Festival Programme

Gamechangers

Gamechanger: Kent Alterman, Comedy Central

Thursday 24th August 16:25 - 17:25

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

CHAIR: Jimmy Carr, comedian

SPEAKERS: Kent Alterman, president Comedy Central

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

CHAIR: Darren Childs, CEO UKTV

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

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

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Gamechanger: Carmi Zlotnik, Starz

Thursday 24th August 13:00 - 14:00

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

SPEAKERS: Carmi Zlotnik, managing director Starz

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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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Tim Hincks & Stephen Lambert: Face To Face

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

Lambert and Hincks 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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Post MacTaggart Interview

Thursday 24th August 11:15 - 12:15

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

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Alternative MacTaggart: Russell Brand

Thursday 24th August 14:45 - 15:45

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

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Controller Sessions

Meet the Controller: Jay Hunt, Channel 4

Wednesday 23rd August 13:45 - 14:45

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

SPEAKERS: Jay Hunt, chief creative officer Channel 4

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Meet the Controller: Kevin Lygo, ITV

Wednesday 23rd August 15:30 - 16:30

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

CHAIR: Lauren Laverne, broadcaster

SPEAKERS: Kevin Lygo, director of television ITV; Sue Murphy, head of factual entertainment ITV

Just over a year into the job, ITV's Director of Television Kevin Lygo, has certainly delivered on the promise to take risks and shake-up the broadcaster's schedule. But with criticism as well as praise leveled at some of those risks, Kevin will talk frankly about the success of The Voice and the ongoing plan to expand Saturday night entertainment, taking Coronation Street six times a week and what he really thinks about The Nightly Show. With commercial television under pressure from all sides, is innovation in factual or entertainment ever an objective?

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Meet the Controller: Paul Mortimer, ITV Digital

Friday 25th August 14:30 - 15:30

VENUE: The Sidlaw, Level 3

CHAIR: Sam Naz, Journalist, news anchor Sky News

SPEAKERS: Paul Mortimer, head of digital channels and acquisitions ITV

Paul Mortimer is ITV’s new Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, overseeing ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 plus CITV, ITV Encore and ITVBe. Hear more on how Paul sees ITV’s portfolio of channels and about what shows he feels are working for his target audiences.

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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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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; Ben Frow, director of programming Channel 5

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

SPEAKERS: Emma Cooper, managing director of non-scripted television Pulse Films; CJ Fahey, general manager VICELAND, EMEA & APAC;

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

SPEAKERS: Deborah Rayner, senior vice president of international newsgathering, TV and digital CNN

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Edinburgh Does…Judge Rinder

Wednesday 23rd August 13:45 - 14:45

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

No stranger to conflict, ITV’s Judge Rinder will preside over a session which pits leading figures against each other to debate some of TV’s hottest topics. Rinder will have his gavel at the ready to rule over such issues as: ‘commissioners don’t listen to talent when it comes to programming’; and ‘TV execs are out of touch with viewers in post-Brexit Britain’.

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Entertainment

Edinburgh Does…Blue Peter

Wednesday 23rd August 11.45 - 12.45

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

CHAIR: Ore Oduba, presenter

SPEAKERS: Peter Purves, presenter ; Valerie Singleton, broadcaster & writer ; Kate Phillips, controller BBC Entertainment; Phil Edgar-Jones, director Sky Arts; Cheryl Taylor, controller CBBC; Sarah Lazenby, commissioning editor factual and entertainment Channel 4; Diederick Santer, chief executive Kudos

To mark the 60th anniversary celebrations of the iconic CBBC show, Blue Peter is about to put 4 commissioners through the ultimate screen test; to see if they have what it takes to become a presenter on the longest running children’s programme in the world.

