Last Year's Programme

MacTaggart Speaker

Armando Selects his Winning Portrait Chaired by Philip Edgar-Jones, Director, Sky Arts


PANEL: Ewan McClure, Artist ; Aine Divine, artist ; Laura Quinn, artist

CHAIR: Philip Edgar-Jones, director, Sky Arts

Finalists of Sky Arts’ series Portrait Artist of the Year unveil their portraits of 2015 MacTaggart speaker Armando Iannucci on the Sky Arts stand. The artists have painted Armando throughout the Festival, with the work commemorating its 40th Anniversary. Armando will select his personal favourite to keep, while delegates will be able to bid for the remaining two portraits at a charity auction.

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The James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture: Armando Iannucci


SPEAKERS: Armando Iannucci, Oscar and Emmy-nominated writer, director and producer

At a turbulent time for the TV industry, the 2015 James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Oscar and Emmy-nominated writer, director and producer Armando Iannucci.

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The Post MacTaggart Interview: Sarah Sands in Conversation with Armando Iannucci


CHAIR: Sarah Sands, editor London Evening Standard

SPEAKERS: Armando Iannucci, Oscar and Emmy-nominated writer, director and producer

As delegates reflect on the content of his James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture, Armando Iannucci will once again take to the stage to allow a further exploration of his speech.

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Armando Iannucci Sits for Portrait Artists


PANEL: Ewan McClure, Artist ; Aine Divine, artist ; Laura Quinn, artist

CHAIR: Philip Edgar-Jones, director, Sky Arts

Join our MacTaggart speaker Armando Iannucci as he sits for artists Aine Divine, Ewan McClure and Laura Quinn from Sky Arts’ series Portrait Artist of the Year. The action takes place on the Sky Arts stand in the main foyer. Armando will select his favourite painting on the stand during Thursday afternoon’s break at 1645-1715, with the remaining two pictures going to auction. Money raised will be kindly donated to the festival’s charitable arm, The Talent Schemes.

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Keynotes and Interviews

Martin Freeman in conversation with Mark Lawson


CHAIR: Mark Lawson, journalist, broadcaster and author

He’s been described as one of the finest actors of his generation, celebrated for his roles in Fargo and the Hobbit trilogy, not to mention his award-winning role as Dr Watson in Sherlock (cue screaming fans and Freeman running for cover). Described as a history and politics buff, as well as an avid viewer of quality drama, Mark Freeman In Conversation… promises to be one of the festival’s must-attend sessions.

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An Interview with John Whittingdale


CHAIR: Alastair Stewart OBE, ITV News

SPEAKERS: John Whittingdale, Member of Parliament for Maldon and Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The Culture Secretary answers your questions on everything from BBC charter renewal to the case for privatisation of Channel 4.

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The Alternative MacTaggart: Nicola Sturgeon


CHAIR: Katharine Viner, editor-in-chief The Guardian

SPEAKERS: Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland and Leader of the Scottish National Party

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland and leader of the SNP, was the undoubted media star of the General Election and in her Alternative MacTaggart – the first to be given by a British politician - Sturgeon will discuss her relationship with broadcasters and the press with The Guardian’s new editor-in-chief, Katharine Viner.

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Nicola Shindler in conversation with Martha Kearney


CHAIR: Martha Kearney, journalist and presenter

SPEAKERS: Nicola Shindler, executive producer RED Production Company

A session in conversation with founder and executive producer at Red Production, Nicola Shindler, in which she will discuss how she has developed and delivered ground-breaking shows and returning brands

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Digital Keynote: Matt Brittin, Google


CHAIR: Alex Mahon, The Foundry CEO

SPEAKERS: Matt Brittin, president, EMEA business and operations Google

Matt Brittin, Head of Google in Europe, Middle East and Africa joins former Shine Group CEO Alex Mahon to look forward to the leaps Google and others will be making to help the creative journey through concept, production, distribution and monetisation of new shows in this lightning-fast environment.

