Last Year's Programme

MacTaggart Speaker

MacTaggart Lecture 2016: Shane Smith, VICE

SPEAKERS: Shane Smith, founder, CEO VICE

Head of VICE Shane Smith takes to the stage to deliver the 2016 James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture.


Post MacTaggart Interview: Shane Smith

CHAIR: Jay Hunt, chief creative officer Channel 4

SPEAKERS: Shane Smith, founder, CEO VICE

As Delegates reflect on the content of his James MacTggart Lecture, Shane Smith will once again take to the stage to allow further exploration of his speech. Post your anonymous question to him via the Festival app from 1st August.



Gamechanger: Alex Carloss, YouTube

CHAIR: Alex Mahon, The Foundry CEO

SPEAKERS: Alex Carloss, Director YouTube Originals

As Director of YouTube Originals, Alex Carloss leads a team with a mission to develop, fund and launch a slate of world-class programming for YouTube Red – YouTube’s ad-free, monthly-paid subscription service. In this session, Alex will talk through his own career evolution - the highs, lows and everything in between - as well as the evolution of YouTube itself and his current work developing original content with YouTube stars.


Gamechangers: Bryan Singer and Peter Rice in Conversation

SPEAKERS: Peter Rice, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Fox Networks Group; Bryan Singer, director, writer, producer

We'll join an intimate and wide ranging discussion between Director and Producer Bryan Singer (X Men, The Usual Suspects, House, Legion) and Chairman/CEO of Fox Networks Group Peter Rice as they discuss their respective careers, their longstanding creative partnership, the power of global brands, the relationship between commerce and creators and how they see the future of television.


Gamechanger: Bruno Heller, Showrunner, Gotham, The Mentalist, Rome

CHAIR: Diederick Santer, chief executive Kudos

SPEAKERS: Bruno Heller, Showrunner Gotham, Rome, The Mentalist

Heller will discuss how he crafts his storytelling around the original characters he’s created, how he shapes and reinvents the world the DC Comics villains inhabit in Gotham, and how to keep the audience engaged when you get to episode 100.


Gamechanger: Julie Plec, showrunner, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Containment

CHAIR: Johnathan Plunkett, media journalist

SPEAKERS: Julie Plec, Showrunner The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Containment

In this session, Plec will offer insight into her creative process of crafting characters and compelling narrative arcs, as well as producing television in the age of social media.


Amazon Double Bill: Roy Price, Amazon Studios/Andy Wilman’s Grand Tour Masterclass

CHAIR: Elaine Bedell, former director of entertainment and comedy, ITV

SPEAKERS: Roy Price, director Amazon Studios; Andy Wilman, executive producer The Grand Tour

He “awed, amused and edified” TV Festival delegates last year, according to Deadline Hollywood, and now director of Amazon Studios, Roy Price is making his TV Festival comeback with a fireside chat conducted by former ITV director of comedy and entertainment, Elaine Bedell. The session will be followed by an exclusive masterclass with Andy Wilman, executive producer of Amazon’s upcoming car series, The Grand Tour, which follows Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond travelling the world.


Gamechanger: Keli Lee & Patrick Moran, ABC Studios

PANEL: Keli Lee, MD, international content & talent ABC Entertainment Group; Patrick Moran, executive vice president ABC Studios

CHAIR: Anne Mensah, head of drama Sky

Patrick and Keli will sit down with us to explore how one of the top entertainment groups in the world have secured their position as Gamechangers in a crowded market, why ABC decided to get ahead of the curve on exploring diverse talent and internationally driven concepts, and where they see the drama marketplace heading in the coming years.


Gamechanger: Howard Gordon, 24, Homeland, X-Files

CHAIR: Peter Salmon, chief creative officer Endemol Shine

SPEAKERS: Howard Gordon, executive producer, showrunner 24: Legacy, Homeland

As co-creator of Homeland, Tyrant, Legends and Second Chance, as well as co-writer of X-Files and longtime showrunner of 24, 24: Live Another Day, and the forthcoming 24: Legacy, Howard Gordon is a leading creative voice in global television. We join him in conversation with Peter Salmon, Chief Creative Officer of Endemol Shine Group, to talk about his phenomenal career.


