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U.K.’s RTS Powwow Draws TV, Digital Toppers

Exex from Liberty, Netflix, Microsoft among speakers

LONDON — Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, will deliver one of the keynotes at the Royal Television Societys Cambridge Convention, a confab for top TV execs.

Liberty Global, which has 25 million cable customers and 47 million phone and data subscribers, has just entered the U.K. market with the purchase of cabler Virgin Media. Fries will explain why the company moved into Blighty, and whether the battleground is going to be over telecoms or TV.

The confab, which runs Sept. 11-13 in Cambridge, England, will focus on the value chain, with Channel 4 chief exec, David Abraham, overseeing proceedings. He said, “(The convention) will explore where the money comes in, how it is spent and where it goes out, both from a U.K. and a global perspective.”

Other guests in Cambridge include Nancy Tellem, entertainment and digital media president at Microsoft, who will explain why the XBox could be the future of TV, and Paul Lee, prexy of ABC Entertainment Group, who will talk about the global dynamics of content creation and how technology is changing story-telling.

Ted Sarandos, chief content officer, Netflix, will talk about new ways to commission, create and deliver content, while Mike Darcey, CEO of News UK, News Corp’s U.K. newspaper arm, will talk about transferring strategies that work in pay TV to newspapers.

In “TV-conomics — How British Content Can Conquer the World,” Andrea Wong, president, international productions at Sony Pictures Television, Tim Davie, CEO of BBC Worldwide, and Jane Root, chief exec of Nutopia, among others, will explore the state of the international market.

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