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Stephen Graham

Stephen Graham has enjoyed continued success following his critically acclaimed performance in the 2006 BAFTA Best Picture winner This Is England, directed by Shane Meadows. He’s since secured a TV BAFTA nomination with the follow-up Channel 4 mini-series This is England ‘86, ’88 & ‘90. Other notable TV credits include HBO’s Parade’s End with Benedict Cumberbatch, his iconic portrayal of Al Capone opposite Steve Buscemi in Martin Scorsese’s Boardwalk Empire for HBO as well as parts in The Watchman, Line of Duty, The Virtues and many more. Stephen’s film credits include Public Enemies alongside Johnny Depp, The Fields opposite Sam Worthington,  Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and most recently Rocketman alongside Taron Egerton and The Irishman opposite Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. In 2020, Stephen will star in Greyhound alongside Tom Hanks and is currently filming Venom 2 alongside Tom Hardy.

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Barry Dickins

Agent to the stars, Barry Dickins has worked with the likes of Bob Dylan, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Carole King, Diana Ross and many more – he is truly a legend in the music industry. Along with Rod MacSween, Barry formed International Talent Booking – a business which has been heavily influential in the careers of music greats Pearl Jam, Adele, Biffy Clyro, Mumford and Sons and many more.

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Games Workshop

Games Workshop is the largest and the most successful hobby miniatures company in the world. With their headquarters and manufacturing base in Nottingham they have distribution centres in Memphis, Tennessee and Sydney, Australia. Creators of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 and licence holders for The Lord of the Rings/the Hobbit tabletop battle game,  “the Hobby” is all about amazing miniatures and collecting, modelling, painting and playing games. They have amassed a loyal following; their activities are enjoyed by millions of adherents all across the world. This is a rare opportunity to find out how they create and market their intricate designs to a global audience.

TurboPunch

Thomas ‘TomSka’ Ridgewell, Elliot Gough and Eddie Bowley form TurboPunch, a London-based team of creatives making comedy sketches, viral animations and vlogging content for various YouTube channels, sponsorships and studios, stamping out their unique brand of quirky humour. ‘TomSka’ himself has over six million subscribers on YouTube!

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Jeanie Finlay

Jeanie is one of Britain’s most distinctive documentary makers. Her acclaimed films tell intimate stories to international audiences, whether inviting them behind the scenes of Teesside’s last record shop in her home town in Sound it Out, to sharing the extraordinary journey of a British transgender man pregnant with his child in Seahorse, or onto the set of the world’s biggest television show – Game Of Thrones: The Last Watch. Her films, although varied in subject matter, are all made with the same steel and heart, sharing an empathetic approach to bringing overlooked and untold stories to the screen.

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Alan McGee

Alan has been a record label owner, musician, manager, and music blogger. He co-founded the independent Creation Records label, running it from 1983 until its closure in 1999, since which he has set up further massively successful music labels. During his career, he has signed and worked with bands that have literally defined generations – Oasis, Primal Scream, The Hives, The Libertines and many more. His life has proved so fascinating, that Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle is making a film about him; filming for biopic Creation Stories began in 2019.

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Nick Raphael

Nick is Co-President of world-famous Capitol Records. Nick started his career as a DJ, before moving into the world of A&R. During his time at various record labels, he was responsible for signing and launching the careers of internationally renowned and successful artists including Jay-Z, Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer, Paloma Faith, Armand Van Helden, New Order, Aloe Black, Olly Murs and many, many more.

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Regan Perry

Regan studied a foundation degree in Film Production Technology at Confetti, before making a move down to London where he spent the best part of two months doing internships and work experience in multiple post-production companies in London. After this hard work, in August 2019 he received three job offers in the space of five days, before accepting a job as a runner at Freefolk in Soho, where he has continued to progress and now works within the transfer department.

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Cate Grundy

Confetti graduate Cate co-owns Nottingham-based record label Phlexx Records, releasing music from local artists such as Do Nothing, Soft Girls & Boys Club, Megatrain and more. She also works as a rep for DHP, managing shows for Rock City and Rescue Rooms and helps with advancing Dot to Dot, Splendour and Beat The Streets festivals. Thanks to Confetti, Cate was able to get ‘a foot in the door’ and gain a full introduction into and knowledge of the local music scene and the greater industry.