Keynotes and Interviews

Outstanding Achievement Award: Sally Wainwright in conversation with Russell T Davies

CHAIR: Russell T Davies, producer, screenwriter

SPEAKERS: Sally Wainwright, Writer, executive producer, director

Join Russell T Davies in conversation with writer, executive producer and director, Sally Wainwright, as we celebrate her outstanding achievement in writing some of the UK’s most successful dramas.


Lee Mack’s Desert Island Comedy

CHAIR: Shane Allen, controller, comedy commissioning BBC

SPEAKERS: Lee Mack, comedian, actor, writer

BBC Controller of Comedy, Shane Allen talks to sitcom writer and star of Not Going Out, Lee Mack about the comedy clips he’d take with him to a desert island.


Alternative MacTaggart: Sharon Horgan on pushing boundaries through comedy

CHAIR: Frankie Boyle, Comedian

SPEAKERS: Sharon Horgan, Actor, writer, producer Catastrophe

Sharon Horgan has written or co-written four series for UK television, including the award-winning Catastrophe and the acclaimed black comedy Pulling; acted in numerous series as well as co-founded a production company. And in Autumn, Sky Atlantic will air Divorce, an HBO series that Horgan created for Sarah Jessica Parker in her first major TV role since Sex and the City. Frankie Boyle takes to the interview chair in this Alternative MacTaggart interview.


Meet Beth Hoppe, PBS

CHAIR: Ian Moffitt, Senior Agent ICM Partners

SPEAKERS: Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive and general manager, general audience programming PBS

Beth Hoppe’s tenure at PBS has seen the public broadcaster’s return to original U.S. drama, a co-production agreement with the BBC that has generated a number of science and natural history productions and the establishment of the brand as a base for independent documentary filmmakers. But what is PBS and how does public broadcasting in the US differ from the model we know here? What kind of opportunities exist for British producers and what is Beth looking for in terms of content – both scripted and non-scripted? All of these questions and more will be addressed in this focused session where we’ll learn everything we wanted to know about PBS.


Controller Sessions

Meet Discovery’s Commissioners

PANEL: Helen Hawken, vice president of production and development, factual Discovery Networks International (DNI); Ed Sayer, vice president production and development, factual Discovery Networks International; Clare Laycock, VP, head of channels TLC and ID at Discovery Networks UK & Ireland

CHAIR: Ranvir Singh, presenter Good Morning Britain, ITV News

In this session Helen Hawken, Ed Sayer and Claire Laycock will explain how British producers can work with commissioners to transform their ideas into series that will play across the world. They will also dispel myths about the content Discovery is looking for and open the door to new producers keen to be part of the channel’s success story.


Meet the Controller: Cassian Harrison, BBC Four

PANEL: Cassian Harrison, channel editor BBC Four

SPEAKERS: Boyd Hilton, entertainment director Heat Magazine

As the competition from specialist channels hots up, Cassian will discuss the latest ‘passionate clubs’ of viewers he’s looking to target, as well as reveal the next foreign drama he hopes will emulate the ratings success of Trapped and The Bridge.


Meet the Controller: Ben Frow, Channel 5

CHAIR: Martha Kearney, journalist and broadcaster

SPEAKERS: Ben Frow, director of programming Channel 5

Under Ben Frow’s leadership, the Channel 5 portfolio is on course for a record year with young viewers and is once again out-performing terrestrial rivals in audience growth thanks to a string of new hit shows and supersized commissions of existing brands. And there’s been the small matter of a rebrand - all of which has seen the channel gain a rightful place on the Channel of the Year shortlist at this year’s Edinburgh TV Awards.


