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

Gamechanger: Keli Lee & Patrick Moran, ABC Studios

Thursday 25th August 15:00 - 16:00

VENUE: The Sidlaw, Level 3

PANEL: Keli Lee, MD, international content & talent ABC Entertainment Group; Patrick Moran, executive vice president ABC Studios

CHAIR: Anne Mensah, head of drama Sky

Patrick and Keli will sit down with us to explore how one of the top entertainment groups in the world have secured their position as Gamechangers in a crowded market, why ABC decided to get ahead of the curve on exploring diverse talent and internationally driven concepts, and where they see the drama marketplace heading in the coming years.

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Gamechanger: Howard Gordon, 24, Homeland, X-Files

Friday 26th August 11:30 - 12:30

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

CHAIR: Peter Salmon, chief creative officer Endemol Shine

SPEAKERS: Howard Gordon, executive producer, showrunner 24: Legacy, Homeland

As co-creator of Homeland, Tyrant, Legends and Second Chance, as well as co-writer of X-Files and longtime showrunner of 24, 24: Live Another Day, and the forthcoming 24: Legacy, Howard Gordon is a leading creative voice in global television. We join him in conversation with Peter Salmon, Chief Creative Officer of Endemol Shine Group, to talk about his phenomenal career.

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Gamechanger: Alex Carloss, YouTube

Thursday 25th August 16:30 - 17:30

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

CHAIR: Alex Mahon, The Foundry CEO

SPEAKERS: Alex Carloss, Director YouTube Originals

As Director of YouTube Originals, Alex Carloss leads a team with a mission to develop, fund and launch a slate of world-class programming for YouTube Red – YouTube’s ad-free, monthly-paid subscription service. In this session, Alex will talk through his own career evolution - the highs, lows and everything in between - as well as the evolution of YouTube itself and his current work developing original content with YouTube stars.

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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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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 Controllers: Emma Tennant, Richard Watsham, Steve North, UKTV

Thursday 25th August 15:00 - 16:00

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

PANEL: Emma Tennant, controller UKTV; Richard Watsham, director of commissioning UKTV; Steve North, general manager Dave, Gold and W

CHAIR: Alex Farber, senior reporter Broadcast

Our three UKTV executives will disclose the latest strategy, giving detailed insight into their ambition as well as the distinct tone of voice of each channel, including newly launched W. They’ll also share the next wave of commissions with a sneak peak of key new UKTV Originals.

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Meet the Controller: Kevin Lygo, ITV

Thursday 25th August 16:30 - 17:30

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

CHAIR: Kirsty Wark, Journalist, broadcaster, writer

SPEAKERS: Kevin Lygo, Director of Television ITV

His CV reads like a ‘Guide to Great British Television’. From TFI Friday to Jamie’s School Dinners, So Graham Norton to Men Behaving Badly, Deal or No Deal to Shameless. But what has Kevin Lygo, the industry’s most recently appointed controller, got in store for Britain’s biggest commercial channel?

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Meet Discovery’s Commissioners

Friday 26th August 10:00 - 11:00

VENUE: The Sidlaw, Level 3

PANEL: Helen Hawken, vice president of production and development, factual Discovery Networks International (DNI); Ed Sayer, vice president production and development, factual Discovery Networks International; Clare Laycock, VP, head of channels TLC and ID at Discovery Networks UK & Ireland

CHAIR: Ranvir Singh, Presenter Good Morning Britain, ITV News

In this session Helen Hawken, Ed Sayer and Claire Laycock will explain how British producers can work with commissioners to transform their ideas into series that will play across the world. They will also dispel myths about the content Discovery is looking for and open the door to new producers keen to be part of the channel’s success story.

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Meet the Controller: Cassian Harrison, BBC Four

Friday 26th August 11:30 - 12:30

VENUE: The Sidlaw, Level 3

PANEL: Cassian Harrison, channel editor BBC Four

SPEAKERS: Boyd Hilton, entertainment director Heat Magazine

As the competition from specialist channels hots up, Cassian will discuss the latest ‘passionate clubs’ of viewers he’s looking to target, as well as reveal the next foreign drama he hopes will emulate the ratings success of Trapped and The Bridge.