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James Lewis-Vines

James Lewis-Vines is a Concept Artist at Criterion Games – Electronic Arts, he has most recently worked on Battlefield V, Star Wars Battlefront 2 and unannounced upcoming AAA titles. Prior to this, he was a concept artist at the UK’s National Space Centre working on projects including Imagineering Design for Ferrari World (Abu Dhabi) and Google’s GLXP project. James also works on a freelance basis, contributing to games for studios including Pixel Toys and BossKey Studios. James’s role as a concept artist involves a wide variety of work such as promotional key frame artwork, character design, environment design, prop/vehicle design and matte painting.

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Brian Githiomi

Brian Githiomi is a Freelance Production Assistant specialising in film and TV production, commercials and music videos. Since graduating from Confetti in July 2019, he has been part of productions like The Batman (in production), Redbull 3×3 basketball commercial and a few shows for the BBC. In between crew jobs, he does a lot of supporting artist/extra work, the most successful being a Havens holiday commercial, which featured in the cinema and on TV across the country. He’s also appeared as a supporting artist in The Crown season 4, Made in Chelsea Season 18, War Machine and Justice League.

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Sammi Wild

Sammi started her music career playing the piano at the age of six, and went on to study vocals and music business at The Academy of Contemporary Music before pursuing her dream of working in the music industry. Beginning her journey at Chuff Media working across regional press, she moved to Bravado where she looked after D2C for a variety of artists, then onto Polydor Records on the Promotions team before eventually joining ATC Management in 2015. During her time at ATC she’s been fortunate to have worked closely with one of the UK’s most exciting electro-pop emerging acts, Shura; the ‘Godfather’ of trip hop and Mo’Wax founder, James Lavelle; melodic folk musician and classical composer, Keaton Henson; and most recently, the legendary Johnny Marr.

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Jon Francombe

Jon joined the audio team at BBC R&D in January 2018, where he works on novel immersive audio reproduction methods and applications of object-based audio, as well as sound quality evaluation. Prior to that, he graduated with a first-class honours degree in music and sound recording (Tonmeister) from the University of Surrey in 2010, before receiving a PHD in perceptual audio quality evaluation from the same institution in 2014. He then worked as a research fellow on the EPSRC-funded S3A: Future Spatial Audio for an Immersive Listener Experience at Home project, investigating the perceptual attributes of spatial audio reproduction and new methods for immersive audio reproduction.

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Tim Smith

After graduating from the BAFTA-winning Television Workshop, Tim pursued a career as an actor winning various roles in: Hollyoaks, Holby City, Heartbeat, The Bill, Teachers, Dream Team and Doctors plus various roles on stage and radio. Tim moved into film and TV production in 2010 as a director/producer with Fourmost Films and later with Spool films. Some of his production credits include work for Virgin, Redbull, BBC iPlayer, Barclays, Vauxhall, Chevrolet and Notts TV. Tim currently works as a creative freelancer and runs The Actors Workshop Nottingham, a facility teaching over 120 adults per week, stage and screen acting skills. The workshop, now in its 10th year, was recently described by director Shane Meadows as ‘a really exciting place to be’.

Anna Hollinrake

Anna is a Senior Concept and Environment Artist at Dream Reality Interactive. She also holds the title of 2017’s BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, specialising in creating worlds and defining art styles, low poly modelling, and hand painted texturing. She has worked on large-scale IPs such as Adventure Time and Magic: The Gathering, as well as lending her visual knowledge to helping craft new IPs. Alongside her work, she is also an advocate for mental health and greater diversity in games.

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Alessio Cavatore

In the last twenty years, Origins Awards winner Alessio Cavatore has designed or co-designed many miniatures wargames, role-playing games, card games and board games – titles like Warhammer, 40K, The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game, Kings of War, Bolt Action, Terminator Genisys, Labyrinth and Pacific Rim Extinction to name a few, not to mention a plethora of expansions and other type of supplements and support material for these systems.