Meet the Controller: Damian Kavanagh, BBC 3

CHAIR: June Sarpong, presenter, campaigner

SPEAKERS: Damian Kavanagh, controller BBC Three

Seven months on from its launch, June Sarpong asks controller Damian Kavanagh whether he thinks his vision for online content that makes the viewer, ‘think and laugh’, has been met. How can young, hungry producers become future suppliers to his channel?


Meet the Controller: Rosemary Newell, ITV Digital

CHAIR: Rick Edwards, journalist, presenter, screenwriter

SPEAKERS: Rosemary Newell, Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions ITV

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Rosemary Newell – the new Head of ITV’s Digital Channels and Acquisitions. Succeeding Angela Jain following her move to ITV Studios, Newell now oversees ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 plus CITV, ITV Encore and ITVBe.


Meet the Controller: Patrick Holland, BBC Two

CHAIR: Chris Curtis, editor Broadcast

SPEAKERS: Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two

BBC Two has a new Editor. Former Head of Documentaries Patrick Holland is now looking after the channel and this is your chance to find out what his plans are.


Meet the Controller: Charlotte Moore, BBC

CHAIR: Mary Nightingale, newscaster ITV News

SPEAKERS: Charlotte Moore, director of content BBC

Charlotte Moore emerged victorious in a battle the rest of us were unaware was going on – becoming controller of all BBC TV channels and I-Player. We’ll talk to her about managing the biggest creative job in British television.


Meet the Controller: Jay Hunt, Channel 4

CHAIR: Jake Kanter, media editor Business Insider

SPEAKERS: Jay Hunt, chief creative officer Channel 4

Five years into the role, Hunt has outlined how she changed the creative culture of the organisation and the Controller Session will be an opportunity to hear about her wishlist going forward; the impact of her 'creative breakfasts'; the blurring of genres at C4, and how the channel can keep innovating.


Meet the Controllers: Multichannel

PANEL: Heather Jones, General manager UK and SVP content and creative A+E Networks UK; Hamish Mykura, executive vice-president programming and development National Geographic Global Networks; Louise Holmes, VP, director of programming MTV UK, Comedy Central UK; Craig Orr, Director of commissioning and development MTV International

CHAIR: Sam Naz, Journalist, news anchor Sky News

Hot-off-the-press briefings, programming info and commissioning opportunities will be unveiled by all our panellists.


Meet the Controller: Adam MacDonald, Sky 1

CHAIR: Anna Richardson, producer, presenter, journalist

SPEAKERS: Adam MacDonald, director Sky 1, Sky Living

Hear about Adam's plans to boost share, his broader vision and what further opportunities exist for producers across all genres.


Issues and Debates

The Islamic State: Media Channel of the Year?

PANEL: Mina Al-Lami, Jihadist media expert BBC Monitoring; Arif Haq, senior strategist & creative capabilities lead Contagious; Aris Roussinos, reporter VICE News; Alex Krasodomski-Jones, researcher Analysis of Social Media

CHAIR: Tazeen Ahmad, broadcaster, writer, award-winning journalist

The Islamic State has come to dominate the media landscape - but what are the digital strategies and platforms they utilise to reach different audiences? And what lessons can they teach broadcasters, brands and governments?


Edinburgh Does…Question Time

PANEL: Tim Hincks, Co-CEO Expectation; Sharon White, Chief Executive Ofcom; James Harding, director of news and current affairs BBC; Dan Brooke, chief marketing and communications officer Channel 4; David Elstein, chairman, Open Democracy & Broadcasting Policy Group, executive producer Portobello Productions

CHAIR: Kirsty Wark, Journalist, broadcaster, writer

Question Time is one of the flagship sessions of the TV Festival. It features a panel of senior industry figures and politicians, and, just like the BBC programme, they face blind questions selected from the audience. This year's panellists include the BBC's Director of News James Harding; former President of Endemol Shine Tim Hincks; and the Chief Executive of Ofcom Sharon White.


