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 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 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.
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 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.
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!
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 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.