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Sinai Sound System

Sheffield-based Sinai Sound System plays contemporary reggae and dub music presented in the traditional sound system style, fusing the boundaries between pro-audio and sound system culture. The sound system in its full form was debuted in Sheffield to great acclaim in March 2014. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength pushing the boundaries of what a modern sound system can be. Sinai Sound was the first dub sound system to appear on the prestigious Boiler Room, providing the sound system for Deep Medi in 2015. Not only this, but other sound system and DJ appearances have included SubDub, Telerama Dub Festival, Outlook Festival, Dimensions Festival, Boomtown Festival, SYSTEM, The Mine, Freerange, and many, many more!

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Rosie Haigh

Rosie Haigh works as a freelance Lighting Designer and Programmer within the concert touring and corporate events industry. After graduating from the University of Derby with a BSc (Hons) Sound Light and Live Event Technology degree, she worked hard at local hire companies and venues such as Rock City which she recognises as a major part of her success, creating a strong network within the industry which led to taking on the role of Training Manager at Avolites. Now she spends her time working on show designs, programming and operating shows as well as working as a lighting technician for some of the major hire companies.

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Samuel Barnett

Samuel Barnett graduated from LAMDA in 2001, since which he has worked on both stage and screen in the UK and America. Screen credits include British Independent Film Awards-nominated The History Boys, Mrs Henderson Presents, The Lady in the Van, Jupiter Ascending, Bright Star, Penny Dreadful, Beautiful People, Twenty Twelve, John Adams, Endeavour to name just a few, with stage credits including The History Boys, Twelfth Night, Richard III, His Dark Materials and many more. He can currently be seen in Netflix’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and BBC’s upcoming drama Four Lives.

Magdalena Mojsiejuk

Maggie, is a Confetti BSc Games Production graduate and Student of the Year Award-winner of 2019. During her university life, she was involved with many projects across the NTU campuses. She was a student mentor in her second year, the lead student mentor for Confetti games, student ambassador, course representative and NTU Global Lounge assistant. After graduating she started her position as Junior Game Designer at Supermassive Games in Guildford where she has worked for the past seven months since graduating.

Sophie Williams

Sophie has been working as a game designer and operations manager for Needy Cat Games for two years, and previously managed artists for Games Workshop’s Publications studio. She has worked on games such as Hellboy: the Board Game, Devil May Cry: The Bloody Palace and The League of Infamy. Sophie also runs small business planning and mentoring sessions and will happily chat to anyone looking to get into the table-top games industry about how to take their first steps.

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Patrick Cloherty

Patrick has been working at Sentric Music since 2012 within the synchronisation department. He has worked on numerous music placements for brands such as Mercedes Benz, Adidas, Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, Lee Jeans, Corona, Halifax & Johnnie Walker. He now works as ‘Head of UK Sync’ overseeing Sentric’s UK sync team & operations. He has also written reports on exporting European music to international markets in Asia and South America and has spoken at various industry events including The Exchange Conference (India), Reeperbahn (Germany), AVA Festival (Belfast & London), European Music Incubator (France) and multiple other industry events.

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Joe Le Huquet

Joe Le Huquet is an animator from Nottingham currently working between Amsterdam and London. He has worked as freelancer and full-time across various industries as director, designer, illustrator and animator.

Alex Traska

Alex’s 20 years of experience in the design industry has covered a broad creative output. In the mid 2000’s, his work founding a global internet radio community was featured by Channel 4 and the BBC, and precipitated international DJing bookings, and a guest lecture appearance at Germany’s legendary Bauhaus Institute. More than 10-years later, Alex’s work and that of the team he leads at creative agency, Makermet, came to the attention of Channel 4 again, in the form of our city’s shortlisted bid to become home to the TV station’s new creative HQ.

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Harvey Parker

Harvey is a veteran art director with a traditional art background, a deep understanding of game design, an eye for detail and global visual trends. His passion is combining art and technology to provide new gaming experiences, and in his 19 years working in the games industry, he has worked on games including CSR2, Golden Boot, Heroic, Fantastic Beasts: Cases, Breaking Bad: Empire Business and many more.

