We begin our journey of celebrating creativity in Leeds - a hub of culture, technology and innovation. Leeds is a city in transition as the creative industries are expanding throughout the region, bringing opportunity to the diverse talent the city has to offer.
Be More Leeds: Overview
ground breaking new celebration of regional creativity and entrepreneurialism
BE MORE: CREATIVE is multi-year celebration of the innovators, the mavericks and the pioneers fuelling
the explosion of creativity across the length and breadth of our country’s
cities and regions.
are proud to start our journey in Leeds; the home of the world’s first film seemed
a fitting location for the launch of our new flagship celebration of creativity.
is the start of a series that will highlight the strengths of creativity within
our cities and regions; to showcase the diverse and distinct voices that
reflect each area; and to celebrate those innovating individuals and
businesses, producing creative content that pushes technology to its very
More Creative: Leeds took place in Lambert’s Yard; the last surviving
triple-storey house in the centre of Leeds, originally built circa 1600. It
used to house George Lambert’s grocery store, but it’s been home to a wide
swath of businesses. And now, with the imagination of some of the best design,
décor, fashion, and architecture minds in the UK, it’s the gorgeous space you see
today – home to one of the earliest fashion incubators hosted by the College of
Fashion Enterprise outside of London.
day started out with a bang with an enticing and mesmerising performance by the
glorious Pheonix Dance Theatre. Nicola Mendelsohn presented the key note speech
of the day discussing her strong magnetism to Leeds and the impact and the
growth of the region and the creative industries as a whole.
Following this, our CEO, Caroline Norbury’s speech welcomed the audience,
followed by an in conversation with BFI CEO Amanda Nevill. We heard from a
selection of Leeds City Region SME’s as well as a panel discussion of screening
in the North with with Iain Smith (BFC), Sally Joynson (Screen Yorkshire) and
Bekki Wray-Rogers (Duck Soup Films).
night ceased with a keynote from Chief Officer Cluny Macpherson from Leeds City
Council, discussing how they approached their bid for European City of Culture
post event saw exhibitions from games, tech and digital businesses, screenings
from Mojo and Studio 12 and perhaps too much wine.
present to you, Be More Creative
What will we talk about?
Telling the authentic, diverse and distinct stories of the various, borderless regions and their pioneers, showcasing how they are all unique and brilliant in their own ways, shining a light on cities and connecting these creative communities together
Showcasing the power of the creative industries to drive productivity and rebalance the economy across the country
Inspiring and giving talent a platform to express a creative life in all areas across the country
Exploring the intersection of creativity and tech across film, TV, games and tech Start the conversation and create debate
Nicola Mendelsohn is currently the Vice President for Europe, Middle East, and Africa
for Facebook. A role she has held since 2013.
addition, she is currently the co-chair of the Creative Industries Council
alongside Secretaries of State for DCMS and BEIS – a joint forum between the UK
creative industries and government. In September 2014, she became a
non-executive director of Diageo. She is
also a Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and serves on The Mayor of
London’s Business Advisory Board. She and her husband are co-presidents of the
In 2015 she
was awarded a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the
creative industries in the UK.
Prior to joining
Facebook, Nicola worked in advertising for over 20 years, beginning her career at
Bartle Bogle Hegarty then moving to be deputy Chairman of Grey London. In 2008,
she became partner and executive chairman at the advertising agency, Karmarama.
include, first female President of the IPA
(the advertising industry trade body) Trustee of The White Ribbon Alliance,
Chairman of Women’s Aid Development Board and former President of the Women in
Advertising and Communications London club (WACL).
greatest joy in life comes from her husband Jon and her four children Gabi,
Danny, Sam and Zac.
Amanda Nevill CBE - CEO of the BFI
I have the huge pleasure of leading the most exciting and dynamic cultural organisation in the world. Surrounded by a wonderful team we have transformed the BFI – bringing the great heritage collections out from the dark – millions viewed films on the BFI Player last year; turning BFI Southbank into the destination for all film lovers; creating the BFI Film Academy giving opportunity to young talent from every background across the UK; ramping up the BFI London Film Festival for the greatest filmmakers from around the globe and shining a spotlight on exciting talented newcomers.
There is more to do – to bring greater diversity into the heart of decision making across our industry; for our fantastic cultural programme to ignite debate and make change happen. Most of all we are ambitious for the future.
Amanda is an Honorary FRPS, holds an Honorary Doctorate Bradford University; Bradford College and the University of York; and was awarded a CBE in 2015.
Cluny Macpherson, Chief Officer for Culture and Sport at Leeds City Council
Cluny has been Chief Officer for Culture and Sport at Leeds City Council since 2013, where his responsibilities include oversight of the
city’s venues including Leeds Town Hall, its nine museum sites, and portfolio
of leisure centres. He is also the Council’s lead officer with respect to
major events such as Tour de France, Light Night and the World Triathlon
Series. He leads Leeds’ bid to be European Capital of Culture
In addition to previous jobs as market trader, youth worker
and, for 10 years, a professional musician he was most recently the Regional
Director of the Arts Council in Yorkshire.
