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Media Live! Educational Film Studies & Media Event

Monday 2nd March 2020

Media Live! is a fantastic opportunity to bring the curriculum to life and show your students the many different paths a career in media could take. From Journalism to Film and from TV to New Media this event will inspire your students and allow them to see work from specialists in their field.

The three quality speakers cover the fundamentals of the Media Studies curriculum at KS4 and KS5, perfectly complementing classroom learning. Students can also get involved in this truly interactive event by submitting a competition entry to be showcased live to their fellow students on the day. The best entry is awarded a prize by our panel of expert judges. 

Click on the image below to see the event in action:
Media Live! 2018

Also held on the same day is Computing Live!  and Business Live! making it possible to bring a mixed group of students from across the curriculum to increase your group size and broaden the appeal.

The Package
Travel Options
Places to Stay
What You Say
  • Speakers

    Wayne Garvie - Sony Pictures Television

    Wayne Garvie - Sony Pictures Television

    Wayne Garvie is Chief Creative Officer, International Production at Sony Pictures Television. Garvie is responsible for driving creative development across the global network of joint venture companies and SPT's production studios outside of Los Angeles, turning locally developed properties into global formats and fostering co-developments across the group.

    He most recently worked for All3MEDIA as Managing Director of International Production where he spent 18 months developing growth of their brands in the U.S. Before that, Garvie was Managing Director for Content and Production at BBC Worldwide. In that role, he was responsible for establishing production companies and has played a key role in the international success of some of the world’s biggest television shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and Top Gear.


    Karen Blackett - MediaCom

    Karen Blackett - MediaCom

    Karen is the former CEO and current Chairwoman of MediaCom - the largest media agency in the UK managing more than £1.2bn of advertising spend for firms like Sky, Tesco, GSK, Coca Cola, Audi, DFS and the Metropolitan Police. In the past year, MediaCom has been named agency of the year and Karen was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Honours list for services to the media industry.

    She is a business leader and champion of diversity.  In 2012, she launched the Apprenticeship Scheme for 18 to 24-year-olds to gain a NVQ in Marketing and Communications; the scheme is the first to be government-backed for any media agency in the UK. “With university fees so high, industry needs to be doing all it can to promote apprenticeships and to get talent,” she says. 




    Georgie Barratt
    Journalist & Presenter

    Georgie Barratt<br>Journalist & Presenter

    Georgie Barrat is a humorous and energetic journalist/broadcaster. A regular tech writer for Marie Claire, Huffington Post and her own specialist site www.hash-tech.co.uk, Georgie is widely regarded as an authority in the field. She has presented alongside Matthew Wright on The Wright Stuff and she now occupies the role of host for London Live’s breakfast chat show ‘Wake Up London’.

    Georgie cut her teeth learning the ins and outs of broadcasting from scripting and presenting to editing and producing after spending two years leading the video team of showbiz site www.entertainmentwise.com, where she caught up with everyone from Jude Law to One Direction racking in 2.7million views per month.


    David Garrido

    David Garrido

    Throughout David’s career as a broadcaster he has reported from major sporting events including football World Cups, Champions League finals, Wimbledon and Formula 1 Grand Prix.
    In 2003, he joined BBC Radio 1 to become the main daytime sports voice for Newsbeat. During his time at the BBC, David was also a regular reporter on Final Score and Football Focus, and presented on The Football League Show and Match of the Day.
    A new challenge presented itself with Sky Sports News in 2011, and David became an integral part of the presenting team. Thriving on the unpredictable environment of 24-hour sports news, ‘Transfer Deadline Day’ is one of David’s favourite working environments, requiring precise preparation, concentration, improvisation and a good sense of humour.  David is an energetic force in the newsroom, always striving for stories to get to air.


    Kate Russell
    Presenter & Event Facilitator

    Kate Russell<br>Presenter & Event Facilitator

    Kate Russell has been writing about technology, gaming and the Internet since 1995 and currently appears weekly on BBC2 and BBC World News, reporting for technology programme Click. She is an experienced and adept technology speaker.

    She got her first break on TV after being encouraged to apply for a job advertising for a “young & funky” female presenter who knew about video games for a new show on Nickelodeon. Kate got the job and presented the show for three series, co-hosting with Mike McClean and an animated fish called Bert.

