Advisory Committee

Passionate, tireless and foolhardy is how you might best describe the incredible team of volunteers on our Advisory Committee.

Up to 30 individuals from TV and digital content are invited to join the Committee by the Advisory Chair and the Festival Director and they play a key part in creating what is widely regarded as the most important event in the TV calendar.  The Festival is billed as ‘by the industry, for the industry’ because it is shaped and produced by these industry professionals alongside their day jobs, ensuring that all of our content is up-to-the-minute, highly relevant and engaging. The Committee meet once a month to discuss ideas and shape sessions, before rolling up their sleeves at Edinburgh to produce the sessions they have championed, with the help of some very willing and able APs.  Being on the committee is hard work but it’s also fun, it’s important and it’s an honour. And it gives everyone involved the chance to give something back. The Festival funds our two talent schemes, Ones to Watch and The Network, helping to support the next generation of new and diverse talent in the industry.

Phil Edgar Jones, director of Sky Arts and head of entertainment for Sky, will be taking the reigns as 2018 Advisory chair and working alongside Hilary Rosen, deputy director of commissioning for UKTV, who joins the advisory as deputy chair. Below you’ll find the raft of senior figures on our advisory committee, who’ll no doubt create one of our biggest, buzziest and best Festival’s yet.

Ade Rawcliffe

Head of Diversity

ITV Commissioning

Cassian Harrison

Channel Editor

BBC Four

Cheryl Taylor



Danielle Lux

Managing Director

CPL Productions

David Clews

Creative Director


Gill Wilson

Head of Features & Daytime

Channel 4

Ian Lamarra

Creative Director

James Kirkham

Head of Copa 90


Jazz Gowans

CEO. Creative Director & Executive Producer

Transparent Television

Jeff Ford

UK Managing Director

Fox Networks Group & SVP Content Development Europe & Africa

Justine Bower

Director of Communications - Consumer & Social


Kim Shillinglaw

Director Of Factual

Endemol Shine UK

Mark Hedgecoe

Head of Pacific Quay Productions

BBC Studios

Maryam Mossavar

Manager of Content Partnerships


Mike Beale

Managing Director

ITV Studios Nordics & Global Creative Network

Nav Raman

Creative Director


Neil Mortensen

Director of Audiences


Nicolai Gentchev

Director of Current Affairs

Mentorn Media

Priya Singh

Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment


Ravin Sampat

Assistant Editor

BBC News Online & Mobile

Ricky Cooper

Assistant Commissioning Editor

BBC Popular Factual

Sean Doyle

Commissioning Editor, Factual

Channel 5

Simon Willgoss

Head of Development


Tilusha Ghelani

Comedy Commissioning Editor


Zoe Rocha

Managing Director

Fyzz TV

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