In May 2018 we held two events within the Northern Powerhouse to showcase the creativity, innovation and sheer brilliance of the Digital Media sector in the North. As highlighted in Nesta’s Creative Nation, creative capitals should work together to grow their creative industries. We were there representing the Isle of Man Digital Media Industry.

We showcased some of the brightest projects based in the North but operating worldwide, or at the start of their journey. Together with Barclays Bank and NorthInvest we aimed to make more noise for the Digital Media sector to be a core stream for the Northern Powerhouse. Over two days, we saw this sector was very much flourishing, bringing bring increased investment, jobs and skills to the North. We thank all the speakers and exhibitors that shared their high tech, highly exciting media projects.


The City Talking

Lee Hicken 
Lee is driven with a mission ‘to offer a deeper understanding of cities and city life’. The City Talking is a media brand. Driven by a talented and creative team who make films, newspapers and digital content, its presence has spread from Leeds to Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, York, London and Taipei. Latest projects include partnerships with BBC, Sky, First Direct and Tech North.


Sarah Dear
Managing Partner

Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in creating effective brands for Retailers and FMCG owners around the world. She helps run Elmwood the world’s most effective brand design and brand experience consultancy. Working with ambitious brands that want to outrun the pace of change propelled through the power of design.


Garry Haywood

Gary Haywood has supreme knowledge about immersive tech and VR. He is CEO of Liverpool-based 3D audio company Kinicho, which is developing a new approach to delivering 3D audio for use in VR and other immersive applications and is an ‘Innovation 2016 Showcase Business’.

Production Park

Shannon Harvey
Director of Technology

Shannon Harvey has a decade of experience in developing products and projects for entertainment, installation and architectural visual experiences. Production Park is a community of studios, businesses and educational facilities. Working together to create live events technology, produce live experiences and share live industry best practice.


Marcus Hadfield
Chief Strategy Officer

With over twenty years experience in digital and brand marketing, he’s delivered award-winning campaigns across every discipline and most sectors. Most of his career has been spent in advertising agencies, most recently as a Managing Partner at McCann Manchester. In 2017, he jumped into the tech world to help businesses get more out the increasingly close relationships people have with their devices. His question stays the same – why will customers care?

As well as working with clients such as Argos, BBC, United Utilities, Which? and Co-op, Marcus is part of the leadership team of Apadmi Ventures – the investment side of the business that works with highly scalable tech start-ups and their investors.

Rosie Summers
Freelance VR Developer

Rosie is an artist and animator embracing immersive mediums to explore and tell stories in a completely new form. She has a wealth of experience with VR, producing multiple experiences for the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard, and as a VR artist, quickly creating powerful 3D immersive worlds. She has worked with multiple studios around the Leeds area and recently curated the VR zone at Leeds Young Film Festival.

Immersive Storylab

Pete Woodbridge
Peter Woodbridge is a creative producer, technologist and academic currently working on projects in augmented reality and mixed reality. He is a director at the Immersive Storylab, a start-up exploring new forms of storytelling and UX design within spatial computing and digital placemaking projects. He also co-runs Immersive Liverpool and lectures at Manchester School of Art and Liverpool Screen School.

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