new connections and business opportunities both within and between the regions.

Screen Facilities Scotland

Screen Facilities Scotland

Transmit Start Ups

Transmit start ups

Keep It Under Your Hat

The Touring Network

 

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12:00pm – 1:15pm
Inverness Suite

The Pathway To Successful Music Placement Across Visual Media

Times: 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Venue: Inverness Suite
Speakers: Mark Gordon, moderator (Score Draw Music), Rob Schustack (Sr. Creative Director, Primary Wave)
, Mark Allen (ThinkSync Music), Jim Brackpool (Head of Music, BT Sport)
, Simon Pursehouse (Sentric Music)


With the contraction of revenue streams in the traditional music industry, music placement continues to be a key area for artists looking for secondary uses for their material. This session will look at how this aspect of the industry works and offer an in-depth examination of music placement in television, film, advertising and gaming.

Mark Gordon, Founder, Score Draw Music

Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon founded Score Draw Music in 2004 to deliver bespoke music for the moving image. The company delivers incidental and title music for television projects from drama to pre-school. Score Draw has worked on projects for AMC, The Discovery Channel, Fox and the History Channel. They delivered bespoke music brands, including Adidas, Reebok, Lidl and Skoda. Projects include providing titles and incidental music to accompany a 39-part children’s television show. Mark has worked with global broadcasters including; Disney Junior Latin America, ABC Australia, Canal + France, and BBC Kids in Canada. He is scoring a 52-part series for Nickelodeon to be distributed globally by the Jim Henson Company.

Rob Schustack, Creative Director, Primary Wave

Rob Schustack

Rob Schustack is senior creative director of advertising & video games with Primary Wave, one of the largest independent music marketing, talent management and music publishing companies in the US. He has over 15 years of music industry experience, most recently at The Orchard, where he was director of film/TV & advertising, in charge of sync and creative licensing for the company's catalogue. Some of the brands and bands he's worked with include Honda, Google, Target, Coke, Verizon, Miller Lite, Crayola, Match.com, MLB, Grand Theft Auto, Wu Tang Clan, RJD2, The Black Angels, The Raveonettes, Boyz II Men, Lonestar and Black Flag among others. A musician and avid music fan, he played in bands and worked as a runner for local punk clubs, before moving into A&R at Atlantic Records. He then start up a successful music production company. Rob still plays and produces music at every opportunity.

Mark Allen, ThinkSync Music

Mark Allen

Mark is Creative Director at ThinkSync Music, an independent music licensing, music supervision and placement service for Films, Games, TV, Advertisements, Virals and Instore Playlists. ThinkSync Music was formed over nine years ago and has grown into one of the most active placement and licensing companies in London with a global outreach. Label representation partners include Ghostly International, Luaka Bop, Houndstooth (Fabric), Alter-K, Partisan Records and more. ThinkSync also offers a complete music supervision service for film, TV and trailers. Working alongside Connie Farr, the in-house music supervisor, recent film projects include Working Title's The Borrowers, this year’s SXSW Grand Jury winner Gimme The Loot and Film 4's Dreams of a Life. Trailer supervision projects include 47 Ronin and Oblivion.

Jim Brackpool, Head of Music, BT Sport

Jim Brackpool

JIm tried and failed to be a pop star. He made his way through PR, promotions, management and finally into synch and licensing. He joined BT Sport in May 2013 as head of music, where his team provide licensing, reporting and creative support to BT Sport producers and music users across the business. BT Sport shows live Premier League Football, Premiership Rugby, top flight European football, Moto GP, WTA and much more. BT Sport has exclusive UK TV rights to UEFA Champions League and Europa League from 2015.

Simon Pursehouse, Director Of Music Services, Sentric Music

Simon Pursehouse

Simon Pursehouse is director of music services at independent music publisher, Sentric Music, where he drives the sync side of the business overseeing music being placed in TV, movies and adverts worldwide. Sentric’s catalogue is currently featured on a daily basis on shows such as Hollyoaks, Skins and Made In Chelsea.