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Issues and Debates

How to get a Pay Rise: The Truth About the Television Industry

Friday 26th August 14:30 - 15:30

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

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

SPEAKERS: Hannah Chambers, Chambers Management; Emma Kenny, psychologist ; Samir Shah OBE, chief executive and creative director Juniper

In an increasingly competitive and commercial landscape, how do individuals, agents and broadcasters negotiate the best pay deals? A panel of experts offer their top tips to securing the best pay day.

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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, former president of Endemol Shine ; 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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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

How to Have a Hit Factual Series

Thursday 25th August 11:30 - 12:30

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

PANEL: Andrew Mackenzie, Chief Creative Officer Twofour Group; Leanne Klein, chief executive Wall to Wall; Sue Murphy, Head of Factual Entertainment ITV; Alison Kirkham, Acting Controller of BBC Factual and Events BBC; Ralph Lee, deputy chief creative officer Channel 4

CHAIR: Krishnendu Majumdar, co-founder/ executive producer Me+You Productions

Everyone wants the next big factual hit. This session will reveal how to achieve it.

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How to Succeed in The Drama Goldrush

Thursday 25th August 11:30 - 12:30

VENUE: The Sidlaw, Level 3

PANEL: Andy Harries, chief executive, co-founder Left Bank Pictures; Anne Mensah, head of drama Sky; Cathy Payne, chief executive officer Endemol Shine International; Ben Stephenson, head of television Bad Robot

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

In this session, some of the UK's most eminent producers and commissioners will explore how the international scripted landscape is changing, and how producers can adapt to make their scripts impossible to turn down.

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The Late Late Show: Conquering America with Corden and Carpool Karaoke

Friday 26th August 10:00 - 11:00

VENUE: The Fintry, Level 3

PANEL: Ben Winston, Executive Producer The Late Late Show with James Corden; Adam Abramson, director of digital content The Late Late Show with James Corden

CHAIR: Rick Edwards, journalist, presenter, screenwriter

The show’s Executive Producer, Ben Winston, and its Digital Content Director, Adam Abramson will take to the ETV Festival stage to talk about the future of late-night entertainment; why they think 'digital first' in their own strategy; and lessons learned along the way. A must-see session for entertainment lovers.

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Hans Rosenfeldt’s Crime Noir Masterclass: with Anna Friel & Tony Wood

Friday 26th August 10:00 - 11:00

VENUE: The Moorfoot/Kilsyth, Level 0

PANEL: Hans Rosenfeldt, crime noir showrunner, writer ; Tony Wood, CEO Buccaneer Media; Anna Friel, Actor, Marcella

CHAIR: Martha Kearney, journalist and broadcaster

Acclaimed Swedish writer Hans Rosenfeldt will be talking about writing his hit dramas The Bridge and Marcella. Hans will be joined by star of Marcella, Anna Friel and Buccaneer CEO and Executive Producer of Marcella, Tony Wood who will be talking about working with Hans on his first English language drama.

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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

New Comedy Double Bill: People Just Do Nothing

Wednesday 24th August 20:50 - 21:45

VENUE: Filmhouse

PANEL: Ash Atalla, co-founder, managing director Roughcut TV; Steve Stamp, writer, creator People Just Do Nothing; Allan Mustafa, creator, co-writer People Just Do Nothing; Jon Petrie, Producer Roughcut TV

CHAIR: Boyd Hilton, entertainment director Heat Magazine

Writers, creators and stars Steve Stamp and Allan Mustafa, co-founder and MD at Roughcut TV Ash Atalla and producer Jon Petrie join Boyd Hilton for a Q&A after the screening of a brand new episode of BAFTA nominated, BBC Three hit mockumentary People Just Do Nothing.

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Fortitude with Q&A

Thursday 25th August 15:50 - 17:30

VENUE: Filmhouse

CHAIR: Alex Ritman, UK correspondent, The Hollywood Reporter

SPEAKERS: Richard Dormer, Actor ; Simon Donald, creator and executive producer, Fortitide; Patrick Spence, executive producer, Fortitude

Actor Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones), creator and executive producer Simon Donald and executive producer Patrick Spence discuss the new series with Alex Ritman, UK correspondent, The Hollywood Reporter after an exclusive showing of the first episode of series Two.

