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Meet the TPN ambassador

14/03/2024

By TVBEurope Staff

Published: March 14, 2024 Updated: March 15, 2024

Stephen Stewart, former network director at Channel 4, tells TVBEurope about his current role as an ambassador for the Trusted Partner Network, and why after 40 years in the industry, he's still passionate about media and entertainment. Talk us through an average day in your role. I spend much of my time connecting with prospective [ ]

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Stephen Stewart, former network director at Channel 4, tells TVBEurope about his current role as an ambassador for the Trusted Partner Network, and why after 40 years in the industry, he's still passionate about media and entertainment.

Talk us through an average day in your role. I spend much of my time connecting with prospective TPN members, in-person, at industry events, and on video calls. Part of my work also involves gathering insights, feedback, and recommendations so that TPN can evolve alongside the industry. I've been a supporter of the Trusted Partner Network for many years an organisation that is well-known globally for its best practices in addressing security concerns related to content production and distribution. Content owners and service/software providers benefit from TPN's standardised security assessments, which are measured against the MPA Content Security Best Practices. Content owners have peace of mind that their content is being handled securely, and it helps them significantly reduce the time to onboard new vendors they choose to work with. TPN Service Provider members also get to work with the world's leading studios and content owners without having to undergo multiple (often duplicate) assessments with each studio.

I am working with prospective service/software provider members, introducing them to the benefits of the TPN initiative and TPN+ platform. I'm also connecting with content owners to demonstrate how the TPN+ platform can be a one-stop-shop' for their teams when looking for a trusted supplier.

How did you get started in the media industry? I was naturally drawn to my secondary school's AV department where I gained experience in sound and lighting. I can thank my local BBC radio station for my career introduction to technical operations for the news division and other programming, even having the opportunity to produce and present my own Saturday night show. The art of television then called to me, and I took a position as network director at Channel 4 spearheading my jump into a television career.

What training did you have before entering the industry? I have been fortunate enough early on in my career to have worked in several positions where I gained practical skills and the opportunity to understand the dynamics of the industry. The National Film and Television School, a leading film, television, and new media school in the UK, also provided me with specialised courses, hands-on training, and an immersive educational experience.

Why do you enjoy working in the industry? I've reached my 40th year in the industry and can simply say that I'm passionate about media and entertainment and enjoy being a part of creating content that entertains, educates, and captivates audiences. The combination of the people I've met, with the pace of change makes it enjoyable and rewarding. Plus the combination of creativity, impact, variety, collaboration, opportunity, and entertainment value keeps it interesting and surprising. I also thrive on innovation and adaptability, and our industry provides an exciting and ever-changing environment to work in. I am involved with so many teams of talented individuals working together to achieve a common goal, and the camaraderie and sense of teamwork are incredibly rewarding. It's a true pleasure to work with people who are starting their journey in the industry and I take my role as a mentor and Advisory Board member of Rise very seriously. Involvement with technology committees including the Royal Television Society and Institute of Engineering and Technology allows me to use my experience to give something back to the industry that I love so much.

What piece of advice would you offer someone looking to explore a role similar to yours? Being a TPN ambassador offers variety, spanning many roles, disciplines, and countries, which makes it an exciting opportunity. Stay curious, continue learning, and keep connected. Establishing connections can provide guidance, mentorship, and other types of support. Taking a proactive approach to networking (whether in-person or online) can unlock many interesting and unexpected opportunities.
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