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12:00pm – 1:15pm
The Townhouse

Co-Operatives - A Flexible Approach To Collaborative Working

Times: 12:00pm – 1:15pm
Venue: The Townhouse
Speakers: Jim Maxwell, moderator (Co-operative Development Scotland), Nathalie Agnew (Muckle Media), Sharon Fullarton (422.TV)

Some 75% of creative businesses in Scotland employ less than five people, so working collaboratively offers the opportunity to create scale for new projects, as well as access to new skills and networks. Jim Maxwell, Business Development Manager of Co-operative Development Scotland, leads a panel looking at collaborative models which still leave space for flexibility and individuality, support and funding.

Jim Maxwell (Moderator), Business Development Manager, Co-operative Development Scotland

Jim Maxwell

Jim Maxwell is Business Development Manager, Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) Jim leads CDS's client support, developing services and matching client needs with suitable advisers. He is the first point of contact for new enquiries.

Natalie Agnew, Muckle Media

Natalie Agnew

Natalie Agnew formed Muckle Media in 2012 after working for international PR company, Fleishman-Hillard and Porter Novelli. She specialises in working with brands to create marketing programmes which ensure excellent return on investment (ROI). Brands she has worked with include; Akamai, British Airways, Butlins, Campbeltown Picture House, Casio, Easynet, The Employee Relations Institute and Musical Fidelity. She is a winner of the CDS Award Scheme and gold winner of Outstanding Small Consultancy in the 2013 Scotland Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Pride Awards.

Sharon Fullarton, Director, 422.tv

Sharon Fullarton is director of 422.tv is one of the premier post-production and visual effects houses in the UK, offering a range of post production facilities in Manchester and Glasgow, supported by a substantial technical infrastructure, which provides an end to end, tapeless workflow environment. 422.tv services include on and off line editing, sound design, high end finishing and grading, CGI, visual effects plus motion graphics.

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1:30pm – 3:30pm
The Ironworks

Scotland Re:Designed In Conversation With...

Times: 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Venue: The Ironworks
Speakers: Chris Hunt, Karen Radley, Patricia Van Den Akker, Anne Ritchie

Scotland's position as a global heavyweight in the field of fashion has been strengthened by leading designers such as Holly Fulton, Christopher Kane and Jonathan Saunders, as well as textile brands such as, Harris Tweed Hebrides and Brora Cashmere. Championing and nurturing fashion and textile talent is the main objective of Scotland Re:Designed. It offers support and the opportunity to showcase work to new audiences. Clients have included; Bebaroque, Common People, ESK Cashmere and William Chambers Millinery. Panelists Chris Hunt, Karen Radley, Patricia Van Den Akker and Anne Ritchie discuss how Highlands and Islands designers can grow in a notoriously competitive industry.

Chris Hunt, Scotland Re:Designed

Chris Hunt

Chris Hunt worked in London in luxury goods and high street fashion PR before moving to Glasgow where he established Scotland’s first design collective, Scotland Re:Designed. He works behind the scenes across the Scottish design sector from interiors to fashion as mentor and curator. He also runs Genuine PR, an international PR & events agency.

Karen Radley, Founder, Scoop International

Karen Radley

Karen Radley is  founder of premium womenswear collection, Scoop International, began her career with family firm, Radley. She moved from international selling, to manufacturing and into a design role before managing Quorum, whose stable of designers included Celia Birtwell, Betty Jackson and Ossie Clark. Karen played a leading role in staging an exhibition of the work of Ossie Clark at London’s V&A museum.

Patricia van den Akker, Director, The Design Trust

Patricia van den Akker

Patricia van den Akker is director of The Design Trust, an online business school for designers and makers, which receives over 25,000 visitors a month. An experienced and inspiring creative business adviser, coach and trainer, Patricia is known for a practical, no-nonsense approach. She writes regularly about craft and design businesses, including The Design Doctor, in Crafts Magazine. 

Anne Ritchie, Anne Ritchie Consultancy Ltd

Anne Ritchie

Anne has been giving trends presentations for some 20 years and through extensive travel is able to bring an international dimension to colour, fashion and interior trends.  Anne also organises, on behalf of HIE and SDI, Learning Journeys for Scottish designers to key international trade shows and retail stores in major cities including London and Paris.

