RTS to ponder ’Too Much to Watch’ at autumn convention


The Royal Television Society (RTS), Britain’s leading TV and entertainment forum, today announced its 2023 convention, ‘Too Much to Watch’, will take place on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 September 2023 at King’s College, Cambridge.

‘Too Much to Watch’

The agenda-setting programme, titled ‘Too Much to Watch’, will bring together influential thought leaders and prominent executives to debate the opportunities and impact of changing consumption habits reshaping global television.

Alex Mahon, CEO of Channel 4 and Convention Chair, said: “I’m delighted Channel 4 is this year’s RTS headline partner. The brilliant Advisory Committee and I look forward to welcoming an outstanding line-up of international speakers.

“A dizzying array of channels and platforms, social forums and threads, TikToks and Tweets has given rise to an explosion of creativity offering infinite choice. For the consumer it is delightfully overwhelming.

“But for the industry, the competition for people’s attention has never been fiercer. Today, a winning strategy now demands more than just great content; it also requires a mastery of distribution and marketing.

“The Convention will provide an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of this rapidly changing landscape, and to forge greater connections with audiences, empowering us to succeed now and in the future.”

The initial line-up of industry leaders who will speak at the two-day convention includes:

  • Mike Fries, CEO and Vice Chairman, Liberty Global
  • Shay Segev, CEO, DAZN
  • Bryan Lourd, Co-Chairman, Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
  • Linda Yaccarino, Chairman, Global Advertising & Partnerships, NBC Universal
  • Debbie Weinstein, VP & MD, Google UK & Ireland
  • Evan Shapiro, Media Cartographer
  • Ajaz Ahmed, CEO, AKQA
  • Jordan Schwarzenberger, Co-Founder, Arcade Media, The Sidemen

Returning speakers include:

  • Tim Davie, Director-General, BBC
  • Carolyn McCall, CEO, ITV
  • Dana Strong, Group CEO, Sky
  • Maria Kyriacou, President, Broadcast & Studios, International Markets, Paramount Global
  • Stephen Van Rooyen, CEO, Sky UK & Ireland and Chief Commercial Officer, Sky Group

Further high-profile speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Theresa Wise, CEO of the Royal Television Society, said: “With an impressive selection of leaders in the entertainment industry already confirmed to speak in Cambridge this year, we are set to have a valuable, thought-provoking programme with many more exciting sessions to be announced over the coming months.

“RTS conventions provide a tentpole moment in the calendar for the industry to come together, and we are delighted to be working with Alex as Chair and the Channel 4 team to help shape the event, and provide delegates with important discussions focused around our timely theme.”

Other confirmed convention sponsors include Accenture, All3Media, Pinewood Studios and Roku.