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US Gamechangers

US Gamechangers: Michael Ellenberg, HBO


CHAIR: Nicola Shindler, executive producer RED Production Company

SPEAKERS: Michael Ellenberg, executive vice-president HBO Programming

Michael will discuss the development process at HBO, how they like to work with key creatives and point a light on their future direction of travel.

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US Gamechangers: John Landgraf, FX


CHAIR: Jay Hunt, chief creative officer Channel 4

SPEAKERS: John Landgraf, CEO FX

Landgraf will tell us about his drive for creative insurgency, the viewers he appeals to and the ones he still seeks, his view of the competition, what’s coming up for FX and the network’s place as the future of broadcasting continues to unfold.

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US Gamechangers: Roy Price, Amazon Studios


CHAIR: Pat Younge, co-founder and MD Sugar Films

SPEAKERS: Roy Price, director Amazon Studios

Have you ever had your show redesigned by an exec because they think they know better than you what the audience wants? Come and meet the studio exec who has given that power over to the people who really know – the audience themselves. Amazon’s Studio chief Roy Price is the Hollywood pioneer who actively invites subscribers to comment on everything, from scripts through to pilots, because he believes it creates better content. How successful is his radical approach to closing the gap between production and audience? After a raft of hits including Alpha House, Hand of God (screened at 1300 and 1830 on Thursday 27) and Bosch, how many new shows is he willing to try out and could yours be one of them? Come and find out for yourself.

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US Gamechangers: Paul Buccieri, A+E Networks


CHAIR: Jane Turton, Managing Director, All3Media

SPEAKERS: Paul Buccieri, president A+E and History

As a leader in several international content initiatives, we’ll hear his views on new platforms and traditional models and specifically the aims of the newly announced VICE Channel.

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US Gamechangers: Paul Lee, ABC


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

SPEAKERS: Paul Lee, president ABC Entertainment Group

Responsible for hit shows including Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and newcomer How to Get Away with Murder as well the enduringly popular Modern Family, Paul sees the UK as being at the forefront of creativity and is keen to hear from producers about ideas and formats.

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US Gamechangers: Rich Ross, Discovery US


CHAIR: Stuart Murphy, Director, Entertainment Channels Sky

SPEAKERS: Rich Ross, group president Discovery US

The Discovery US president will reveal his plans for the channel as he sets out to grow a more diverse audience and continues to build the group’s reputation for quality programming.

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US Gamechangers: David Nevins, Showtime


CHAIR: Zai Bennett, director Sky Atlantic

SPEAKERS: David Nevins, president Showtime

David will talk about his approach to creativity and nurturing talent - as well as how he plans to retain it in the face of competition from the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime, as well as long established competitors, HBO.

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Controller Sessions

Meet the Controllers: Cassian Harrison, BBC Four


CHAIR: Camilla Lewis, joint CEO Curve Media

SPEAKERS: Cassian Harrison, channel editor BBC Four

After weathering the cost-cutting storm of Delivering Quality First (DQF), BBC4 has emerged as the unlikely face of innovation at the BBC. How is Cassian planning to maintain this recent momentum?

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Meet the Controllers: Angela Jain, ITV Digital


CHAIR: Rick Edwards, journalist, presenter, screenwriter

SPEAKERS: Angela Jain, director of digital channels and acquisitions ITV

In this session, Rick Edwards asks Angela about the new ITV offspring, including what impact ITVBe has had on ITV2 and how the tonal shift has affected her commissioning strategy.

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Meet the Controllers: Tennant, Watsham & North, UKTV


CHAIR: Anna Richardson, Producer, Presenter, Journalist

SPEAKERS: Emma Tennant, controller UKTV; Richard Watsham, director of commissioning UKTV; Steve North, general manager Dave, Gold and W

Session chair Anna Richardson will assess the success of UKTV’s re-focused commissioning strategy, one year on, with controller Emma Tennant. Emma is joined by commissioners Richard Watsham and Steve North to discuss the ever-evolving breadth of content and plans for the future.

