Festival Programme

MacTaggart Speaker

MacTaggart Lecture 2016: Shane Smith, VICE

Wednesday 24th August 18:00 - 19:00

VENUE: The Edinburgh Playhouse Theatre

SPEAKERS: Shane Smith, founder, CEO VICE

Head of VICE Shane Smith takes to the stage to deliver the 2016 James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture.

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Post MacTaggart Interview: Shane Smith

Thursday 25th August 13:15 - 14:15

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

CHAIR: Jay Hunt, chief creative officer Channel 4

SPEAKERS: Shane Smith, founder, CEO VICE

As Delegates reflect on the content of his James MacTggart Lecture, Shane Smith will once again take to the stage to allow further exploration of his speech. Post your anonymous question to him via the Festival app from 1st August.

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Gamechangers

Gamechangers: Bryan Singer and Peter Rice in Conversation

Thursday 25th August 11:30 - 12:30

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

SPEAKERS: Peter Rice, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Fox Networks Group; Bryan Singer, director, writer, producer

We'll join an intimate and wide ranging discussion between Director and Producer Bryan Singer (X Men, The Usual Suspects, House, Legion) and Chairman/CEO of Fox Networks Group Peter Rice as they discuss their respective careers, their longstanding creative partnership, the power of global brands, the relationship between commerce and creators and how they see the future of television.

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Gamechanger: Bruno Heller, Showrunner, Gotham, The Mentalist, Rome

Thursday 25th August 13:15 - 14:15

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

CHAIR: Diederick Santer, chief executive Kudos

SPEAKERS: Bruno Heller, Showrunner Gotham, Rome, The Mentalist

Heller will discuss how he crafts his storytelling around the original characters he’s created, how he shapes and reinvents the world the DC Comics villains inhabit in Gotham, and how to keep the audience engaged when you get to episode 100.

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Gamechanger: Julie Plec, showrunner, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Containment

Thursday 25th August 09.45 - 10.45

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

CHAIR: Johnathan Plunkett, media journalist

SPEAKERS: Julie Plec, Showrunner The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Containment

In this session, Plec will offer insight into her creative process of crafting characters and compelling narrative arcs, as well as producing television in the age of social media.

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Amazon Double Bill: Roy Price, Amazon Studios/Andy Wilman’s Grand Tour Masterclass

Wednesday 24th August 15.20 - 16.30

VENUE: The Sidlaw, Level 3

CHAIR: Elaine Bedell, former director of entertainment and comedy, ITV

SPEAKERS: Roy Price, director Amazon Studios; Andy Wilman, executive producer The Grand Tour

He “awed, amused and edified” TV Festival delegates last year, according to Deadline Hollywood, and now director of Amazon Studios, Roy Price is making his TV Festival comeback with a fireside chat conducted by former ITV director of comedy and entertainment, Elaine Bedell. The session will be followed by an exclusive masterclass with Andy Wilman, executive producer of Amazon’s upcoming car series, The Grand Tour, which follows Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond travelling the world.

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Keynotes and Interviews

Outstanding Achievement Award: Sally Wainwright in conversation with Russell T Davies

Thursday 25th August 15:00 - 16:00

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

CHAIR: Russell T Davies, producer, screenwriter

SPEAKERS: Sally Wainwright, Writer, executive producer, director

Join Russell T Davies in conversation with writer, executive producer and director, Sally Wainwright, as we celebrate her outstanding achievement in writing some of the UK’s most successful dramas.

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Lee Mack’s Desert Island Comedy

Wednesday 24th August 13:45 - 14:45

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

CHAIR: Shane Allen, controller, comedy commissioning BBC

SPEAKERS: Lee Mack, comedian, actor, writer

BBC Controller of Comedy, Shane Allen talks to sitcom writer and star of Not Going Out, Lee Mack about the comedy clips he’d take with him to a desert island.

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Alternative MacTaggart: Sharon Horgan on pushing boundaries through comedy

Friday 26th August 13:00 - 14:00

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

CHAIR: Frankie Boyle, Comedian

SPEAKERS: Sharon Horgan, Actor, writer, producer Catastrophe

Sharon Horgan has written or co-written four series for UK television, including the award-winning Catastrophe and the acclaimed black comedy Pulling; acted in numerous series as well as co-founded a production company. And in Autumn, Sky Atlantic will air Divorce, an HBO series that Horgan created for Sarah Jessica Parker in her first major TV role since Sex and the City. Frankie Boyle takes to the interview chair in this Alternative MacTaggart interview.

