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Wayne Garvie

The former Head of the BBC Entertainment Group and MD of BBC Worldwide, Wayne Garvie is currently Chief Creative Officer at Sony Pictures Television. As a keynote speaker, Wayne talks about revitalising creative organisations, managing and motivating creative talent, and tweaking content to succeed in the global market force, all illustrated with tales from the world of showbusiness. 

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Wayne Garvie Biography

Ideas, creativity and talent management form the backbone of Wayne Garvie’s experience and flair. He has an unparalleled expertise in crafting creating environments people in which people can realise their potential, borne from his years at the BBC, and now implemented on a broader scale in his role as Chief Creative Officer for Sony.

At Sony Wayne is responsible for driving creative development across a global network of joint venture companies and production studios, from Los Angeles to Bogota, London to Beijing, turning locally developed properties into global formats.

Before his current post, Wayne worked at All3Media, where he oversaw international production and programme development at the companies behind such hits as Peep Show, Skins, The Only Way Is Essex, Embarrassing Bodies and The Cube.

Wayne’s reputation and influence on the media was realized at the BBC....

Ideas, creativity and talent management form the backbone of Wayne Garvie’s experience and flair. He has an unparalleled expertise in crafting creating environments people in which people can realise their potential, borne from his years at the BBC, and now implemented on a broader scale in his role as Chief Creative Officer for Sony.

At Sony Wayne is responsible for driving creative development across a global network of joint venture companies and production studios, from Los Angeles to Bogota, London to Beijing, turning locally developed properties into global formats.

Before his current post, Wayne worked at All3Media, where he oversaw international production and programme development at the companies behind such hits as Peep Show, Skins, The Only Way Is Essex, Embarrassing Bodies and The Cube.

Wayne’s reputation and influence on the media was realized at the BBC. As Head of Entertainment, he oversaw many of the UK’s most popular programmes and launched iconic shows such as Strictly Come Dancing. At BBC Worldwide, he masterminded turning Top Gear into the world’s biggest motoring entertainment brand, Dancing With the Stars into becoming what the Guinness Book of Records called the world’s biggest television format as well as setting up the UK independent companies behind such hits as Wallander, Rev, Strike Back and Mad Dogs.

One of the most prominent figures in international television, Wayne’s success was the result of creative thinking, with staff as a priority – spotting the right people, creating the right environment, and nurturing them in their roles, in order to achieve optimum results.

Examples of Speaking Topics:

Nobody Knows Anything
Legendary Hollywood scriptwriter William Goldman famously wrote of the movie business that “Nobody knows anything”, it has since become a cliché used to explain away both failure and success in the media world. But is it true? In an article in the in Journal of Marketing Research, Henard and Szymanskithe claimed there were ten elements which explained why some new product launches were more successful than others. Using this as his starting point, Wayne Garvie argues that the creative industries can learn from other businesses to minimise risk in development and maximise the potential of success. He uses examples from television – including Top Gear, Strictly Come Dancing, House of Cards and The Great British Bake Off - to illustrate a new approach to creative innovation.

Nothing New Under the Sun
All but one of Shakespeare’s plays were based on existing works and since then many of our culture’s greatest hits have been based on the reimagining of previous works, but when we talk about Looking for the Next Big Thing, we think we mean something wholly new . In this presentation, Wayne Garvie argues that rather than looking to imagine the uninvented, we should look for the next iteration for creative breakthroughs. We should also accept that keeping existing ideas fresh is often as difficult as creating wholly new ideas and should be cherished. He will talk about his own experience of using the past to create successful new television formats such as Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing With the Stars; how programmes like Top Gear and Question of Sport have continually reinvented themselves and why these lessons have relevance beyond the world of television.

Localising the International
The television industry serves as a microcosm of the increased internationalisation most industries have experienced. Wayne Garvie successfully turned a uniquely British idea – Strictly Come Dancing – into the world’s biggest television format and went on to turn programmes like Top Gear and Doctor Who into global brands. Now, as Chief Creative Officer for Sony International Production, he oversees eighteen production companies in twelve countries and has a unique take on what it means to succeed internationally. In this presentation he discusses when and when not to be flexible, the nuance of local markets, managing talent internationally and the creation of successful global brands. 

Trust in the Talent
Any senior manager in any organisation, whether it’s a bank, media company, a hospital or even a football club has the same issue: managing the talent. For over twenty years, in ITV, the BBC and Sony Pictures, Wayne Garvie has won a reputation as one of the most skilful managers of talent, both on and off screen, in the television industry. In this presentation he shares his thoughts on the best ways to source, manage and keep talent – and even letting them go. How do you go about creating the best environment in which creative people can fully express themselves? How, in large, complex organisations, can you ensure the talent is best focused and rewarded? How do you use internal competition to foster a creative and even collaborative culture? With anecdotes from a career in television, insight and specific ideas, this is a presentation that will give valuable insight whichever industry you work in.

Better Ways to Develop Better Ideas
The blank sheet of paper, the brainstorm, blue sky thinking – what should often be the most fun and interesting part of innovation is often the most daunting. Drawing on a twenty year career in television, overseeing the creation of formats such as Strictly Come Dancing, Dragon’s Den and Release the Hounds, Wayne Garvie gives insight into making the most of development time, with practical advice on running events both large and small.

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