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Dean Jackson

Dean is a local legend, and then some. Consistently flying the flag for new music emerging from the East Midlands region, he’s supported thousands of artists on their way to international music industry success. Dean is very much part of the Confetti family, and we can’t think of a more fitting person to interview and get the low-down from this year’s industry guests for the audience.

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Emily Catherine

Emily Catherine is a freelance artist and illustrator living and working in Nottingham. She has had her works published worldwide, exhibited in The Design Museum, London and New Art Exchange, Nottingham along with winning awards for her recent Psychopomps series which debuted at the group show Cell Colour in early 2019. Emily’s work is heavily influenced by Hip-Hop and urban culture, observations of everyday life and art for social justice. She has been commissioned to create album artwork for Your Old Droog and Micall Parknsun and among her other clients there are names such as Pharoahe Monch, Penguin Books, FerArts and Sway Dasafo.

Tess Redburn

Tess Redburn is an experienced creative project manager, illustration agent and consultant. Having studied graphic communication at Bath Spa University, she went on to become the senior agent at the Central Illustration Agency for five years. Tess now works with design studios as a project manager and with freelance illustrators and artists, helping with portfolio strategy and creative business skills. She is also a painter and designer in her own right, working with records labels and running a print shop.

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Ben Parbury

Ben Parbury is a Senior Software Engineer at Rare working on Everwild. He’s spent the last decade working in the games industry on a variety of titles such as the Crysis Series which sells millions of copies internationally each year, and triple BAFTA-winning Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture.

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Rhianne Murphy

Rhianne is a narrative designer and previous level designer at Sumo Digital Sheffield. She also happens to be a Confetti graduate. For the last three years, she has been working on AAA titles alongside publishers such as Microsoft. She is a self-professed ‘tabletop nerd’ and lover of Dungeons and Dragons.

Callum Hancock

Callum works in Design on the Flight Team at Cloud Imperium Games. He graduated from the FdSc Games Technology degree in 2018 and went on to work on Star Citizen and Squadron 42. Throughout this time he has kept up on personal projects and has hosted at several conventions including EGX Birmingham NEC.

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Ibriz Daya

Ibriz is a professional eSports and video game commentator, and has been travelling the world covering multiple events. He graduated from Confetti in 2017, and uses his downtime between events to produce analysis and news articles related to eSports.

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MC Snowy

Midlands MC Snowy knows you don’t have to be within the M25 to lead the charge in UK rap. Not content to be contained within grime’s boundaries, the Nottingham spitter is ripping up the rap rulebook, lending his wild ad-libs and sharp lyricism to some of the coldest styles going. Snowy has been tipped by tastemakers like Complex and Huck, Gilles Peterson on his Future Bubblers program and has since caught the ears of Mike Skinner, Idris Elba and Lily Allen – even comedian Frankie Boyle’s a fan.

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Simran Hans

Simran Hans is a culture writer and film critic for The Observer. Her work has appeared in or on publications including BuzzFeed, Dazed & Confused, The FADER, The Guardian, Little White Lies, Mubi, New Statesman, Pitchfork, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound and Variety among others. From 2015-2018 she co-programmed feminist screening series Bechdel Test Fest, for which she won a Women & Hollywood Trailblazer award. She is also a member of the London Critics Circle.

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Shayleen Hulbert

Shayleen is a 3D character artist in the UK with over 5 years of experience working in the games industry. Specialising in stylised character sculpting, modelling, texturing and having worked with a range of aesthetics, Shayleen has extensive experience in high to low modelling pipelines for games. Shayleen has worked on a variety of projects from AAA to mobile titles such as Heroes of the Storm, Spyro Reignited, Borderland 3 and the newly announced Last Stop by Variable State.

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Adam Dewhirst

Adam is a Build Supervisor for Double Negative in London. He has over 15 years’ experience in VFX spanning games, film, TV, commercials and children’s television. Adam’s film career started at Framestore, before moving onto Cinesite, MPC, Mill Film, Passion Pictures and the BBC. His first film credit was for The Golden Compass, which went onto win both an Oscar and a BAFTA. His lead modeller credits include WWZ and Guardians of the Galaxy where his team were responsible for bringing Rocket the Raccoon to life. He has worked on notable films such as The Dark Knight, Clash of the Titans and John Carter of Mars.

