Since it began, the ILMC Production Meeting has become one of the foremost platforms for international production professionals to meet, network and discuss the most pressing issues affecting the industry.
In 2016, 200 of the world's most renowned production managers; sound and lighting engineers; venue personnel; suppliers and promoters' representatives made their way to London for this one-day event, which runs the day before ILMC kicks off.
There's a wealth of changes lined up for this 10th anniversary edition of IPM, including a move to a midweek format, along with the ILMC, meaning that IPM10 will take place on Tuesday 7 March 2017. In addition there will be a return to IPM's spiritual home – the Royal Garden Hotel – plus, IPM will have a much larger space to take advantage of. Last but not least IPM will share breaks with the Green Events & Innovations Conference, increasing the networking opportunities for delegates of both events.
For each edition of IPM we invite one senior production figure to host the day. Previous hosts have included Live Nation’s John Probyn, Keith Wood from Production Solutions, and Britannia Row Production's Bryan Grant. The special guest host for IPM 10will be Lee Charteris, a well-known face in both the industry and at IPM. Lee currently works as an international event consultant and is also the president of the International Live Events Association - Middle East Chapter. With the hosting for IPM 10 in Lee's capable hands, we can look forward to a fantastic event.
As with previous editions of the event, the agenda will focus on four distinct topics facing the industry (see below), and we will also continue with our successful series of presentations – Production Notes – that began last year.
Also, with IPM reaching the grand old age of 10 next year, we’re aware that to remain a truly effective forum for the production community, it must continue to attract new voices; both to learn from the expertise within the IPM delegation, and to add to the wider discussion.
To mark IPM’s anniversary year, we’re introducing a new Bursary Scheme for young production professionals. The scheme is intended to provide a route for those who would otherwise not be able to attend, to participate in IPM for the first time. Application for the IPM Bursary Scheme is now closed.
Also stepping up to lend their support are friends of IPM, Flare Audio and Mojo Barriers, who have kindly agreed to sponsor the IPM lunch, and will also be on-hand to discuss their respective sonic and barrier solutions.
|09:00 - 10:00||Coffee & Tea|
|10:00 - 11:15||
Opening Address & Panel 1 - Weather: The long-range forecast
|11:15 - 11:45||Coffee & Tea|
|11:30||Production Note - What3Words|
|11:45 - 13:00||Panel 2 - Welfare for Workers|
|13:00 - 14:30||Lunch|
|13:30||Production Note - TBC|
|14:00||Production Note - The Production Office|
|14:30 - 15:45||Panel 3 - The Un-professionals: A business reality?|
|15:45 - 16:15||Coffee & Tea|
|16:00||Production Note - Top Trumps & Brexperts|
|16:15 - 17:45||Panel 4 - Terror, Safety & Security: The world today|
|18:00 - 20:00||Closing Drinks|
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The IPM agenda consists of four main panel topics and a series of 'production notes'. Full details of confirmed topics, chair people and panellists will be published here and announced in IQ Magazine in February 2017. In the meantime, compiling both feedback from previous IPM delegates, and the IPM Advisory Group (an invited group of figures who kindly give their time to ensure the IPM agenda is as relevant as possible), we can reveal that the panels at IPM 2017 will be…
Weather: The long-range forecast
A frequent discussion topic at IPM over the years, weather is not a new topic for regular delegates. But after a string of tragedies and incidents at outdoor events in 2016, it’s back on the agenda, as we ask whether more can collectively be done. How could planning at major events be improved? What new technologies or services are available to better prepare production personnel and indeed, promoters? Are fears around insurance claims following a cancellation clouding better judgements? Why aren’t we talking and acting collectively to face these inevitable and fast-occurring situations?
Chair: David Lawrence, DNG Production & Event Crew Ltd (UK)
Panellists: Jon Drape, Ground Control Productions (UK) | Niels Peeters, Mojo Concerts (Netherlands) | Pete Holdich, Star Events Ltd (UK) | Martina Pogačić, Ultra Europa (Croatia)
Welfare for Workers
Last year, Penny Mellor presented a production note on welfare that proved so popular, it clearly warranted a full-blown session. Without a team, there is no show, but crew welfare is often one of the last considerations in planning an event. Discussion topics during the meeting will include fatigue, and the worker welfare elements contained within the CDM regulations.
As always, everything is related: dealing with extreme weather situations on-site affects the crew as well as the audience. The same applies to heightened security measures that lengthen working hours. From in-house production teams, to touring crews and beyond, we ask how much further up priority lists the topic of welfare should be.
The Un-professionals: A business reality?
How safe are the suppliers we work with? How safe is that festival or event in the diary? When it comes to how qualified suppliers on a tour or for a festival are (and ultimately how safe an event is), there’s no overarching set of rules or standards in place. So, for example, how can an agent be sure that a festival is safe when an act is typically booked months in advance? How can a PM be sure that the on-site crew on the next leg are up to the job?
A lack of competence can create dangerous, even fatal, situations, so how can decision-makers ensure that they are hiring the best company for the job? How can we educate and raise awareness to ensure everyone in the planning chain knows whether an event or venue is safe to work at, or even if an incoming production is fit for purpose?
IPM 10’s third session of the day invites a mix of production professionals and agents to discuss this ongoing challenge.
Chair: Martin Goebbels, Integro Insurance Brokers (UK)
Panellists: Martin Holmes, Bergen Live (Norway) | Boyan Boiadjiev, Sofia Music (Bulgaria) | Renatas Načajus, Falcon Club (Belarus)
Additional panellist TBC
Terror, Safety & Security: The world today
For many in the production community, life changed dramatically after the attack on the Bataclan in Paris in 2015. So more than 12 months on, what have been the key effects on touring, festival and venue management as a result of increased anti-terror measures? How have these new measures affected crews, protocol, budgets and procedures? Is the extra burden placed on both in-house teams and touring personnel creating unforeseen challenges? Professionals from across the production community discuss what’s changed, what’s yet to change, and what measures have and should be taken.
Chair: Paul Sergeant, PMY Group Australia
Panellists: Tim Roberts, The Event Safety Shop (UK) | Claire Cosgrave, SSE Arena Belfast (UK) | Richard Harding, National Counter Terrorism Security Office (UK) | Chris Phillips, International Protect & Prepare Security Office - IPPSO (UK)
'Production notes' are 10-minute slots that take place during networking breaks throughout the day where speakers present an initiative, case study, idea or service that can benefit the production community in some way. Our first two confirmed production notes are:
Presenting a precise and incredibly simple way to talk about location, What3 Words will share their global addressing system and its practical application onsite during events.
Speaker: Chris Sheldrick, What3Words (UK)
The Production Office
For those who are more comfortable speaking in a smaller setting, IPM celebrates its 10th anniversary with an open Q&A hosted by production managers Keith Wood, Production Solutions (UK) & Anna Golden, AEG Live (UK). In this extended Production Note two highly experienced PMs share their views and experiences gained during respective careers in the production industry on anything brought forward by the room.
Top Trumps & Brexperts
With US immigration gone mad, we present a brief update on the latest challenges and impacts for touring crew traveling to or in the market.
Speakers: Sophie Amable, WTA Consulting (UK) & Oleg Gaidar, Artist & Entertainer Visas (UK)
To see a full report of IPM 9, click here.