There are more events in the media & TV industry than you can shake a stick at, and they seem to be multiplying with ‘Must See’ events popping up all over the shop. Now, I love getting out from behind my desk and meeting people IRL so I’m all for attending as many as possible – but how many are really compelling?

Last week, I was lucky enough to go to the INTV conference held in Jerusalem. The event, created by Keshet International, focuses on innovation in TV and is far and away my favourite. Admittedly, it’s the only event I go to where the location is not only warm and sunny (big advantage when coming from UK at the beginning of March) but has 3000 years of history, pilgrimages, worship, religion and conflict at its heart. Somehow, even that’s a small sideshow in comparison to the fabulous speakers. INTV manages to balance television’s creative talent alongside international commercial challenges, and the ever- changing media landscape, whilst giving a snapshot into all genres.

Speakers and influencers

Big Light Productions’ Frank Spotnitz extolling the purpose of Writers Rooms for TV

INTV 2017’s line up included; CMC’s CEO Li Ruigang, Fox CEO Dana Walden, CNN President Jeff Zucker, Torlief Hoppe, writer of The Killing, Jennifer Salke President NBC Entertainment, the incredibly talented team behind The Night Manager – director Susanne Bier, producer Stephen Garrett and actor/producer Hugh Laurie, the multi-talented Frank Spotnitz from Big Light Productions, writer/ creator Tami Sagher, whose credits include Girls, Inside Amy Schumer and 30 Rock, alongside the UK’s very own Channel 4 CEO, David Abrahams, and entertainment commissioners BBC’s Kate Phillips and ITV’s Peter Davey, among others.

INTV manages to create an intimate atmosphere where people are engaged, and where speakers and influencers aren’t whisked away in black jeeps with tinted windows as soon as they finish their ‘bit’. It’s an event where people actually meet each other, have lunch and chat. In the world of screen-swiping and 15 minute meetings, this is mega.

Yep, I’ve drunk the INTV kool-aid and I’m a fully signed up fan. I’ve returned to my desk inspired and fallen in love with TV all over again. NB. It’s also significantly cheaper than Cannes!

By Sophie Naylor, Managing Director at Franklin Rae