Festival Programme

Keynotes and Interviews

Wednesday 23rd August

Nick Bell, Snapchat Keynote Interview

Wednesday 23rd August 13:45 - 14:45

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

CHAIR: Philip O’Ferrall, executive VP & head of Viacom Velocity International

SPEAKERS: Nick Bell, vice president of content Snap Inc

Since its inception, Snapchat has been uniquely focused on the power of vertical video and and Nick Bell, VP of content, is leading the move into reinventing tv for mobile millennials. With James Corden signed up for a daily show, deals inked with Discovery and NBC, plus a raft of partnerships on the horizon, Nick explains Snapchat’s strategy for mobile-first tv.

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Thursday 24th August

A Baroness & A Badman: YouTuber Humza Arshad and Oona King’s Guide to Fresh TV Talent

Thursday 24th August 09:30 - 10:30

VENUE: The Sidlaw, Level 3

CHAIR: Ben Cooper, controller BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 1Xtra

SPEAKERS: Humza Arshad, comedian, YouTube star, anti-extremism Activist ; Oona King, global director of diversity YouTube

How do you think about fresh talent? Who are the new voices in entertainment? Join Humza Arshad, the first British YouTuber to have his own scripted BBC TV show, Coconut, Oona King, global Head of Diversity at YouTube, and Ben Cooper, Controller of BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, BBC Asian Network, as they dive into these questions and share their experiences and hacks to staying relevant and inclusive in today’s media entertainment landscape.

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Sir David Attenborough & The Natural History Unit at 60

Thursday 24th August 12:20 - 13:10

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

CHAIR: Julian Hector, head of The Natural History Unit BBC Studios Biography

SPEAKERS: Sir David Attenborough, broadcaster & naturalist

BBC Studios’ world-leading Natural History Unit turns 60 this year. Sir David Attenborough joins Julian Hector, Head of The Natural History Unit in conversation, looking at the past, present and future of natural history programme-making and the important role it has played in improving, understanding, driving awareness and changing perceptions of the natural world.

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The Alternative MacTaggart: Russell Brand

Thursday 24th August 15:00 - 16:00

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

CHAIR: Matt Morgan, comedy writer

SPEAKERS: Russell Brand, comedian, writer, actor & presenter

Award-winning comedian, writer, actor and broadcaster, Russell Brand, will address the Edinburgh International Television Festival in the prestigious Alternative MacTaggart.

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The Great YouTube Take Off: Dan & Phil Talk with Sue Perkins

Thursday 24th August 11:00 - 12:00

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

CHAIR: Sue Perkins, writer, presenter, broadcaster

SPEAKERS: Dan Howell & Phil Lester, YouTube stars

One half of TV’s most-loved double acts in conversation with one of gen-YouTube’s biggest pairings. Join them for a free-flowing and funny chat about fame, resisting definition, comedy and cakes.

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The Post MacTaggart Interview: Jon Snow Q&A with Ruth Davidson

Thursday 24th August 11:00 - 12:00

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

CHAIR: Ruth Davidson, leader Scottish Conservative party

SPEAKERS: Jon Snow, journalist & broadcaster Channel 4 News

Award-winning journalist and broadcaster Jon Snow will delve further into the issues he discussed in this year’s prestigious James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture. Visit the Festival app to ask him a question.

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Tim Hincks & Stephen Lambert: Face To Face

Thursday 24th August 09:30 - 10:30

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

SPEAKERS: Stephen Lambert, CEO Studio Lambert; Tim Hincks, Co-CEO Expectation

Stephen Lambert and Tim Hincks have been right at the heart of the biggest cultural shifts in television for the last 20 years. Using a light format developed especially for this session, they will interview each other, no holds barred, to discuss their careers, their views on the industry today, how you know when you've had a great idea and some inside goss.

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Friday 25th August

Nicola Sturgeon Keynote

Friday 25th August 10:00 - 11:00

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

CHAIR: Kirsty Wark, Journalist, broadcaster, writer

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

The Edinburgh TV Festival is delighted to welcome back Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, following her popular Alternative MacTaggart lecture in 2015.

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Outstanding Achievement Award Interview: Russell T Davies

Friday 25th August 10:00 - 11:00

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

CHAIR: Nicola Shindler, executive producer RED Production Company

SPEAKERS: Russell T Davies, producer, screenwriter

Television Producer and Screenwriter Russell T Davies will discuss his illustrious career in the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award Interview, fresh from accepting the accolade at the Edinburgh TV Awards the night before.

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