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Meet Beth Hoppe, PBS

Friday 26th August 13:00 - 14:00

VENUE: The Tinto, Level 0

CHAIR: Ian Moffitt, former head of programming Yahoo

SPEAKERS: Beth Hoppe, chief programming executive and general manager, general audience programming PBS

Beth Hoppe’s tenure at PBS has seen the public broadcaster’s return to original U.S. drama, a co-production agreement with the BBC that has generated a number of science and natural history productions and the establishment of the brand as a base for independent documentary filmmakers. But what is PBS and how does public broadcasting in the US differ from the model we know here? What kind of opportunities exist for British producers and what is Beth looking for in terms of content – both scripted and non-scripted? All of these questions and more will be addressed in this focused session where we’ll learn everything we wanted to know about PBS.

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Controller Sessions

Meet the Controller: Patrick Holland, BBC Two

Friday 26th August 13:00 - 14:00

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

CHAIR: Chris Curtis, editor Broadcast

SPEAKERS: Patrick Holland, Channel Editor BBC Two

BBC Two has a new Editor. Former Head of Documentaries Patrick Holland is now looking after the channel and this is your chance to find out what his plans are.

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Meet the Controller: Charlotte Moore, BBC

Wednesday 24th August 13:45 - 14:45

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

CHAIR: Mary Nightingale, newscaster ITV News

SPEAKERS: Charlotte Moore, Director Content BBC

Charlotte Moore emerged victorious in a battle the rest of us were unaware was going on – becoming controller of all BBC TV channels and I-Player. We’ll talk to her about managing the biggest creative job in British television.

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Meet the Controller: Jay Hunt, Channel 4

Wednesday 24th August 15:30 - 16:30

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

CHAIR: Jake Kanter, media editor Business Insider

SPEAKERS: Jay Hunt, chief creative officer Channel 4

Five years into the role, Hunt has outlined how she changed the creative culture of the organisation and the Controller Session will be an opportunity to hear about her wishlist going forward; the impact of her 'creative breakfasts'; the blurring of genres at C4, and how the channel can keep innovating.

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Meet the Controllers: Multichannel

Thursday 25th August 09.45 - 10.45

VENUE: The Sidlaw, Level 3

PANEL: Heather Jones, General manager UK and SVP content and creative A+E Networks UK; Hamish Mykura, executive vice-president programming and development National Geographic Global Networks; Louise Holmes, VP, director of programming MTV UK, Comedy Central UK; Craig Orr, Director of commissioning and development MTV International

CHAIR: Sam Naz, Journalist, news anchor Sky News

Hot-off-the-press briefings, programming info and commissioning opportunities will be unveiled by all our panellists.

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Issues and Debates

The Islamic State: Media Channel of the Year?

Friday 26th August 14:30 - 15:30

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

PANEL: Mina Al-Lami, Jihadist media expert BBC Monitoring; Arif Haq, senior strategist & creative capabilities lead Contagious; Aris Roussinos, reporter VICE News; Alex Krasodomski-Jones, researcher Analysis of Social Media

CHAIR: Tazeen Ahmad, broadcaster, writer, award-winning journalist

The Islamic State has come to dominate the media landscape - but what are the digital strategies and platforms they utilise to reach different audiences? And what lessons can they teach broadcasters, brands and governments?

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Edinburgh Does…Question Time

Friday 26th August 10:00 - 11:00

VENUE: The Tinto, Level 0

PANEL: Tim Hincks, Co-CEO Expectation; Sharon White, Chief Executive Ofcom; James Harding, director of news and current affairs BBC; Dan Brooke, chief marketing and communications officer Channel 4; David Elstein, chairman, Open Democracy & Broadcasting Policy Group, executive producer Portobello Productions

CHAIR: Kirsty Wark, Journalist, broadcaster, writer

Question Time is one of the flagship sessions of the TV Festival. It features a panel of senior industry figures and politicians, and, just like the BBC programme, they face blind questions selected from the audience. This year's panellists include the BBC's Director of News James Harding; former President of Endemol Shine Tim Hincks; and the Chief Executive of Ofcom Sharon White.

