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Bristol hosts 2nd conference of European Creative Business Network

Companies form across Europe will gather today for the 2nd conference of the European Creative Business Network (ECBN).

The two-day conference, which is being held at @Bristol, will see more than 60 European creative businesses and support organisations gather together to discuss services that the ECBN can provide and explore the latest developments and opportunities of Internet Protocol Television (IPTV).

The event is being hosted by South West Screen and a welcome event for delegates will take place tonight, hosted by Bristol City Council, where Bristol’s creative industry sector and advances in media innovation will be showcased.

“We look forward to welcoming these companies to Bristol for this valuable opportunity to share knowledge, identify common challenges and build new relationships whilst also discussing the innovation in content and technology across the creative industries,” said Kip Meek, non-executive chairman of YouView and chairman of South West Screen.

A two day innovation forum will see delegates build an understanding of the business models at work across Europe and different roles played by the agencies and organisations that support creative companies, through a series of workshops.

The conference will explore strategies that can be used to drive innovation in the rapidly converging world of creative industries, with specific focus on the use of IPTV.

Founded in October 2010, the ECBN is an alliance of European partners including South West Screen, ECCE (european centre for creative economy), the creative industries consultancy CIDA and the Dutch Creative Residency Network. The goal of the ECBN network is to establish the European Union as a more accessible, effective and rewarding single market for small creative entrepreneurs. Following the ECBN’s inaugural summit in Essen, Germany last year, the network has selected Bristol as the destination for its second conference.

Expert speakers will include Kip Meek, non-executive chairman of YouView and Chairman of South West Screen, John Denton (managing editor of TV Platforms, BBC Future Media & Technology), Vibeke Hansen (creative director, SlipStream), Dan’l Hewitt (european director, DemandMedia), Patrick Towell (chief executive, Golant media ventures) and Colin Donald (director, Futurescape).

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