Lord Puttnam joins IBC2016 keynote speaker line-up
Lord Puttnam will deliver a keynote address at the IBC Conference on Sunday 11 September. Oscar-winning film producer, educationalist and politician Lord Puttnam will address a broad spectrum of issues including the extraordinary growth of Facebook and YouTube; the impact of technology on creativity; the likely effects of the UK’s EU Referendum vote on the creative sector and the media’s role and responsibility in trying to reverse the potentially catastrophic loss of public trust.
Lord Puttnam is the Chair of Atticus Education, an online education company based in Ireland. Atticus, through a unique arrangement with BT Ireland, delivers interactive seminars on film and a variety of other subjects to educational institutions around the world.
Lord Puttnam spent 30 years as an independent producer of award-winning films including The Mission, The Killing Fields, Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and Memphis Belle. His films have won ten Oscars, 25 BAFTAs and the Palme D’Or at Cannes. From 1994 to 2004 he was Vice President and Chair of Trustees at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) and was awarded a BAFTA Fellowship in 2006.
He retired from film production in 1998 to focus on his work in public policy as it relates to education, the environment, and the creative and communications industries. He was Deputy Chairman of Channel 4 Television (2006-2012), Chair of The Sage Gateshead (2007-2012), founding Chair of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) and, for ten years Chair of both the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television and the National Film and Television School.