DIRECTOR, UNSCRIPTED ORIGINALS & ACQUISITIONS, NETFLIXSEE 2018 SPEAKERS
22 - 24 AUGUST 2018
THE EDINBURGH TV FESTIVAL IS THE BIGGEST AND MOST PRESTIGIOUS MEDIA EVENT IN THE UK. WE BRING TOGETHER ALL PARTS OF THE TELEVISION AND DIGITAL WORLD TO CELEBRATE CREATIVITY, DIVERSITY AND INSPIRATIONAL TALENT IN OUR FIELD, AND TO DEBATE THE MAJOR ISSUES FACING US AS AN INDUSTRY. THE FESTIVAL DRAWS AROUND 2000 DELEGATES FROM THE MAJOR NETWORKS AND PRODUCTION COMPANIES INTERNATIONALLY.BUY TICKETS
Writer & Creator
Deputy Director of Commissioning
Burning Bright Productions
ITV Studios Entertainment
Director of Commissioning
Dara Ó Briain
Stand Up Comedian & Television Presenter
DIRECTOR OF CONTENT
Head of Drama
Sveriges Television (SVT)
The Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE)
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Genre General Manager for Comedy & Entertainment
Award-winning Actress, Screenwriter, Singer, Songwriter, Poet & Playwright
Director of Programmes
CEO & Founder
The Business Romantic Society
Presenter & Actress
Director of Television
Unscripted Originals & Acquisitions at Netflix
We're also a Charity
We’re committed to helping people from all backgrounds gain access to the TV Industry and the cost of your ticket goes towards supporting our two Talent Schemes, The Network and Ones to Watch.
We provide fully-funded places at Edinburgh, bespoke sessions, training and workshops, as well as year-round events and mentoring. We have supported more than 4000 individuals in various stages of their career, aiming to ensure that the people working in television are as diverse as the audience watching it.
Highlights From Last Year
James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture
Journalist and broadcaster Jon Snow delivered 2017’s prestigious MacTaggart Lecture. Snow gave a moving and empowering speech using the Grenfell Tower fire as a symbol of the "social disconnect" between the media and the rest of the nation. "I felt on the wrong side of the terrible divide that exists in present-day society and in which we are all in this hall major players. We can accuse the political classes for their failures, and we do. But we are guilty of them ourselves." Snow's career has spanned huge changes to broadcasting and he's been at the forefront of Channel 4 News’ success in engaging young and diverse audiences.
Black Mirror Masterclass
Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones
Creator and writer Charlie Brooker, and executive producer Annabel Jones took delegates into the Black Mirror archives and the stories behind their satirical, often uncomfortably prophetic televisual phenomenon. Brooker revealed how ideas for episodes originate: “It usually tends to stem from a comic ‘What if?’ idea... If I get enthused about an unpleasant situation, that’s when I want to write about it.”
He also discussed controversy and whether he cared about causing offence: “We opened with the Prime Minister f**king a pig,” he responded. “So…”
Outstanding Achievement Award
Russell T Davies
The recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award, producer and screenwriter Russell T Davies discussed his illustrious career with longtime collaborator, Nicola Shindler, founder Red Production Company. The pair discussed their creative approach and award-winning series including Queer as Folk, Bob & Rose and Casanova, as well as regenerating Doctor Who.
SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH AND THE NATURAL HISTORY UNIT AT 60
SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH
With the BBC Studios’ world-leading Natural History Unit turning 60 in 2017, Sir David Attenborough joined Julian Hector, head of The Natural History Unit in conversation, looking at the past, present and future of natural history programme-making and the important role it has played in improving understanding, driving awareness and changing perceptions of the natural world. They also spoke about the latest landmark Blue Planet II, and last year’s Planet Earth II, watched by over 30 million in the UK and attracting more viewers aged 16 to 34 than The X Factor!
The Network is our free entry level scheme which gives people their first taste of the television industry through masterclasses and practical workshops at Edinburgh, covering everything from producing a news programme to an episode of Holby. Entrants are selected, assessed, mentored and trained by top producers and supported year-round with Network at Work placements with broadcasters and indies.
Ones to Watch
Ones to Watch is the Festival’s senior talent scheme for people with more than three years of professional TV experience, looking to take the next big step in their career. The 30 individuals are assessed by TV professionals and benefit from a full delegate pass and accommodation for the TV Festival, a challenging and unique series of exclusive OTW workshops and masterclasses, year-round events and mentoring.
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