The Monocle Media Summit 2018

The Monocle Media Summit 2018


Join us for the second annual Monocle Media Summit to find out what’s next for the industry – and how truth, grit and beauty are winning the day.

The event is aimed at brands, media leaders and anyone interested in the future of the sector. Join us for this exclusive afternoon of sharp discussion and best-in-class benchmarks, followed by a drinks reception where you will get to meet our speakers and the Monocle team – and each other. This is the second edition of what will prove to be an inspiring and thought-provoking afternoon of challenging lazy ideas and received wisdom.

This year we will meet the documentary makers proving that we have long attention spans for the right material, see how beautiful design sells, discover why Germany’s media has a new love of English, find out how to make money from digital (as Facebook and Google eat up the sector) and look at exciting global success stories. See you there.

Tyler Brûlé, Andrew Tuck, Sophie Grove, Josh Fehnert and Matt Alagiah.

The panels

Truth and the TV anchor
When it comes to unpicking the fast-changing events shaping the world, an impartial newsreader with poise and authority can gird against the surfeit of shoddy reporting and propaganda. TV newsrooms are competing with rivals by putting polished manners, smart sets and unbiased fact-first journalism at the forefront. Monocle’s editor in chief Tyler Brûlé will ask Bloomberg Television’s editor at large Francine Lacqua and CNN International’s Hala Gorani how much anchors can – and should – set the agenda in an age of uncertainty.

The view from Frankfurt
Newspapers are making a comeback. It wasn’t too long ago that the doom-mongers were prophesying the death of the world’s top papers amid a boom in new forms of digital media. But then the world became a lot more muddled and now the newspapers’ bread and butter – finding stories, reporting them impartially and checking them carefully – suddenly feels a lot rarer and more valuable. Thomas Lindner, CEO of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany’s leading broadsheet, knows a thing or two about the newspaper business. He’ll be joining us in London to discuss how the industry is evolving in challenging times and to predict what the future holds for quality news titles.

Beauty and the brand
These are straightened times for some media brands but canny editors and designers are going beyond black-and-white text to tell stories, foster faithful followings and build robust businesses in print and online. Can a reliable masthead add heft to opinions? Is there still space on the shelf for detailed reporting, long reads, original photography and smart graphic design? You bet. We'll find out more about the power of the brand from Penny Martin, editor in chief of The Gentlewoman, Patrick Burgoyne, editor of Creative Review, and Pentagram's Marina Willer.

We are living in a golden age of documentary
In a world of funny old fake, the chime of the rightness of truth sounds like a bell. The news is one thing but for a decade audiences have nourished a hunger for something told long-form and with fireside intimacy, and the documentary has enjoyed a renaissance better than its naissance. Monocle welcomes Passion Pictures founder John Battsek to talk about the here and now – a golden age of documentary. Battsek is the producer behind critical and commercial successes, including Searching for Sugar Man, Restrepo, Project Nim and The Final Year, that have redefined the reach and nature of non-fiction film-making and reopened debates across politics, history, sport and rock ’n’ roll. Battsek is a highly entertaining speaker on films that manage to speak truth to power while enthralling packed cinemas across the world.

How to make money in media
Reports of the death of the media have been greatly exaggerated: video didn’t kill the radio star and Netflix won’t topple the telly either. Monocle’s editor in chief will talk to Anna Winger, writer of the television series Deutschland 83, about creating an international franchise and making money in an age where free content threatens to eclipse good ideas.

The speakers

Hala Gorani
News anchor, CNN International

Hala Gorani is an anchor and correspondent for CNN International and is based in London. Gorani often goes into the field to report on breaking news stories, most recently covering the Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon in 2014. Gorani was instrumental in CNN International’s coverage of the Israel-Hezbollah conflict in 2006, for which CNN won an Edward R Murrow award. She was also one of the CNN journalists awarded a News and Documentary Emmy for the network’s coverage of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Gorani joined CNN in 1998 from Bloomberg Television and has also worked for French network France 3. She started her career in journalism writing for French daily La Voix du Nord and news agency Agence France Presse.

