Learn how the BBC successfully produced and broadcast the Olympics on 27 September in London

Reported by Miles Shepherd in UK

31 August 2012 – London, UK – The London Branch of the Association for Project Management (APM London Branch) will host a not-to-be-missed evening talk by Jamie Hindhaugh, BBC Head of Production for the London 2012 Olympic Games.  The event will be on Thursday evening, 27th September 2012 at Charing Cross Hotel, The Strand, London, WC2N 5HX – free to APM members, £10 for others.

According to the APM advert, It is not often that a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity of being responsible for the production of a world staged event such as the Olympics comes along. The challenges, organisation and coordination to make such an event the success it was turns a project into a mammoth programme of structured professionalism. ‘L2012’ was established by the BBC to deliver multi-platform coverage of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, together with certain earlier major events during the year, including the Proms season and the Olympic torch relay.

Jamie Hindhaugh was responsible for preparing all related BBC production plans, securing resources and managing the production teams (a team of over 1000 for the pan BBC Olympic coverage). He designed and project-managed the broadcast infrastructure, including building semi-permanent TV and radio studios and broadcast positions together with connectivity for delivery across all platforms.

The platforms included network television (in HD, 3D), local regional television, radio (linear and digital), the L2012 Portal, 24 IP streams/simultaneous channel options and Super Hi Vision (SHV). In addition Jamie was responsible for preparing the L2012 budget and designed the approvals process and associated project management templates which underpin the governance of the editorial project and identify the audience targets.

On 27 September, Jamie will provide an insight into some of the background preparation and organisation that produced “The Greatest Show on Earth” and some of the initiatives introduced to enhance it beyond a first class production.

Jamie Hindhaugh joined the BBC in May 1994 after a brief period in the Royal Air Force and a short career with United Carriers and Horace Battin. His career with the BBC has had a multitude of disciplines including transport services, Head of Logistics, Head of Sourcing and most recently Head of Production L2012. He is a motivated leader with an extensive track-record in both global procurement and multimedia production management and has substantial experience in change and project management, strategic planning and logistics.

In addition Jamie is volunteer chairman of the Institute of Travel and Meetings (ITM) which is a not-for-profit association which represents buyers, suppliers and intermediaries within the UK travel market. In response to the Icelandic volcano incident in 2010 he launched an off-shoot for ITM which provided crisis management capability and supports ‘business as usual’ operations during such major incidents.

Please note: This event will be photographed using flash photography. The event will also be filmed with the audio being captured for an event podcast, all of which will be published on APM’s website. If this activity creates a concern around your attendance please email [email protected].  To book a seat, go to http://www.apm.org.uk/event/how-british-broadcasting-corporate-successfully-produced-and-broadcast-olympics

This event is suitable for all levels of discipline within the project management profession.

Founded in 1972, the APM is a registered charity in the UK with around 19,000 individual and 500 corporate members.  APM’s mission is: “To develop and promote the professional disciplines of project and programme management for the public benefit.”   The APM is dedicated to the development of professional project, programme and portfolio management across all sectors of industry and beyond. APM is committed to developing the profession through its three strategic themes: Development and maintenance of standards and knowledge; The promotion and application of those standards and knowledge; and Development and maintenance of the APM infrastructure.  APM, with branches throughout the UK and in Hong Kong, is the UK national representative in the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  More information at http://www.apm.org.uk

Source: Association for Project Management