Festival Programme

Masterclasses

Wednesday 23rd August

Can you Commission by Numbers?

Wednesday 23rd August 10:00 - 11:00

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

CHAIR: Christian Howes, marketer, research analyst

SPEAKERS: Kelli Johnson, partner & VP The Sound Research; Mark Sammon, executive producer Shine; David Wilding, director of planning Twitter UK; Emma Gormley, MD for Daytime ITV Studios

Is content creation an art or a science? Does the word algorithm fill you with horror? Fear not. Our expert panel will guide you through the myriad ways of using audience data in intuitive ways...

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From Daytime Show to Global Brand: The Secrets of The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Wednesday 23rd August 11.45 - 12.45

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

CHAIR: Rick Edwards, journalist, presenter, screenwriter

SPEAKERS: Daniel Leary, digital co- executive producer The Ellen DeGeneres Show; David McGuire, Executive V P, current programming Telepictures Productions

With over 20 million subscribers on YouTube, 59 Daytime Emmy Awards and the record for the most awarded talk show in the Outstanding Talk show category, The Ellen DeGeneres Show is must-view entertainment in the US and beyond.

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Satire! What is it good for?

Wednesday 23rd August 11.45 - 12.45

VENUE: The Sidlaw, Level 3

CHAIR: Syeda Irtizaali, commissioning editor for entertainment Channel 4

SPEAKERS: Sarah Babineau, executive vice president, talent & development Comedy Central; Matt Forde, satirist ; Jolyon Rubinstein, actor, writer, producer, director ; Rory Bremner, impressionist and comedian ; Nish Kumar, comedian

Prompted by the political turmoil of the last year and the renaissance of American television satire, there has been much debate lately about the apparent lack of British topical comedy on TV. In this session, some of the brightest minds in political comedy will ask the question, Satire! What is it good for?

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Tantrums and Tabloids: How to Survive a Production Crisis

Wednesday 23rd August 15:30 - 16:30

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

CHAIR: Prash Naik, general counsel Channel 4

SPEAKERS: Mark Roberts, joint creative director, Firecrest Films ; Sarah Lazenby, commissioning editor factual and entertainment Channel 4; Kate Teckman, factual entertainment commissioning editor ITV; Helen Cooke, head of popular factual Studio Ramsay

Tantrums and Tabloids: How to Survive a Production Crisis A rogue contributor, questions about exploitation and duty of care, a social media backlash and a baying tabloid press. What could possibly go wrong?

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Top Of The Pods: Can You Cash In On The Podcasting Boom?

Wednesday 23rd August 15:30 - 16:30

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

CHAIR: Edith Bowman, radio & TV presenter

SPEAKERS: Danielle Ward, writer, comedian ; Dan Schreiber, writer, podcaster ; Clare Chadburn, head of development Wisebuddah; Dan Quick, head of UK content & partnerships audioBoom

From My Dad Wrote A Porno to S-Town, a series of international hits have raised the profile of podcasts and built a highly-engaged audience, particularly among young, urban, listeners. So, are podcasts about to become mainstream? Or is this actually ‘peak podcast’? And what would the consequences - both aesthetic and economic - be either way?

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Thursday 24th August

BT Sports Presents: How to Win on Digital with Rio Ferdinand

Thursday 24th August 16:30 - 17:30

VENUE: The Sidlaw, Level 3

CHAIR: Sonali Shah, presenter

SPEAKERS: Rio Ferdinand, pundit BT Sport; Mike Norrish , head of digital BT Sport; Alexandra Willis, head of communications, digital and content All England Lawn Tennis Club, The Championships, Wimbledon; Vuj (David Vujanic), YouTuber

The way we are consuming content is changing, with broadcasters needing to evolve to engage with their audiences. Mike Norrish, Head of Digital at BT Sport will discuss how BT are embracing this change and using social media and technology to offer new viewing experiences and reach new audiences. Rio Ferdinand, with 20m social followers, joins the panel to discuss the importance of social media within his role at BT Sport and for his own enterprises. Completing the panel is David Vujanic, from YouTube giants Copa 90, and Alexandra Willis, Wimbledon’s multi award-winning digital chief who are all changing the game online.