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Miranda Stewart

Since leaving Confetti in 2014, I have worked around the UK in Stage, Production and Tour Management and as a Venue Technician, Production Coordinator and Comedy Promoter. I’ve worked predominantly in theatre and festivals across many different types of shows – from new writing pieces in Nottingham to musical theatre in Glasgow to pantomimes in Yorkshire to comedy shows in Edinburgh. Highlights have included working with Basil Brush, London Hughes, Myra DuBois, Lost Voice Guy and with So Television (Graham Norton’s company). I’m currently working in Events Management and recently co-founded Rally Comedy.

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Erol Kentli

Lead Artist at Splash Damage, Erol Kentli is a seasoned veteran of the games industry, having spent the last 20+ years leading, managing and directing art on a wide variety of games – Xcom, the Conflict series, DiRT 2, Flashpoint, Crysis 3 & PlayStation VR Worlds to name a few. More recently at Splash Damage he’s been a lead on Dirty Bomb, Gears Tactics & has also been working on a variety of top secret new IPs.

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Avarni (Wigflex)

With a background in global fashion supply and brand management having studied a BA (Hons) in Fashion Marketing and Branding at NTU, Avarni now works as a freelance festival consultant and full time producer for the left-field electronic music events company Wigflex. Her work includes production and logistics of the annual Wigflex City Festival alongside all other Wigflex events, plus other music and wellbeing events in the UK.

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Andy Afford

Professional sportsman, journalist, editor, editorial director, publishing director and in most-recent times a managing director and business owner with STENCIL, a creative agency based in Nottingham’s Sneinton Market. All coming after spending many years working in the publishing industry in central London. Commended by the Nottinghamshire Police Commission in 2007 for his role in affecting a ‘crack house closure’, Andy was one of the British Society of Magazine Editors’ Sports Editors of the Year in 2011; and a Sony Radio Academy Silver Award winner in 2013. He has also coached, written about and played sport at international level.

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Julian Foddy

Most recently, Julian was Global Supervisor for ILM’s work on Spiderman – Far From Home. Following this, he worked on a number of large projects including Paul, The Dark Knight Rises and Fast and Furious 6. He has also worked as 3D Artist on Cloverfield, and VFX Supervisor on Ready Player One, Solo (A Star Wars Story), and many more noteworthy productions.

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Adam Redfern

Adam is a BAFTA and RTS winning Children’s TV Showrunner and Scriptwriter with over 15 years’ industry experience. Adam has worked for major broadcasters including Disney Channel and the BBC, leading shows from pre-production through to TX. He is currently writing on Paddington for Nickelodeon as well as for a host of other projects.

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Portico Quartet

Sending out echoes of jazz, electronica, ambient music and minimalism, Mercury Prize nominated Portico Quartet have created their own singular, cinematic sound over the course of four lauded studio albums and one EP. From the band’s 2007 breakthrough Knee-Deep in the North Sea, and the John Leckie-produced Isla in 2010, to the self-titled recording Portico Quartet in 2012 and the heralded Art In The Age Of Automation in August 2017, each album has seen the band expand its palate or explore new trajectories.

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Lee Wrathe

Lee is one of the world’s most in-demand guitar demonstrators for many brands. Demonstrating a diverse range of styles both to live audiences and to millions of viewers on YouTube, his videos for brands and dealers have generated over 50 million views. Lee can also be found giving live demonstrations at guitar trade shows across the UK, Europe, USA and China. In 2019, Lee wrote and recorded a new album – Awakening.

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Hannah Brodrick

Hannah has almost a decade of experience in the live music industry. Her areas of expertise include working with monitors, radio frequency work and acting as the front-of-house engineer for venues, as well as tour managing and driving. When she isn’t touring, she works across several London venues as an in-house engineer, as well as working corporate events regularly.

