EVENT CANCELLED Bristol Distinguished Address: Laura Marshall, CEO, Icon Films

This event has now passed.

Date: 25 March 2020
Venue: UWE Bristol, Bristol Business School, North Entrance, Frenchay Campus, Filton Road, Bristol, BS16 1ZG
Venue Location: https://www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/visitus/campusmapsandinformation/frenchaycampus/frenchaycampusmaps.aspx
Time: 18:00-21:00

This event has now been cancelled. In light of the rapidly evolving situation relating to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have taken the decision to cancel this event. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Sustainability - The Long View

Icon Films was founded in 1990 by husband and wife team Harry and Laura Marshall. Thirty years on the company is still growing, working in a global market in a golden age of scripted and unscripted content. Based in Bristol where being different is the norm, and where disruption and innovation is in the city's DNA, how does a company evolve to keep succeeding? Is planet content infinite - or are resources and creativity finite? Where do you go when you want to keep going and what do we need to learn from those around us?

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This event has now been cancelled. In light of the rapidly evolving situation relating to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have taken the decision to cancel this event. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Event Entry and Live Stream

Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis for those that have registered. Not everyone who has registered will turn up, so to ensure we have a full house, we allow more registrations than there are places. Please ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time of the lecture to avoid disappointment. If you arrive late and the lecture theatre is full, you may be able to watch the talk from the live streaming room.


Laura Marshall is the CEO of Icon Films, the independent UK TV production company she co-founded in 1990 with Harry Marshall. Icon Films is an internationally established production company creating a broad range of unscripted content for the global market.

As CEO, Laura is responsible for the overall strategy of the company, overseeing a staff of over one hundred and forging the company's creative identity and vision. She executive produces much of Icon Films' productions; credits include the Emmy Award-nominated The Flood and Savage Kingdom, River Monsters and Primal Survivor.

Laura is vocal in her advocacy for more regional and diverse representation in television and sits on the Pact Council (Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television) where she actively participates in various working groups. She is Chair of Wildscreen, the charity that brings the world's wildlife and environmental filmmakers to Bristol on a biennial basis. Alongside these roles, Laura is actively involved with other organisations and charities across Bristol.

Icon Films has made films for many charities at home and abroad as part of its engagement with and responsibility for the world we live in, including the Whitley Fund for Nature, Bristol Old Vic and St. Peter's Hospice.

About the Bristol Distinguished Address Series

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series provides a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership.

The series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCA, Bristol City Council, Bristol Junior Chamber, Bristol Law Society, Bristol Media, Business Leader, Business West, CBI, CIPD, CIPFA, CMI, FSB, IoD, ICAEW and the West of England Combined Authority.

Continual Professional Development

UWE Bristol is a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) member and we are pleased to announce that this lecture series has been certified in principle by the CPD Certification Service.

For delegates who wish to obtain a CPD Certificate of Attendance, please register your details with a member of the events team after each lecture. Please note that we will not be able to administer any retrospective certificate requests.

Subject to each lecture being certified, you will receive a personalised CPD certificate direct from CPD up to 28 days after the event.

If you have any queries relating to CPD please contact events@uwe.ac.uk.


We will aim to make all addresses available as a podcast one week after the lecture, subject to approval of the speaker and no technical difficulties with the recording. Podcasts can be viewed on our previous address archive.

Media queries

Please contact the Media Relations office if you would like to request a media seat or have a media query about this event, email pressoffice@uwe.ac.uk.


If you are planning to attend this event and have any access requirements or would like details on venue accessibility, please email the Events Team at events@uwe.ac.uk or ring us on the number below.

UWE Bristol aims to ensure, as much as possible, that all our public events are fully accessible. Early notice of access requirements is much appreciated.

Cost: Free
Contact: Events Team
Telephone: +44(0)117 32 84517
E-mail: events@uwe.ac.uk

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