FutureBook 2020 Programme

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Session One

10.00am

(Don't) publish like a white man

Keynote
10:00am - 10:20am Track 1 Nels Abbey Author of Think Like a White Man and co-founder of the Black Writers Guild

 

State of the (audio) nation

Panel
10:20am - 11:00am Track 1 Fionnuala Barrett Editorial Director Audio, HarperCollins Clarissa Pabi UK Content Development Manager ACast Videl Bar-Kar Global Head of Audio, Bookwire Miles Stevens-HoareManaging Director, WF Howes

 

What you will learn...

  • how the lockdown impacted audiobook sales
  • strategies for selling audio during a pandemic
  • how production was hit by social distancing

The way back home: what office life looks like now

Panel
10:20am - 11:00am Track 1 Sara Lloyd Digital and Communications Director, Pan Macmillan Anna MacLaren May Human Resources Director, Bonnier Rebecca SealAuthor John HowkinsAuthor

 

What you will learn...

  • explore how office life is going to change long-term
  • discover strategies for keeping teams together apart
  • learn tips on how to stay sane when you’re WFH

11.00am

Session Two - Lunch & Learn

12.30pm

Beat Technology: What subscription platforms can do for you

Sponsor
12:30pm - 1:00pm Track 1 Nathan Hull Chief Strategy Officer, Beat Technology

1.00pm

Session Three

2.00pm

David Shelley

CEO Interview
2:00pm - 2:30pm Track 1 David Shelley Chief Executive, Hachette UK

Nova Reid with Lisa Milton

Conversation
2:30pm - 3:00pm Track 1 Nova Reid Activist, writer and TED speaker Lisa Milton Executive Publisher, HQ & Mills & Boon

 

In this session we will:

  • Explore how 'systemic racism' impacts the publishing industry
  • Examine some of the barriers to entry for Black writers and talent
  • Discuss ways to take action and be the change

3.00pm

Session Four

4.00pm

How do we make change?

Live Panel
4:00pm - 5:00pm Track 1 Joy Francis Founder/Executive Director, Words of Colour Marianne Tatepo Commissioning Editor, Ebury Niamh MulveyFounder, In the History Books Hamza JahanzebInclusivity advocate Sarah McIntyreChildren's illustrator and writer

Best of Lockdown: Event of the Year

FutureBook Awards
4:00pm - 5:00pm

This session will include pitches from those shortlisted, followed by a live delegate vote. Winners of all award categories will be announced on Friday at 4pm.

5.00pm

Insight

Session One

10.00am

New Patterns, Old Rules

Keynote
10:00am - 10:20am Track 1 Jared Shurin Head of Strategy, M&C Saatchi World Services

 

What's up: audio sales and the growth in listening

Deep dive
10:20am - 11:00am Track 1 Steve Bohme Research Director, Nielsen Michele CobbExecutive Director, Audio Publishers Association

 

What you will learn...

  • What is supporting 8 years of double digit growth in the US audiobook market
  • Who is listening and how are they listening
  • Which genres and which consumers are fuelling the continuing growth in the UK audiobook market
  • The impact of COVID-19 and other factors in driving consumers towards audiobooks
  • When and in what circumstances listeners are choosing audiobooks over other formats

Attention grab: capturing new readers

Panel
10:20am - 11:00am Track 1 Sarah CleavePublishing Manager, Comma Press Sabah Khan Head of PR, Avon & One More Chapter Rik UbhiPR & Marketing specialist Cait DaviesHead of Marketing, Orion Books

 

What you will learn...

  • who are the potential readers the book trade aren't reaching
  • what's competing for their attention
  • how to create inclusive comms strategies that get them hooked

11.00am

Session Two - Lunch & Learn

12.30pm

Bookwire: Audio Masterclass

Sponsor
12:30pm - 1:00pm Track 1 Videl Bar-Kar Global Head of Audio, Bookwire

 

Publishers have a once in a generation opportunity to reach new audiences through spoken word audio and the landscape is evolving rapidly, this year more than ever. The session will equip publishers with the strategies and best practice benchmarks they need to successfully launch and develop their audiobook publishing programme. Listening will become more frictionless than ever.