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Will Becher

Will is an Animator and Director based in Bristol. He began his career with a summer work placement on Chicken Run – building ‘clay wings’ in the model-making department. Following his degree in Animation in Edinburgh, he was invited by Nick Park to join the animation team on Curse of the Were Rabbit (becoming one of Aardman’s youngest ever feature film animators). The film won the Academy Award and BAFTA for Best Animation. Will has since worked as a Lead Character Animator on both The Pirates! and Shaun the Sheep Movie, as well as directing Shaun the Sheep Series 5 before taking the role of Animation Director on Early Man. Will is co-director of Bafta nominated Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon.

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James Hall

James has over 15 years’ experience in web development and the public sector, with the expertise and skills to provide extensive understanding on the importance of creating accessible websites. He is an experienced speaker, having spoken at prestigious events including Accessibility London and WordCamp New York and delivers a number of talks, workshops and training sessions that educate the industry on the measures required in accordance with the public sector legislation. HeX is passionate about delivering accessible digital services and work in partnership with the disabled user testing team at Shaw Trust Accessibility Services to provide real insight into the user experience.

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Tori Sheard

Tori Sheard is a folk-pop singer-songwriter from the UK, crowned ‘Best Nottingham Solo Artist Of 2019’ by The Mic Magazine. Entangled with country-pop undertones, her earthy and ethereal sound finds its nuances in the likes of First Aid Kit and Jade Bird. 2019 was a brilliant year for the young songstress, starting out as Cafe Nero’s Artist of the Month in January, and ending with a UK tour supporting Californian Americana band ‘Dustbowl Revival’. Tori’s debut EP, ‘Edge of the Earth’ graced the alternative charts at #26 (Number 20 in Poland!) and continues to gain popularity. She’s quickly made her mark on the local scene, with sell out headline shows at The Bodega and Rough Trade. Tori recently graced the Rock City main stage at Beat the Streets festival, playing the slot before Jake Bugg.

Rob Milton

Rob Milton has been round the Nottingham block and is well-known within the city’s music scene – not to mention around the rest of the UK. Previously a member of the five-piece band Dog Is Dead, Rob’s now busy carving himself out as the go-to writer and producer for one of 2020’s sure-fire bands to watch – Easy Life.

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Steve Austin

Steve works in animation production at Cloud Imperium Games. Through his career, he’s worked as a QA for multiple games companies including Sony, Traveller’s Tales, Ubisoft and now Cloud Imperium. Before this, he was a games lecturer, having graduated with a degree in games design. He is also a regular speaker at games industry events.

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Petra Mandova

Petra has been working in the film industry for over eight years, managing events and curating programs in the UK and throughout Europe. Since 2018, she has been working as a Business Development Executive at The Mandy Network – the world’s number one platform for actors, crew and creative professionals. The network has over 2.7million members worldwide.

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Suzanne Chesterton

A multi-award winning music & radio producer with 21 years experience in the industry, Suzanne’s worked alongside the likes of Paul van Dyk, Martin Jensen, Markus Schulz, Solarstone, Giuseppe Ottaviani and Dannic to produce some of the biggest radio shows in the world. She also hosts her own weekly radio show, Voyager Radio, which is broadcast around the world in fifteen countries. In addition to this, she’s released her own music on Paul van Dyk’s VANDIT Records, Pure Trance and Amsterdam Trance. Suzanne has a very exciting year ahead with some massive new radio projects on the horizon, music scheduled for release on the world’s biggest record labels and tour dates already in the diary for 2020.

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Paul Adam

Paul started his career as a live agent at International Talent Booking, working for legendary ‘agent to the stars’, Barry Dickins. He then went to work for Polydor Records in A&R signing some major artists including Ian Brown, Cast, Shed 7, Busted, McFly and Amy MacDonald. Paul appeared on the original Popstars and went onto work at Global Music as Director of A&R, followed by over three years at Spotify as Head of Writers. He currently works at Island Records as an A&R consultant.

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Kim Hawes

Kim started as a merchandiser in 1979, naturally progressing to tour accounting. Ten years was spent with one of the most notorious rock bands ever: Motörhead. Following that experience, she was head hunted and travelled to America, becoming one of the very first female tour managers in the world. She can now boast of working with over forty bands, ten major labels whilst meeting with an array of influential superstars along the way. She is internationally recognised for her achievement as A Pioneer for Women in the Music Industry and Tour Management.