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Meet the Controllers: Peter Fincham, ITV


CHAIR: David Liddiment, BBC trustee 2006 – 2014

SPEAKERS: Peter Fincham, director of television ITV

David Liddiment asks Peter Fincham what the future holds for Britain's biggest commercial channel.

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Meet the Controllers: Adam MacDonald, Sky 1


CHAIR: Boyd Hilton, entertainment director Heat Magazine

SPEAKERS: Adam MacDonald, director Sky 1, Sky Living

This session assesses how Sky 1 is performing; what’s worked and what hasn’t, what’s new for the autumn and take a detailed look across comedy, drama and non-scripted to where the opportunities lie.

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Meet the Controllers: Damian Kavanagh, BBC Three


CHAIR: Jake Kanter, media editor Business Insider

SPEAKERS: Damian Kavanagh, controller BBC Three

The session will explore what closing the linear channel means for the industry and viewers; the threats and opportunities it presents, and explores in detail Damian Kavanagh’s vision for the new BBC Three.

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Meet the Factual Commissioners (BBC One, ITV, Sky, Channel 4, Channel 5)


SPEAKERS: Richard Klein, director of factual ITV; Celia Taylor, head of non-scripted for commissioning at Sky Entertainment Sky; Ralph Lee, deputy chief creative officer Channel 4; Alison Kirkham, Acting Controller of BBC Factual and Events BBC; Guy Davies, Commissioning editor, factual Channel 5

Factual is the bread and butter for most broadcasters and this session offers the inside story of what factual commissioners on the 5 main networks are looking for.

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Meet the Controllers: Charlotte Moore, BBC One


CHAIR: Jane Martinson, head of media The Guardian

SPEAKERS: Charlotte Moore, Director Content BBC

Despite the cuts, redundancies and John Whittingdale nipping at its heels, BBC One is celebrating its best onscreen performance in five years and best Q1 for a decade. Not afraid to tackle her channel’s sore points, under Charlotte Moore’s leadership long-running series have faced the chop; landmark TV events such as EastEnders Live Week have refreshed old formats, and trailblazing new dramas have led to a raft of awards wins. But with much of its non-scripted programming feeling less fresh, and its biggest hit of the year – The Great British Bake-Off – poached from BBC Two, can the channel take creative risks whilst still appealing to the mainstream? And with charter renewal looming, can BBC One fly the flag for the Corporation without playing it safe? The pressure is on…

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Meet the Controllers: Multichannel


CHAIR: Boyd Hilton, entertainment director Heat Magazine

SPEAKERS: Heather Jones, General manager UK and SVP content and creative A+E Networks UK; Steve Regan, commissioning editor: entertainment Channel 5; Hamish Mykura, executive vice-president programming and development National Geographic Global Networks; Louise Holmes, VP, director of programming Comedy Central

With Boyd Hilton in the chair, this is a unique chance to get the inside story from multi-channel’s major players.

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Meet the Controllers: Ben Frow, Channel 5


CHAIR: Mary Nightingale, newscaster ITV News

SPEAKERS: Ben Frow, director of programming Channel 5

Ben Frow reveals how his traffic light commissioning system is going to help make C5 the destination channel for great ideas.

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Issues and Debates

Things We Won’t Say About Delivering Diversity


CHAIR: Trevor Phillips, OBE, writer and television producer

SPEAKERS: Lord Holmes of Richmond, non executive director Equality & Human Rights Commission; Ed Vaizey, MP ; Neil Smith, managing director Betty; Cat Lewis, CEO, executive producer Nine Lives Media; Pat Younge, co-founder and MD Sugar Films

This session promises to bust the myths and provide the take out everyone in the industry needs to know to truly reflect a multi-cultural society.

