C4: 20 Years On – Seminar

This 2-day seminar will critically consider the development of Channel 4 over the past 20 years, bringing together key decision makers from C4’s past and present to discuss the channel, its legacy and its future. In association with the University of Salford . Further details in a leaflet available from box office.Sat 9 Nov12.00 – 1.00pm Introduction Dr. Sylvia Harvey of Sheffield Hallam University on the establishment and 20 years of development of C4.1.30 – 2.45pm C4 & Cultural DiversityChannel 4 was established with a remit to serve ‘minority’ audiences; how did (and does) the channel plan to achieve this? 3.15 – 4.30pm C4 and music televisionFrom The Tube to The White Room, does 4 Music deserve its cutting-edge reputation?5.00 – 6.30pm C4 and FilmC4 was the first UK television station to commit to producing cinema films alongside TV drama. Foreign language films that occupied a central position in C4’s schedules now find themselves relegated to graveyard lots. This session will explore the policies and pressures (past and present) of film production and programming on terrestrial TV. Speakers include Nick Jones, Head of Film Programming at Channel 4; David Shaw, Film Publicist at the channel; David Rose, original Senior Commissioning Editor for Fiction and Karin Bamborough, member of the original team responsible for Film on Four. Chaired by Andy Willis, lecturer in Film and Media Studies, the University of Salford.Sun 10 Nov11.00am – 12.30pm Independents and the RegionsC4 was charged with bringing regional programmes, both rough and polished, to the national network. 20 years on, has the channel fulfilled this remit?Speakers: Professor Alan Fountain, original Commissioning Editor, Independent Grant-Aided Sector, now Head of the television Centre, Middlesex University and Murray Martin, founding member of Newcastle’s Amber Film Collective. Chaired by Dr Erik Knudsen, the University of Salford.1.00 – 1.45pm Mersey TV: a C4 case studyPhil Redmond’s Merseyside production company was born with Brookside and has branched out with Hollyoaks. 2.15 – 3.00pmC4: Now and in the Future. A look forwardPlease note: Programme may be subject to changeTICKETSSaturday: £3.00 full / £2.50 concs per session Any 2 sessions: £5.00 full / £4.00 concs All day Pass: £8.00 full / £6.00 concs (+ receive £1.00 off ticket for the screening of ANGEL)Sunday: £3.00 full / £2.50 per session All day Pass: £6.00 full / £4.50 concs