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1:30pm – 2:45pm
Inverness Suite

Global Radio: Reaching Millions Via The World's Communicator Of Sound

Times: 1:30pm – 2:45pm
Venue: Inverness Suite
Speakers: Sat Bisla, moderator (A&R Worldwide, MUSEXPO), Ally McCrae (BBC Introducing), Wilbert Mutsaers (3FM Serious Radio, the Netherlands), Vic Galloway (BBC Radio Scotland)
, Jim Gellatly (XFM Scotland), Jeff Zycinski (BBC Scotland)

Nothing communicates music better than radio. It’s still the most powerful technology on the planet, reaching millions of music fans and consumers on a daily basis. Whether it's FM, AM, satellite, digital, online or mobile, radio transmits a more powerful dialogue for music than any other forum. This session presents a panel of radio experts who ‘act local, but think global’. These broadcasters and their radio brands influence labels, publishers, agents, promoters, brands, music supervisors, blogs and consumers – both in their markets and across global territories. This panel offers an opportunity to meet, listen, see and interact with radio experts.

Sat Bisla (Moderator), A&R Worldwide, MUSEXPO

Sat Bisla

Sat Bisla is president and founder of leading business conference MUSEXPO. His varied career has helped expose platinum-selling artists to American and worldwide audiences. He has worked as DJ, radio programmer, artist manager, and A&R scout and/or consultant for Interscope, Atlantic, Epic, Columbia, Sony, Island, Warner Bros, Nettwerk and others. After helping promote platinum-selling artists such as Dido, Keane, Faithless, Fatboy Slim, Ting Tings, Sam Sparro, Coldplay, Missy Higgins, The Temper Trap and others for the American and/or worldwide audiences, he started A&R Worldwide, an artist discovery and development platform acquired by the world’s largest radio broadcaster, Clear Channel Radio and live entertainment company Live Nation in 2001.

Ally McCrae, BBC Introducing

Ally McCrae

Ally McCrae is a radio DJ best known for presenting the BBC Introducing show on BBC Radio 1 with Jen Long. His career in the industry began at Stirling University, where he ran their student station, Air3. He previously presented BBC Introducing in Scotland. He is the co-creator of Detour Scotland, an online video blog which has developed into a key promotional outlet for new new Scottish artists.

Wilbert Mutsauers, 3FM Serious Radio, Netherlands

Wilburt Mutsauers

Wilbert Mutsauers is station manager at radio stations 3FM Serious Radio (Dutch rock/pop/alternative radio station), Radio 6 Soul & Jazz and FunX urban radio. Since 2009, Wilbert has been responsible for strategy, marketing and programming of these three public stations, associated online content and social media strategy. Wilbert has a degree in communications and has been creative and marketing director at Universal Music, Sony Music and Live Nation/Mojo Concerts. Wilbert also advises several cultural and music-based organisations such as the TAX-Videoclipfund, as well as musicians, media and advertising agencies. He is also a member of the Dutch Creative Council.

Vic Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland

Vic Galloway

Vic Galloway hosted weekly shows on BBC Radio 1 from 1999 until 2010, including BBC Introducing. He has presented his own show on BBC Radio Scotland since 2001, and has also hosted shows on BBC 6Music. An experienced presenter, he has fronted outside broadcasts from festivals such as; T in the Park, SXSW, Indian Summer, and Live 8. Vic's additional TV work also includes hosting The Music Show on BBC Two; BBC Four’s Caledonia Dreaming and Channel 4’s Transmission. In June 2012, he presented a BBC Two documentary on the South by South West Festival in Austin, Texas for the Artworks series. As a freelance journalist, he contributes to broadsheets, magazines and websites. His first book on music, Songs in the Key of Fife, about the East Neuk scene, was recently published.

Jim Gellatly, XFM Scotland

Jim Gellatly

Jim Gellatly made his debut on Moray Firth Radio in Inverness in the late 1980's, Jim has since enjoyed stints at BBC Radio Scotland, Northsound 1 and Clyde 1. He recently returned to the relaunched XFM Scotland, hosting the daily Drivetime show. He also presents a weekly showcase on Amazing Radio and writes a New Music column for the Scottish Sun.

