Festival Programme


Wednesday 23rd August

Gamechanger: Mark Gordon, The Mark Gordon Company

Wednesday 23rd August 13:45 - 14:45

VENUE: The Sidlaw, Level 3

CHAIR: Darren Childs, CEO UKTV

SPEAKERS: Mark Gordon, CEO The Mark Gordon Company

With a hugely successful career in film and with credits including Saving Private Ryan, it’s no surprise that Mark Gordon’s subsequent foray into television resulted in monster hits Grey’s Anatomy and Criminal Minds. In this masterclass session, Gordon discusses his incredible creative and commercial success story – and how he overcame the challenges along the way.


Thursday 24th August

Gamechanger: Carmi Zlotnik, Starz

Thursday 24th August 13:30 - 14:30

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

SPEAKERS: Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming Starz; Emma Frost, showrunner

Carmi Zlotnik joins British-born Emma Frost, acclaimed showrunner and lead writer for the STARZ Original limited series, The White Princess and The White Queen, to discuss how UK and European talent and producers can create premium original programming that works for U.S. audiences. Starz, the second most widely subscribed premium pay TV network in the U.S., has successfully targeted under served American audiences, including women, and this discussion will enable creatives to better understand the U.S. creative process, as well as what’s working for Starz since launching its original programming strategy in 2010.


Gamechanger: Courteney Monroe, Nat Geo

Thursday 24th August 09:30 - 10:30

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

CHAIR: Jane Root, CEO Nutopia

SPEAKERS: Courteney Monroe, chief executive officer National Geographic Global Networks

Join us for an in-depth conversation with National Geographic's Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe as she discusses her efforts to move National Geographic into the premium programming space, and take the brand as a whole from reverence to relevance. She will share case studies from recent successes including MARS, the network’s first scripted series GENIUS and several high profile releases from the newly formed National Geographic Documentary Films banner. She will also preview the upcoming event series ONE STRANGE ROCK from Darren Aronofsky, the new feature documentary JANE and the new documentary series THE STORY OF US WITH MORGAN FREEMAN.


Gamechanger: Karim Zreik, Marvel

Thursday 24th August 11:00 - 12:00

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

CHAIR: SJ Clarkson, director

SPEAKERS: Karim Zreik, senior vice president, original programming Marvel Television

Karim Zreik, Senior Vice President, Original Programming at Marvel Television will talk about bringing the vast Marvel Cinematic Universe to television with ABC Studios, and the inspiration he takes from the international TV industry.


Gamechanger: Kent Alterman, Comedy Central

Thursday 24th August 16:30 - 17:30

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

CHAIR: Jimmy Carr, comedian

SPEAKERS: Kent Alterman, president Comedy Central

Comedy Central has a long, celebrated history of identifying and launching the leading comedy voices of the day. They become part of the fabric of culture and the world takes notice. Join Comedy Central President Kent Alterman, who has helped launch the careers of the likes of Amy Poehler, Will Ferrell, Key & Peele and Amy Schumer, as he talks with comedian Jimmy Carr about his phenomenal career to date and Comedy Central’s success making smart bets on creator-driven series and helping emerging stars break through to become the funniest and most influential voices of their generation.


Friday 25th August

Gamechanger: Roy Price, Amazon Studios

Friday 25th August 11:30 - 12:30

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

CHAIR: Jay Hunt, chief creative officer Channel 4

SPEAKERS: Roy Price, director Amazon Studios

Since Roy Price, VP Amazon Studios, took to the stage at last year’s TV Festival, Prime Video – Amazon’s streaming service over which he presides as content chief - has rolled out to over 200 countries and territories. He talks to Channel 4’s Jay Hunt about what that means for Amazon’s global content strategy.