Leaders’ Debate

PANEL: Kevin Lygo, director of television ITV; Jay Hunt, chief creative officer Channel 4; Ben Frow, director of programming Channel 5; Charlotte Moore, director of content BBC; Gary Davey, managing director, content Sky

CHAIR: Steve Hewlett, writer, broadcaster & media consultant

Kevin Lygo (ITV), Charlotte Moore (BBC), Gary Davey (Sky), Jay Hunt (Channel 4) and Ben Frow (Channel Five) face questions from delegates.


London 2012 to Rio 2016: The Superhumans struggle for equality

PANEL: RJ Mitte, actor, producer, disability activist ; Sophie Morgan, TV presenter ; Dan Brooke, chief marketing and communications officer Channel 4; Amanda Ariss, OBE, Executive Director Creative Diversity Network; Alison Walsh, disability lead BBC

CHAIR: Ade Adepitan, presenter, Paralympian

Four years on from London and on the eve of the Rio 2016 Games this session will explore if there been a shift in the portrayal of disability on screen, whether attitudes are changing towards disabled talent and the extent to which opportunities are opening up. How accurately is television representing the experiences, lives and perspectives of disabled people in the UK - and what more needs to be done?


How to get a Pay Rise: The Truth About the Television Industry

CHAIR: Elaine Bedell, former director of entertainment and comedy, ITV

SPEAKERS: Hannah Chambers, Chambers Management; Emma Kenny, psychologist ; Samir Shah OBE, chief executive and creative director Juniper

In an increasingly competitive and commercial landscape, how do individuals, agents and broadcasters negotiate the best pay deals? A panel of experts offer their top tips to securing the best pay day.



Edinburgh Does…Taskmaster

CHAIR: Greg Davies, Alex Horne

SPEAKERS: Zai Bennett, director of programmes Sky UK; Jeff Ford, UK Managing Director Fox Networks Group and SVP, Content Development Europe & Africa; Nerys Evans, Deputy head of comedy Channel 4; Claire Zolkwer, formerly commissioning editor, comedy entertainment ITV; Alan Tyler, acting controller, entertainment commissioning BBC Television

Five hyper-competitive TV execs will be put to the ultimate test all for an unforgettable, one-off special.


Edinburgh Does…Lip Sync Battle

CHAIR: Mel B, Lip Sync Battle host Professor Green, Lip Sync host

Mel B will preside over proceedings with her TV partner in crime Pro Green as they watch TV execs demean… we mean unveil their best Bieber or Queen B in this spectacularly entertaining session. Watch this space to find out who’s dusting down their jumpsuit…



The Late Late Show: Conquering America with Corden and Carpool Karaoke

PANEL: Ben Winston, Executive Producer The Late Late Show with James Corden; Adam Abramson, director of digital content The Late Late Show with James Corden

CHAIR: Rick Edwards, journalist, presenter, screenwriter

The show’s Executive Producer, Ben Winston, and its Digital Content Director, Adam Abramson will take to the ETV Festival stage to talk about the future of late-night entertainment; why they think 'digital first' in their own strategy; and lessons learned along the way. A must-see session for entertainment lovers.


Hans Rosenfeldt’s Crime Noir Masterclass: with Anna Friel & Tony Wood

PANEL: Hans Rosenfeldt, crime noir showrunner, writer ; Tony Wood, CEO Buccaneer Media; Anna Friel, Actor, Marcella

CHAIR: Martha Kearney, journalist and broadcaster

Acclaimed Swedish writer Hans Rosenfeldt will be talking about writing his hit dramas The Bridge and Marcella. Hans will be joined by star of Marcella, Anna Friel and Buccaneer CEO and Executive Producer of Marcella, Tony Wood who will be talking about working with Hans on his first English language drama.


