Event Type:
Open Day

Event Date:
Mon, November 18, 2019 18:45 to 20:30

Venue: BFI, 21 Stephen Street, Fitzrovia London W1T 1LN


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Do you have a creative business idea and need some top tips on how to launch it? Don’t miss this free, masterclass from our Creative Business MA, on how to build the creative businesses of the future – whether in publishing, theatre, games, film, television, music or digital entertainment.
The masterclass will be led by NFTS Head of Producing and Creative Business, Chris Auty. Chris will be joined The Crown producer and CEO of Left Bank Pictures, Andy Harries and his son, documentary film-maker, environmental activist and creator of YouTube channel, JacksGap, Jack Harries.
Drawing on their years of experience the panel will discuss the ways in which you can approach setting up or developing your business idea in the ever-changing creative industries.
This is a great opportunity to experience first-hand what our Creative Business MA has to offer and what it could do for your business.
The evening consists of the following:

  • Welcome from NFTS Head of Producing and Creative Business, Chris Auty
  • Creative Business MA Taster Masterclass
  • Q&A – your opportunity to ask any questions

Places are limited, so sign up early to avoid disappointment.
More about our speakers:
Andy Harries established Left Bank Pictures in 2007 and as its CEO has produced a range of hit shows, including 'The Crown' which has garnered 26 Emmy nominations and critical acclaim. Harries is currently executive producing the show's third season, as well as the action drama ‘Strike Back’ - now in its eighth series and the fifth series of ‘Outlander’. He is also executive producing Left Bank’s upcoming thrillers 'Behind Her Eyes' and 'White Lines' for Netflix, the motion picture 'Misbehaviour' starring Keira Knightley, 'Sitting in Limbo' based on the Windrush scandal, and an adaptation of James Graham's play 'Quiz'. In 2019, Andy was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to film and television.
Jack Harries is a 26-year-old documentary film-maker and environmental activist. At the age of eighteen, he built up a successful YouTube channel called JacksGap, which has over four million subscribers worldwide. Jack has used this platform to consistently raise awareness of mental health, forced migration and the environmental crisis. Jack has worked with organisations such as WWF, Greenpeace, Extinction Rebellion and the United Nations Environmental Program and holds an MA in documentary film and ethnography from UCL.

Chris began his career as a journalist (Time Out, Hollywood Reporter, Guardian), before starting his first business at the age of 27 — a film distribution company that also acquired and managed cinemas. He extended the business into international licensing/film finance. In the 1990s he built up The Recorded Picture Company for owner Jeremy Thomas. Together they created Hanway, one of Europe’s leading film sales companies. In the 2000’s he went on to build up TFC/The Works plc — a quoted film business seeded by Virgin. He has worked with a wide range of film directors. He has also worked in structured finance for film; for a private equity media partnership; and as the chairman of Raindance/BIFA.

Access and disability requirements

If you would like to attend this event but have specific access requirements, please get in touch to find out more about the event and how we can support you on the day. Please email Katie Elson, kelson@nfts.co.uk