What you will learn...

  • Where is the audiobook market going & how can publishers take advantage of this now?
  • What does successful audiobook publishing look like and what are the building blocks to achieve this?
  • How does Bookwire’s distribution, production, marketing & analytics service help accelerate audiobook growth?

1.00pm

Session Three

2.00pm

Charlie Redmayne

CEO Interview
2:00pm - 2:30pm Track 1 Charlie RedmayneChief Executive, HarperCollins

Andy Hunter with Meryl Halls

Conversation
2:30pm - 3:00pm Track 1 Andy Hunter Chief Executive and Founder Bookshop.org Meryl HallsManaging Director, Booksellers Association

3.00pm

Session Four

4.00pm

How to reach authentic voices

Live Panel
4:00pm - 5:00pm Track 1 Claire Malcolm Chief Executive, New Writing North Nancy AdimoraTalent & Audience Development Manager, HarperCollins Sara HuntOwner, Saraband Abi FellowsAgent, The Good Literary Agency Graeme ArmstrongAuthor

 

In this session you will learn...

  • what are some of the voices still missing or marginalised in publishing
  • where to find them and how to connect with them
  • how to help them reach readers without putting them in a pigeonhole

Best of Lockdown: Book of the Year

FutureBook Awards
4:00pm - 5:00pm

This session will include pitches from those shortlisted, followed by a live delegate vote. Winners of all award categories will be announced on Friday at 4pm

5.00pm

Sell

Session One

10.00am

From Etsy to Bookshop: keeping e-commerce human

Keynote
10:00am - 10:20pm Track 1 Nicole Vanderbilt UK Managing Director, bookshop.org

 

Youthquake: can tech shake up the children’s audio market?

Panel
10:20am - 11:00am Track 1 Jon WattAudio Director, Bonnier Books Ben Drury Co-founder and CEO, Yoto Carla Herbertson Head of International Audio Content, Zebralution Dr Katie Sparks Chief Operating Officer, Cloudaloud Ellis MooreSenior rights & content manager, Bolinda

 

Bookselling in lockdown: what is the upside?

Panel
10:20am - 11:00am Track 2 Cathy RentzenbrinkWriter and broadcaster Mark Thornton UK Partnership Manager, Bookshop.org Katie Clapham Bookseller, Storytellers, Inc Martin LathamBookseller, Waterstones Zool VerjeeHead of marketing and publicity, Blackwell's

 

What you will learn...

  • how the lockdown impacted bookshop sales
  • how booksellers innovated
  • what bookselling in the new world looks like

11.00am

Session Two - Lunch & Learn

12.30pm

Zebralution

Sponsor
12:30pm - 1:00pm Track 1 Kurt ThielenCEO, Zebralution Michele CobbExecutive Director, Audio Publishers Association

 

With over 100 framework agreements in place with Digital Service Providers, Zebralution offer one of the broadest footprints available in the market across audiobook and music platforms. In this session, Michele Cobb interviews Zebralution's CEO Kurt Thielen to find out how Zebralution can help publishers reach new audiences and grow their revenue.

1.00pm

Session Three

2.00pm

Perminder Mann

CEO Interview
2:00pm - 2:30pm Track 1 Perminder MannChief executive, Bonnier Books UK

Jonas Tellander with Philip Jones

Conversation
2:30pm - 3:00pm Track 1 Jonas Tellander CEO and Founder, Storytel Philip JonesEditor, The Bookseller

 

3.00pm

Session Four

4.00pm

Agenting in the post-Covid world

Live Panel
4:00pm - 5:00pm Track 1 Tom TivnanFeatures, Editor, The Bookseller Nelle AndrewLiterary Agent, Rachel Mills Literary Cathryn SummerhayesLiterary Agent, Curtis Brown Sam CopelandLiterary Agent, RCW Lizzy KremerLiterary Agent, David Higham Associates

 

In this session you will learn:

  • what impact the pandemic has had on the daily work of agents
  • current and future challenges around finding new voices, supporting authors and selling rights
  • new opportunities for agents and authors that the new normal has opened up

Best of Lockdown: Retail

FutureBook Awards

 

4:00pm - 5:00pm

This session will include pitches from those shortlisted, followed by a live delegate vote. Winners of all award categories will be announced on Friday at 4pm.