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The Future of News


PANEL: James Harding, director of news and current affairs BBC; Ben de Pear, editor Channel 4 News; John Ryley, head of Sky News, Sky ; Peter Barron VP communications, Google EMEA

CHAIR: Cathy Newman, journalist

In the last year, TV News reached 92% of the over-55s each week. Among 16-34 year olds, it was 52%, a figure that keeps on falling. How will mainstream TV News providers respond to surging internet growth? With two in five UK adults now accessing news through online platforms, will News at Ten – whichever channel is it on – remain the dominant brand? Are 24 hour channels here for good or is mobile the new place for Breaking News? Cathy Newman (Channel 4 News) chairs a panel including James Harding, BBC Director of News and Current Affairs; John Ryley, Head of Sky News; and Ben de Pear, Editor of ITN’s Channel 4 News.

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The BBC: Under Siege


CHAIR: Steve Hewlett, writer, broadcaster & media consultant

SPEAKERS: James Purnell, director, strategy and digital BBC; Diane Coyle, professor of economics University of Manchester; Nick Ross, broadcaster, campaigner ; Jimmy Mulville, founder and managing director Hat Trick Productions; Jon Thoday, joint founder and managing director Avalon Entertainment Ltd

With the BBC response to the Green Paper expected imminently, Steve Hewlett speaks to BBC Director of Strategy James Purnell, critic of the licence fee and former Crimewatch presenter Nick Ross, former Vice Chair of the BBC Trust Diane Coyle, and from the indies: Jimmy Mulville of Hat Trick Productions and Jon Thoday of Avalon.

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Why are we Writing off Diverse Talent in Drama?


PANEL: Fraser Ayres, actor/writer/director & co-founder of The TriForce Creative Network ; Fay Davies, agent The Agency; Jaimie D’Cruz, creative director acme films; Bryan Elsley, television writer and director of Balloon Entertainment ; Cameron Roach, commissioning editor Sky Drama

CHAIR: Oona King, Baroness King of Bow,

Are producers relying too heavily on a small pool of writers, and where are the opportunities for diverse voices? As drama commissioning in the UK and the US continues to rise, how can we increase diversity and inclusivity to ensure that new talent gets a chance to contribute?

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Leaders’ Debate


CHAIR: Kay Burley, presenter Sky News

SPEAKERS: Jay Hunt, chief creative officer Channel 4; Stuart Murphy, Director, Entertainment Channels Sky; Ben Frow, director of programming Channel 5; Peter Fincham, director of television ITV; Danny Cohen, director of television BBC

The Grand Fromages of British TV take the stage for Edinburgh’s first-ever TV Leaders debate.

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Peter Kosminsky and SJ Clarkson: What’s the Director’s Role?


CHAIR: Martha Kearney, journalist and broadcaster

SPEAKERS: Peter Kosminsky, director (Wolf Hall, Wuthering Heights) ; SJ Clarkson, director

Two celebrated British television directors, Peter Kosminsky (Wolf Hall, The Government Inspector) and SJ Clarkson (Dig, Marvel’s AKA Jessica Jones, Dexter) discuss the changing role of the director both in the UK, Europe, and in the US.

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Edinburgh Does…Question Time


CHAIR: Kirsty Wark, Journalist, broadcaster, writer

SPEAKERS: Ralph Lee, deputy chief creative officer Channel 4; Jane Turton, CEO all3media; Philip Davies, MP ; Chris Bryant, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Question Time is one of the TV Festival’s flagship sessions, featuring a panel of industry luminaries and politicians taking questions from the audience.

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Entertainment

Edinburgh Does…Big Brother


CHAIR: Emma Willis, presenter

SPEAKERS: Ash Atalla, managing director Roughcut Televsion; Rebecca Johnson, senior broadcast agent, ROAR Global; Oona King, Baroness of Bow, diversity executive, Channel 4; Camilla Lewis, joint cheif executive, Curve Media; Clive Tulloh, managing director, Burning Bright Productions; Ruth Wrigley, freelance producer; Steven D Wright, freelance producer; Dan Baldwin, founder Hungry Bear Media

The Daddy of all reality shows, Big Brother, comes to Edinburgh for a very special one-off to open the Television Festival in its 40th year.

