So Television’s Graham Stuart has been appointed as the next Executive Chair of the Edinburgh International Television Festival. Stuart will take up the post in September when the current chair, ITN Productions editorial director Chris Shaw completes his three-year tenure.

Stuart has been a member of the Executive and Advisory Committee for many years, and was deputy Advisory chair in 2010, providing valuable support to the Chair, Deborah Turness, who was editor of ITV News during the backdrop of the General Election. At the time, Turness described the collaboration as a “News/Showbiz Coalition.”

So Television was set up by Graham Norton and Graham Stuart in September 2000 in a bid to make high quality entertainment television. Since then he has continued to executive produce the multi-award winning Graham Norton franchise in the UK and US as well as develop many new projects for the company, which is now part of ITV Studios. He won the Best Entertainment Programme BAFTA for So Graham Norton in 2001 and again for The Graham Norton Show in 2013. He won the BAFTA for Best Comedy Entertainment Programme for The Graham Norton Show in 2015.

Graham Stuart said: “The Edinburgh International Television Festival has always played a major part in my career and the chance to shape it for a rapidly changing future is hugely exciting for me. I look forward to calling on the support of everyone in the industry to help Edinburgh continue as the best three days in the television year.”

Shaw, who has made a range of award-winning documentaries for UK and international broadcasters, including the recent Oscar-nominated Watani: My Homeland, said: “Graham is not only a hugely successful and respected entertainment producer he’s also a very popular individual with a deep knowledge and affection for the industry. He’ll be a brilliant champion for the TV Festival.”

Lisa Campbell, Festival Director added: “I’m looking forward to completing the 2017 Festival with Chris Shaw at the helm – one of the most talented, supportive and well-connected people I know. The Festival and its charitable arm, the Talent Schemes, have benefited enormously from his commitment and he leaves it in fantastic shape for an equally talented and loyal friend of the Festival, Graham Stuart.”