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Leaders’ Debate

Thursday 25th August 09.45 - 10.45

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

PANEL: Kevin Lygo, Director of Television ITV; Jay Hunt, chief creative officer Channel 4; Ben Frow, director of programming Channel 5; Charlotte Moore, Director Content BBC; Gary Davey, managing director, content Sky

CHAIR: Steve Hewlett, writer, broadcaster & media consultant

Kevin Lygo (ITV), Charlotte Moore (BBC), Gary Davey (Sky), Jay Hunt (Channel 4) and Ben Frow (Channel Five) face questions from delegates.

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London 2012 to Rio 2016: The Superhumans struggle for equality

Wednesday 24th August 15:30 - 16:30

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

PANEL: RJ Mitte, actor, producer, disability activist ; Sophie Morgan, TV presenter ; Dan Brooke, chief marketing and communications officer Channel 4; Amanda Ariss, OBE, Executive Director Creative Diversity Network; Alison Walsh, disability lead BBC

CHAIR: Ade Adepitan, presenter, Paralympian

Four years on from London and on the eve of the Rio 2016 Games this session will explore if there been a shift in the portrayal of disability on screen, whether attitudes are changing towards disabled talent and the extent to which opportunities are opening up. How accurately is television representing the experiences, lives and perspectives of disabled people in the UK - and what more needs to be done?

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Entertainment

Edinburgh Does…Taskmaster

Wednesday 24th August 11.45 - 12.45

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

CHAIR: Greg Davies, Alex Horne

SPEAKERS: Zai Bennett, director Sky Atlantic; Jeff Ford, UK Managing Director Fox Networks Group and SVP, Content Development Europe & Africa; Nerys Evans, Deputy head of comedy Channel 4; Claire Zolkwer, formerly commissioning editor, comedy entertainment ITV; Alan Tyler, acting controller, entertainment commissioning BBC Television

Five hyper-competitive TV execs will be put to the ultimate test all for an unforgettable, one-off special.

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Edinburgh Does…Lip Sync Battle

Friday 26th August 11:30 - 12:30

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

CHAIR: Mel B, Lip Sync Battle host Professor Green, Lip Sync host

Mel B will preside over proceedings with her TV partner in crime Pro Green as they watch TV execs demean… we mean unveil their best Bieber or Queen B in this spectacularly entertaining session. Watch this space to find out who’s dusting down their jumpsuit…

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Masterclasses

BT & AMC: Changing the Game

Wednesday 24th August 13:45 - 14:45

VENUE: The Sidlaw, Level 3

CHAIR: Johnathan Plunkett, media journalist

SPEAKERS: Delia Bushell, Managing Director BT TV and Sport; Jake Humphrey, BT Sport Presenter and Director Whisper Films; Harold Gronenthal, executive vice President, programming and operations AMC & Sundance Channel

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Revealed: The Hottest Trends In TV Formats

Wednesday 24th August 11:00 - 11:20

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

SPEAKERS: Sahar Baghery, head of global research and contents strategy Eurodata TV Worldwide

What’s the secret behind successful formats and what are the upcoming trends? In this clip-based presentation from Sahar Baghery at TV analyst, Eurodata, you’ll hear how changing TV consumption is impacting content all around the world.

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Alistair McGowan sits for Sky Arts Artists

Thursday 25th August 16:00 - 17:00

VENUE: Sky Arts Zone

BAFTA award-winning comedian and impressionist Alistair McGowan is turning subject as hit Sky Arts series Portrait Artist of the Year returns to the Edinburgh TV Festival. Last year Armando Iannucci sat for portrait painter’s amateur delegates and professionals. This time, Alistair is in the hot seat. The winning artist will claim the limited edition prize of a guitar signed by Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi. Director of Sky Arts, Phil Edgar Jones will chat to Alistair about his new Edinburgh show among other subjects, before this year’s winner is announced.

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Best of British Sport

Thursday 25th August 15:00 - 16:00

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

CHAIR: Craig Doyle, presenter

SPEAKERS: Robbie Savage, former footballer, football expert ; Brian O'Driscoll, Former Ireland rugby player and pundit ; Nicola Adams, Olympic champion boxer ; Mark Blundell, former Formula One driver

In a year when British Sport reached new heights including huge Olympic success, winning the Ashes, The Davis Cup, The US Open Golf and Wales reaching the Euro 2016 semi final - this session celebrates the best of British. With a panel of celebrity sports legends including Nicola Adams fresh from her Olympic success, Robbie Savage and Brian O'Driscoll acting as advocates for their own sports best moment of 2015/16 and being chaired by Craig Doyle there will be clips shown of the best moments supported by their advocates. There will also be fierce debate within the rival sports and the watching audience will have the final vote on what is deemed the Best Sporting Moment On TV of the year.