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JP Braddock

John Paul ‘JP’ Braddock is a highly experienced audio engineer focused in both analogue and digital domain mastering. With over thirty years’ experience in the music industry, he’s delivered hundreds of albums over the last three decades spanning a wide range of genres from DnB and folk to metal. His other active interests include membership of the Audio Engineering Society and he is also one of the instigators of AES Mastering Group.

Jeremy Pritchard

A classically trained cellist and singer, Jeremy has been involved in music since childhood and went on to form band Everything Everything with fellow University of Salford music graduates in 2007 where they were signed to Sony RCA and released four top 10 albums. Not only this, but the band won five Ivor Novello and two Mercury Music Prize nominations. Jeremy became a patron of The Music Venue Trust in 2014, more recently becoming a trustee, following his great experiences touring smaller venues. Throughout 2019 he toured internationally with Foals, on bass, vocals and keys, and following this is currently working on the fifth Everything Everything album.

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Genix

One of the longest-serving linchpins of the trance scene, Genix has deep roots in the genre that have helped his production career to grow hugely since his debut release in 2003. Since then he has become a mainstay of Anjunabeats, with other releases on Armind, Vandit Records, Enhanced Records and Reset Records to name a few. DJing alongside the world’s elite along the way, he has become a huge name in his own right.

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Eric Longley

Eric was for a time Managing Director of Factory Records, working with New Order and Happy Mondays. He has managed indie bands such as Cud and the New Fast Automatic Daffodils, as well as boyband Spin City. Eric now works as a tax specialist for musicians, composers and others in the entertainment industry, as well as acting as the business manager for 25 Hour Convenience Store – the record label owned by Gary Powell of The Libertines.  Eric has a mountain of contacts and information to share about how to be successful in the music business.

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Alex McCann

Alex is a social media svengali. He started out as a promoter with the band The 1975 in Manchester, before moving into the world of digital marketing, creating Altrincham HQ – a social media management and training company based in Cheshire. Over the past eight years Alex has built up an impressive client list including the BBC, NHS, University Of Manchester, Manchester Arndale and many more. A former journalist, whose blogs have been read by over half a million readers, he has also successfully ran an events company putting on 60 events a year which included a 15,000 capacity arts & music festivals in Manchester. Alex is also ranked number one for Social Media Marketing in the UK via independent customer reviews on Freeindex.

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Tommy Draper

Tommy is a prolific screenwriter who frequently writes for European companies. His credits list is lengthy, and includes the likes of Pro Kopf – which won ‘Best Horror/Suspense’ at Comic-Con – and Der Letze Tropfen, which was commissioned by NBC Universal International (Germany). One of Tommy’s most recent credits is the BFI Network-funded Keep Breathing, which screened at the BFI London Film Festival.

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Sophie Power

Sophie is currently Head of Creative for award-winning, Nottingham-based live music promoter DHP Family. Her department provides creative to promote tours and stand-alone shows for artists such as Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Rey, Massive Attack, Nick Cave and Human League. She also oversees the branding and design direction for eight venues around the UK including Rock City, Rescue Rooms and The Bodega, online ticketing platform Alt Tickets and festivals in five cities up to 25k capacity including Splendour and Dot to Dot Festival.

Seb Burnett

Seb has worked as an illustrator and character designer with international publishers such as Puffin, Usborne, Dorling Kindersly and OUP. Since setting up Rumpus Animation he has directed and designed music videos, short films and commercials with a deft humorous touch and meticulous attention to detail.

Sophie Black

Sophie founded Triskelle Pictures in 2008, through which she produced the time-travel short Stop / Eject which was long-listed for ‘Best British Short’ at BAFTA in 2015, as well as directing eight short films. She won the MMBF Rising Star Award in 2017 and was accepted into the BFI Network BAFTA Crew in 2018-2020.

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Rupert Lloyd Parry

Rupert is a UK-based Key Grip with a broad experience of film and TV productions including Trainspotting 2, Rush and About Time. Having started working on corporate videos and pop promos in the early 90s, he now has over twenty five years’ experience and over 50 feature film credits. Now an Advanced Level 3 Key Grip he has experience of working throughout the UK across Europe and North Africa and was described by one Producer as ‘a good Grip, a good man and a pleasure to work with’.

