The aim of this event was to a) learn about professional roles and practices of a variety of professionals from a TV, film, radio and digital game design, and b) discuss how aspects such as age, ethnicity, parental status, informal recruitment practices, project based work conditions affect women’s inclusion in the media industries. One of the key aspects of the event was to have sessions with three speakers in each to create a dialogue about their work and their experiences, and have the audience join this dialogue.
What made this event special were the range and the quality of the speakers. We had nine speakers, all impressive people in their fields who had a great amount of knowledge and insight to offer. The speakers were:
- Anne Morrison: BAFTA Deputy Chair
- Dorothy Byrne: Head of Channel 4 News and Current Affairs
- Nainita Desai: Music Composer for Film & Television and one of 2016 BAFTA Breakthrough Brits
- Judy Ducker: Established Prop/Production Buyer for Film & Television
- Dr Kate Murphy: Senior Lecturer in History at Bournemouth University and Former Senior Producer for Radio 4 Woman’s Hour
- Joanna Bostock: Broadcast Journalist, BBC Radio Leicester
- Dr Bridget Conor: Senior Lecturer in Culture, Media and Creative Industries, King’s College London
- Dr Alison Harvey: Lecturer in Media & Communication, University of Leicester
- Dr Natalie Wreyford: Research Fellow at University of Southampton who had various roles as Senior Development Executive in the British Film Industry
The feedback we received was very positive. The attendees said that the line up of guests was very impressive, they learned a lot about working in the media industries and that they were inspired. The attendees were a mix of academics, students and media professionals.