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EdTalks

EdTalks: Failed it!

Friday 26th August 11:30 - 12:35

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

CHAIR: Ade Adepitan, presenter, Paralympian

SPEAKERS: Paul Chowdhry, Comedian, actor ; Amy Hartwick, Senior vice president, creative development ABC Studios; Ben Stephenson, head of television Bad Robot; Adam Pearson, actor, presenter, campaigner ; Viv Groskop, stand-up comedian, actor, writer

We welcome five inspirational speakers giving us their thoughts around the theme of 'failure'.

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Awards

Edinburgh TV Awards 2016

Thursday 25th August 18:00 - 19:00

VENUE: The Pentland, Level 3

CHAIR: Katherine Ryan, comedian, writer, presenter, actress

Join host Katherine Ryan and Russell T Davies as he awards Sally Wainwright the much deserved Outstanding Achievement Award. Other gongs given out on the night include Channel, Production Company and New Programme of the Year, plus we've introduce two new categories for 2016 - Best International Co-Production and Best Factual Programme.

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Screenings

Ronald D.Moore’s Sci-Fi Masterclass: From Star Trek, Outlander & Beyond

Wednesday 24th August 12:45 - 13:45

VENUE: Filmhouse

CHAIR: Richard Edwards, editor SFX

SPEAKERS: Ronald D.Moore, executive producer Outlander, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Voyager

Offering an intriguing perspective from the point of view of both showrunner and writer, Ronald will provide fascinating insight into what it takes to bring compelling Sci-Fi stories, characters and worlds to devoted audiences, as well as reveal the challenges and motivations he has faced along the way.

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New Comedy Double Bill: Porridge

Wednesday 24th August 19:30 - 20:25

VENUE: Filmhouse

PANEL: Shane Allen, controller, comedy commissioning BBC; Kevin Bishop, actor, comedian

CHAIR: Boyd Hilton, entertainment director Heat Magazine

SPEAKERS: Richard Webb, executive producer

Actor and comedian Kevin Bishop (The Kevin Bishop Show) joins Shane Allen, Controller of BBC Comedy Commissioning in a Q&A following an exclusive screening of a brand new episode of Porridge.

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New Drama Double: The Fall

Thursday 25th August 20:20 - 21:20

VENUE: Filmhouse

Get an exclusive look at BBC Two's hit drama The Fall with an exclusive TV Festival first showing. Picking up at the moment where the heart-stopping series finale left off in series two, Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan return to BBC Two in their iconic roles as the battle between Detective Superintendent Gibson and Paul Spector reaches its terrifying conclusion in Allan Cubitt’s intense psychological thriller, The Fall.

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New Drama Double: Poldark

Thursday 25th August 19:00 - 20:00

VENUE: Filmhouse

Get an exclusive look at the return of Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark and Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza in the first of 10 new episodes of Debbie Horsfield’s BAFTA-winning adaptation of Winston Graham’s acclaimed Poldark. The first series peaked with 9.4 million viewers earlier this year, generating phenomenal media interest and making household names of its stars.

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Speed meetings

Speed Meetings Day 1 Session 1

Wednesday 24th August 10:00 - 11:45

VENUE: Platform 5

The Festival speed meetings are back for 2016 bigger and better than ever, we’ve extended the networking event across the entire three days of the Festival so there’s even more opportunity to meet new people.

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Speed Meetings Day 2 Session 1

Thursday 25th August 12:00 - 13:45

VENUE: Platform 5

The Festival speed meetings are back for 2016 bigger and better than ever, we’ve extended the networking event across the entire three days of the Festival so there’s even more opportunity to meet new people.

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Speed Meetings Day 3

Friday 26th August 10:00 - 15:30

VENUE: Platform 5

The Festival speed meetings are back for 2016 bigger and better than ever, we’ve extended the networking event across the entire three days of the Festival so there’s even more opportunity to meet new people.