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Edinburgh Does…University Challenge


PANEL: Celia Taylor, head of non-scripted for commissioning at Sky Entertainment Sky; Charlotte Moore, Director Content BBC; Adam MacDonald, director Sky 1, Sky Living; Ralph Lee, deputy chief creative officer Channel 4; Tilusha Ghelani, assistant commissioner at BBC comedy BBC; Simon Dickson, creative director Label 1; Claire Zolkwer, formerly commissioning editor, comedy entertainment ITV; David Glover, head of specialist factual Channel 4

CHAIR: Richard Osman, creative director Endemol UK

‘University Challenge’ goes live for the Edinburgh Television Festival, with two teams of high-profile television executives competing against each other in this special version of the longest-running and most difficult quiz on British TV.

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Edinburgh Does…Come Dine With Me


PANEL: Jonathan Stadlen, managing director Knickerbockerglory; Jamie Munro, joint managing director Greenbird Media; Nigel Hall, global head of television Syco Entertainment; Lorraine Heggessey, Growth Fund Advisory Board, Channel 4

CHAIR: Sue Perkins, Writer, presenter, broadcaster

Award-winning format Come Dine With Me gets a unique twist for Edinburgh with a line-up of TV’s big cheeses. Nigel Hall, Lorraine Heggessey, Jonathan Stadlen and Jamie Munro will duke it out for the Come Dine With Me crown in possibly the wildest episode yet. Alongside the fine food and expensive wine, our contributors try to outdo each other with some particularly creative themes, not to mention fiddlers, gold hotpants, celebrity guests…and possibly some nudity. Guests will be invited to the stage to score each other’s efforts and no doubt the knives will be out…

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Masterclasses

Dangerous Docs


CHAIR: Kay Burley, presenter Sky News

SPEAKERS: Stacey Dooley, documentary presenter ; Ross Kemp, TV Documentary Maker ; Nick Broomfield, documentary filmmaker ; Ben Anderson, journalist, television reporter, writer VICE

Dangerous Docs is a masterclass with some of the most successful and high-profile filmmakers and presenters who regularly brave no-go areas.

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Secrets of the Soap Super Brands


CHAIR: David Liddiment, BBC trustee 2006 – 2014

SPEAKERS: Sally Ann Matthews, actor Coronation Street; Kate Oates, producer Emmerdale; Dominic Treadwell-Collins, executive producer Eastenders; Stuart Blackburn, producer Coronation Street; Bryan Kirkwood, executive producer (Hollyoaks) and head of continuing drama Lime Pictures; Kellie Bright, actor EastEnders; Daran Little, writer

Producers from four UK Soaps discuss production challenges and how to engage audiences, debating what’s next for the genre.

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What’s in a Name? The Science Behind Programme Titles


PANEL: Philip Graves, consumer behaviour consultant ; Bénédicte Windle, developement director Nomen UK; Hilary Rosen, Deputy Director of Commissioning UKTV

CHAIR: Rick Edwards, journalist, presenter, screenwriter

Behavioural psychologist Philip Graves explains how viewers' minds work in relation to programme titles and we conduct an experiment using the very latest audience research methods to demonstrate.

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Knowing The Score: A Masterclass In TV Music


PANEL: Dru Masters, composer (The Apprentice, Undercover Boss) ; Anne Dudley, composer (Poldark, Les Miserables) ; Michael Price, composer (Sherlock, The Lord of the Rings, Casino Royale)

CHAIR: Paul Merton, comedian

The right music can help transform a good TV show into a great one. Here to show us how are Oscar, BAFTA and Emmy winning composers Michael Price (Sherlock, The Inbetweeners Movie, Hot Fuzz), Dru Masters (The Apprentice, Undercover Boss, The Unteachables) and Anne Dudley (Poldark, The Full Monty, Les Miserables).

