Pathways is an exciting networking event; bringing like-minded individuals and businesses together to discuss current trends and employment opportunities in broadcast journalism, film&media production, animation, visual effects, gaming, digital media and photography.
Wednesday 8th March, 2017
Welcome from Philo Holland, Employability Lead & ACES Pro-Vice Chancellor Roger Eccleston and Vice Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam Professor Chris Husbands. Followed by a talk by Ian Livingstone.
Life is a Game: Ian will give an entertaining and visual account of his struggles as a games entrepreneur in the 1970s when he and Steve Jackson set up Games Workshop, launched Dungeons & Dragons in Europe, and wrote the multi-million selling Fighting Fantasy gamebooks series. From analogue to digital, he will give a brief history of computer games, past, present and future, detailing how ‘digital’ has transformed customer habits and business models, expanding video games from a niche market to a global mainstream entertainment industry. He will give very useful insights into how to forge a career in the video games industry.
10:15AM - 11:15AM
From Ravenshead to Phnom Penh, it took travelling to Cambodia for Charles to work out what he wanted to say as a photographer. He'll look at how to become successful photographer today, in a world where everyone has access to a good camera, and social media has turned everyone into a photographer. Top tips for carving a career in photography.
11:15AM - 12:00PM
If you're thinking about a career in the movies, Diarmid's talk will be unmissable. Fresh from an airing at Cannes, Diarmid's new film release Journeyman, directed by and starring Paddy Considine, hits the cinemas this year. Diarmid will talk about the making of his cult classic This is England, and offer top tips on how to break into the competitive film industry.
12:00PM - 12:45PM
What next after you graduate? Through Redeye, Paul’s worked with hundreds of photographers. For this talk, he will distil the common essentials for career success across all types of photography, concentrating particularly on making the most of your last few months at university.
12:00PM - 12:45PM
If you are considering a career in television - here are two people who know what they're talking about. Ian has directed Coronation Street and Emmerdale for many years, and Hana has spent 20 years producing hugely memorable programmes at Endemol and Twenty Twenty; from Snog Marry Avoid to Blind Dates, from Deal or No Deal to Pointless. You may be surprised just how many pathways there are into a job in telly.
13:00PM - 13:45PM
Imagine working for one of the world's most iconic brands. Lee has made it to Head of Studios & Vice President Marketing at Walt Disney UK, after graduating from Sheffield Hallam University. He covers all Pixar, Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm (Star Wars) releases - such as Captain America, Monsters University, Avengers, Iron Man 3, Wreck It Ralph, and Pirates of the Caribbean 4. Disney have many placement and graduate opportunities. Find out whether this might be a career for you!
14:00PM - 14:45PM
In a world of fake news, multiple platforms, and Trump going to war with the press - this will be a fascinating talk. Robin is at the top of the tree at ITV News. He's seen it all and done it all. Find out whether you've got what it takes to break into the world of TV journalism.
15:00PM - 15:45PM
Making films - from concept to completion. Budgeting, locations, props, cast and action - an insight into the work of a location manager and producer.
15:00PM - 15:45PM
This is definitely the session for you if you want to talk about all things 'Networking'! Pennie Raven & Jonny Douglas will deliver this informative session on Networking. You'll finish this session being fully equipped to put what you've learnt into practice with the Employers that are attending on the day.
11:15AM - 12:15AM
Our hosts have a wealth of experience and knowledge of the BBC. Tim Levell, is the Editor of Daily on BBC Radio 5 Live, formerly Editor of Blue Peter and Newsround. Dan Green is producer/reporter on BBC Radio Sheffield’s Breakfast. They will share insights into career opportunities in Radio and Television – and explore the skills and personality traits the BBC are looking for.
12:15PM - 1:00PM
Come along to this fantastic session with a wide range of media practitioners. Chris Wilson (Regional Magazine Company) will be joined by Rosie Sobieraj (PR for National Policing), Brian Baglow (Scottish Games Network), Cat Hufton (freelance journalist), Michael Wilkins (Quba), Cat Marshall (Warp Films), Mike Woodcock (BBC Radio Sheffield) and Alex Evans (Sheffield Star). The panel will look at how you get your foot in the door, and make the most of your work experience opportunities in the world of games, animation, magazines, film, newspapers, PR, digital media and radio.
14:00PM - 14:45PM
Ian Livingstone is one of the founding fathers of the UK games industry. He wrote the Fighting Fantasy gamebook series, was Co-Founder of Games Workshop, Life President of Eidos Interactive and is Chairman of Sumo Digital. He’s been behind such games as Tombraider and Dungeons and Dragons. He sits on the Governments Creative Industry Council.
Brian Baglow is a digital media expert. A 20 year veteran of the global video games industry, now working with companies across the interactive and creative industries. Founder of the Scottish Games Network, he was part of the team behind the original Grand Theft Auto video game.
Rosie Sobieraj is a graduate from SHU BA (Hons) Public Relations and Media First Class Honours. She is now a Communications Officer within the National Policing environment.
For many years Richard Knight has worked in the film industry as freelance location manager, sourcing and organising the locations for films such as the BAFTA award-winning "This is England". In recent years he has enjoyed a spell as Head of Production at Screen Yorkshire, providing practical and logistical support to Screen Yorkshire projects.
Michael Wilkins is a CIM member and experienced marketing professional; His experience ranges from the full product and brand development journey, from understanding consumer insight, the development of new concepts, brand development, agency management, through to product launches and experiential activity. All utilising the digital marketing channels.
Pennie is the founding owner of HR Guardian Angels and Sheffield SOUP, and co-owner of Pecha Kucha Sheffield. HR Guardian Angels is a human resources and organisation development consultancy. Prior to setting up her own business she had a corporate career at HR Director level. Part of her duties were defining the graduate recruitment policies at companies like Barclays and Delta group.
Cat Hufton is a freelance journalist and copywriter and contributes regularly to the Telegraph, Metro, and other esteemed productions. She also creates digital content for brands such as L’Oréal. She also has a blog which she updates regularly, London Beauty Insider.
Charles is a British born photographer currently based in Cambodia and has been working in Asia since 2005. He has a degree in Photojournalism from the London College of Communications and is part of Getty Global Assignments.
Cat Marshall is Production Supervisor at Warp Films. In addition to their recent TV output, including The Last Panthers (Sky Atlantic/Canal +) and This is England '90 for Channel 4, Warp are behind an array of award-winning films such as ’71 (2014) and The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone (2012).
Ian Bevitt, has been the Director of two of the nation’s biggest soap operas for several years; Coronation Street and Emmerdale. He’s also worked on Hollyoaks, The Royal, Heartbeat, Roy and World’s End.
Paul Herrmann is the director of Redeye, the Photography Network, which researches and advises on careers, markets and professional development across photography, and delivers an ambitious events programme in Northern England. He also heads the new Photographic Collections Network, and works as an editorial photographer.
View a list of the employers exhibiting at SHU Pathways. These will be located in the atrium.
This FREE event will be attended by representatives from over 30 business in the creative media sector including BBC Radio 5 Live, Creative England, Sumo Digital, HR Media, Screen Yorkshire and the Children's Media Conference. An exciting line-up of keynote speakers, workshops and networking opportunities.
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