5G for content acquisition and distribution – Session 2

Brought to you by The Content Production & Delivery Group

Free webinar: using 5G to boost your content creation, distribution and strategy. This session will explore 5G' potential for content creation and production for broadcasters, producers and wider media organisations, examining how the 5G ecosystem will enhance opportunity, flexibility and engagement

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About the event

If you attended Session 1 you will be able to claim the full 2 hours

You may be a content creator, a creative director, managing an in-house team or agency-side, or connected to/have an interest in the promotion, marketing or advertising of products and services to a mix of audiences – B2B, B2C or D2C.

This session will explore the potential of 5G for content creation and production for broadcasters, producers and wider media organisations, examining how the 5G ecosystem could enhance opportunity, flexibility in the creation environment and the roadmap to arrive there.

  • How do you get your engaging content directly to the audience it needs to get to?
  • What future opportunities can/will arise from increased technological advances like VR, AR and D2C (direct-to-consumer)?
  • How can 5G maximise the marketing, sales and engagement opportunities of a rapidly evolving network?

Hear from expert speakers including:

  • Chris Nokes, Principal R&D Engineer, BBC Research & Development, and CW SIG Champion (who will be Chairing this free, informal webinar);
  • Ian Wagdin, Senior Technology Transfer Manager, BBC R&D; and
  • Paola Sunna, Technology and Innovation Department, European Broadcasting Union.

Get your questions ready to put to these speakers in this interactive session.

Join the CW Content Production and Delivery Group’s aspirational discussion of benefits of 5G for content production and distribution needs to be turned into operational reality.

There is no doubt 5G will enhance what is possible to be achieved with current mobile systems and the advantages to distribution and consumption are obvious through bigger pipes and enhanced agility to support ever evolving content and application platforms.

The possibilities for content production and acquisition are also exciting, but may be less obvious. 5G will allow service and capacity to be delivered where required through use of small cell and potentially highly localised private 5G networks, edge computing and support of a wide range of equipment and applications (not just those use cases directly involved in content acquisition).

Note: this is the second session in this series, but they run independently – you do not need to have seen the first session, which looked at security around content distribution using 5G.

You can follow @CambWireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWContent.

You can follow @CambWireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWContent.

Supported by UK5G

The national innovation network dedicated to the promotion of research, collaboration and the commercial application of 5G in the UK.

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Welcome from our CEO, Simon Mead, CW


Welcome from our Chair Chris Nokes, BBC Research & Development, and Content Production & Delivery SIG Champion


Ian Wagdin, Senior Technology Transfer Manager, BBC R&D

'5G in Content Production, work in standards and deployments'

A look at what’s here and what’s coming and how 5G may impact broadcast workflows.


Paola Sunna, Technology and Innovation Department, EBU

'5G for Content Production'

EBU perspective on 5G for professional content production and challenges/ambitions in the Horizon 2020 project 5G-RECORDS.


Panel session with both speakers chaired by Chris Nokes, BBC Research & Development, and Content Production & Delivery SIG Champion


Closing remarks & session ends


Paola Sunna - Senior Project Manager, Technology and Innovation Department, EBU (European Broadcasting Union)

Paola Sunna joined the Centre for Research & Technology Innovation of RAI, the Italian public broadcaster, in 1997 after getting her degree in Electronic Engineering at Politecnico of Torino.

She has worked on a wide variety of video projects over the years spent at RAI, including: image processing, video coding, next generation video formats, multimodal user-interfaces, hybrid broadcast and broadband middleware, second screens apps, standards (DVB, MPEG, etc) and 3D computer graphics. She got a MBA in 2005. In March 2017, she moved to the EBU Technology and Innovation Department as Senior Project Manager. At the EBU she was involved in the activities related to VR (Virtual reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) and currently is focusing on next generation audio services, newsroom workflows and 5G for professional media content production.

