I am rather out of my usual habitat at the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers in Vienna a big media event, with all kinds of panels on such topics as "The 11 Commandments for Success with Online Content" and "The Rise of Multi-Platforms". It's all a bit different from "New Approaches to the Reign of Nero" or "Silius Italicus: texts and intertexts" that are the staples of my usual kind of conference. And the appearance of trays of wine after the sessions ending at 4 o' clock (yes, 4 o' clock) is not something you find at classical gathering; classical organisers take note. And instead of nervous post-docs trying to impress the professorial barons and get a leg up in the job market, it's nervous producers trying to pitch to the commissioning barons from the big tv channels.
I am here to be part of a panel on "More Bloody Romans" -- discussing all kinds of varieties of screen Romans with Thomas Viner from Arrow TV, Caterina Turroni, my producer from Lion TV, Martin Davidson of the BBC, and Heinrich Mayer-Moroni of Interspot Film, who has just made a documentary called "Lost City of Gladiators" (about the Roman town of Carnuntum) and was very nice to me when I was less than complimentary about some of his "recons".