Jeff Zycinski, Head of Radio, BBC Scotland

Jeff Zycinski

Jeff Zycinski is Head of Radio at BBC Scotland.  He commissions and schedules programming for BBC Radio Scotland and also leads the teams who pitch and produce programmes for U.K. networks such as Radio 4 and Radio 3. Jeff began his career as a news reporter in commercial radio (Capital Radio in London, MFR in Inverness, Radio Clyde in Glasgow) and joined the BBC 20 years ago as a general programme producer in Selkirk.  He also worked in television, devising and pitching entertainment formats for BBC 1 and BBC Choice (the precursor to BBC3).  He has won numerous awards for his  work in journalism, entertainment and topical programming. Jeff has a strong interest in developing new comedy talent for BBC Scotland and openly admits to spending his spare evenings in basement comedy clubs in Glasgow and Edinburgh.  Sometimes he also takes to the stage.

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1:30pm – 2:45pm
The Townhouse

Same Old Story: Characters & Storytelling

Times: 1:30pm – 2:45pm
Venue: The Townhouse
Speakers: Donald Iain Brown (Moderator) BBC Scotland, Denise Mina, Chris Dolan, R M Hubbert, Michael Redmond, Billy Boyd

Stories allow us to form values, organise meaning and interpret the world. When shared they transmit ideas and influence behaviour.  What is the secret to creating memorable characters and great storytelling? What is the difference between archetypes and stereotypes and how do you make your characters stand out? In a world full of choice for viewers everywhere they go, are great stories always able to stand out from the crowd? Come and hear some first class storytellers from different mediums share their experiences and thoughts on what makes a great character and story.

Donald-Iain Brown (Moderator), Head of Talent & Change, BBC Scotland

Donald-Iain Brown

Donald-Iain is Head of Talent & Change, BBC Scotland. He was appointed to this newly-created post in September 2005. In this strategic and senior role, he is responsible for the long-term planning and management of both production and craft staff, and for ensuring that new ways of working are adopted and embedded into the organisation. Donald-Iain has worked for BBC Scotland since 1989 in a variety of roles across TV and radio including presenter, researcher and production manager.

Denise Mina, Writer

Denise Mina

Denise Mina spent a peripatetic childhood in Glasgow, Paris, London, Invergordon, Bergen and Perth. She left school early and worked in a number of dead end jobs, all of them badly, she says, before studying at night school to get into Glasgow University Law School. Denise went on to study for a PhD at Strathclyde and misused her student grant to write her first novel Garnethill. Denise has written twelve novels, three plays, five graphic novels and regularly contributes to television and radio in the UK.

Chris Dolan, Writer

Chris Dolan

Chris is an award-winning poet, author and playwright. His first play, The Veil, premiered at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh in 1991. His other plays include Sabina! The Reader, an adaptation of the novel by Bernard Schlink and Wheesht. Chris writes regularly for radio, original plays and adaptations, and has written episodes of Taggart and River City. Chris also works as a journalist, writes short stories and is one the main tutors on the MA Television Fiction Writing at Glasgow Caledonian University.  Chris Dolan writes for stage, page, screen, and radio. His play the Pitiless Storm premiers at the Assembly Rooms this Edinburgh Festival); his 3rd novel, Potter's Field comes out in September; his next Rebus adaptation follows shortly. He has written over 100 hours of TV and radio drama, and many documentaries. He teaches creative writing at Caledonian University.

RM Hubbert

RM Hubbert

RM Hubbert is a guitarist and singer from Glasgow, Scotland.  He writes about love, death, mental illness and a dog called D bone  It's not as depressing as that last sentence might suggest.  His second album, Thirteen Lost & Found, won the Scottish Album of the Year Award in 2013.

Michael Redmond, Comedian

Michael Redmond

Not many people have been struck by lightning and lived to tell the tale. While this may not have actually happened to Michael Redmond himself, it is a fate which befell his character Father Stone in Channel 4's classic comedy, Father Ted.  Michael started his career scripting comedy for Irish radio and television. After moving to London in 1987, he established himself as a firm favourite on the comedy circuit, headlining at clubs throughout the UK. Michael has appeared on a number of other high profile TV shows, including Comedy Nation (BBC2), Friday Night Live (LWT) and Just for Laughs .

