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ILMC Production Meeting (IPM)

IPM 11 took place 6 March 2018. A full report of the topics discussed will appear here shortly.

Since it began, the ILMC Production Meeting has become one of the foremost platforms for international production professionals to meet, network and discuss the most pressing issues affecting the industry.

In 2017, 200 of the world's most renowned production managers; health, safety & security specialists; crewing companies; sound and lighting companies; venue personnel; staging & infrastructure companies; transport & travel specialists; new technology suppliers, and promoters' representatives made their way to London for this one-day event, which runs the day before ILMC kicks off.

IPM 11 will take place on Tuesday 6 March 2018, again hosted in the larger surroundings of the Royal Garden Hotel’s main conference rooms, providing ample space for the day’s programme.

Communal networking areas are shared with delegates of the Green Events & Innovations Conference (GEI) that takes place simultaneously.

The programme of IPM is a mixture of panel topics and Production Notes sessions, which showcase new ideas and innovations in short-format presentations. A delegate pass to IPM includes a five-star buffet lunch, access to all conference sessions, tea & coffee breaks, an IPM conference guide with full delegate information, and entry to the IPM Closing Drinks party.

IPM 11's Day Host

Each edition of IPM is hosted by a renowned figure from the production world, a role which changes annually. Previous hosts have included Lee Charteris, Bryan Grant, Keith Wood, John Probyn and Carl AH Martin.

This year, we are thrilled to announce that overseeing the day’s proceedings will be LoudSound’s head of operations, Dan Craig. Dan is part of the senior management team at LoudSound, delivering some of the UK's largest and most prestigious festival events including British Summer Time Hyde Park and Field Day.

Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 4PT
Tuesday 6 March 2018
Hosts: eps | Megaforce | EFM | Star Events

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Also stepping up to lend their support are friends of IPM - ContiNest - who have kindly agreed to sponsor the IPM lunch, and will also be on-hand to discuss their products.




09:00 Registration Opens
09:00 - 10:00 Coffee & Tea Break
10:00 - 11:15 Opening Address & Panel 1: 
Rules & Regulations: Changes & challenges in worldwide production
11:15 - 11:45 Coffee & Tea Break
11:25 - 11:35 Production Note: ContiNest - Space to go
11:45 - 13:00 Panel 2:
Welfare for Workers: Work in progress 
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch Break sponsored by ContiNest
13:00 - 13:15 Yoga Session: Welfare for Delegates
13:30 - 13:40 Production Note: An Event Production Degree - A field apart?
13:55 - 14:25 Production Note: The Production Office with Chris Vaughan
14:30 - 15:45 Panel 3:
Places & Spaces: The big venue discussion
15:45 - 16:15 Coffee & Tea Break
15:55 - 16:05 Production Note: Crewing Made Simple? It's Sinch!
16:15 - 17:45 Panel 4:
Supply and Demand: An Imbalance?            
17:45 - 18:00 Conclusions
18:00 - 20:00 IPM & GEI Closing Drinks Party


A delegate pass to IPM includes access to all conference sessions, an IPM conference guide with full delegate contact information, complimentary coffee and tea, a five-star buffet lunch, and a two-hour drinks-and-nibbles session in the company of peers and early-bird ILMC and GEI delegates.

Register for IPM 11

Please note that ILMC delegates should not register for IPM using this button. If you are registering for
both ILMC and IPM please register here. Alternatively, please contact registration@ilmc.com.

Non-ILMC Delegate Rate
  • Early Bird: £115
  • Standard: £135
ILMC Delegate Rate
  • Early Bird: £75
  • Standard: £95


Subject to availability, IPM delegates are welcome to stay at the Royal Garden Hotel until Wednesday 7 March when all rooms are block-booked for ILMC delegates. To book your room, please email ilmc@thetourcompany.co.uk or call +44 (0)141 353 8800.

To read our Terms & Conditions, click here.




Bursary Scheme

To mark its 10th anniversary in 2017, IPM introduced a Bursary Scheme for young production professionals. The scheme is intended to provide a route for those who would otherwise not be able to attend, to participate in IPM for the first time.

To apply for the IPM Bursary Scheme, please click here. 


The IPM agenda consists of four main panel topics and a series of Production Notes. The IPM 11 agenda, compiled using both feedback from previous IPM delegates, and the IPM Advisory Group (an invited group of figures who kindly give their time to ensure the IPM agenda is as relevant as possible), is published below.

Rules & Regulations: Changes & challenges in worldwide production 

With the world getting smaller and tours getting longer, international legislation provides a daily challenge. How realistic is the Working Time Directive for the event production industry and how is it being applied, enforced or perhaps avoided in practice? How have events adapted to CDM, and with research having proved the dangers of sleep deprivation, is fatigue being taken seriously now? What are the costs & implications of doubling up on crew and who is the liable party to pay? Last but not least, chair Andy Lenthall (PSA) leads a discussion on the latest updates on visas, work permits, Brexit, sustainability, and other international changes and challenges that will be relevant to the international production industry.

