Former Sky director to headline at Leeds Trinity Media Festival

The man who launched Sky Atlantic and brought Game of Thrones to the UK will head the bill at Leeds Trinity University’s second Media Festival next week.

Stuart Murphy, the former director of entertainment channels at Sky, will be one of a number of high-profile speakers giving Leeds Trinity students a unique insight into how to get into the media industry.

The five day event, starting on Monday 27 February, features a host of presentations and masterclasses from industry experts and Leeds Trinity alumni who have gone on to have successful careers in media.

Bob Walmsley, associate principal lecturer in radio and organiser of the media festival, said: “This media festival gives students the chance to meet some of the most influential people within the creative industries. We’ve got special guests from the BBC, ITV and SKY, as well as some highly successful independent production companies, who will all be sharing their knowledge, experience and expertise, so it’s a great opportunity not to be missed.

“We’re especially excited to welcome Stuart Murphy, who is one of the leading figures in the UK television industry. He commissioned some of the most successful television shows ever to be screened in the UK. It goes without saying that Stuart has a wealth of knowledge and expertise and we’re so lucky to have him with us this year.

“It’s also great that we’ll be welcoming back former students who’ve gone on to carve out hugely successful careers in the media industries. I really hope this will inspire our current students and show what is possible to achieve with a degree from Leeds Trinity.” 

The week will kick off in style with a radio masterclass from the BBC. Students will first hear from former Leeds Trinity graduate Harpz Kaur, who will be telling her inspiring career story from media student to national BBC Radio Presenter.

BBC Radio Leeds’ Andrew Edwards will deliver a workshop on how to present a live radio show, and will then host his show, ‘The Big Yorkshire Phone-In’, live from Leeds Trinity from 12.00pm. Audience members will get to experience first-hand how a live radio show is produced and presented, and will also get chance to be part of the debate and share their views on-air.

Over the following three days, industry specialists and researchers will tackle some of the biggest trends in the industry at the moment.

Day two will focus will on the emerging topic of ‘escape rooms’. Students will get the chance to hear from game creators and take part in an interactive ‘game jam’, where they will get to explore the concept of game design by creating different types of escape room-style games.

Day three of the festival will be delivered by Leeds Trinity’s International Research Centre for Interactive Storytelling (IRIS). Dedicated to exploring new and emerging methods of storytelling through media and technology, IRIS places Leeds Trinity at the forefront of interactive documentary research. The IRIS team will showcase its current interactive multi-media projects and will deliver a workshop on Virtual Reality with a special guest.

Day four will be all about social media – students will get to hear tips, tactics and strategies for changing the world with social media from some of the biggest influencers on the platform.

To wrap up the week students will get the chance to hear from Stuart Murphy, the man who launched Sky Atlantic and commissioned programmes such as Game of Thrones, An Idiot Abroad, A League of Their Own, Mad Dogs, Glee and the world’s most watched comedy, Modern Family. Joining Stuart on the final day will be some of Leeds Trinity’s most successful media alumni, who will share their stories to show students just how far a media degree can take you.

Leeds Trinity’s 2017 Media Festival will run from Monday 27 February to Friday 3 March.


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