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The Last Leg Masterclass


CHAIR: Rick Edwards, journalist, presenter, screenwriter

SPEAKERS: Alex Brooker, presenter, journalist ; Josh Widdicombe, comedian, radio host ; Adam Hills, comedian, presenter ; Ben Wicks, executive producer The Last Leg

As broadcasters boost their efforts to improve diversity, Rick Edwards talks to “the three guys with four legs” who may have started by bringing disability into the mainstream but have evolved to become award-winning satirical commentators in their own right.

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Who Wants to be a Digital Millionaire?


PANEL: Claire Heys, director of brand partnerships ITV; Dan'l Hewitt, managing director Maker Studios UK; Laurence Jones, commercial director Endemol Shine UK; Dominic Burns, senior vice president, brand management & commercial NBCUniversal International Studios

CHAIR: Mark Browning, Group MD ITN Productions

This session aims to provide producers with an overview of the many opportunities a growing digital marketplace offers up, bringing together five key execs from an array of digital businesses, each presenting a short case study to bring the subject to life in a pragmatic and accessible way.

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Farewell Downton


CHAIR: Charlene White, news presenter ITV News

SPEAKERS: Gareth Neame, managing director Carnival Films; Jim Carter, actor Downton Abbey; Phyllis Logan, actor Downton Abbey; Michael Edelstein, President NBCUniversal International Studios; Peter Fincham, director of television ITV

Currently in production for its sixth and final series, we bring some of the team behind multi-award winning Downton Abbey to Edinburgh. Chair Charlene White will take a celebratory look back at the record-breaking period drama, joined on stage by Downton’s producer and MD of Carnival Films Gareth Neame, as well as original cast members Jim Carter (Mr Carson) and Phyllis Logan (Mrs Hughes).

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Resurrection TV


PANEL: Richard Osman, creative director Endemol UK; Joe Lycett, comedian ; Natalka Znak, Chief Creative Officer Znak&Jones

CHAIR: Stephen Mulhern, presenter, entertainer

Is creativity dead in TV or is rebooting an old idea as rewarding as imagining a new idea? With the recent spate of reboots taking hold in the schedule, Stephen Mulhern shares his experience on the successful Catchphrase reboot and invites our panel to play TV Catchphrase with him.

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John Logan: A Showrunner Masterclass


CHAIR: Mark Lawson, journalist, broadcaster and author

Logan will appear in conversation with Mark Lawson, who’ll be probing the American writer on making the jump from the big screen to small screen, the story behind the creation of the world of Penny Dreadful and how John works to bring his complete vision to screen.

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Who Wants to Run a TV Channel?


CHAIR: Sacha Grimsditch, development producer Talkback

SPEAKERS: Rick Edwards, journalist, presenter, screenwriter ; Karl Warner, managing director Electric Ray; Stephen Price, broadcast advisor and consultant, journalist & author ; Leigh Holmwood, deputy head of TV The Sun; Roisin Conaty, comedian, actor ; Kate Phillips, creative director of formats BBC Worldwide; Nicola Methven, Daily Mirror TV editor

Ever thought you had what it takes to run a TV Channel? What makes some TV schedules score huge ratings whilst others flop? Find out in this session which sees three teams of industry figures fight it out to create the ultimate channel

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EdTalks

Ed Talks


CHAIR: Dan Walker, Presenter

SPEAKERS: Inua Ellams, poet ; Stuart Worden, principal The BRIT School; Michael Stevens a.k.a VSauce, creator and host Vsauce; Judy Murray, tennis coach ; Rebecca Root, actor

2015's EdTalks welcomes a series of inspiring speakers expressing their thoughts around the theme of talent, providing insight from a range of disciplines and professions.

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Awards

The Edinburgh TV Awards


CHAIR: Frankie Boyle, Comedian, Writer

Now in their 14th year, the Edinburgh TV Awards celebrate the creative, innovative and commercial choices that broadcasters and production companies present to the public every year. Presented by Frankie Boyle, this year we’ll be awarding the C21 Channel of the Year, Production Company of the Year, New Programme of the Year and Best Online Innovation.