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Line of Duty Masterclass with Jed Mercurio & Vicky McClure

Thursday 24th August 13:30 - 14:30

VENUE: The Sidlaw, Level 3

CHAIR: June Sarpong, presenter, campaigner

SPEAKERS: Jed Mercurio, scriptwriter ; Vicky McClure, Actor

Famed for his meticulous attention to detail, plot twists that push all the limits and a penchant for killing off his leads, Mercurio has become one of the leading writers of his generation. In this unmissable session he will discuss the genesis of the series, which is produced by World Productions and began life on BBC Two, and reveal the opportunities and challenges involved in making it a ratings hit for BBC One.

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Friday 25th August

Black Mirror Masterclass with Charlie Brooker & Annabel Jones

Friday 25th August 11:30 - 12:30

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

CHAIR: Sue Perkins, writer, presenter, broadcaster

SPEAKERS: Charlie Brooker, writer ; Annabel Jones, executive producer

Black Mirror is an award winning anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world. The House of Tomorrow drama originally launched on Channel 4 to widespread critical acclaim and following the hugely publicised move to Netflix last year, catapulted Brooker, Jones and their dystopian tales from the dark side into the global market.

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Fleabag: How To Create An International Hit Comedy with Phoebe Waller-Bridge & Vicky Jones

Friday 25th August 13:00 - 14:00

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

CHAIR: Shane Allen, controller, comedy commissioning BBC

SPEAKERS: Phoebe Waller-Bridge, actress, writer, director ; Vicky Jones, co-founder & co-artistic director DryWrite; Lydia Hampson, producer Two Brothers Pictures

It started out as a one woman play at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – but ended up with giant billboards on Hollywood Boulevard, guest appearances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and TV acquisition sales all over the world.

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How not to F%*k up your Start-up

Friday 25th August 11:30 - 12:30

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

CHAIR: Tim Hincks, Co-CEO Expectation

SPEAKERS: Pat Younge, co-founder and MD Sugar Films; Kate Harwood, managing director Euston Films; Jazz Gowans, CEO, creative director & executive producer Transparent Television; Karen Smith, managing director Tuesday’s Child

Ever dreamt about launching an indie but not sure how? At the moment, it seems like a new indie is launching every week but is there really enough room for so many new kids on the block and how are they really faring? This session will feature hard truths and lessons learnt from those who took the plunge and survived. Expect tips, tricks as well as near misses and a horror story or two.

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I’m A Producer, Get The Celebrities Out Of Here

Friday 25th August 11:30 - 12:30

VENUE: The Sidlaw, Level 3

CHAIR: Anna Richardson, producer, presenter, journalist

SPEAKERS: Hannah Chambers, Chambers Management; Mark Sammon, executive producer Shine; Graham Stuart, co-founder So Television; Anneka Rice, broadcaster ; Gloria Hunniford, TV & radio presenter

In the race for ratings, bagging the right on-screen talent can transform your show from slot average to a slam-dunk. But in an industry where fragile egos, fraught executives and fickle minds can collide in a combustible catastrophe, agents, producers, talent and former commissioners share their horror stories of how it royally f***ed up. With candid accounts of how not to go about booking and handling big names for your next show, our expert panel cut to the chase and share their secrets to wrangling talent success.

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Killers, Cops & Courtrooms: A True Crime Masterclass

Friday 25th August 13:00 - 14:00

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

CHAIR: Guy Davies, commissioning editor, factual Channel 5

SPEAKERS: Chris Shaw, editorial director ITN Productions; Laura Fleury, SVP/head of programming international A+E Networks; Jo Clinton-Davis, controller of factual ITV; Simon Chinn, co-founder Lightbox

From factual formats to hard-hitting documentary, we’re all hooked on true crime. But how do you create a truly great crime programme? This masterclass, featuring the best in the unscripted crime business, will explore how the maestros tackle this perennially popular genre, giving us a unique insight into some groundbreaking programmes along the way.

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