Published on: 14 June 2018 in Events

The Media Production Show 2018: live-tweets

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This week the Media Production Show 2018 took place in London, bringing together creative industries, across multiple genres of television, feature films, documentaries, commercials, music videos, corporate films and more.

We were proud to host two packed-out sessions at the show:  The High-End TV Boom, and Directing National Theatre Live. If you weren’t able to make it on Wednesday to see the sessions, you can catch up with all the live-tweets below. 


Our first session of the day was The High End TV Boom. 

Philippa Lowthorpe is an award-winning film and television director. She is the first, and the only woman, to have won a BAFTA for Best Director at the BAFTA Television Awards. Her credits include Three Girls, The Crown, Call The Midwife, Jamaica Inn and the feature film, Swallows and Amazons.

J Blakeson is a film director and screenwriter. His feature debut was The Disappearance of Alice Creed, a highly acclaimed kidnap thriller which he wrote and directed. In 2015 J directed The 5th Wave for Columbia Pictures/Sony. In 2017 J directed Gunpowder – a three-part drama mini-series for Kudos productions, BBC One and HBO. 

Metin Hüseyin is a Turkish-British television and film director. Hüseyin  was BAFTA nominated for his debut film, Tight Trousers, and the series Common as Muck. His credits also include the BAFTA award-winning drama The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, as well as Merlin, Shameless, and Fortitude.

James Strong is a television and film director, best known for his work on Broadchurch, for which he received a Best Director BAFTA nomination, and which won Best Drama Series at BAFTA in 2014. Most recently, he directed and executive produced Liar for ITV and AMC and is currently directing Vanity Fair for ITV and Amazon Studios.

Laura Adams is Head of Member Services at Directors UK and oversees the events and career development offered by the organisation. For over nine years, Laura worked as a film and events programmer at the BFI. Previously on the board of Birds Eye View, Laura is currently on the advisory panel for the London Comedy Film Festival, the F-Rated Brains Trust, and the advisory and editorial panel for Salome magazine for emerging women writers.

The conversation moved to who the panel looked to have in place first when they were about start a series. 

And how they began their careers. 

The panel were asked about the creative implications of incorporating new technology.

The panel were asked when they bring FX into the production. 


In the afternoon, multi-camera director Tim Van Someren spoke to MPS attendees about his experience directing live theatre. 

Tim van Someren is one of the UK’s leading multi-camera directors, specialising in directing live music, live theatre, special events, and TV entertainment formats. With over 20 years of experience, he has filmed artists including Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, PJ Harvey and The Police. Most recently he has been filming productions for The National Theatre, The Donmar Warehouse, the BBC and others. His credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Sienna Miller, Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein, Sir Kenneth Branagh’s Macbeth, as well as the acclaimed revivals of Follies and Amadeus. Tim has won numerous awards including the Prix Italia, the Rose D’Or, a Grierson and an RTS, and he has been nominated for a BAFTA, a Broadcast Award, a D&AD and a Cannes Media Lion.


Thank you to all of our panellists, and to everyone who attended our sessions, or just popped by our booth to say hello. We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did. 

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