All of the big trade shows, conferences, award ceremonies and events in the broadcast calendar


  • Prolight and Sound

What is it? An international trade fair for the light and sound sectors for entertainment, media, event, and technology companies. Last year’s event was attended by 876 exhibitors and 33,000 trade and professional customers from 108 countries.

When is it? Wednesday 21 to Saturday 24 March

Where is it? Frankfurt, Germany


Twitter: @messefrankfurt



  • MIP TV

What is it? Described as “the world’s greatest gathering in TV and media”, MIP is the venue for the international showcase of TV in all its forms, say organisers. Last year saw 12,000 key decision makers from 100 countries meet 4,000 buyers and 1,500 exhibiting companies in the south of France.

When is it? Sunday 1 to Wednesday 4 April

Where is it? Cannes, France


Twitter: @_MIP_


  • NAB Show

What is it? Attended by some 90,000 industry professionals, last year’s show saw a keynote delivered by director and 3D pioneer James Cameron. The 2012 show will include talks on broadcast management and strategy and new media for multiple platforms.

Where is it? Las Vegas, US

When is it? Saturday 14 to Thursday 19 April


Twitter: @NABshow


  • Plasa Focus

What is it? Last year’s entertainment and installation technology show saw 2,547 attendees and exhibitors including 130 brands such as db Technologies, JHS Pro Audio, Peavey Audio, Sadie, Sennheiser.

When is it? Tuesday 17 to Wednesday 18 April

Where is it? Leeds, UK


Twitter: @PlasaOnline


  • AES Convention

What is it? The 132nd AES convention is the first to take place in Budapest.  AES Conventions are held annually in the United States and Europe and claim to be the largest gatherings of audio professionals in the world.

Where is it? Budapest, Hungary

When is it? Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 April


Twitter: @AESorg



  • Conch Awards

What is it? The awards honour the work of audio post production work across TV, film and commercials. Broadcast industry trade show BVE, with support from facilities trade body UK Screen Association, is now producing the Conch Awards, which will take place at The Mayfair Hotel.

There is a new award for Sound Design and Editorial Team while the Fellowship Award has been replaced by Outstanding Contribution of the Year. Other categories include TV Dubbing Mixer of the Year, TV Mix Facility of the Year and Most Promising Newcomer.

Where is it? London, UK

When is it? Wednesday 30 May




  • Broadcast Asia

What is it? Speakers at the 2011 show included Microsoft Media and Entertainment worldwide director Jake Winett, Grass Valley vice president and chief technology officer Ray Baldock and 3ality founder Steve Schklair.

Where is it? Suntec, Singapore

When is it? Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 June


Twitter: @BroadcastAsia



  • Siggraph

What is it? The 39th International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques is expected to attract 25,000 professionals from the worlds of research, science, art, animation, gaming, education and the web.

Where is it? Los Angeles, US

When is it? Sunday 5 to Thursday 9 August


Twitter: @Siggraph


  • Edinburgh International Television Festival

What is it? Described by organisers as “the annual event for everyone working in television”, 2000 delegates will attend some 60 sessions covering programme making, including keynote lectures, preview screenings, masterclasses, interviews and networking parties.

Where is it? Edinburgh, UK

When is it? Sunday 26 to Tuesday 28 August


Twitter: @EdinburghTVFest



  • Mipcom

What is it? The world’s largest entertainment content market is billed as the destination of choice for TV professionals who want to network, discover new trends and cement partnerships.

Where is it? Cannes, France

When is it? Monday 8 to Thursday 11 October


Twitter: @_mip_



  • BVE North

What is it?  The second outing for the Emap exhibition and conference in Manchester. Last year’s show saw products and services from animation and asset management to AV, cloud computing, IPTV, metadata, recordable media and more. Seminar speakers included post facility Sumners’ technical director Brian Hardman and The Studios head of studios Andy Waters.

When is it? Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 November

Where is it? Manchester, UK


Twitter: @BVExpo


  • InterBee

What is it? An international exhibition showcasing domestic and overseas broadcast, video, audio and lighting equipment as well as peripheral applications and solutions.

When is it? Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 November

Where is it? Tokyo, Japan



  • Government Video Expo 2012

What is it? The East Coast’s largest pro video and broadcast conference and exhibition with 120 suppliers, dealers and distributors, including Arri, EVS, JVC, Quantel and Panasonic.

When is it? Tuesday 27 to Thursday 29 November

Where is it? Washington DC, US


Twitter: @GVExpo


  • Satis Expo

What is it? The show promises to cover the full production process, from creation to broadcast, with 17,000 industry professionals in attendance last year, 2,300 of which attended the events conferences and 3,700 attending master classes.

When is it? Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 November

Where is it? Paris, France






  • CES

What is it? Last year’s event, which is possibly the largest electronics show in the world, included keynote speeches from Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer and Ericsson chief executive Hans Vestberg.

When is it? Tuesday 8 to Friday 11 January 2013

Where is it? Las Vegas, US


Twitter: @intlCES