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Reed Hastings, Karen Blackett OBE and Sir Lenny Henry Among the Speakers as the RTS Announce Cambridge Convention Lineup


26 June 2019

Karen Blackett OBE, Chair of MediaCom UK; Howard Davine, Executive Vice President, Business Operations, ABC Studios; Sir Lenny Henry, actor, comedian and diversity campaigner; Tim Hincks, Co-CEO of Expectation; Jane Turton, CEO of All3Media; and Linda Yaccarino, Chairman of Advertising and Client Partnerships, NBCUniversal, are all confirmed as additional speakers for the prestigious biennial conference.

The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix, as an International Keynote for the RTS Cambridge Convention 2019, with Karen Blackett OBE, Chair of MediaCom UK; Howard Davine, Executive Vice President, Business Operations, ABC Studios; Sir Lenny Henry, actor, comedian and diversity campaigner; Tim Hincks, Co-CEO of Expectation; Jane Turton, CEO of All3Media; and Linda Yaccarino, Chairman of Advertising and Client Partnerships, NBCUniversal, all being confirmed as additional speakers for the prestigious biennial conference.

The 2019 event, which is set to take place at King’s College in Cambridge from the 18-20th of September, is this year entitled “Content, Consumers, and everything in between”.

Theresa Wise, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Television Society, said “We are so delighted that Reed Hastings is joining the RTS Cambridge Convention. Reed has been a transformative figure in the television industry globally and I am sure everyone is keen to hear first hand his perspectives and insights.”

Previously announced International Keynote speakers for 2019 include: Jeremy Darroch, Group Chief Executive of Sky and David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery. Other speakers will include: Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC; Alex Mahon, Chief Executive of Channel 4; Carolyn McCall, Chief Executive of ITV; Sharon White, Chief Executive of Ofcom; and The Rt Hon Jeremy Wright MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The Principal Sponsor for the RTS Cambridge Convention 2019 is ITV.

For more information or to book your place visit RTS.

About The Royal Television Society
From glamorous award ceremonies to lively debates, the RTS embraces all aspects of television, and is open to anyone with an interest in the medium.

As an educational charity, we encourage and celebrate work in television and its related fields, from finding out how the nation’s favourite shows are made in our Anatomy of a Hit series, to celebrating burgeoning talent at our annual Student Awards.

The industry’s most talented individuals give us an insight into the work that goes into making cutting edge contemporary TV. From Government ministers and CEOs to workshops with great runners, our events look at every part of the business.

Our annual Television Journalism, Programme, Craft and Design, and Student Awards celebrate achievements across the broadcasting industry.

Each year, we offer Television Production and Technology bursaries to help those from less affluent backgrounds get a foothold in the industry, and Masterclass sessions bring together students, academics and industry heads.

Global television leaders gather to discuss what the future holds for television at our London Conference or the RTS Cambridge Convention.

Alongside our engaged community of over 4,800 full members, the Society is supported by Britain and the world's biggest broadcasters, producers and consultants, including Principal Patrons BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Sky.

Originally founded as the Television Society in 1927, the Society was granted its Royal title in 1966 and HRH The Prince of Wales became Patron of the RTS in 1997.

Today, 15 regional and national groups curate lively events and awards around the UK and Ireland, from Glasgow to Galway.

RTS Futures, which is aimed at those in their first two years of employment, organises an exciting roster of discussion, training and social occasions. Recent events have included workshops on learning how to format shows and how to survive as a freelancer, and expert panels explaining how to be the best researcher and how to make it on-screen.

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