The Walking Dead: A Masterclass

PANEL: Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer The Walking Dead; Alexandra Marinescu, senior vice president of marketing FOX; Jason Simms, SVP, global acquisitions Fox Networks Group, Europe & Africa; Michael Cudlitz, actor, Walking Dead

CHAIR: Boyd Hilton, entertainment director Heat Magazine

In an exclusive masterclass with Gale Anne Hurd, the critically acclaimed producer of The Walking Dead find out how FOX helped to make this show a global phenomenon, that breaks all the rules we know about TV hits. Joining Gale is Michael Cudlitz who plays Abraham Ford in the hit series, plus Alexandra Marinescu, senior vice president of marketing FOX & Jason Simms, SVP, global acquisitions Fox.


Winning in Broadcast Means Success in Digital

PANEL: Ben Cooper, controller BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1Xtra; Marcus Butler, Marcus Butler TV; William Van Rest, director of commerce & ventures ITV

CHAIR: Emma Hardy, managing director Princess Productions

What does the future of entertainment look like for traditional media? How are broadcasters adapting in a world of infinite consumer choice? What are they doing to attract the ‘heads down’ generation on their devices all the time? Come and join us as we explore why you cannot ignore your digital audience.


Have I Got Formats For You

PANEL: Vasha Wallace, EVP global acquisitions & development FremantleMedia; Caroline Beaton, senior vice president, international programme sales VIMN; Kate Phillips, controller BBC Entertainment; Scott Lonker, alternative television packaging agent CAA; David Winnan, director of format development and production ITV Studios

CHAIR: Peter White, news editor Broadcast

This panel will explore major global hits such as The X Factor and The Great Bake-Off and newer challengers such as Lip Sync Battle as well as the sustained success of more cost effective titles such as Baking In The Dark and Come Dine With Me. Speakers will explore some of the latest trends including an appetite for karaoke, family friendly formats and the resurgence of gameshows. They’ll look at the UK formats doing well around the world and those not, how to produce inherently British ideas in a diverse range of countries and what US broadcasters are particularly looking for.


BT & AMC: Changing the Game

CHAIR: Johnathan Plunkett, media journalist

SPEAKERS: Delia Bushell, Managing Director BT TV and Sport; Jake Humphrey, BT Sport Presenter and Director Whisper Films; Harold Gronenthal, executive vice President, programming and operations AMC & Sundance Channel


Revealed: The Hottest Trends In TV Formats

SPEAKERS: Sahar Baghery, head of global research and contents strategy Eurodata TV Worldwide

What’s the secret behind successful formats and what are the upcoming trends? In this clip-based presentation from Sahar Baghery at TV analyst, Eurodata, you’ll hear how changing TV consumption is impacting content all around the world.


Alistair McGowan sits for Sky Arts Artists

BAFTA award-winning comedian and impressionist Alistair McGowan is turning subject as hit Sky Arts series Portrait Artist of the Year returns to the Edinburgh TV Festival. Last year Armando Iannucci sat for portrait painter’s amateur delegates and professionals. This time, Alistair is in the hot seat. The winning artist will claim the limited edition prize of a guitar signed by Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi. Director of Sky Arts, Phil Edgar Jones will chat to Alistair about his new Edinburgh show among other subjects, before this year’s winner is announced.


Best of British Sport

CHAIR: Craig Doyle, presenter

SPEAKERS: Robbie Savage, former footballer, football expert ; Brian O'Driscoll, Former Ireland rugby player and pundit ; Nicola Adams, Olympic champion boxer ; Mark Blundell, former Formula One driver

In a year when British Sport reached new heights including huge Olympic success, winning the Ashes, The Davis Cup, The US Open Golf and Wales reaching the Euro 2016 semi final - this session celebrates the best of British. With a panel of celebrity sports legends including Nicola Adams fresh from her Olympic success, Robbie Savage and Brian O'Driscoll acting as advocates for their own sports best moment of 2015/16 and being chaired by Craig Doyle there will be clips shown of the best moments supported by their advocates. There will also be fierce debate within the rival sports and the watching audience will have the final vote on what is deemed the Best Sporting Moment On TV of the year.


