BBC Digital Cities

BBC Academy Digital Cities Virtual: 20 – 22 October 2020

The first Digital Cities Virtual took place in September with three days of amazing events and training.

We’re delighted to announce that we will be back from 20 – 22 October 2020 for another fantastic series, delivering a full and varied schedule for people who work in – or want to work in – the creative industries.

Booking for all events opens on Tuesday 6 October!

Our partners for October include:

ScreenSkills, Channel 4, BBC Rewind, BBC Young Reporter, Maker Monday, Hello Culture, Creative England, BBC Northern Ireland, RTS Northern Ireland Futures, BBC Three, Nations & Regions, School of Digital Arts, BBC Arts, Northern Ireland Screen, BFI, Create Central, University of Bristol, Watershed, Limina Immersive, ForrestBrown and Ulster Screen Academy.

There’s a brilliant range of events taking place:

– Hear about the social media campaign that helped BBC Three’s Normal People become the most successful new drama launch in BBC iPlayer history.

–  Jannine Waddell of Waddell Media talks about the development, pitching and commissioning of the BBC One lockdown gardening series, Gardening Together with Diarmuid Gavin.

– Sarah Vignoles, Director of Talent Schemes at Edinburgh TV Festival, gives a unique insight into what the media is looking for in its graduate starters

– Discover more about Occulus with the Birmingham Steamhouse Team.


October’s sessions also deliver an exciting line up of unmissable masterclasses and panel sessions.

Hello Culture will bring together Pawlet Brookes, CEO and Artistic Director of Serendipity, James Yarker, Artist Director of Stan’s Cafe and Jimmy Fay, Artistic Director at Lyric Theatre, for more conversations about creating great content in lockdown.

In Birmingham, TV presenter Marverine Cole will be chairing a panel about The West Midlands Dream Factory with its opportunities for diverse talent, Bristol will be talking R&D opportunities with the MYWorld project, and in Belfast, we’ll be exploring the virtual productions of the future.

For those looking to get on and get into the industry, ScreenSkills has a full line up of sessions with information about the latest opportunities.

There will also be opportunities to take tea with BBC Northern Ireland Commissioner, Eddie Doyle, as well as with Channel 4’s 4Studio commissioner, Laura Marks, and Digital Content Director, Janine Smith.

BBC Academy will be offering a triple bill of training sessions on social media platforms with their Inspired series – this month we’re looking at Facebook, TikTok and Instagram.

In addition to all of this, BBC Young Reporter and BBC STEM will be delivering their amazing training to schools across the UK.

The Digital Cities homepage will be updated regularly, so keep checking back for the latest information and we hope you can join us!

Follow #digicities and @BBCAcademy on Twitter for updates.

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