Your guide to what’s happening this week in the media, entertainment and technology industry.

Industry events
IBC365 hosts Transforming Live Sports Production with Artifical Intelligence webinar on Thursday 4pm BST with key industry players discussing real-world experiences.

VR World London 2018 conference and exhibition will feature augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) and its impact beyond gaming. 

Join leading VFX and motion graphic artists and producers on Monday for the Royal Television Society (RTS) Futures event offering insight on how to get your first foot in the door of the visual effects industry. Register here.   

The IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) International Leadership Conference (ILC) begins on Monday for its two-day event in San Jose, California. The agenda focuses on innovation, empowerment, disruptive technology and executive leadership with hands-on workshops and a pitch competition.

The 2018 IEEE 1st 5G World Forum (5GWF ’18) Call for Doctoral Symposium Papers deadline is Friday 25 May. Download the guidelines here. The conference will take place 9-11 July. 

SMPTE’s Bits by the Bay 2018 conference kicks off on Tuesday, running until Thursday and covering key topics including IP, virtualised and cloud facilities and monetising media. 

Company earnings 
Lionsgate Entertainment Corporation will release its Q4 2018 earnings on Thursday. 

Film and TV releases
Solo: A Star Wars Story, directed by Ron Howard, hits cinemas on Thursday. The action-fantasy film follows Han Solo during his adventure into a dark criminal world where he meets future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before the rebellion. 

Netflix Original Explained is a weekly short-form series that will explore a range of global topics. Each episode will focus on a different subject from politics to science and pop culture. It premieres on Wednesday. 

On this day
24 - 27 May 1927: John Logie Baird demonstrated long-distance transmission of television pictures over telephone lines from London to Glasgow, a distance of 438 miles. 

27 May 2006: The BBC began broadcasting in high-definition (HDTV) on their new subscription channel, BBC HD.