Festival Programme

Gamechangers

Gamechanger: Carmi Zlotnik, Starz

Thursday 24th August 11:15 - 12:15

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

SPEAKERS: Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director Starz

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Gamechanger: Kent Alterman, Comedy Central

Thursday 24th August 16.25 - 17.25

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

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.

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Gamechanger: Mark Gordon, The Mark Gordon Company

Wednesday 23rd August 13:45 - 14:45

VENUE: The Sidlaw, Level 3

SPEAKERS: Mark Gordon, CEO The Mark Gordon Company

As CEO of The Mark Gordon Company (MGC), which in 2015 partnered with Entertainment One (eOne) to create an independent television and film studio, Gordon develops, finances and produces premium content. MGC’s slate includes projects both developed internally, as well as from other producers and third parties who desire the support and creative input for which the company is known.

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Gamechanger: Courteney Monroe, Nat Geo

Thursday 24th August 09:30 - 10:30

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

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

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Keynotes and Interviews

Nick Bell, Snapchat Keynote Interview

Wednesday 23rd August 13:45 - 14:45

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

SPEAKERS: Nick Bell, Vice President of Content Snap Inc

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Stephen Lambert & Tim Hincks in Conversation

Thursday 24th August 09:30 - 10:30

VENUE: The Sidlaw, Level 3

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

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Post MacTaggart Interview

Thursday 24th August 11:15 - 12:15

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

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Controller Sessions

Meet the Controller: Charlotte Moore, BBC

Thursday 24th August 09:30 - 10:30

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

SPEAKERS: Charlotte Moore, Director Content BBC

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Meet the Controllers: Steve North, Richard Watsham, Adrian Wills, UKTV

Thursday 24th August 11:15 - 12:15

VENUE: The Sidlaw, Level 3

SPEAKERS: Steve North, general manager Dave, Gold and W

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Meet the Controller: Damian Kavanagh, BBC3

Thursday 24th August 16:25 - 17:25

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

CHAIR: Nick Grimshaw, Host Radio 1 Breakfast Show

SPEAKERS: Damian Kavanagh, controller BBC Three

Hosted by Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw , Damian will explore what has worked during the first year online, what hasn’t and what is planned for the future.

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Meet the Controller: Ben Frow, Channel 5

Friday 25th August 10:00 - 11:00

VENUE: The Sidlaw, Level 3

CHAIR: Jake Kanter, media editor Business Insider

SPEAKERS: Ben Frow, director of programming Channel 5

In a change to the usual controller session format, Ben has agreed to go onto the therapist’s couch to appear in a very special Edinburgh Festival version of his hit show, [Ben Frow]: In Therapy

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Issues and Debates

Leaders’ Debate

Thursday 24th August 13:00 - 14:00

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

CHAIR: Evan Davis, Presenter Newsnight, Dragons Den

SPEAKERS: Charlotte Moore, Director Content BBC; Kevin Lygo, Director of Television ITV; Zai Bennett, director of programmes Sky UK

In a unique opportunity, join the creative leaders of Britain’s main broadcasters to discuss their visions of the future. Chaired by Evan Davis, this session will ask how the broadcasters can remain relevant to an audience increasingly spoilt for choice and how they are facing up to the existential threat posed by new technologies and content-providers.

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16-34’s: The Rules of Engagement

Wednesday 23rd August 10:00 - 11:00

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

In this panel we’ll hear from industry experts to see what the changing tastes of youth viewers can tell us about broader, industry-wide shifts about content and delivery; and what broadcasters and producers can do to reconnect with those viewers.

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The Steve Hewlett Debate: Fake News

Wednesday 23rd August 11.45 - 12.45

VENUE: The Sidlaw, Level 3

CHAIR: Krishnan Guru-Murthy, presenter Channel 4 News

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Masterclasses

Crisis Management

Wednesday 23rd August 15:30 - 16:30

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

CHAIR: Prash Naik, General Counsel Channel 4

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Have We Already Hit Peak Podcast?

Thursday 24th August 09:30 - 10:30

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

CHAIR: Edith Bowman, Radio & TV presenter

SPEAKERS: Danielle Ward, Writer, comedian

From My Dad Wrote a Porno to Serial, a series of international hits have raised podcasts from niche to mainstream and with a highly-engaged audience of young urban listeners. Radio presenter and award-winning podcaster Edith Bowman asks a panel of leading talent how they've tested and developed ideas in this low-risk environment to discover the golden rules of podcasting.

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BT Sport’s Digital Masterclass with Rio Ferdinand

Thursday 24th August 16:25 - 17:25

VENUE: The Sidlaw, Level 3

SPEAKERS: Rio Ferdinand, Pundit BT Sport

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Data vs Creativity: Are we Getting Closer to Audiences?

Wednesday 23rd August 10:00 - 11:00

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

The session will investigate whether data alone is enough to really understand the audience, or if we also need a more creative approach, looking at new and existing techniques that people are using, and how effective they are.

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Awards

Edinburgh TV Awards 2017

Thursday 24th August 18:00 - 19:00

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

In a year of brilliant TV, who has stood above the rest to win a much coveted Edinburgh TV Award? Channel and Production Company of the Year are just two of the top accolades given out during the prestigious and entertaining awards ceremony.

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