Queen Charlotte

Day 1

Tuesday June 20, 2017

Impact on News, Media & Entertainment

Industry Challenge

Gartner predicted in 2015 that by 2018, 20% of business content will be authored by machines. The Washington Post’s use of AI to cover nearly 500 races on Election Day proved we are getting closer to this reality faster than expected.

The point may come where machines are writing the bulk of business content and news reports, but could a machine write a moving opinion piece, a novel, a play, or music? And should it? In this panel we’ll discuss areas where creativity can be automated by AI and the risks involved with this new form of creativity.

AI can now curate content, automatically generate content, distribute content, deploy chatbots to interact with users and personalise content to a per user level. We’ll look at how this is happening across the creative industries and what the risks and rewards are in the following areas:

  • Music – How can AI be used to create and co-create music?
  • Film & Theatre – Could AI author a play, movie or be creative enough to design a plot line?
  • News – How has AI changed news gathering, production and distribution?



  • 10:00 – 10:30 Keynote
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Panel
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Breakout Session / Morning Break



  • Keynote: Matthew Postgate (Chief Technology & Product Officer at the BBC)
  • Keynote: Siavash Mahdavi (Chief Executive Officer & Founder of AI Music, Founder of Within sold to Autodesk for $90m)
  • Panelist: Luba Elliott (Creative AI Curator, Producer & Consultant)
  • Panelist: Ed Newton-Rex (Chief Executive Officer & Founder of Jukedeck)
  • Panelist: Max Alexander (Managing Director at The Really Useful Group)
  • Panelist: David Benigson (Chief Executive Officer at Signal Media)