Storythings is a company established to experiment with new ways of telling stories, through consultancy and production on major projects with new and established talent; through events and annual conferences looking at storytelling in a wide range of contexts and media; and through a series of objects and publications produced with some of the most innovative storytellers around.
Storythings was established by Matt Locke in April 2011.
Before starting Storythings, Matt was Head of Multiplatform Commissioning at Channel 4. In this role, he was responsible for running the Multiplatform Commissioning team with a £7m budget for multi-platform projects around some of Channel 4′s biggest brands, including Million Pound Drop, Skins, Misfits, Embarassing Bodies and Big Brother, and developing a new commissioning strategy based on emerging audience behaviours. In addition to managing a restructure of the MPC team based on this strategy, Matt also recruited and managed the team responsible for building Channel 4’s online presence for the 2012 Paralympics.
Prior to this Matt was Commissioning Editor for Education at Channel 4, where he was responsible for a £5m annual budget, commissioning many cross platform and transmedia projects. Matt was hired by Channel 4 to shift the Education department’s focus from linear TV to solely cross-platform commissioning – the only time a mainstream broadcaster has shifted an entire department’s budget from TV production to cross-platform production.
During his time at Channel 4, Matt worked with his fellow commissioning editor Alice Taylor to deliver projects combining broadcast media, games and the web; including the double EMMY-winning www.battlefront.co.uk, the SXSW winning 1066 game www.channel4.com/1066, Broadcast Digital Award nominated Trafalgar Origins and the BAFTA winning Bow Street Runner game, as well as commissioning and scheduling a daily TV slot to accompany the online projects.
From 2001-2007, Matt Locke was Head of Innovation for BBC New Media, where he ran a team responsible for developing internal and external innovation projects with the BBC’s content commissioning teams. He was one of the creators of the BBC’s Creative Archive project, and co-founded BBC Backstage and the BBC’s Innovation Labs.
In 2010, Matt founded The Story, an annual one-day event about new ways of storytelling, featuring speakers from a diverse range of practises, including Film, TV, Science, Art, Theatre, Games and Online Content. Previous speakers have included Graham Linehan, Cornelia Parker, Adam Curtis, Martin Parr, Cory Doctorow, Matthew Herbert, Liz Henry and Aleks Krotoski.
Matt is a regular speaker at industry events, including Guardian Activate, the IPPR Media Convention, C21 Futuremedia conference, Thinking Digital, Sheffield DocFest, Intelligent Factual and MIPTV Cannes. In 2010 he was listed in both Broadcast Magazine’s ‘Hot 100’ and Wired Magazine’s ‘Wired 100’. He regularly writes for a number of publications and blogs, including Wired UK.
Matt is on the Advisory Boards of the National Media Museum, Culture 24, The Edinburgh International TV Festival, The Children’s Media Conference and The Brighton Photo Biennial. He also sits on the BAFTA Children’s Committee and the BAFTA Learning & Events Committee.