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Move Over Drama, Entertainment Is Back

Friday 25th August 10:00 - 11:00

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

CHAIR: Rick Edwards, journalist, presenter, screenwriter

SPEAKERS: Kate Phillips, controller BBC Entertainment; Ed Havard, head of entertainment, events and sport Channel 4; Steve Regan, commissioning editor: entertainment Channel 5; Peter Davey, head of comedy entertainment ITV; Phil Edgar-Jones, director Sky Arts

Come and meet the people who are shaping the future of the Entertainment genre at every major channel. We’ll be getting inside their heads to find out what rocks their boats and asking them to build their fantasy schedules and dream rostas of talent. An unmissable session if you want to know what entertainment will look like in 2017.

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Masterclasses

Black Mirror Masterclass

Friday 25th August 11:30 - 12:30

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

CHAIR: Sue Perkins, writer, presenter, broadcaster

SPEAKERS: Charlie Brooker, writer

Exploring contemporary themes of techno paranoia and the horrors of the smartphone era, delegates will hear from creator and writer Charlie Brooker, and executive producer Annabel Jones as they delve into the Black Mirror archives and discuss the origination and continued inspiration behind their satirical, often uncomfortably prophetic televisual phenomenon.

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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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Talent Unzipped

Friday 25th August 11:30 - 12:30

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

CHAIR: Anna Richardson, producer, presenter, journalist

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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Satire! What is it good for?

Wednesday 23rd August 15:30 - 16:30

VENUE: The Sidlaw, Level 3

SPEAKERS: Sarah Babineau, executive vice president, talent & development, East Coast Comedy Central; Matt Forde, satirist

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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EdTalks

EdTalks: Failed It

Thursday 24th August 14:45 - 15:45

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

PANEL: Ayesha Hazarika MBE, political commentator ; Joanna Rowsell Shand, Olympian ; Asim Chaudhry, actor, writer

CHAIR: Russell Kane, comedian, presenter, actor

Failure. For most people it’s something to be ashamed of, buried away and never to be spoken of again. For others, it’s one of the most valuable experiences of their career, and quite possibly, the secret to their success. Back by popular demand for 2017, this year presented by Russell Kane, join four more inspirational speakers as they talk about some of their lowest points, how they dealt with them and how they moved on.

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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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Screenings

Red Dwarf XII

Wednesday 23rd August 18:30 - 19:30

VENUE: Filmhouse

Join Red Dwarf writer, director and co-creator, Doug Naylor and special star guests from the show for a post screening Q&A. Watch this space for details!

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Speed meetings

Wednesday Speed Meetings

Wednesday 23rd August 10:00 - 16:30

VENUE: Platform 5

Delegates can sit down with top commissioners, senior talent managers, distributors, media lawyers, global brands and for the first time, a special delegation of major US and Chinese commissioners, for short pre-booked meetings.

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Thursday Speed Meetings

Thursday 24th August 10:30 - 16:30

VENUE: Platform 5

Delegates can sit down with top commissioners, senior talent managers, distributors, media lawyers, global brands and for the first time, a special delegation of major US and Chinese commissioners, for short pre-booked meetings

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Friday Speed Meetings

Friday 25th August 10:00 - 13:00

VENUE: Platform 5

Delegates can sit down with top commissioners, senior talent managers, distributors, media lawyers, global brands and for the first time, a special delegation of major US and Chinese commissioners, for short pre-booked meetings.

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Break Out Talks

Meet the US Entertainment Channels

Thursday 24th August 10:45 - 11:30

VENUE: The Tinto, Level 0

CHAIR: Peter Salmon, chief creative officer Endemol Shine

SPEAKERS: Sarah Barnett, president & general manager BBC America; Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive vice president & head of programming A&E Network

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Connecting Global Brands

Thursday 24th August 14:15 - 13:00

VENUE: The Tinto, Level 0

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Meet the China Channels

Wednesday 23rd August

VENUE: The Tinto, Level 0

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Meet the US Male Channels

Thursday 24th August 16:00 - 16:45

VENUE: The Tinto, Level 0

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