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The host for the 2018 Category Showcase was today confirmed as BBC TV presenter Radzi Chinyanganya. The event, co-hosted by the British Association for Screen Entertainment and the Entertainment Retailers Association will take place once again at Picturehouse Central on Wednesday 4th July from 8:30am.

Best-known as the face of Blue Peter, the longest running children’s TV show in the world, Radzi promises to bring his trademark passion and energy to the Category Showcase as he unveils just some of the highlights set to debut on disc and digital in 2018 and beyond, with plenty of first-look material and one or two surprises promised along the way.

A familiar face at press junkets on behalf of Blue Peter; Radzi has also presented both the British Academy Children’s Awards in 2015 and the Into Film Awards in 2017, celebrating exceptional young filmmakers, reviewers and film clubs from across the country. He even lent his voice to the loveable Mi in 2016’s animated hit, Kung Fu Panda 3. No stranger to those aforementioned surprises thanks to stints on ITV’s Cannonball and CBBC’s WILD!, Radzi has also taken on presenting duties during the 2012 Olympics, 2018 Winter Olympics, the 2018 London Marathon and CBBC’s Match Of The Day Kickabout.

Liz Bales, Chief Executive for BASE, said: “The Category Showcase and Innovation Forum is one of our flagship events so we’re genuinely excited to have someone of Radzi’s calibre on board to help us celebrate the sheer quantity of top flight content yet to come to market. With a demonstrable interest in film and a natural warmth, we think he’s the perfect host for what we hope will be a morning to remember.

The event itself is the only one of its kind in the screen entertainment sector as it looks to the future to offer a first look at what content is coming up in Q4 and beyond. We are working with our members to ensure it’s a must-attend date in the diary for retail, distribution and those in the supply chain as they plan for this essential trading period.

With that in mind, please do get in touch to discuss the content you’d like to unveil – we’ve already confirmed some breath-taking exclusives so over to our members to keep the bar set so impressively high.”

Speakers for the second half of the day, which focuses on category innovation, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Priority will be given to members of BASE & ERA, so to secure your ticket please register here.

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