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Screenings

Singing in the Rainforest Screening and Glasvegas Live Set


Join Scottish indie rock band Glasvegas in an exclusive screening of Singing in the Rainforest, the new show from Watch, which sees musicians leave their creature comforts behind and embrace life with remote tribes from all around the world. Followed by band Q&A and live performance

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Filmhouse Hand of God Screening with Ron Perlman Q&A


CHAIR: Andrew Collins, scriptwriter, journalist, author, critic and broadcaster

SPEAKERS: Ben Watkins, creator Hand of God; Alona Tal, actor Hand of God; Dana Delany, actor Hand of God; Ron Perlman, actor Hand of God; Julian Morris, actor Hand of God

Amazon will be treating delegates to the UK premiere cast screening of the Amazon Original Series Hand of God. The psychological drama about a morally-corrupt judge who suffers a breakdown and believes God is compelling him onto a path of vigilante justice. Attended by creator Ben Watkins (Burn Notice), Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, World War Z, Quantum of Solace) who makes his TV directing debut with the drama series, alongside cast Ron Perlman (Sons or Anarchy, Hell Boy); Dana Delany (The Comedians, Body of Proof) and Alona Tal (Broken City).

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Exclusive Doctor Who screening ‘The Magician’s Apprentice’


CHAIR: Andrew Collins, scriptwriter, journalist, author, critic and broadcaster

SPEAKERS: Steven Moffat OBE, Showrunner ; Brian Minchin executive producer

Exploding with epic and thrilling adventures, don't miss the opportunity to see the opening episode of BBC One’s new Doctor Who series ‘The Magician’s Apprentice’, written by Steven Moffat, produced by Peter Bennett and directed by Hettie Macdonald.

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Exclusive screening of MasterChef: The Professionals


CHAIR: Andrew Collins, scriptwriter, journalist, author, critic and broadcaster

After an exclusive preview screening of the first episode, judge and chef Monica Galetti will be answering questions about the incredible competition which sees professional chefs tested, challenged and pushed to the edge of their gastronomic limits, in the hunt for the next culinary superstar.

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Hand of God Screening with Ron Perlman Q&A


CHAIR: Andrew Collins, scriptwriter, journalist, author, critic and broadcaster

SPEAKERS: Alona Tal, actor Hand of God; Ron Perlman, actor Hand of God; Dana Delany, actor Hand of God; Ben Watkins, creator Hand of God; Julian Morris, actor Hand of God ; Morgan Wandell, head of drama, Amazon Studios

Amazon will be treating delegates to the UK premiere cast screening of the Amazon Original Series Hand of God. The psychological drama about a morally-corrupt judge who suffers a breakdown and believes God is compelling him onto a path of vigilante justice. Attended by creator Ben Watkins (Burn Notice), Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, World War Z, Quantum of Solace) who makes his TV directing debut with the drama series, alongside cast Ron Perlman (Sons or Anarchy, Hell Boy); Dana Delany (The Comedians, Body of Proof) and Alona Tal (Broken City).

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Exclusive This is England ’90 screening with Shane Meadows Q&A


CHAIR: Andrew Collins, scriptwriter, journalist, author, critic and broadcaster

BAFTA-winning director & screen writer Shane Meadows introduces the final instalment of his This Is England TV series; This Is England ’90 in an exclusive Festival screening.

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Hunderby Premier Screening with Julia Davis Q&A


CHAIR: Sue Perkins, Writer, presenter, broadcaster

SPEAKERS: Julia Davis, writer and actress ; Rufus Jones, actor

Ahead of the return to Hunderby on Sky Atlantic, Julia Davis will present an exclusive preview screening of the latest chapter in the dark world of her British Comedy Award and BAFTA winning comedy.

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Speed meetings

Commissioner and Talent Manager Speed meetings


Sit down with commissioners or talent managers from major, multi-channel broadcasters for short pre-booked meetings.