5.00pm

Global

Session One

10.00am

Bookselling in the Time of Covid: how online buying patterns changed for print, ebooks and audiobooks

Keynote
10:00am - 10:20am Track 1 Paul AbbassiFounder & Chief Executive, Bookstat

 

Tune up: building a competitive landscape with audio

Panel
10:20am - 11:00am Track 1 Nathan HullChief Strategy Officer, Beat Technology Morten Hesseldahl CEO, Gyldendal Santos Palazzi CDO, Grupo Planeta Sonia Draga Founder, Owner & Editor-in-Chief, Sonia Draga Publishing Group

 

How publishers have turned to video

Panel
10:20am - 11:00pm Track 1 Jon WhiteConsultant, PageMajik Paul ChenVideo Services Manager, Wiley Inc. Justine PiekarowiczEditorial Director, Latin America, Richmond ELT Matt KibbleDirector of Digital Product Management, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Sam DumiakHead of Media and Assets, Cambridge University Press

 

11.00am

Session Two - Lunch & Learn

12.30pm

Ingram: Online marketing masterclass

Sponsor
12:30pm - 1:00pm Track 1

1.00pm

Session Three

2.00pm

Tom Weldon

Interview
2:00pm - 2:30pm Track 1 Tom WeldonChief Executive, Penguin Random House UK

Richard Wernicke with Carla Herbertson

Conversation
2:30pm - 3:00pm Track 1 Richard WernickeHead of Content, Deezer Carla HerbertsonHead of International Audio Content, Zebralution

 

3.00pm

Session Four

4.00pm

Greening the books: practical steps for a sustainable business

Panel
4:00pm - 5:00pm Track 1 Anita Sethi Author and journalist Helen ConfordPublisher, Profile Books Amanda RidoutFounder and CEO, Boldwood Books Siena ParkerHead of Creative Responsibility, Penguin Random House Vicky EllisSales Director, Clays

Best of Lockdown: Campaign of the Year

FutureBook Awards
4:00pm - 5:00pm Track 1

This session will include pitches from those shortlisted, followed by a live delegate vote. Winners of all award categories will be announced on Friday at 4pm

5.00pm

Innovation

Session One

10.00am

Disruption matters: Why we innovate

Keynote
10:00am - 10:20am Track 1 Nadia Odunayo Founder & CEO, The StoryGraph Sam Missingham Founder, The Empowered Author

 

Best of Lockdown: Startup of the Year

FutureBook Awards
10:20am - 11:00am Track 1

This session will include pitches from those shortlisted, followed by a live delegate vote. Winners of all award categories will be announced on Friday at 4pm.

Best of Lockdown: Team of the Year

FutureBook Awards
10:20am - 11:00am Track 1

This session will include pitches from those shortlisted, followed by a live delegate vote. Winners of all award categories will be announced on Friday at 4pm.

11.00am

Session Two - Lunch & Learn

12.30pm

BookBub: Innovation amongst start-ups

Sponsor
12:30pm - 1:00pm Track 1

 

Hear from BookBub, their Chirp distribution partner, Findaway and IPG award winning newcomer Boldwood Books as they share their stories.

1.00pm

Session Three

2.00pm

Interview: TBC

Interview
2:00pm - 2:30pm Track 1

Asi Sharabi and Matthew Jones

Conversation
2:30pm - 3:00pm Track 1 Asi Sharabi CEO and Co-founder, Wonderbly Matthew JonesVP Content Acquisition and Strategy, Perlego

 

3.00pm

Session Four

4.00pm

FutureBook Awards Winners Ceremony

Awards
4:00pm - 5:00pm Track 1

5.00pm