Michael Gubbins is an experienced journalist, analyst and consultant, working in the film, entertainment and media industries, with a particular expertise in on-demand and digital change.
He is the founder of SampoMedia (with former UK Film Council head of exhibition and distribution Peter Buckingham), chairs the Film Agency for Wales, and is the former editor of Screen International and Music Week.
Gubbins is a well-known chair, keynote speaker and organiser of conferences around Europe, including prestigious events for Europa Cinemas, European Audiovisual Observatory, Europa Distribution, Inside Pictures, the European Think Tank, the Media Business School, European Parliament events, Power to the Pixel, CineRegio, the Danish Film Institute, the BFI and festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Edinburgh, London and Gothenburg.
As well as frequent articles for leading newspapers and journals, he is the author of in-depth reports about digital change for business and academic institutions around the world, including the Digital Revolution series, sponsored by CineRegio.
Some of the ideas about cross-media and cross-cultural change are now becoming part of the strategy at the Film Agency for Wales.
His work in film and related industries has given him a rare overview of the media value chain, and he has hands-on experience of both traditional industry processes and digital innovation.