By Daniel Hunter
Industry leaders from the UK and US creative sectors will arrive in London today (Monday) for a two day forum which could see tens of millions of pounds of business being done. The last Technology Innovators Forum (TIF-IN) was held in Los Angeles and resulted in over 80 UK companies winning over £60 million worth of contracts.
The second Technology Innovators Forum is being hosted by the BBC and BBC Worldwide at Broadcasting House and will bring together top names in the music, film, television, digital and video games industries from both sides of the Atlantic to encourage closer relationships and drive growth and innovation in the UK. Culture Secretary Maria Miller, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey and Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander will be attending the two day event.
TIF-IN is a collaboration between UK Trade & Investment, the BBC, BBC Worldwide, Universal Music Group and the Founders Forum. The summit will be chaired by Lord Marland, the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy, and Lucian Grainge CBE, Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group and a UK Business Ambassador.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “The UK’s creative industries, worth over £36 billion a year, are a world-renowned success story. Over 80 UK companies participated in the last Technology Innovators Forum in Los Angeles this past February winning over £60 million of contracts. The government is again working in partnership with the creative sector on this second forum, providing an international showcase for our world technology companies and entertainment studios."
Lord Marland said: “Today’s globalised world means that now more than ever before, strong business relationships need to be forged if we in the UK are to not only maintain, but grow our reputation as a world-leading hub for the creative industries.”
Lucian Grainge CBE, Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group and UK Business Ambassador, said: “TIF-IN represents what can be achieved when people who are passionate about creative industries gather in one place. Our last forum was a huge success, and no doubt we will have similar results in London, which is riding a wave of confidence since the Olympics.
“We are all determined to make sure that the conversations that start today will result in partnerships that last for years.”
Tim Davie, CEO of BBC Worldwide said: “We are delighted to join the TIF-IN partnership and to be a part of this forum which will bring together some of the most innovative companies in the creative industries.”
Brent Hoberman from Founders Forum said: “Founders Forum is delighted to support TIF-IN especially in highlighting and spotting talented UK technology start-ups that can benefit from the links with the broader creative community that they will meet at this event.”
Industry leaders set to attend include Matt Brittin (Google Vice President), Rupert Gavin (Odeon CEO) and Dido Harding (TalkTalk CEO).
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