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Speed Meetings Day 1 Session 2

Wednesday 24th August 14:15 - 16:30

VENUE: Platform 5

The Festival speed meetings are back for 2016 bigger and better than ever, we’ve extended the networking event across the entire three days of the Festival so there’s even more opportunity to meet new people.

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Break Out Talks

Follow the Leaders – the Debate comes Alive

Thursday 25th August 11:00 - 11:30

VENUE: The Tinto, Level 0

CHAIR: Rick Edwards, journalist, presenter, screenwriter

SPEAKERS: Sara Geater, Chief Operating Officer All3Media; Alex Macqueen, Actor ; Ife Grillo, Debate Mate Ambassador; Keanna Williams, , Debate Mate Ambassador; Yero Timi-Biu, Networker 2015; Scarlett McCabe, director, Debate Mate

Debate Mate, with the generous support of All3Media are hosting a debate immediately after the Festival’s annual Leaders’ Debate. Using the interactive EITF App, the topic of the debate will be chosen according to the preference of Festival delegates – essentially those watching the Leaders’ Debate can choose which main issue they would like to be further debated...

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Creative Diversity Network Drinks: A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action

Wednesday 24th August 14:50 - 15:30

VENUE: The Tinto, Level 0

SPEAKERS: Amanda Ariss, OBE, Executive Director Creative Diversity Network; Asifa Lahore, ; Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture; John McVay, Chief Executive of Pact and CDN Chair

Join the Creative Diversity Network to hear about our practical new initiatives - including Diamond, a new diversity database and a comprehensive online diversity resource to help the industry move forward. And there’s a special guest appearance from Asifa Lahore you won’t want to miss…

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Branded Content – Big Cash but Big Compromise?

Wednesday 24th August 12:50 - 13:40

VENUE: The Tinto, Level 0

CHAIR: Samantha Glynne, global vice president of branded entertainment FremantleMedia

SPEAKERS: Jonathan Lewis, Head of Digital and Partnership Innovation Channel 4; , ; Selma Turajlic, Co-Founder Little Dot Studios; Antony Mayfield, Founding Partner & CEO Brilliant Noise

As more and more brands plough their sizable marketing budgets into making digital content as a new way of advertising, the six figure tariffs for independent producers look attractive – but is it a sustainable business for indies and what is the real cost creatively? The expert panel will debate what works, what doesn’t, the challenges and the rewards.

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High End TV needs High End talent. But where’s the cash?

Thursday 25th August 12:40 - 13:10

VENUE: The Tinto, Level 0

CHAIR: Wayne Garvie, chief creative officer, international production Sony Pictures Television

SPEAKERS: Ben Holt, Deputy Head of Production Kudos; Andrew Chowns, Chief Executive Directors UK; Paul Gilbert, producer ; Christiana Ebohon-Green, Director

How can executives find and develop the best talent? Come and hear how the HETV Skills Levy is supporting two talent development programmes for High End TV Producers and Directors..

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Talent Schemes

Ones to Watch Random Acts Live Pitch

Wednesday 24th August 10:00 - 11:00

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

CHAIR: Chris Shaw, editorial director ITN Productions

SPEAKERS: Pegah Farahmand, editor, Random Acts, Channel 4

Delegates from 2016’s Ones to Watch, the Festival’s charitable talent scheme for emerging talent are some of the brightest minds working in the industry. Come and watch the future of television in action, pitching live for funding for a Random Acts film

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The Network Live!

Friday 26th August 12:45 – 14:00

VENUE: The Cromdale

SPEAKERS: Phil Edgar Jones, director Sky Arts; Adam MacDonald, director Sky 1, Sky Living

Over the last 48 hours, delegates from The Network, the Festival’s charitable scheme for new entrants, have been working with programme makers from Sky News, Holby City, First Dates, Endemol and CBBC to create this exciting and fast-paced showcase. Join us downstairs in the Cromdale to get your first look at the talent of the future and join in the party atmosphere.

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Drinks

The Viacom Party

Thursday 25th August 21:30 - Late

VENUE: Why Not Nightclub

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ITV Opening Night Drinks

Wednesday 24th August 19:00 - 21:30

VENUE: The Balmoral Hotel

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High End TV Networking Drinks

Thursday 25th August 14:15 - 15:00

VENUE: Platform 5

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Margaritas & Music with Sky Arts

Wednesday 24th August 16:30 - 17:30

VENUE: The Atrium

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