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Talent Schemes

Ones to Watch Random Acts Live Pitch


PANEL: John Hay, commissioning editor, Arts, Channel 4

CHAIR: Chris Shaw, editorial director ITN Productions

The Ones to Watch delegates have been handpicked from hundreds of applicants – the finalists are the brightest emerging talent in TV today. This is your chance to watch them in action, pitching live to Channel 4 Arts Commissioning Editor John Hay for funding.

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Pop Up Talks

Is OTT the Route to Saving Live TV? A Discussion with Magine TV


SPEAKERS: Michael Turner, chief content officer Magine TV; Rahul Puri, chief technical officer Magine TV

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How can I make £1m from an App?


SPEAKERS: Matt Millar, CEO, Tellybug

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Is TV dead to young people?


CHAIR: Rick Edwards, journalist, presenter, screenwriter

SPEAKERS: Matt Willmore (judge); Sara Geater, COO, All3Media; Seun Iyaniwura; Ife Grillo; Keanna Williams; Emerald Paston; Nelson Adeosun

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What do your audience really think?


CHAIR: Chris Hutchings, global insight manager, BBC Worldwide

SPEAKERS: Josh Knauer, co-founder, CEO, president Rhiza; Matt Celuszak, CEO, CrowdEmotion

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Should my Show have an App?


SPEAKERS: Matt Millar, CEO, Tellybug

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Guardian Live Q&A with Delia Bushell, MD of TV and Sport, BT


SPEAKERS: Delia Bushell, MD of TV and Sport BT

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Who is really watching your show?


CHAIR: Alice Ryan, consumer insight manager, BBC Worldwide

SPEAKERS: John Gleeson, VP business development Affinio Inc.; Wared Seger, CEO Parrot Analytics

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Drinks

Some Of My Best Friends Are…


SPEAKERS: Ed Vaizey, MP ; Fraser Ayres, co-founder, The Triforce Creative Network’

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Creative Scotland Networking Lunch


SPEAKERS: Natalie Usher, director of screen Creative Scotland

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Audio Network presents The Big 40 Party


The TV Festival and Audio Network will be hosting The Big 40 at Why Not Nightclub to celebrate 40 years of the Edinburgh International TV Festival. It will be an evening of drinking, dancing, photobooth-ing and, of course, great music.

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CCTV Champagne Drinks Reception


CCTV is delighted to be hosting a Champagne reception and welcome all attendees of the GEITF 2015.

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Controller Drinks: BBC One


SPEAKERS: Charlotte Moore, Director Content BBC

Meet Charlotte Moore straight after her controller session as she is joined by key members of the BBC One commissioning teams to network with delegates.

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ITV Opening Night Drinks Reception


ITV proudly bring you the Opening Night Drinks reception at the stunning Victorian Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland. We invite you to join us at the end of Day 1 to unwind with drinks and canapés.

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Controller Drinks: Channel 5


SPEAKERS: Ben Frow, director of programming Channel 5

Meet Ben Frow straight after his controller session as he is joined by key members of the Channel 5 commissioning teams to network with delegates.

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Controller Drinks: UKTV


SPEAKERS: Emma Tennant, controller UKTV

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Controller Drinks: ITV


SPEAKERS: Peter Fincham, director of television ITV

Meet Peter Fincham straight after his controller session as he is joined by key members of the ITV commissioning teams to network with delegates.

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Controller Drinks: BBC Two


SPEAKERS: Kim Shillinglaw, controller BBC Two and BBC Four

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Welcome Breakfast

BT TV Welcome Breakfast


Prepare yourself for the next three days with a delicious breakfast courtesy of BT in their all-new BT TV Lounge on the first floor.

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Networking Lunch

BT TV Networking Lunch


Join BT on the first floor to enjoy a complimentary lunch and to network and relax in BT’s all-new BT TV Lounge.

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BT TV Networking Lunch


Join BT on the first floor to enjoy a complimentary lunch and to network and relax in BT’s all-new BT TV Lounge.

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LIVE: BT Champions League Group Stage Draw


Join us to watch the UEFA Champions League group stage draw. From next season, BT Sport is the only place to watch all the UEFA Champions League live.

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