National Film & Television School Head of Production Technology to speak at IBC2016

National Film & Television School Head of Production Technology to speak at IBC2016

NFTS to highlight broadcast engineering skills gap at IBC Launches Production Technology MA

The National Film and Television School (NFTS) Head of Production Technology and former BBC Scotland Head of Technology, John Maxwell Hobbs is to speak at IBC 2016 as part of the Rising Stars Programme. He will take part in the ‘From Earth and Beyond: Original broadcasting techniques’ session and introduce the NFTS’ new Production Technology MA, which has been launched to tackle a shortage of broadcast engineers and fill a skills gap in the industry.

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Applications for the Production Technology MA are open until October 13th 2016 and the course will commence in January 2017. Anyone interested in finding out more about the MA, can find NFTS in Hall 9 at the Launchpad, stand LP29 and 31.

John says: “I am looking forward to meeting the Rising Stars cohort at IBC and generating a lively discussion. My passion is fusing art and creativity with technology and I am looking forward to instilling this combination into the new MA and inspiring the students to innovate. There is a huge skills gap in Production Technology, particularly in broadcasting, with many of the existing experts about to retire so I would encourage anyone interested in film and production and who has a creative flare to apply for this course. We need to foster new talent in this area; without technology, the stories can’t be told.”

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Representatives from the NFTS are also visiting IBC to meet with industry suppliers to source equipment for its Phase 2 development of two new buildings and upgrade of its digital facilities. Please email Jon Wardle – jw@nfts.co.uk to arrange a meeting at IBC.

About the National Film and Television School
The NFTS is one of the world's leading film, games and television schools. It has been cited by some media as one of the top five film schools globally and by one as the No.1 international film school. In 1967, the government recommended the creation of a national film school for the UK and in 1971 the National Film School opened its doors for the first time focusing on postgraduate education. In the 1980s, the school officially changed its name to the National Film and Television School to incorporate the demand for courses in television production and has since added games to its remit.

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NFTS prides itself on producing world-class, award-wining industry leaders. It has more Student Academy Awards (Foreign Category) than any other film school. NFTS students and graduates also regularly win BAFTAs and have won the short film category for the last three years. Other prestigious accolades include the Grierson Award for Best Student Documentary, which NFTS students have won for the last three years as well as multiple Royal Television Society student awards and Annecy Animation Awards. NFTS graduates have gone on to win seven Oscars and 100 BAFTAs with alumni including cinematographer, Roger Deakins (12 times Oscar nominee); BAFTA winning director, David Yates, (best known for directing the Harry Potter films); Oscar winning animator Nick Park (creator of Wallace & Gromit) and Oscar winning composer Dario Marianelli among others. The NFTS is a registered charity (313429).

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