Billy Boyd, Actor/Musician

Billy Boyd

Billy Boyd is from Glasgow and a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.  He is known and loved around the world for his role as Pippin in the hugely successful Lord of the Rings trilogy of movies.  His other films include Master and Commander, On A Clear Day and Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy and his theatre work includes The Slab Boys, Macbeth and Sunshine On Leith.  Billy is also a musician and the lead singer of the acclaimed Scottish band, Beecake.

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3:00pm – 4:00pm
Inverness Suite

BPI: Content Protection In The Digital Era

Times: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: Inverness Suite
Speakers: John Hodge (Head of Internet Investigations, BPI), Simon Drake (Naim Label Group)

Are you protecting your content from digital piracy? Is your valuable pre-release content controlled and monitored? Are you maximising revenue from legitimate digital sources or is someone else monetising your content instead? Members of the BPI’s Anti-Piracy Unit give an update on the services they offer and the initiatives with which they are currently involved. They will be joined by a representative from a member label  to discuss how content protection works at a practical level. This will be a full interactive session with scope for audience in-put on the challenges they face with content protection.

John Hodge, Head of Internet Investigations, BPI

John Hodge

John Hodge is head of internet investigations at the British Recorded Music Industry’s (BPI) Anti-Piracy Unit, John manages a team of regional investigators throughout the UK as well as a dedicated in-house internet investigations team. The unit is responsible for tackling both physical and online copyright infringement.

Simon Drake, Director, Naim Label Group

Simon Drake

Simon Drake is Director of Naim Label Group, where he founded AIM Best Small Label-nominated Naim Edge Records. Naim is dedicated to brave new music and includes Naim Jazz Records, which now boasts a multi-MOBO winning, Mercury Prize-nominated roster for experimental artists. Simon was named one of 30 Under 30 rising stars in the UK government's 2012 Make It In Great Britain campaign. He also sits on the BPI Young Executive Board and is a regular guest lecturer on Bath Spa University’s Commercial Music degree course. In 2009, Naim became one of the first independent record labels in the world to sell fully uncompressed music  from their own website.

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3:00pm – 4:15pm
The Townhouse

BAFTA Presents Pitching Perfect

Times: 3:00pm – 4:15pm
Venue: The Townhouse
Speakers: Harry Bell (Tern TV), Gregor Sharp (BBC), Paul Murray (Matchlight), Ian Dunkley (Channel 4)

It's a dirty job, but we all have to do it if we want to make programmes for television.  We're talking about pitching, one of the most vital skills required to succeed in the modern competitive hothouse that is the UK television industry.  So what's the secret to successful pitching? Is it something everyone can learn? What's the best advice to any aspiring or even seasoned programme maker from those in the know? Come along and hear from some of the leading lights in British television about how to pitch, how not to pitch and why it's so important to understand the value of pitching.

Gregor Sharp, Commissioning Editor, Comedy, BBC

Gregor Sharp

Gregor Sharp is Commissioning Editor, Comedy, BBC. He has worked for the BBC and in the independent sector as a writer, producer and executive producer. He began his career as a trainee at Scottish Television and is currently commissioning editor, comedy at the BBC, where he has been executive producer on series such as; Outnumbered, Count Arthur Strong and The Trip to Italy.

Harry Bell, Creative Director, Tern Television

Harry Bell

Harry Bell is Creative Director with Tern Television. Co-owner and creative director of Scotland's leading factual TV independent, Tern TV, Harry was born and brought up on Loch Awe, Argyll. He worked on oil rigs before a move into TV. His career started in London working in formatted factual entertainment shows with Ant and Dec, Jerry Springer, Richard and Judy and Carol Vorderman. When Harry moved back to Scotland he opened Tern's Glasgow office followed shortly after by Belfast to win factual commissions. Tern credits include: Gutted (BAFTA winner), The Father The Son and The Housekeeper (Prix Italia winner), Donald Campbell: Speed King (Grierson nominee), Vinnie Jones: Russia's Toughest and John Barrowman's Pets with Problems.

