Film and the Internet: What might happen and what might need to happen

Mr Peter Buckingham
Head of Distribution & Exhibition, UK Film Council

Date: 21st October 2008 (Tuesday)
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Venue: MB517

Peter Buckingham explains the implications of the Digital Media Revolution for films and how it transcends physical limitations of cinemas, shops, and TV channels. The film industry is grappling with new choices. It can opt for a more democratic route where the consumer decides how, when, and where films are watched, or it can attempt to keep control over access with choice firmly in the grasp of large media companies. Peter will focus on how digital media is influencing these choices and the major implications for business as well as end consumers.

Peter was an invited speaker to the WWW2006 conference in Edinburgh, along with Sir Tim Berners-Lee, where his talk was billed as follows:

"The industry stands at the digital distribution crossroad. How can the industry meet and change to grasp the opportunities? Crucially what could happen and what are the implications around issues such as business models, access and control of rights? And where might the internet assist in these issues"

Unfortunately, Peter was held up at the Cannes Film Festival and unable to get to the conference in time. So you now have the opportunity to hear what Tim and the other attendees did not, fully updated for 2008 of course.

The following synopsis for Peter Buckingham is also taken from the www2006.org website:

"As head of distribution & exhibition at the UK Film Council, Peter Buckingham is tasked with increasing the breadth and diversity of cinema going across the UK, as well as assisting audience appreciation of UK films. He heads up a range of schemes to support this strategy which include the P&A Fund (prints & advertising) and the world's first digital screen network.
Peter was previously deputy chief executive of FilmFour Limited. During his time there, the company achieved the highest market share in its history and released East Is East, its highest grossing title and the first film to achieve crossover success with specialised and mainstream cinema audiences. Buckingham was named Video Distributor of the Year in 2000.
Prior to FilmFour, he was managing director of Oasis Cinemas, building up a specialised chain into five cinemas and 13 screens, including the complete design and rebuilding of the 5-screen Ritzy Cinema in Brixton, South London. He has also worked as director of film distribution for Virgin Vision, responsible for the theatrical and video release of films such as Drugstore Cowboy, Sex, Lies and Videotape, Paris by Night and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."