The 2023 IBC Conference (in the Forum at the RAI on the 15th and 16th of September) brings together some of the industry's most influential thought leaders to present talks, panel discussions and the IBC Technical Papers. The 2023 IBC Conference, which is a paid part of the event, will offer the usual standard Delegate Pass, which includes entrance to all the event's presentations, and a new Premium Pass that provides access to additional content plus exclusive networking in the Premium Lounge – where the IBC Innovations Awards will also take place.
The conference will explore core trends and technologies shaping the future of media and entertainment (M&E). It kicks off with an address by 'Media Universe Cartographer' Evan Shapiro, a renowned industry influencer who maps M&E trends and future developments. Shapiro will lead a session entitled 'Plotting the effects of disruption: Charting the new media ecosystem'.
Other confirmed headline IBC Conference speakers include:
- Aditi Pandey, Head of Vendor Management & Partnerships at NRK
- Allu Venkatesh (Allu Bobby), Actor, Film Producer and Entrepreneur at aha, Just Tickets
- Anthony Guarino, Executive Vice President, Global Production & Studio Technology at Paramount
- Bill Baggelaar, Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President, Technology Development at Sony Pictures Entertainment
- Kishore AK, President Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Zee
- Leah Hooper Rosa, Senior Vice President, EMEA Streaming and Global Integration Lead at Warner Bros. Discovery
- Michael Wise, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Universal Pictures
- Natalya Tatarchuk, Distinguished Technical Fellow and Chief Architect, Vice President, Wētā Tools at Unity Technologies
- Phil Wiser, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Paramount Global
- Richard Berger, Chief Executive Officer at MovieLabs
- Ralph Lee, Chief Executive Officer at BBC Studios Productions
- Valerio Motti, Vice President FAST Channels at Fremantle
In the show-floor venues – which include the Showcase Theatre in Hall 12, the Innovation Stage in Hall in Hall 3 and two theatres in the Content Everywhere area in Hall 5 – there will be an array of exhibitor and sponsor content that will include speeches, panels and demos, with many relating to the first two content pillars. Showcase Theatre sponsors include Accenture, AWS, Google, Microsoft, and Zixi, while LTN and Tencent are each sponsoring one of the Content Everywhere theatres. In addition to hosting thought leadership sessions, the Innovation Stage will showcase the results of the IBC Accelerator Media Innovation Programme, which brings together pioneering media companies and leading-edge technology partners as they collaborate to solve real-world challenges and drive advances across a range of areas.
Highlighting the People and Purpose content pillar in 2023 will be the free IBC Changemakers Programme, which returns to the Forum on the 17th and 18th of September after a highly successful launch in 2022. These sessions bring together trailblazing organisations, individuals and initiatives that are changing the industry culture and pushing the boundaries of creativity and technology. They will address topics such as gender equality in broadcasting, advancing sustainability, and inclusive tech. Groups involved in Changemakers include RISE, Soho Media Club, Women in Immersive Tech, and Albert. The IBC Social Impact Awards will also be part of the Changemakers Programme.
Akwasi Ansah, Founder and Creative Director, Omroep ZWART – the first intrinsically inclusive TV broadcasting station in The Netherlands – will give the keynote for the Changemakers sessions, sharing his personal story and vision for a digital-first landscape that is equitable, inclusive and accessible. Other Changemakers speakers include:
- Alexandra Hussenot, Chief Executive Officer, Immersionn, and UK Lead at Women in Immersive Technologies
- Jabbar Sardar, Global HR Director at BBC Studios
- Paul Pastor, Chief Business Officer and Co-Founderat Quickplay
- Sasha Scott, Head of Transformation Services at EBU
In the run-up to the show, IBC will also offer the Changemakers Podcast series, focusing on media culture. Hosted by journalist Nadira Tudor, the podcasts will consist of a series of interviews that initiate essential conversations and spread awareness about critical cultural developments in technology and M&E. Guests include:
- Asif Sadiq, Chief Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at Warner Bros. Discovery
- Kamal Ahmed, Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder at The News Movement
- Lisa Kelly, Head of Content Innovation & Development at BBC Children in Need
- Victoria Murovana, Chief Editor/Kids Content Producer at UA:PBC Suspilne, Ukraine.