Ian Wagdin - Senior Technology Transfer Manager, BBC Research & Development

Ian has worked in production innovation for over 15 years looking at workflows and technologies. Having been involved in the adoption of 3G and 4G technologies for video Ian saw the benefits that engaging with mobile technologies can bring. He has worked, with the EBU, to develop the requirements for future systems as well as leading on several ground breaking trials to evaluate and demonstrate potential solutions.

SIG Champions

Nadia Aziz - Innovation Consultant, Unbounded Future Ltd

Nadia is an Evangelist of emerging technologies with an expertise in AR & VR and IoT technologies. She has advised C-level executives in Telecom and Media organisations for digital transformation and M&A projects over more than a decade. While being a SIG Champion of Future Devices and Technologies at Cambridge Wireless, she has recently co-founded Unbounded Future, a Deeptech consulting firm based in London. Previously Nadia led Emerging Technologies at NTT Data UK where she supervised R&D and innovation in Augmented (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR), AI, and IoT. Nadia is a supporter of Women in STEM initiatives and is a mentor at the University College London (UCL) IXN programme. She is an industry advisor to IoTerra, a USA-based B2B marketplace for IoT products and was a co-producer for the GIANT Health Event.

David Crawford - Emeritus Professor, Computer Science & Electronic Engineering, University of Essex, Professor, Digital Media Research, Ravensbourne University

David Crawford is Visiting Professor at University of Essex Colchester, and Emeritus Professor at Ravensbourne University London. David has worked for over 50 years across the telecoms/broadcast industries and UK academic institutions. His research interests are in new imaging techniques, applications for mixed reality technologies, and networks for multidimensional media. David facilitates and lectures in the UK on Degree Apprenticeship courses, promoting work-based learning curricula and collaborative industry-academia training.

David has worked in senior positions at BT, RE, Crown Castle and Harris Broadcast, and as a Director of a start-up company, TeamCast, in France. He has run his own technical consultancy company, and chairs and presents regularly at international events. David is a Member of the Royal Television Society, Fellow of SMPTE, Special-Interest-Group Champion for Cambridge Wireless on Content Production & Delivery, and Honorary Chairman of the Creative Science Foundation. He has previously served as a Council/Board Member of the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET), the Conference Chair at IBC, and Executive Chair at the ‘mixed reality’ Community Interest Company, PlayLa.bZ.

Susan Hewitt - Founder, Hewitt Innovations Ltd

Susan Hewitt brings over 25 years of experience in the technology industry, spanning roles in both large and small companies. Most recently, she served as the Chief Technology Officer and Managing Director of the European subsidiary of Ryff Inc., a Hollywood-based ad-tech company. Susan's expertise encompasses AI and computer vision development, software design, and semiconductor technologies, with a particular focus on GPUs and multimedia designs. Her career has afforded her extensive international experience, having worked in the Americas, Europe, India, and Asia. Susan has contributed to well-known tech giants such as Arm, AMD, ATI, and Texas Instruments.

Tony Lavender - Senior Advisor, Plum Consulting

Tony Lavender is a managing partner at Plum Consulting. He has more than 35 years experience in technology, communications regulation, policy and spectrum management. His clients include governments, equipment vendors, network operators and regulators. Tony was a specialist adviser to the UK Parliament 2016 Culture, Media and Sport Committee Inquiry into “Establishing world class connectivity throughout the UK”, he chairs the Steering Board of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum and he was a member of the UK Government’s Expert Panel, established as part of the UK Spectrum Strategy, on “Incorporating Social Value into Spectrum Allocation Decisions”. He has worked on a wide range of studies including on the 5G mmWave ecosystem, spectrum sharing, spectrum valuation and more broadly on electronic communications infrastructure strategy. Tony is a Chartered Engineer and a member of the UK Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Chris Nokes - Senior Technical Advisor, Ofcom

Chris is Head of Distribution Core Technologies Section at BBC Research & Development. With over thirty years' experience in Broadcasting R&D, Chris has been involved in the development of digital television since 1994, including as a key contributor to the DVB-T2 technical study group, and editor of the DVB-T2 specification and Chair of the RF Group of the UK Digital Television Group (DTG).

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