    In addition to her prolific writing and TV career Kate speaks regularly at technology events and conferences and in schools and Universities inspiring the next generation of female technologists. She is also gets involved in policy meetings that aim to shape the way the Internet is governed in the UK.

    In 2013 she crowd-funded more than 400% of her target to write a science fiction novel. She still finds time to run 6.5k three times a week and spends far too much time on Twitter advising people about the best web resources for their day-to-day needs. Her website, won the 2015 UK Blog Awards for best individual digital and technology blog, and in June 2015 she was voted the 25th most influential woman in UK IT by Computer Weekly magazine.


    Caroline Beaton
    VP Viacom Intl Media Networks

    Caroline Beaton<br>VP Viacom Intl Media Networks

    As Senior Vice President, Viacom International Media Networks, Cally Beaton is responsible for international programme and format distribution for MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, CMT, TV Land and Paramount. She manages a multi-million-dollar budget and holds a seat on the VIMN Programming Council which assesses all potential programming across various genres including kids, music, factual and young people. 

    During her career she has worked with TV producers, distributors, broadcasters and other media organisations, making her knowledge of the media industry very broad. She is expert in communication in all its many forms, and a superb addition to our panel at Media Live!


    Lucy Brett
    British Board of Film Classification

    Lucy Brett <br>British Board of Film Classification

    The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is an independent, non-governmental body which has classified cinema films since it was set up in 1912 and videos/ DVDs since the Video Recordings Act was passed in 1984. 

    Lucy Brett joined the BBFC as an Examiner in 2004, became Education Officer in 2010 and is now the Head of Education. She coordinates the BBFC education and outreach programme including education visits, creates online resources and runs a series of in house seminars.  Prior to joining the BBFC, Lucy was a journalist for trade and consumer home entertainment magazines and a media studies teacher.


    Andrew Davis
    Radio 1 Xtra

    Andrew Davis<br>Radio 1 Xtra

    Andrew Davis is one of the UK’s most prolific social media speakers, trainers and consultants. He cut his teeth at the frontier of the social media explosion by moderating the chatrooms for some of the biggest sensations of the millennium, such as Pop Idol, PlayStation and Friends Reunited. Andrew went on to be part of the founding team for the digital radio station BBC Radio 1Xtra, from here he cemented his place in the social media revolution by launching the UK marketing and content division for MySpace. Staying with MySpace as they gained and lost over 200 million profiles, Andrew knows what works and what doesn’t in the super-fast world of digital communications.

  • The package

    The Package

    • Return travel by Coach, Eurostar or Air
    • 2 nights bed & breakfast accommodation (additional nights available at a supplement)
    • Park Hopper Ticket
    • Attendance at the Media Live! Conference
    • Curriculum-linked workbook for students
    • 1:10 free place ratio for staff on a twin room basis
    • Group Travel Insurance
    • Group Leader’s conference pack
    • Services of the Events Team in Disneyland® Paris throughout your stay


  • Travel Options
    • 2 Night Coach Travel Package

      Sunday - Tuesday


      Sunday: Morning departure for Disneyland® Paris, overnight at Disneyland® Paris
      Monday: Media Live! & Free time in the park. Overnight at Disneyland® Paris
      Tuesday: Return coach travel.
    • 3 Night Coach Travel Package

      Sunday - Wednesday


      Sunday: Morning departure for Disneyland® Paris, overnight at Disneyland® Paris
      Monday: Media Live! Free time in park. Overnight at Disneyland® Paris
      Tuesday: Day trip to Paris. Overnight at Disneyland® Paris
      Wednesday: Morning free in the Park. Return coach travel.
    • 3 Nights including Overnight Coach Travel Package

      Saturday - Tuesday


      Saturday: Late evening departure. Night time channel crossing
      Sunday: Morning arrival at Disneyland® Paris. Day free to use your Disneyland® Pass. Overnight at Disneyland® Paris
      Monday: Media Live! Free time in park. Overnight at Disneyland® Paris.
      Tuesday: Return coach travel.
    • 2 Night Eurostar Travel Package

      Sunday - Tuesday


      Sunday: Afternoon departure from St Pancras International. Overnight at Disneyland® Paris.
      Monday: Media Live! Free time in Park. Overnight at Disneyland® Paris.
      Tuesday: Free time to use your Disneyland® Pass. Early afternoon departure. Arrive back in London early evening.
  • Places to stay
    • disney hotel

      Disney's Hotel Cheyenne®

      The authentic flavour of the Wild West is all around, in the best tradition of all your favourite classic Hollywood westerns. This on-site hotel offers easy access to the Disneyland ® Parks and Village and all guests benefit from extra magic hours giving you early access to the Parks before gates open to the public.