Confessions of a Commissioner

PANEL: Alison Kirkham, controller of factual commissioning BBC; David Brindley, documentaries commissioning editor Channel 4; Phil Edgar-Jones, director Sky Arts; Greg Barnett, commissioning editor: factual entertainment Channel 5

CHAIR: Alex Connock,

Join Alex Connock as he quizzes our panel of commissioners on their industry secrets.



EdTalks: Failed it!

CHAIR: Ade Adepitan, presenter, Paralympian

SPEAKERS: Paul Chowdhry, Comedian, actor ; Amy Hartwick, Senior vice president, creative development ABC Studios; Ben Stephenson, head of television Bad Robot; Adam Pearson, actor, presenter, campaigner ; Viv Groskop, stand-up comedian, actor, writer

We welcome five inspirational speakers giving us their thoughts around the theme of 'failure'.



Edinburgh TV Awards 2016

CHAIR: Katherine Ryan, comedian, writer, presenter, actress

Join host Katherine Ryan and Russell T Davies as he awards Sally Wainwright the much deserved Outstanding Achievement Award. Other gongs given out on the night include Channel, Production Company and New Programme of the Year, plus we've introduce two new categories for 2016 - Best International Co-Production and Best Factual Programme.



Sci-Fi Double Bill: Red Dwarf XI

PANEL: Robert Llewellyn, Kryten Red Dwarf; Craig Charles, Dave Lister Red Dwarf; Doug Naylor, Red Dwarf writer, director and co-creator

CHAIR: Richard Edwards, editor SFX

Red Dwarf writer, director and co-creator, Doug Naylor and stars Craig Charles and Robert Llewellyn join SFX magazine editor Richard Edwards in a Q&A after the exclusive screening of the first episode of the new series.



In a Festival exclusive here's another chance to see the first showing of the opening episode of series Two.


Ronald D.Moore’s Sci-Fi Masterclass: From Star Trek, Outlander & Beyond

CHAIR: Richard Edwards, editor SFX

SPEAKERS: Ronald D.Moore, executive producer Outlander, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Voyager

Offering an intriguing perspective from the point of view of both showrunner and writer, Ronald will provide fascinating insight into what it takes to bring compelling Sci-Fi stories, characters and worlds to devoted audiences, as well as reveal the challenges and motivations he has faced along the way.


New Comedy Double Bill: Porridge

PANEL: Shane Allen, controller, comedy commissioning BBC; Kevin Bishop, actor, comedian

CHAIR: Boyd Hilton, entertainment director Heat Magazine

SPEAKERS: Richard Webb, executive producer

Actor and comedian Kevin Bishop (The Kevin Bishop Show) joins Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning in a Q&A following an exclusive screening of a brand new episode of Porridge.


New Drama Double: The Fall

Get an exclusive look at BBC Two's hit drama The Fall with an exclusive TV Festival first showing. Picking up at the moment where the heart-stopping series finale left off in series two, Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan return to BBC Two in their iconic roles as the battle between Detective Superintendent Gibson and Paul Spector reaches its terrifying conclusion in Allan Cubitt’s intense psychological thriller, The Fall.


New Drama Double: Poldark

Get an exclusive look at the return of Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark and Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in the first of 10 new episodes of Debbie Horsfield’s BAFTA-winning adaptation of Winston Graham’s acclaimed Poldark. The first series peaked with 9.4 million viewers earlier this year, generating phenomenal media interest and making household names of its stars.


New Comedy Double Bill: People Just Do Nothing

PANEL: Ash Atalla, co-founder, managing director Roughcut TV; Steve Stamp, writer, creator People Just Do Nothing; Allan Mustafa, creator, co-writer People Just Do Nothing; Jon Petrie, Producer Roughcut TV

CHAIR: Boyd Hilton, entertainment director Heat Magazine

Writers, creators and stars Steve Stamp and Allan Mustafa, co-founder and MD at Roughcut TV Ash Atalla and producer Jon Petrie join Boyd Hilton for a Q&A after the screening of a brand new episode of BAFTA nominated, BBC Three hit mockumentary People Just Do Nothing.


