THA AGM and Webinar: ‘Re-inventing television’ by Alan Griffiths (1974)

Date & timeSaturday, 26 September 5:00pm - 6:00pm
LocationOnline
CostFree of charge
Booking closing date Thursday, 24 September 5:00pm
Event type AGM and webinar

Join the Trinity Hall Association (THA) for their first webinar ‘Re-inventing television’ by alumnus and CEO of World Media Rights, Alan Griffiths (1974), at 17:00 (BST) on Saturday 26 September. The webinar will be preceded by the THA AGM (papers now available to view).

There is no charge to attend however booking is required for both the AGM and Webinar.

Timings

THA AGM: 16:15-16:45 (BST) hosted on Zoom| Webinar 17:00-18:00 (BST) hosted on Zoom

The webinar will last approximately 45 minutes with an opportunity for Q&A at the end.

The AGM papers are now available online – click here.

Title

‘Re-inventing television’ by Alan Griffiths (1974), CEO at World Media Rights

Summary

In this webinar Alan Griffiths will discuss how the market for television programmes has changed in the last 30 years. He will also look at how the existing UK terrestrial networks will probably end up as news channels with severely reduced audiences, as they are now too far behind Silicon Valley, not in their programming, but in what they actually know about their audiences.

To illustrate the changes in television Alan will refer to how World Media Rights positioned itself from its inception as a maker of ‘box set’ series for international viewers. Back in 2007 the UK terrestrial broadcasters laughed at World Media Rights but now, they are a major supplier for Netflix! How did they know so accurately what was going to happen to the television market back then? This talk will describe how, after being Project Director of BBC online, Alan analysed television’s digital future and decided to create World Media Rights.

Biography

Alan founded World Media Rights in 2007 and since its inception has seen the company grow to be one of the largest factual producers of television series for the world market. His expertise in digital technology and e-commerce has set World Media Rights apart from other independent production companies, and it is one of the largest UK-based suppliers of programmes to US cable networks and to Netflix.

In the late eighties Alan worked with the BBC as Deputy Editor of The Money Programme, before taking on the role of Editor of Business Programmes. In this role he tripled the business output of the BBC output by spotting new talent and new ideas. He recruited many household names, including Adrian Chiles and Katie Derham.

Alan was then made Project Director for BBC News Online, where he ran a team of 150 people and helped them acquire skills in new media. He then designed, created, and implemented BBC News’ public service news site BBC News Online.

As CEO of World Media Rights over the last 13 years Alan has overseen the creation of over 400 hours of programming and 37 series. Most of its series are licensed in at least 150 countries. Clients include Discovery, ZDF, Canal Plus and Netflix.

Alan has also written two books on digital technology.

Alan read English at Trinity Hall from 1974 – 1977.

How to register

There is no charge to attend however booking is required for both the AGM and webinar.

Online: Online registration is available for both the AGM and Webinar – please click here.

By email: Contact thaevents@trinhall.cam.ac.uk with your name and how you are affiliated with the College. If you are an alumnus/alumna of the College, please include your matriculation year.

Please register by 17:00 (BST) on Thursday 24 September.

You will receive the joining instructions by 17:00 (BST) on Friday 25 September which will include the two links. Please note that if you are attending both sessions, you will need to leave the AGM and join the webinar.  If you have not received the links by this date and time, please check your spam box before contacting  thaevents@trinhall.cam.ac.uk.

Contact

If you have any queries, please contact Emma Grieveson on thaevents@trinhall.cam.ac.uk.