      Rooms are located in 14 frontier style buildings all named after characters from western folklore grouped around a main street with covered porches and wooden walkways. The western styling runs through into the bedrooms and the hotel restaurant, The Chuck Wagon Cafe.


    • disney hotel

      Disney's Hotel Santa Fe®

      Styled as an oasis of comfort on Route 66, this Santa Fe-themed Hotel delivers classic Disney value and hospitality. This on-site hotel is just a 20 minute walk away from the Disneyland ® Parks and Village and all guests benefit from extra magic hours giving you early access to the Parks before gates open to the public.

      Rooms are cheerful and brightly painted inspired by Disney Cars. The New Mexico styling runs through the bedrooms and the hotel restaurant, La Cantina.


    • disney hotel

      B&B Hotel Disneyland® Paris

      A very large hotel with 400 rooms, located in Marne La Vallee close to Disneyland Paris. It is a very modern hotel with nicely-decorated and comfortable rooms.

      Only a few minutes from Disneyland Paris, this large hotel is ideally situated for groups travelling to Disneyland, and is recommended by Disneyland Paris. A free shuttle stops in front of the hotel every 10-15 minutes to get to either the Disney® Parks or TGV / RER Chessy Marne La Vallée station, for Paris.


    • disney hotel

      Davy Crockett Ranch

      Just a 15-minute drive from the Disney® Parks yet seemingly worlds away, the legend of Davy Crockett is alive and well. Nestle into your own private bungalow and unwind in this quaint, rustic escape. The cabin houses can accommodate up to six people in 2 bedrooms, equipped with one double bed, a set of bunk beds* and a sofa bed set within the tranquil woodlands of their natural surroundings. A safe, carefree environment with a magical touch of Disney. Naturally.


  • What you say

    The conference was excellent and the students thoroughly enjoyed hearing from a wide selection of professionals from the media industry. We are so pleased our school won the competition for the advert too!

    Chelmer Valley High School


    On site support was excellent.  Staff were friendly and accommodating whatever the time of day.

    Hereford Sixth Form College


    I cannot recommend this trip enough, I’ve already started plugging it to other media teachers in other schools!

    Homewood School


    My Media students loved the conference, they were engaged and felt that the information presented was relevant and gave them food for thought. The speakers were all excellent and the content was relevant to what the students are learning especially the A2 media programme. The students highly enjoyed it!

    Bacons College

Meet Your Learning Objectives:

Media Representation and Media Audiences
•  Understanding the meaning behind the content
•  How audiences respond to and interpret media representations
•  How representations may invoke discourses and ideologies and position audiences
•  Role of media technologies in reaching and identifying audiences

Regulation in the Media Industry
• Function and types of media regulation
• How regulation reflects society, culture, politics and the economy

Understanding Media Industries
• Structure of the media industry
• How media industries maintain audiences nationally and globally
• The effect of technological change on production and distribution

The Media Live! Award
This is a key part of the event day and has previously been awarded by Mark Frith, Wayne Gravie and Jo Elvin to name a few. We provide the brief for your students to showcase their talent. Submit a piece of work prior to the event which will be shown at the conference and judged by our panel of speakers.

Who Is This For?

Key Stage 4 & 5 students of Media Studies. The event is designed to complement studies across a wide range of topics. Media Live! is designed to meet course aims by encouraging and developing enthusiasm for studying Media and give students the chance to hear how the Media industry operates in a range of difference contexts.  Through the workbook and park challenges the event is an immersive educational experience aimed at seeing Media Studies in action.

*Price of £229 includes Early Booking Discount of £20 per person if you book by 29th March 2019. Prices start from £249 if booking after that time.

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