Francine Lacqua
News anchor, Bloomberg Television

Francine Lacqua is an award-winning, London-based anchor for Bloomberg Television. She co-presents the weekday three-hour daily programme Bloomberg Surveillance with Tom Keene. She also presents Leaders with Lacqua, a special series where she sits down with CEOs, entrepreneurs and public figures. Lacqua has interviewed high-profile leaders such as former UK prime minister David Cameron, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, billionaire financier George Soros, former Italian prime minister Mario Monti and ECB president Mario Draghi. She was awarded ‘International TV Personality of the Year’ at the AIB Media Awards in 2013.

Thomas Lindner
Managing director, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Thomas Lindner has been managing director of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH since January 2014. Born in Frankfurt, he worked for 15 years at the publishing house Gruner + Jahr in Hamburg. For many years, Lindner was responsible for advertising sales of Stern magazine. In 2007 he became managing director of the publisher’s “Living” group of publications. He was promoted to managing director of the Stern/Geo/art publications, then to head of the G+J publishing branch in Munich. He held this position until moving to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Lindner studied business studies in Münster and holds an MBA from the Haas School at Berkeley.

Marina Willer
Partner, Pentagram

Marina Willer is a graphic designer and filmmaker who has led the design of iconic brand identities, including The Tate, Amnesty International and Oxfam, among many others. Her award-winning films have been shown at Fondation Cartier, The Royal Academy and many film festivals. Her critically acclaimed film Red Trees explores today’s refugee crisis through the lens of her own family’s story and she was recently named one of Design Week’s 10 people who made an impact on design in 2017. Willer studied graphic design at RCA, is a member of AGI and has been foreman judge at D&AD on several occasions.

Patrick Burgoyne
Editor, Creative Review

Patrick Burgoyne has been the editor of Creative Review magazine since 1999. Before joining he worked in marketing, first for The Body Shop and later for The University of Westminster, while also moonlighting as a writer for magazines such as The Big Issue. He is also the author of several books on design and visual culture and has written for many publications, including The Guardian and The Independent. Creative Review is the publication for the creative industries. Since 1980, first as a print magazine and now across multiple platforms, it brings the creative community together with a focus on leadership, inspiration, insight, process and the value of creativity.

Penny Martin
Editor in chief, The Gentlewoman

Penny Martin is a London-based writer and editor. Since 2010 she has been editor in chief of the biannual women’s magazine The Gentlewoman. Previously, she was editor in chief of from 2001 to 2008 and a curator at both the Women’s Library (formerly The Fawcett Library) and The National Museum of Photography, Film & Television (now the National Media Museum). She is a contributor to magazines including Fantastic Man and T: The New York Times Style Magazine, has curated exhibitions at galleries and museums including The Photographers’ Gallery and Somerset House in London, and is a trustee of the arts organisation Studio Voltaire.

John Battsek
Co-founder, Passion Pictures Films

John Battsek is the co-founder of Passion Pictures Films, a double Academy Award-winning independent production company. In 1999, Battsek produced Academy Award-winning One Day in September and has since been responsible for more than 50 high-profile documentaries, including: Restrepo, The Tillman Story and Searching for Sugar Man. More recently, Battsek produced Netflix Original three-part docu-series Five Came Back, Hillsborough – the definitive account of Britain’s worst sporting disaster, and The Final Year – an unprecedented look at US foreign policy. Battsek has just premiered Studio 54 and Westwood at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. He has been nominated three times for a PGA Award and was the recipient of 2013’s Grierson Trustees Award for Outstanding Contribution to Documentary.

Anna Winger
Writer, Deutschland 83

Anna Winger is a British-American writer and executive producer. She is the creator of the television drama Deutschland 83 and its upcoming sequel, Deutschland 86. Her novel, This Must Be the Place is published by Riverhead/Penguin. Her personal essays have appeared in many newspapers and magazines. In 2016 she founded Studio Airlift, a Berlin-based television company, to incubate international projects of her own and with other writers. Raised in Kenya, Massachusetts and Mexico, she has lived in Berlin since 2002.


Monday 26 February
15.30 to 20.00 (arrive for coffee and registration at 15.30, event starts at 16.00, drinks reception from 18.00)

Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, 30 Portman Square, London W1H 7BH







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