Edinburgh’s famous controller sessions are relaunching with a new format for 2017

The first part of these hour-long sessions will be an opportunity to ‘Meet the Channel’ with broadcasters invited to showcase their shows, their teams and their on-screen talent. It will be an opportunity to convey both their commissioning needs as well as their unique brand identity to delegates.
The second segment will revert to the more traditional format of ‘Meet the Controller’ with a Q&A with a broadcaster or journalist. This section will look in more detail at the channel’s strategy, it’s strengths and weaknesses and where it fits within a changing and increasingly competitive landscape.

The new controller strand will be executive produced by Paul Sommers, managing director Alaska TV, and Ian Lamarra with a team of leading producers;

Jago Lee, Creative Director, Antenna Pictures
Fintan Maguire, Executive Producer, Spun Gold TV
Jonathan Rothery, ‎Commissioning Editor, formats and music, Channel 4
Nicky Huggett, Head of Development, Sundog Pictures
Toby Smith, Development Executive, Fizz TV
Seb Curtis, Development Executive, Voltage
Georgina Madeley, Head of Development, Alaska TV
Sally Griffiths, Producer/ Director
Koulla Anastasi, Director of Programming, A+E Networks UK
Jonathan Meenagh, Head of Development, Shine TV
Melissa Mayne, Series Producer

The sessions will also feature the video wall of questions, introduced last year, in which senior figures spanning the fields of production, distribution and business will ask the controller a pertinent question. Delegates will also get to ask their own questions anonymously, via the popular EdTV Fest app.

Controllers featuring in the strand include the BBC’s Charlotte Moore, Channel 4’s Jay Hunt, Channel 5’s Ben Frow and ITV’s Kevin Lygo.


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