Will Saunders – consultant & executive producer

Strong editorial leadership, strategic thinking, extensive knowledge & innovation within digital media.

I have recently been consulting with DCMS  co-authoring The Culture is Digital report aimed at making the UK a world leader in Digital Culture.  I am part of a consortia including,  Pinewood Studios, Endemol-Shine, Double Negative & University of London, Royal Holloway that has been awarded a £5 million “Creative Clusters” grant to help grow and connect the UK’s Screen Based Industries. I also sit on the funding and investment working group for Immerse UK, a cross-sector network for businesses and research organisations using virtual & augmented reality to drive productivity, social and economic growth.

I was one of the chief architects of the BBC’s digital transformation, driving development and business across BBC Studios, one of the UK’s leading media producers with an annual slate worth £350 million. I embedded specialist digital capability teams within TV Production, launching and editorially led the BBC’s innovation platform Taster, and Exec Produced a series of projects for BBC Three, the first TV channel in the world to move online. As a television & radio producer I have made award winning programmes with Graham Norton, Flight of The Conchords, Mark Radcliffe, & Tim Minchin.

I am a regular speaker at Broadcast & Digital Industry events, including MIP, IBC & SxsWi  &  judge a number of the UK’s leading media awardsBeing one of BIMA’sHot 100″ in Digital Media for 2017 was cause for both immense gratitude and curious fascination.