Paul Murray. Creative Director, Matchlight Productions

Paul Murray

Paul Murray is the Creative Director of Matchlight Productions, focusing on features, daytime and factual entertainment programming. Prior to joining Matchlight, Paul was Head of Objective Scotland where he oversaw the production of The Secret Removers, the Banff Award winning Fresh Meat House and 50 Funniest Moments (all for Channel 4). Before joining Objective, he was Creative Director at STV productions where he created the BBC daytime hit Antiques Road Trip.  Pau started out with Ideal World/IWC, and unleashed Kirsty and Phil onto the world - producing the original pilot and first series of Location, Location, Location.

Ian Dunkley, Channel 4

Ian Dunkley

Ian has worked as both a commissioner and an executive producer across a range of factual entertainment and factual programming. He began his career as a freelance producer with  Mentorn and went on to Series Produce Eurotrash at Rapido TV for Channel 4. He previously worked as a Commissioning Editor at Channel 5 where he oversaw some of the broadcaster’s most successful returning brands including The Hotel Inspector, Cowboy Builders and The Gadget Show. Since joining Channel 4 Ian has looked after one-off documentaries Don’t Look Down and Inside Rolls Royce and returning series The Hoarder Next Door and Undercover Boss.

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4:00pm – 4:45pm
Inverness Suite

Demo Jury

Times: 4:00pm – 4:45pm
Venue: Inverness Suite
Speakers: Sat Bisla, Mark Jones, Eric McLellan, Vic Galloway

This session will offer showcasing artists a unique opportunity to get constructive feedback on their material from a range of respected industry figures.

Sat Bisla, A&R Worldwide, MUSEXPO

Sat Bisla

Sat Bisla is president and founder of leading business conference MUSEXPO. His varied career has helped expose platinum-selling artists to American and worldwide audiences. He has worked as DJ, radio programmer, artist manager, and A&R scout and/or consultant for Interscope, Atlantic, Epic, Columbia, Sony, Island, Warner Bros, Nettwerk and others. After helping promote platinum-selling artists such as Dido, Keane, Faithless, Fatboy Slim, Ting Tings, Sam Sparro, Coldplay, Missy Higgins, The Temper Trap and others for the American and/or worldwide audiences, he started A&R Worldwide, an artist discovery and development platform acquired by the world’s largest radio broadcaster, Clear Channel Radio and live entertainment company Live Nation in 2001.

Mark Jones, Founder, Wall of Sound

Mark Jones

Rock and rolled for 5 years in a Prock (Pop/Rock) band called Perfect Day. Appeared on the BBC, played Wembley, Royal Albert Hall and graced the cover of Just Seventeen, Number One and Jackie magazines. Started pressing and distributing deals for small labels and acts, helping Kruderand Dorefmeister, Basement Jaxx at Soul Trader Record Distributors. Then went into the studio and recorded the first ever single on Wall of Sound. Twenty years young and hundred sof albums and singles later, bringing the diverse roster to the world. Mark also hosts his own radio show and BBC6 Music and programmes festivals.

Eric McLellan, Sire Records/Warner brother Records

Eric McLellan

Eric began his music industry career as an intern at Universal Motown Records in 2004. He worked four four years at Sony Music in Creative Services and video production. He came to Sire in 2008 and worked his way up the A&R ranks. He is currently director of A&R at Sire Records/Warner Bros. Records and ADA. He is responsible for discovering, signing and developing artists. Eric’s CV includes A&R’ing projects for Delta Rae, Ewert & The Two Dragons, Kill It Kid, Ben Fields and Cold Fronts. His most recent signing is rapper Deniro Farrar whom he brought to Vice Records and Warner Bros. Records. Eric is A&R for: Delta Rae, Ewert & The Two Dragons, Cold Fronts.

Vic Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland

Vic Galloway

Vic Galloway hosted weekly shows on BBC Radio 1 from 1999 until 2010, including BBC Introducing. He has presented his own show on BBC Radio Scotland since 2001, and has also hosted shows on BBC 6Music. An experienced presenter, he has fronted outside broadcasts from festivals such as; T in the Park, SXSW, Indian Summer, and Live 8. Vic's additional TV work also includes hosting The Music Show on BBC Two; BBC Four’s Caledonia Dreaming and Channel 4’s Transmission. In June 2012, he presented a BBC Two documentary on the South by South West Festival in Austin, Texas for the Artworks series. As a freelance journalist, he contributes to broadsheets, magazines and websites. His first book on music, Songs in the Key of Fife, about the East Neuk scene, was recently published.

