The Management School was delighted to host this special evening in conversation with Wayne Garvie, whose career has seen creative success with programmes including Strictly Come Dancing, Dragons' Den, and Top Gear.
Reflecting on his career in television, Wayne Garvie discussed why failure is a necessary part of creative success, using insightful and entertaining examples from his portfolio of successful television programmes, and proved how getting it wrong can lead to getting it right.
Now Chief Creative Officer at Sony Pictures Television, Dr Wayne Garvie received a first class honours degree in history from the University of Kent and a PhD in economic and social history from the University of Sheffield.
A driving force for ideas, creativity and talent management, Wayne is responsible for steering Sony's creative development across a global network from Los Angeles to Bogota, London to Beijing, turning locally developed properties into global formats.
Before this, Wayne achieved success at All3Media, where he oversaw the international production and programme development of popular drama and entertainment programmes. During his earlier career at the BBC, Wayne's creative influence was established with the launch of iconic shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, Dragons' Den, and masterminding Top Gear into the world’s biggest motoring entertainment brand.
One of the most prominent figures in international television, Wayne’s success was the result of creative thinking, with staff as a priority – spotting the right people, creating the right environment, and nurturing them in their roles, in order to achieve optimum results.