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Lucy Cooper

Lucy spent eight years at the highly acclaimed VFX software developer Foundry where she helped grow the company from into a 330+ strong company with a £200m valuation. During her tenure, Foundry products won two Sci-Tech Awards from the Academy of Motion Arts and Science and their software was used on every film awarded the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects since 2011. Now the Managing Director at Union Visual Effects, Lucy is also a Director of Animated Women UK and ACCESS: VFX; she is passionate about encouraging inclusion, diversity, awareness and opportunity within the VFX industry and even completed Cranfield School of Management’s ‘Women as Leaders’ programme.

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Gerry Vasbenter

Gerry has a vast amount of experience in the camera department; his steadicam and camera operator credits including Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. Now working as a Director of Photography, Gerry’s credits include Waiting for Anya for director Ben Cookson with Jean Reno and Anjelica Huston, Amazon Adventure – a 3D narrative period film for IMAX for which he was awarded ‘Best Cinematography’ by the Giant Screen Cinema Association, plus many more. Gerry regularly works on commercials and music videos for companies such as MPC, Kream, Objekt and Hoi Polloi.

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Joe Tyas

Coming back from London to his hometown of Nottingham where he graduated from Confetti in 2013, Joe is visiting from Splash Damage with knowledge to share about how he went from graduating from the games development course at Confetti to being given the chance to work on one of his favourite franchises – Gears of War. Working on Gears of War 4: DLC and Gears of War 5 as an environment artist.

Alexander Raphelt

Alexander McKinney-Raphelt is the Studio Art Manager at Mediatonic and has been a total nerd since he played bootleg games on his dad’s C64 for the first time. After almost 17 years in the industry, art-directing and managing game teams all around the world, he is still a nerd, but now at least the graphics are better. Alexander has worked in all relevant game-fields, from AAA games, mobile, to PC; in companies such as Take2, Zynga, NaturalMotion, InnoGames and now MediaTonic.

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Kat Brown

Kat Brown graduated from Confetti with an FdSc in Digital Video Broadcast Production and went on to win Confetti Student of the Year in 2013. She later returned to her studies in 2017 to complete her degree in BSc Television Production Technologies. Since graduating she’s worked as a Creative Editor for Spool Films, Director and Vision Mixer at Notts TV and the BBC and most recently worked as a Producer at Fat Free Media. She currently works Freelance as a Producer. https://www.katbrown.co.uk/

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Sally Hodgson

Sally Hodgson has run her freelance business, under the moniker of PIPOCA, for the past ten years. Her work in the film industry spans audience development, marketing, distribution and project management. Recognised as one of the UK’s first Producers of Marketing & Distribution, Sally connects films to audiences through a wide range of interventions including international festival premieres, crowdfunding campaigns, academic research, advertising, outdoor campaigns, commercial partnerships and sponsorship, press and publicity, grassroots and outreach activities, advocacy, direct marketing, social media and event cinema. Her other freelance engagements include filmmaker mentoring and speaking on topics such as crowdfunding, independent film distribution and audience development at events including SxSW, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Doc/Fest and on training courses run by European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs and the Independent Cinema Office.

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Bob James

Bob James is a music industry specialist, mentor, life coach and mindfulness tutor. Having worked successfully as a music manager for over 25 years, he understands the importance of providing artists with support not only in business but also with their mental health and personal development, and ensuring these become more of a priority within the music industry.

Ajay Henry

Hailing from East Midlands, UK – Ajay Henry is a soul/R&B singer and songwriter with similar vibes to RAY BLK, Frank Ocean and Elli Ingram. After releasing his 2017 single Danger Love, he moved swiftly on to launch his Forgive Me EP in June 2018. Leading up to this launch, Ajay released singles each month through various digital platforms including BBC Introducing & Kemet FM, receiving great reviews from the likes of Dean Jackson. He’s been featured on Nusic’s Top 3 Gigs, has been invited to play Nottingham’s Hockley Hustle four times, and Dot to Dot Festival twice, as well as performing at shows alongside NYC-based Jesse Ruben amongst others.