Attendees came from 52 countries to the London event

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The Media Production & Technology Show achieved a record 12,000+ attendees this year, beating the record set last year of over 10,000.

Taking place at Olympia London on 15-16 May, MPTS 2024 included over 100 live sessions of free content across eight theatres and featured more than 350 speakers. This combined with over 300 exhibitors and sponsors on the show floor. 

MPTS kicked off with a call by leading directors James Hawes (Slow Horses), James Strong (Mr Bates vs The Post Office) and Christiana Ebohon-Green (Call the Midwife) for enhanced tax breaks for UK indies to preserve the future of British drama.

There were similar calls for change from Priya Singh, director of operations, commissioning & content at ITV; Sarah Asante, scripted commissioning editor for UKTV; and Katie Benbow, director of strategy, BBC Studios, who voiced concern about the lack of opportunities for freelancers in the industry shared advice on how broadcasters can better mentor young talent.

Supporting freelancers in the industry was an urgent theme cutting across many sessions at the show, including at the Freelancers Landscape - What’s Next? session led by BECTU, Film & TV Charity and ScreenSkills.

Working to improve the industry was a theme across many of the theatres, and MPTS secured equal representation in the programme, which was also reflected across the show floor amongst exhibitors and attendees.

BAFTA albert partnered with MPTS to bring sustainability to the fore with its Sustainability Series, which included experts including Rachel Lyon, production executive & sustainability lead at UKTV, four-time Winter Olympian and TV presenter Chemmy Alcott, and presenter & sustainability lead for Sky Sport News David Garrido.

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Other notable sessions included Lowri Davies, VP and director of broadcaster services for Premier League Productions at IMG discussing the future of live, and producer Peter Ettedgui talking about the making of acclaimed documentaries such as McQueen and Super/Man: The Christopher Reeve Story.

Other headliners included executive producer and author Sam McAlister, the real life star of Netflix feature Scoop who revealed how the true story was adapted for screen alongside director Philip Martin. Fresh from winning an Oscar and BAFTA award sound designer Johnnie Burn drew crowds at the Audio Theatre for a behind the scenes masterclass into making The Zone of Interest.

The Post Production stage featured state of the nation panels with leading industry figures in post and VFX from Picture Shop, Run VT, Azimuth, Ghost VFX, BlueBolt, Cinesite, 1185 Films and more. The award-winning Residence Pictures team discussed the making of Shane Meadows’ drama The Gallows Pole and editor Paul Machliss illuminated aspects of crafting films like Last Night in Soho. At the Virtual Production stage, Steve Jelley, executive producer of the film No Way Up, shared the innovative virtual production techniques behind the feature thriller - which largely takes place underwater.

Anushka Asthana, deputy political editor of ITV News headlined the AI Forum with a keynote explaining how broadcast news can counter the threat of misinformation and deep fakes. Creative applications for the use of AI in post and production were showcased by Cuebric, Avid, Volinga, disguise, Speechmatics and more. In the keynote theatre, Broadcaster Dan Snow even demonstrated how an ‘AI Dan’ is being used to augment his voice overs in shows for History Hit.

At the Media Technology Conference, which was brought to the show in partnership with SMPTE UK, ITV CTO Simon Farnsworth outlined the broadcaster’s Digital Enablement Strategy and joined the BBC’s Mark Patrick and Channel 4’s Andy Bell in an in-depth analysis of the current state of the broadcast industry.

Emily Fairclough, head of pro vis at Scan Computers Ltd, said, “I think this year 2024 is probably the most innovative, cutting-edge, head-of-the-curve MPTS that I’ve exhibited at so far. I think even compared to last year, attendees really know what they’re looking for when it comes to cloud, AI, virtual production, all of the buzzwords, all of the emerging technologies, everyone’s really embraced it. They know how they want to utilise it and they’re really seeking out partners in this space to support them in doing that. So to have vendors here, partners here, experts here, form that collective in the industry, I think that’s been so valuable  to everybody involved - customers and exhibitors alike.”

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Rob Brown, sales account manager at Proactive UK Ltd, said, “I thought it was an absolutely brilliant show. We had plenty of existing customers and potential customers come by the stand, we took them through our latest products and services. I think we’ve got some really strong leads and I believe the show was a roaring success.”

Stuart Russell, head of marketing at Limecraft, said, “So I would say that this has been the best Media Production and Technology Show that we’ve exhibited at. It’s been consistently busy across the two days, yesterday which was day one was even busier than day one last year. We’ve seen a really, really good mix of people, senior decision makers within significant organisations in the industry. So I’m very pleased with the level of attendance and the quality of attendees. We’ve already pre booked for next year. So very happy overall with the way it’s gone and looking forward to seeing what we get out of it.”

Many exhibitors were impressed by both the number and the mix of visitors. 

Lexi Morgan, head of marketing at HHB Communications, said, “MPTS has been a fantastic success this year and really well attended. As a pro audio technology provider, we were able to meet with all of our key contacts and have important conversations. The media sector is very broad, so it was great to see audio so well represented at the show. I especially appreciate the panels covering ‘state of play’ in the industry and the customer-centric approach to the conference.”

Donna Smith, managing director of Rise, said, “The atmosphere at MPTS has been amazing this year. MPTS is definitely one of the industry’s most diverse shows, if not the most diverse, both in terms of attendees and panellists. A huge amount of work goes into making sure that there is equal representation across an extensive conference programme. Attendance at the Rise booth was very high, with a queue 20 deep at some points during the event, and we were able to give away over 150 of our show survival kits in just 2 days.

Charlotte Wheeler, event director, said, “The quality, diversity and sheer range of our speaker programme at this year’s show underlines the unique heritage of the UK’s world class creative industries and demonstrated how passionate everyone is to see it survive and thrive.

We were treated to some exceptional masterclass presentations and inspirational speeches about how to break in or get ahead in the industry. There were also wise and urgent words about the urgency of addressing the skills gap and talent retention as well as how to optimise and manage new innovations, notably AI. Diversity and sustainability were rightly centre stage of every conversation as the industry grapples with change. We want to thank everyone who gave their time and expertise to make MPTS such a thrilling success and rest assured - We are already working on MPTS 2025!”

MPTS 2025 will see the show return to Olympia London on 14-15 May 2025.

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Launched in 2016, The Media Production & Technology Show is the UK’s largest and must-attend event for the media and broadcast industries. Originally focused on the creative side of content production, the event has now evolved to explore the technological innovations which power the enviable content production output in the UK today.

The interactive exhibition and extensive free seminar programme cover all aspects of broadcast content creation and technology, including pre-production, production, virtual production, post, distribution and audio, and brings together 12,000+ attendees from across the industry.

Whether you’re attending as a visitor or interested in showcasing your products in the exhibition, MPTS provides a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of discussions affecting the industry and build new connections.

MPTS is organised by Media Business Insight (MBI) Ltd, publishers of market-leading titles including Broadcast, Broadcast Sport, Broadcast Tech, KFTV, The Knowledge and Screen International. MBI is a GlobalData Company.