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05 September 2012
will.i.am TO DELIVER CLOSING SESSION AT

RTS DIGITAL WORLD CONFERENCE

Global digital and music icon amongst additional speakers confirmed today
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has today confirmed that global superstar, producer and digital entrepreneur, will.i.am, will be the closing speaker at its Digital World Conference, which takes place at The Barbican on Friday, 28 September 2012.
The digital media and music guru was among six additional speakers announced today, among them BSkyB’s Chief Operating Officer, Mike Darcey, and BSkyB’s Brand Director, TV, Luke Bradley-Jones; Cindy Rose, Executive Director, Digital Entertainment, Virgin Media; Jeff Ford, Managing Director, Five and Sefton Hill, Game Director and Co-Owner, Rocksteady Studios. The new names will join an already impressive list of media moguls, creatives and politicians, such as Anne Sweeney, Gary Zenkel, Steven Moffat, Dame Tessa Jowell, and Ed Vaizey.
Sponsored by BBC Worldwide, the one day conference is entitled When Worlds Collide – Through the Digital Looking Glass and focuses on the changing face of television as it combines traditional and new content with audience connectivity and integrated social media.
will.i.am has become digital ambassador for a new generation, through his prolific use and advocacy of social media and innovation, and became Intel’s director of creative innovation in 2011. During his closing session, which is sponsored by KPMG, will.i.am will discuss his passion for digital media, share his thoughts on where he thinks this new world will go and offer suggestions to the media industry on how they might better embrace the new opportunities that digital media offers - all delivered in his inimitable style of “shooting from the lip”.
David Elms, Head of Media at KPMG says: “We are thrilled to have played a role in bringing will.i.am to such a prestigious conference. He is consistently ahead of the game in his perspectives and advocacy of social media and innovative technologies. As media companies grapple with the challenges and opportunities of the digital world, his speech will bring a fresh and unique perspective. It promises to be unmissable!”
BBC Worldwide CEO, John Smith, Chair of the conference planning committee, added: “From the opening keynote through to our closing speaker – and every participant in between - this year’s Digital World Conference is shaping up to be something quite special. The digital future is already upon us, something we simply can’t ignore, and it touches every single one of us working in the media industry. The discussion and debate promises to be lively, and I for one can’t wait to hear it.”

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