Bristol Media

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Bristol Media is a support network for the creative and media industries in Bristol. It has over 600 members across the Animation, TV, Film, Digital, Design, Marketing Communications, Publishing PR and Social Media sectors making it one of the biggest creative communities in the UK.

It is a community interest company (CIC) funded by membership.

The network's mission[1] is to:

  • Promote and celebrate Bristol’s creative industries and the wealth of expertise, services and skills that are home in the city
  • Encourage new business opportunities and new clients to procure creative services from Bristol companies
  • Attract the most exciting and experienced creative talent to the city whilst helping to retain and support its brightest and dynamic new stars
  • Support collaboration, innovation and networking across the creative sectors

Activities and Projects[edit]

0117 - Made In Bristol[edit]

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A 250-page glossy publication profiling some of the city's most innovative creative companies and media entrepreneurs. First launched in December 2007, this publication draws together over 40 profiles and interviews of Bristol's key digital, TV, Music, Film, Animation, Design and Marketing companies and is distributed all over the world to support the raising of the city's international creative profile[2]

Light Up Bristol[edit]

A weekly event held each December where several of Bristol and Bath's design and digital agencies get together to project specially created festive light, animation and moving image across College Green, Bristol.

8 high spec projectors are used to throw 400 ft images across several buildings in Bristol including City Hall, Bristol (formerly the Council House), and Bristol Cathedral[3]

In Dec 2007 the team shipped in 4 snow machines which covered the venue in fake snow and on the final night of the festival a live VJ finale was staged by Anti VJ.

South West Top 100 Creative Companies League Table[edit]

In June 2009, Bristol Media launched the first ever round up of all the major TV, digital, animation, publishing, PR, design and marketing companies from across the South West, in one list, ranked by turnover.

The guide revealed that over £0.5 billion of combined turnover was generated by companies that features in the league table, making it one of the region's key business sectors.

Along with a list of Top 100, the guide also features the most respected companies and the most respected individuals in the region, as voted by all the companies taking part in the survey.

Vision: creative conference[edit]

Vision is an event produced by Bristol Media. It aims to open your mind to new ideas and new ways of thinking, compelling you to challenge conventions and gain a deeper understanding of how others are thinking.

Social Media Week Bristol[edit]

Bristol Media was the driving force behind bringing global conference & news platform Social Media Week (SMW) to Bristol. Bristol was the first city in the UK outside of London to host a SMW hosting over 40 events and 1,500 attendees, speakers & participants during November 2016.

SMW, owned by Crowdcentric, is a leading news platform and worldwide conference that curates and shares the best ideas, innovations and insights into how social media and technology are changing business, society and culture around the world.

Current Board Members and Executive Team[edit]

  • Chris Thurling, Current Chair (Director)
  • Paul Appleby - Vid (Director)
  • Stephen Coombe - Partner, Burnside
  • Caroline Marshall - Operations Director, Bristol Media
  • Lis Anderson FCIPR - AMBITIOUS PR (Director)
  • Dominic Mills - Zone (Director)
  • Mark Fielder - Quickfire Media (Director)
  • Dan Fallon - SearchStar (Director)
  • Roberta Fuke - Speed Communications (Director)
  • Graeme Fearon - Thrings (Director)
  • Lynda Davies - Bristol Media (Administrator)
  • Alli Nichols - Bristol Media (Membership Manager)


Bristol Media came out of BRIC (Bristol Interactive Cluster) which launched in 1999 with the objective of bringing Bristol's TV indies closer to emerging digital technologies. Bristol Media was then relaunched in 2005 with a new Chair and a new board.

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