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4:30pm – 5:45pm
The Ironworks

Meet The Agent: SF, Fantasy & Horror

Times: 4:30pm – 5:45pm
Venue: The Ironworks
Speakers: John Jarrold

When it comes to finding an agent in science fiction (SF), fantasy or horror, one name is at the top of every writers’ list; John Jarrold. As editor and editorial director specialising in SF and fantasy with Orbit at Macdonald Futura (forerunner to Little Brown UK), Random House and Simon & Schuster, John published Iain Banks, Terry Brooks, David Gemmell, Arthur C Clarke and Michael Moorcock. He commissioned the Lucifer Box novels from The League of Gentlemen’s Mark Gatiss, and published bestselling thrillers by John Sandford, Lorenzo Carcaterra and Stel Pavlou. In this session, he’ll introduce the work of the John Jarrold Literary Agency, and give guidance on market trends.

John Jarrold, Literary Agent

John Jarrold

John Jarrold spent 15 years as a librarian before moving into book publishing in 1988. He set up his own agency in 2004 specialising in SF, fantasy and horror. He has around 40 clients and has turned down over 9,000 submissions to the agency, which has had over 50 books released by major publishers in the UK and US in 2013, and many others in translation across the world. The agency has clinched multi-book deals for over 20 debut novelists.

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4:30pm – 5:45pm
The Townhouse

Network Drama Masterclass

Times: 4:30pm – 5:45pm
Venue: The Townhouse
Speakers: Lizzie Gray (Sky)

British drama has arguably never been in a better place, with high quality and popular UK shows beamed to millions around the world.  The BBC, ITV and Channel 4 consistently produce hit drama shows for all tastes, while Sky has entered the market with a huge investment in original British drama that has upped the ante for everyone working in drama today.  Come and join us for a look inside the network drama world: commissioning, producing and delivering.

Lizzie Gray, Sky Drama

Lizzie Gray

Lizzie joined Sky Drama as a Script Executive in January of this year. As part of her remit she is attached to two exciting new shows for Sky – Fortitude for Sky Atlantic and Critical for Sky 1. Lizzie’s background is in long running series having produced 2 series of Waterloo Road and 2 of River City, as well as Script Editing on River City.

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4:45pm – 5:30pm
Inverness Suite

In Conversation With Richard Jobson

Times: 4:45pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Inverness Suite
Speakers: Richard Jobson, Olaf Furniss

Richard Jobson

Richard Jobson

Dunfermline-born Renaissance man, Richard Jobson, started out as the teenage frontman for seminal Scottish punk band, The Skids, before going on to become a poet, model, writer and filmmaker. In what promises to be a lively session, he talks to Olaf Furniss about his remarkable career and working across such a wide variety of creative disciplines.

Olaf Furniss

Olaf Furniss

Olaf Furniss is founder of Born To Be Wide, an organisation which hosts music business seminars and Scotland's music industry convention/showcase Wide Days. He reports for a wide variety of media including the BBC, The Scotsman, MusikWoche and IQ, and has written for Billboard, Music Week, Audience and Fono Forum. Olaf has worked as a consultant for music industry conferences including Sonic Visions, by:Larm, Reeperbahn Festival, GoNORTH, Berlin Music Week and Canadian Music Week, organising and/or moderating over 200 panels in the past five years.

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5:00pm – 6:00pm
Caledonian Suite

Bafta-winning Animation Shorts, Multum in Parvo, As He Lay Falling Screenings

Times: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: Caledonian Suite
Speakers: N/A

BAFTA-winning Animation Shorts
Ross Hogg & Gavin Robinson

Multum In Parvo
Short film by author Denise Mina
This is an engaging and touching story made by three cousins who introduce us to their parents and their extended families, with anecdotes of growing up in Glasgow. Denise Mina, Rosie Toner and Brian McNeill have brought a genre of storytelling to life.  Will bring tears to your eyes.

As He Lay Falling
Cast & Crew Screening
This short film was shot in the Highlands as part of a Creative Scotland funded scheme delivered by Digicult and Hopscotch Films.  ScreenHI provided additional budget for several members of crew for the shoot. Director Ian Waugh, Producers Richard Warden and Jim Webster will be present to answer your questions about tight budget and shooting the Highlands.