Sally Joynson, CEO Screen Yorkshire
Sally has been central to Screen Yorkshire’s operation since
its formation in 2002, first as Head of Industry Development and, since 2006,
Chief Executive. A high profile champion of the screen industries in
Yorkshire and the UK, Sally has extensive experience in cultivating businesses,
establishing networks and forming high level partnerships in the TV, Film and
Games sectors. She has played a pivotal role in the growth of some of Yorkshire’s
most successful indies.
has led her team to secure significant investment for the screen industries in
the region: In 2012 she relaunched Screen Yorkshire as a commercial
content investor, managing the £15m public/private Yorkshire Content Fund,
which has attracted nearly 40 major film and TV productions to the region. In
2015 Screen Yorkshire launched a major new film and TV production space, the
Church Fenton Yorkshire Studios, now home to ITV’s Victoria. That year, Screen
Yorkshire, in partnership with Sheffield Doc/Fest and Game Republic, also
submitted the first and to date only successful bid to the BFI’s Creative
Cluster Challenge Fund, which aims to support
the growth of emerging screen sector centres outside London. Sally
sits on several Advisory Boards including National Science and Media Museum,
Yorkshire Film Archive and Digital Creativity Labs.
Bekki Wray Rogers, Managing Director Duck Soup Films
Bekki Wray-Rogers is Managing Director of Duck Soup Films. Established in 2015, the Yorkshire-based
indie has built a burgeoning slate
of bold, authored, scripted content for TV and Film, working with an eclectic
and diverse mix of regional, national and international talent. A collaboration between Bekki
Wray-Rogers, Libby Durdy and Jessica Holyland, the company recently announced a
25% investment from global production outfit Fremantle Media.
Prior to Duck Soup Films,
Bekki Wray-Rogers produced high-end TV drama productions - most recently, Shane
Meadows’ THIS IS ENGLAND ’90 for Warp Films / Channel4 and previously Meadows’
THIS IS ENGLAND '88 for Warp Films / Channel 4 and the UTOPIA series 1 & 2
for Kudos Film & TV/Channel 4. Bekki won BAFTA’s for THIS IS ENGLAND ’88
& ‘90 for best Drama mini-series in 2012 & 2016 respectively and UTOPIA
has won a FIPA, a clutch of RTS awards, and an International EMMY in 2014 for
Best Drama Series.
Bekki lives in Leeds with
her husband and two children.
Be More Leeds: Agenda
Date: Thursday 13th July 2017
13:00 Welcome – Caroline Norbury MBE, CEO Creative England
13:25 Creative Industries in the Regions – Nicola Mendelsohn CBE, Facebook VP EMEA & CIC Chair
13:50 In Conversation with Amanda Nevill CBE, British Film Institute CEO
14:40 Be More Entrepreneurial - An SME Showcase, 4 cross-sector companies from the region will have 5 mins to present their business in a creative way
15:45 Screen in the North – Putting the spotlight on the North through film and television with Iain Smith (BFC), Sally Joynson (Screen Yorkshire) and Bekki Wray-Rogers (Duck Soup Films)
16:40 Closing comments – Cluny Macpherson, Chief Officer, Culture & Sport at Leeds City Council
16:45 - 19:30 - Be More Connected - Drinks reception & exhibition– An immersive insight into Leeds bubbling creative scene with the opportunity to experience moving image and be entertained by some of Leeds brightest creatives
Be More Entrepreneurial: Leeds
SME Showcase - presentations
Production Park is an international centre for the live events industry. It is made up of several leading brands that range from music and TV to motorsport and collectively they have worked with international artists such as Rolling Stones, Lady GaGa, U2, Jay-Z and Foo Fighters. Creative England has supported their mission to scale the park and build five new development stages. This will support new facilities as part of the campus offering, particularly as part of their Backstage Academy - a centre of excellence for live events training and specialist degree courses. The expansion project will help position the company to capitalise on growth by servicing demand and also develop a new pool of skilled and experienced talent.
We are BetaJester, a start-up consisting of 3 software engineers. We have extensive experience in making digital experience that are creative, inspiring and a lot of fun! We've been around for the last 4 years, formally becoming a company in early 2015. Since then we have expanded our skill set and now focus on delivering creative and effective solutions to a range of clients across development of applications, web solutions, games, and virtual reality, each bespoke to our client's needs. We are constantly working on new and exciting projects and are regular competitors in hackathons and development competitions across the country. If you want to keep up to date with us or get in touch about hiring us, please don't hesitate to get in contact!
We will be showing Decrypt, our brand new IP funded by the Creative England.
ADI are a leading digital healthcare provider and consultancy. They combine the creative use of digital technology and behavioural science to transform the way healthcare is delivered. Creative England provided ADI with investment (£200,000) to accelerate the development and commercialisation of their product ‘PainSense’ which supports self-management of chronic pain. The investment has helped the ADI evolve the product rapidly to market need and enable the company to grow.
My Knowledge Map
Rob is Founder and Chairman of MyKnowledgeMap. Before founding MyKnowledgeMap Rob spent over 20 years with IBM in various senior management roles. For over 5 years this included being Location Manager for IBM Yorkshire & Humber based here in Leeds.
MyKnowledgeMap are a small learning technology company based in York that now has clients worldwide including schools, universities, professional bodies and large corporates. This includes high profile clients such as the General Medical Council, the Chartered Management Institute, Cambridge University and Siemens.
Be More Connected: Leeds
Drinks reception & exhibition – An immersive insight into Leeds bubbling creative scene with the opportunity to experience moving image and be entertained by some of Leeds brightest creatives
Be More Leeds: Photography
A snapshot of a great day, great content and a great audience.
Be more Leeds: Live film
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