Fortitude with Q&A

CHAIR: Alex Ritman, UK correspondent, The Hollywood Reporter

SPEAKERS: Richard Dormer, Actor ; Simon Donald, creator and executive producer, Fortitide; Patrick Spence, executive producer, Fortitude

Actor Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones), creator and executive producer Simon Donald and executive producer Patrick Spence discuss the new series with Alex Ritman, UK correspondent, The Hollywood Reporter after an exclusive showing of the first episode of series Two.


Speed meetings

Speed Meetings Day 1 Session 1

The Festival speed meetings are back for 2016 bigger and better than ever, we’ve extended the networking event across the entire three days of the Festival so there’s even more opportunity to meet new people.


Speed Meetings Day 2 Session 1

The Festival speed meetings are back for 2016 bigger and better than ever, we’ve extended the networking event across the entire three days of the Festival so there’s even more opportunity to meet new people.


Speed Meetings Day 3

The Festival speed meetings are back for 2016 bigger and better than ever, we’ve extended the networking event across the entire three days of the Festival so there’s even more opportunity to meet new people.


Speed Meetings Day 1 Session 2

The Festival speed meetings are back for 2016 bigger and better than ever, we’ve extended the networking event across the entire three days of the Festival so there’s even more opportunity to meet new people.


Speed Meetings Day 2 Session 2

The Festival speed meetings are back for 2016 bigger and better than ever, we’ve extended the networking event across the entire three days of the Festival so there’s even more opportunity to meet new people.


Break Out Talks

You’re hired! How new apprenticeships will deliver new industry talent

CHAIR: Seetha Kumar, Chief Executive Creative Skillset

SPEAKERS: Peter Salmon, chief creative officer Endemol Shine; Fiona Campbell, Controller, News, Mobile & Online BBC; Mark Browning, Group MD ITN Productions; Kenton Allen, Chief Executive Officer, Big Talk Productions; Georgia Redman, Apprentice of the Year, BBC Bristol; Pria Quinlan, Digital Media Apprentice, C4; Chad Baptiste, Creative Media Apprentice, BT Sport

There’s never been a more important time for the UK’s creative industries to develop a highly skilled workforce and find the next generation of creative leaders. Join us for breakfast to find out how industry employers are working with Creative Skillset to prepare for new Apprenticeships, launching in April 2017 with a statutory paybill levy...


Let’s be Frank… all your diversity questions answered!

PANEL: Tamara Howe, Controller for Business, Comedy and Entertainment, BBC; Joyce Adewuloye-Adams, Diversity Lead for Television, BBC; Faraz Osman, Company Director, Lemonade Money; David Reilly, Broadcast Journalist

CHAIR: Joanna Abeyie, CEO, Shine Media

Following the launch of Diamond and the Diversity Database this session gets to the bottom of your talent challenges. Where are all the best diverse, senior talent and how do we retain them? What needs to be changed in telly to ensure it creates an inclusive working environment? In this candid session, hear from a panel of senior diverse talent who can answer all your difficult questions. Plus there is a very special guest that you won’t want to miss!


Follow the Leaders – the Debate comes Alive

CHAIR: Rick Edwards, journalist, presenter, screenwriter

SPEAKERS: Sara Geater, Chief Operating Officer All3Media; Alex Macqueen, Actor ; Ife Grillo, Debate Mate Ambassador; Keanna Williams, , Debate Mate Ambassador; Yero Timi-Biu, Networker 2015; Scarlett McCabe, director, Debate Mate

Debate Mate, with the generous support of All3Media are hosting a debate immediately after the Festival’s annual Leaders’ Debate. Using the interactive EITF App, the topic of the debate will be chosen according to the preference of Festival delegates – essentially those watching the Leaders’ Debate can choose which main issue they would like to be further debated...