 

Ross Hogg

Ross Hogg

Ross Hogg is an animation filmmaker based in Glasgow, Scotland. He Graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in June 2013 with a First Class Honours degree and was named the winner of the GSA Newbery Medal. Ross' debut animated film, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, (adapted from Oliver Sacks' seminal work) had it's world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and was nominated for a British Academy Scotland Award in 2013. His second animated film, Spectators, had itʼs world premiere at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Spectators has since won the British Academy Scotland New Talent Award and the Celtic Media Festival Award for Animation in 2014.

Gavin Robinson

Gavin Robinson

Originally from the North East of Scotland, Gavin graduated from architecture at Edinburgh College of Art in 2010 before going on to study animation. Graduating from animation in 2013, Gavin is now working as a freelance animator. His degree film 'Hart's Desire' won the 2013 BAFTA Scotland Award for Animation.

Denise Mina, Director Multum In Parvo

Denise Mina

Denise spent a peripatetic childhood in Glasgow, Paris, London, Invergordon, Bergen and Perth. She left school early and worked in a number of dead end jobs, all of them badly, she says, before studying at night school to get into Glasgow University Law School. Denise went on to study for a PhD at Strathclyde and misused her student grant to write her first novel Garnethill. Denise has written twelve novels, three plays, five graphic novels and regularly contributes to television and radio in the UK.

Ian Waugh, Director, As He Lay Falling

Ian Waugh

An alumnus of Screen Academy Scotland, Ian Waugh’s short films have screened internationally and his experimental drama LEAVES was nominated for Best UK First Feature at London’s East End Film Festival. He recently finished production of AS HE LAY FALLING which will premiere later in the year.

Richard Warden, Producer, As He Lay Falling

Richard Warden

Richard produced three half-hour dramas before attending the Canadian Film Centre. His Toronto-based features were
Ice Men and Fairytales & Pornography. In Nova Scotia, Richard executive produced 12 shorts, managed international co-production event Strategic Partners, and produced his third feature, "Growing Op”. He now makes documentaries and dramas out of Glasgow.

Jim Webster, Producer, As He Lay Falling

Jim Webster

Credits for Solus include: Balaich Eileen, Iseabail, Turas Tony Series 1/2, A Lùib Nam Boirreanch (BBC ALBA), Eileen’s Boys, Happy Birthday River City, Shonnie the Shooter (BBC Scotland) Zombie Rule No.9 (BBC Radio Scotland).  Current work includes McQueen of Scots, Turas Tony and Birds Eye View.

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6:00pm – 8:00pm
The Townhouse

Networking Reception with SMIA and Honeycomb Creative Works

Times: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Venue: The Townhouse
Speakers: N/A

Come and join us for a glass of sherry, some canapés and a performance from the current holder of the Scottish Album of the Year Award, RM Hubbert.

Honeycomb Creative Works

Honeycomb Creative Works

Honeycomb - Creative Works is a £3.58m programme targeted at companies and professionals who are leading on digital content creation across the INTERREG IVA region of the six border counties of the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the western seaboard of Scotland.

Scottish Music Industry Association

SMIA

The SMIA was incorporated in 2008 to foster, promote and serve the best interests of Scotland’s music industry. Articulating our two core objectives as strengthening and championing the industry, we aim to achieve them through the activities listed below. For more background on the SMIA click the ‘Read More’ link.

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8:00pm – 12:30am
Various Venues

Music Showcasing

Times: 8:00pm – 12:30am
Venue: Various Venues
Speakers: Various

Around 60 acts have been selected to play in goNORTH’s eagerly awaited showcase event which takes place at venues throughout Inverness. This years full music showcasing schedule is available for view here.  All the venues are within close walking distance, which makes this festival showcase really accessible to our visiting music lovers.

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11:30pm – 2:00am
The Ironworks

Closing Party

Times: 11:30pm – 2:00am
Venue: The Ironworks
Speakers: N/A

Wall of Sound is an iconic British independent record label celebrating 20 years.  Mark Jones creator and founder will be joining us for nothing less than a trademark DJ set to round off our two days of this year’s goNORTH.

Access is by delegate pass only.

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