Chair: Andy Lenthall (The Production Services Association, UK)

Guest speakers include:
Roger Barrett (Star Events Ltd, UK)
Ruud De Deugd (ProLyte Group, NL)
Borek Jiřík (Event Safety Lab, DE)
Marcel Kok (dBcontrol, NL)

Welfare for Workers: Work in progress

In last year’s welfare for workers panel, we discussed mental health. This year we get further into onsite and touring health, beginning with food & nutrition. With healthy food more expensive and harder to source on the road, how is the production industry looking after the physical welfare of its teams? Meanwhile, with people sat on flimsy chairs in Portacabins onsite for weeks on end, should massage and physiotherapy be available for crew and artists alike? With water shortages common, who should take priority for a shower, and are accident and injury books being managed properly or is temporary staff keeping quiet to avoid losing work? Mixing practical and realistic suggestions for improvement, the session will consider how much better things could be.  

Chair: Sanjin Ćorović (Production Pool, Serbia)

Guest speakers include: 
James Cobb (CrowdConnected Ltd, UK)
Mary Shelley-Smith (Eat To The Beat, UK)
Jon Drape (Ground Control, UK)
Peter van Galen (Earproof, NL)

Places & Spaces: The big venue discussion

One thing all touring shows have in common, is that they take place in venues. But with performance spaces differing wildly in size – and most importantly – in levels of organisation and professionalism, each presents a challenge for inbound productions. From grassroots venues on the regular touring circuit; to unique sites such as racetracks and cruise ships; to arenas, open airs and stadia, how can production professionals and venue operators better communicate and work together more efficiently?

Should inbound shows pay more attention to venue operators’ advice? Should venue operators make more of an effort to understand the production side of the business, or, with practices varying wildly, should a set of standards be created? Should common ground be found that encourages co-operation between all parties? Presenting case studies of the most efficient venues, and the worst offenders, PSE’s Paul Sergeant digs deep into this controversial topic.

Chair: Paul Sergeant (PSE, Australia)

Guest speakers include: 
Alice Asbury (O2 Academy Oxford, UK) 
Nick Handford (Mick Perrin Worldwide, UK)
Peter McKenna (Croke Park, IR)
Peter Thorpe (Spotless Stadium, AU)

Supply & Demand - an imbalance?

The production industry has an ever-escalating personnel problem. There are dwindling numbers of skilled crew who are willing and prepared to work internationally with zero-hour contracts and without long-term availability, and workers are moving to other sectors with higher wages and lower risks.  A lack of continuity results in a lack of experience, so what can be done to encourage employment longevity? And how can training and college courses better reflect the needs for the modern industry, particularly in more technical areas? Tony Hayes gets into the future for the business driven by skills, progression and that all-important job satisfaction.

Chair: Tony Hayes (Arena Birmingham, UK)

Guest speakers include:
Julia Frank (Wizard Promotions, DE)
Ollie Kite (Transam, UK)
Stuart Milne (ShowStars, UK)
Tamás Szabó (Intellitix, HU)

Production Notes

IPM’s Production Notes sessions showcase innovations, new concepts, and game-changing products aimed at the production world. This series of four sessions takes place in between the main IPM panels.

ContiNest - Space to Go
Vidor from ContiNest – the foldable container patent holder – demonstrates how the company overcame the challenge of limited site access at Exit Festival in Serbia, whilst simultaneously lowering transport costs and reducing CO2 emissions.

Presenter: Vidor Kis-Márton, ContiNest (HU)

Yoga: Welfare for Delegates
Proving you create a moment of well-being whilst running an event, IPM’s associate producer, Sytske Kamstra, provides a short beginners’ Anahata Yoga class to get delegates (and crew) stretching after a morning of sitting still. No experience, leotards or yoga mats required. Just breath.

Host: Sytske Kamstra, How Many Yogis (UK)

An Event Production Degree - A field apart?

The University of Surrey offers full-time degrees and training courses in international events management, with additional apprenticeship programmes in venue/event management in development. The University has a close working relationship with many industry professionals, such as Paul Pike MD of Intelligent Venue Solutions – our first honouree Professor of Events Management. 

Presenter: Paul Pike, Intelligent Venue Solutions/University of Surrey (UK)

The Production Office with Chris Vaughan
An extended Production Note in which IPM’s Carl AH Martin grills veteran production manager Chris Vaughan about his substantial career in production. Chris will also answer questions put to him by the room.

Host: Carl AH Martin, cahm.uk

Crewing made simple? It’s a Sinch!
How can just three co-ordinators manage more than 1,000 workers at 2,500+ events per year? David and Jáchym sum up ten years of crewing experience in ten minutes, and present their sophisticated software application that makes crew management a cinch. They also ask, why, if we have the same recurring problems, have we not found solutions.

Presenters: David Suslik & Jáchym Pospíšil, Sinch (CZ)

As the day reaches its conclusion, Carl AH Martin will summarise the proceedings and give you all the chance to briefly add anything you may have thought about consequent to the panels. Why briefly? Well, because the sponsored bar will shortly open (thank you to our sponsors) and the conversation can continue there...

Previous IPM Reports can be found here.



IPM is proud to welcome a truly international group of production specialists year after year. A list of registered IPM 11 delegates can be found below, and will be updated on a weekly basis until the conference has taken place.

IPM 11 Delegate List


Click here for a list of delegates that attended IPM 10.

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