Creative Diversity Network Drinks: A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action

SPEAKERS: Amanda Ariss, OBE, Executive Director Creative Diversity Network; Asifa Lahore, ; Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture; John McVay, Chief Executive of Pact and CDN Chair

Join the Creative Diversity Network to hear about our practical new initiatives - including Diamond, a new diversity database and a comprehensive online diversity resource to help the industry move forward. And there’s a special guest appearance from Asifa Lahore you won’t want to miss…


Branded Content – Big Cash but Big Compromise?

CHAIR: Samantha Glynne, global vice president of branded entertainment FremantleMedia

SPEAKERS: Jonathan Lewis, Head of Digital and Partnership Innovation Channel 4; , ; Selma Turajlic, Co-Founder Little Dot Studios; Antony Mayfield, Founding Partner & CEO Brilliant Noise

As more and more brands plough their sizable marketing budgets into making digital content as a new way of advertising, the six figure tariffs for independent producers look attractive – but is it a sustainable business for indies and what is the real cost creatively? The expert panel will debate what works, what doesn’t, the challenges and the rewards.


High End TV needs High End talent. But where’s the cash?

CHAIR: Wayne Garvie, chief creative officer, international production Sony Pictures Television

SPEAKERS: Ben Holt, Deputy Head of Production Kudos; Andrew Chowns, Chief Executive Directors UK; Paul Gilbert, producer ; Christiana Ebohon-Green, Director

How can executives find and develop the best talent? Come and hear how the HETV Skills Levy is supporting two talent development programmes for High End TV Producers and Directors..


An app for success: why digital is key in global formats

CHAIR: Matt Millar, CEO Tellybug

SPEAKERS: Martin Trickey, Group Head of Digital Warner Bros

Drawing on the success of the international phenomenon that is X Factor, the show’s app creator, Tellybug’s Matt Millar and Warner Bros’ Group Head of Digital Martin Trickey, explain how digital plays a key role in making a format successful and how you can repeat the success as the format is licensed around the world.


Tomorrow’s TV: new apps for a new format wave

CHAIR: Olly Mann, Presenter and Columnist

SPEAKERS: Matt Millar, CEO Tellybug; Nicolai Würtz, Executive Producer, Nordisk Film TV / Banijay Zodiak Nordic

All Against 1 is the new interactive prime time gameshow hit that has viewers directly playing at home with the contestants on screen, all via the show’s app. Hear from format creator Banijay Nordic and its app developers Tellybug to find out how this concept became a major Friday night primetime hit on DR - the public service channel in Denmark. Hear how you can innovate creative formats with new technology, and get an insight into the new wave of interactive TV formats that will be coming to screens around the world.


Talent Schemes

Ones to Watch Random Acts Live Pitch

CHAIR: Chris Shaw, editorial director ITN Productions

SPEAKERS: Pegah Farahmand, editor, Random Acts, Channel 4

Delegates from 2016’s Ones to Watch, the Festival’s charitable talent scheme for emerging talent are some of the brightest minds working in the industry. Come and watch the future of television in action, pitching live for funding for a Random Acts film


The Network Live!

SPEAKERS: Phil Edgar-Jones, director Sky Arts; Adam MacDonald, director Sky 1, Sky Living

Over the last 48 hours, delegates from The Network, the Festival’s charitable scheme for new entrants, have been working with programme makers from Sky News, Holby City, First Dates, Endemol and CBBC to create this exciting and fast-paced showcase. Join us downstairs in the Cromdale to get your first look at the talent of the future and join in the party atmosphere.



BT Sport Drinks Reception

Fear The Walking Dead Drinks

Join BT and AMC for Fear the Walking Dead drinks to celebrate the return of the second half of season two that aired earlier this week exclusively on BT TV, simultaneously with the show’s premiere on AMC U.S. Filmed in Mexico, the second half of season two sees the Clark, Manawa, Salazar and Strand families fracture and forge their own paths to survive.


Century’s Supercharged Breakfast

The Viacom Party

ITV Opening Night Drinks

High End TV Networking Drinks

Margaritas & Music with Sky Arts

Mojitos & Bagpipes Masterclass with Sky Arts

Bloody Marys and Jazz with Sky Arts