Extra: Bob Bakish to keynote RTS London Conference; GRB lifestyle content goes global

Bob Bakish to keynote RTS Conference Bob Bakish, CEO of the global media conglomerate Viacom, will deliver the international keynote at the Royal Television Society London Conference 2018. Bakish (pictured) will “share his ...
May 9, 2018

Bob Bakish to keynote RTS Conference

Bob Bakish, CEO of the global media conglomerate Viacom, will deliver the international keynote at the Royal Television Society London Conference 2018.

Bakish (pictured) will “share his views on global media trends, how Viacom is capitalizing on shifts in consumer, technological and market dynamics, and his expectations for the future.”

The biennial one-day as yet untitled conference, which takes place Sept. 18 at Kings Place in London, will explore the pace of consolidation across global media sectors and how the drive for scale is impacting commissioning and production.

Speakers currently confirmed include Tony Hall, director-general of the BBC; Carolyn McCall, chief executive of ITV; Alex Mahon, chief executive of Channel 4; and Sharon White, chief executive of Ofcom. More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

The RTS London Conference is co-chaired this year by David Lynn, president of Viacom International Media Networks, and James Currell, president, of VIMN UK, Northern and Eastern Europe.

GRB Entertainment sends lifestyle programming worldwide

U.S.-based producer and distributor GRB Entertainment has sold several lifestyle focused programs to broadcasters worldwide.

In Africa, Ignition (One Africa Television) has picked up two shows, including Arabia Motors, which follows the owners of the most popular car magazine in the Middle East as they grow their global empire. South African broadcaster ETV, meanwhile, has taken Logo’s Secret Guide, which helps make life easier, from creating last-minute gourmet meals to refining personal styles, and more.

In the Middle East and North African territories, Discovery will air Hayden Quinn. The series features MasterChef Australia contestant Hayden Quinn as he leaves his native soil for a culinary adventure through South Africa. He delves into the culture and cooks up the best local and sustainable cuisine the country has to offer.

Elsewhere, Australian and New Zealand broadcaster Foxtel has added six seasons of BBQ Pitmasters to its slate. Initially produced for Discovery, the culinary show explores the world of competition barbecuing where chefs go head-to-head to earn money and take home the title of the nation’s best pitmaster.

Finally, My Channel in the UK and Uganda bought five seasons of My First Home, which follows first-time home buyers through the challenges of searching for their first property.

Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Awards name digital storytelling winners

The Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Awards have named six winners for outstanding digital storytelling released in 2017.

The honor is bestowed upon outstanding stories in digital spaces as judged by a group of 15 Peabody honor student fellows, under the guidance of the Peabody Awards program, based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

The Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Award winners include The Pudding (The Pudding and Polygraph) for Digital Journalism; The Space We Hold (Cult Leader & The National Film Board of Canada) for Interactive Documentary; Editions At Play (Visual Editions and Google’s Creative Lab) for Mobile; Gorogoa (Buried Signal and Annapurna Interactive) for Videogame; and Dear Angelica (Oculus Story Studio) and Miyubi (Felix and Paul Studios, in collaboration with Funny or Die) in the Virtual Reality/360 category.

“These programs use digital technologies in exciting ways that allow the public to envision new possibilities for delivering meaningful stories on diverse platforms,” said Jeffrey Jones, director of the Peabody Media Center and executive director of the Peabody Awards, in a statement.

The award, now in its third year, is the result of a partnership between the Peabody Awards and social networking platform Facebook.

The winners will be honored at a luncheon on May 18 at Hotel Eventi in New York City.

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