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Sci-Fi Double Bill: Red Dwarf XI

Wednesday 24th August 14:45 - 15:45

VENUE: Filmhouse

PANEL: Robert Llewellyn, Kryten Red Dwarf; Craig Charles, Dave Lister Red Dwarf; Doug Naylor, Red Dwarf writer, director and co-creator

CHAIR: Richard Edwards, editor SFX

Red Dwarf writer, director and co-creator, Doug Naylor and stars Craig Charles and Robert Llewellyn join SFX magazine editor Richard Edwards in a Q&A after the exclusive screening of the first episode of the new series.

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Fortitude

Thursday 25th August 17:00 - 18:00

VENUE: Filmhouse

In a Festival exclusive here's another chance to see the first showing of the opening episode of series Two.

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Speed meetings

Speed Meetings Day 2 Session 2

Thursday 25th August 15:30 - 17:30

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 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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Break Out Talks

An app for success: why digital is key in global formats

Wednesday 24th August 11:05-11.40

VENUE: The Tinto, Level 0

CHAIR: Matt Millar, CEO Tellybug

SPEAKERS: Martin Trickey, Group Head of Digital Warner Bros

Drawing on the success of the international phenomenon that is X Factor, the show’s app creator, Tellybug’s Matt Millar and Warner Bros’ Group Head of Digital Martin Trickey, explain how digital plays a key role in making a format successful and how you can repeat the success as the format is licensed around the world.

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Tomorrow’s TV: new apps for a new format wave

Friday 26th August 12:30 - 13:00

VENUE: The Tinto, Level 0

CHAIR: Olly Mann, Presenter and Columnist

SPEAKERS: Matt Millar, CEO Tellybug; Nicolai Würtz, Executive Producer, Nordisk Film TV / Banijay Zodiak Nordic

All Against 1 is the new interactive prime time gameshow hit that has viewers directly playing at home with the contestants on screen, all via the show’s app. Hear from format creator Banijay Nordic and its app developers Tellybug to find out how this concept became a major Friday night primetime hit on DR - the public service channel in Denmark. Hear how you can innovate creative formats with new technology, and get an insight into the new wave of interactive TV formats that will be coming to screens around the world.

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You’re hired! How new apprenticeships will deliver new industry talent

Thursday 25th August 10.45-11.30

VENUE: Platform 5

CHAIR: Seetha Kumar, Chief Executive Creative Skillset

SPEAKERS: Peter Salmon, chief creative officer Endemol Shine; Fiona Campbell, Controller, News, Mobile & Online BBC; Mark Browning, Group MD ITN Productions; Kenton Allen, Chief Executive Officer, Big Talk Productions; Georgia Redman, Apprentice of the Year, BBC Bristol; Pria Quinlan, Digital Media Apprentice, C4; Chad Baptiste, Creative Media Apprentice, BT Sport

There’s never been a more important time for the UK’s creative industries to develop a highly skilled workforce and find the next generation of creative leaders. Join us for breakfast to find out how industry employers are working with Creative Skillset to prepare for new Apprenticeships, launching in April 2017 with a statutory paybill levy...

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Let’s be Frank… all your diversity questions answered!

Thursday 25th August 14:20 - 14:55

VENUE: The Tinto, Level 0

PANEL: Tamara Howe, Controller for Business, Comedy and Entertainment, BBC; Joyce Adewuloye-Adams, Diversity Lead for Television, BBC; Faraz Osman, Company Director, Lemonade Money; David Reilly, Broadcast Journalist

CHAIR: Joanna Abeyie, CEO, Shine Media

Following the launch of Diamond and the Diversity Database this session gets to the bottom of your talent challenges. Where are all the best diverse, senior talent and how do we retain them? What needs to be changed in telly to ensure it creates an inclusive working environment? In this candid session, hear from a panel of senior diverse talent who can answer all your difficult questions. Plus there is a very special guest that you won’t want to miss!

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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

Mojitos & Bagpipes Masterclass with Sky Arts

Thursday 25th August 17:30 - 18:00

VENUE: The Atrium, Level 0

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Bloody Marys and Jazz with Sky Arts

Friday 26th August 12:30 - 13:00

VENUE: The Atrium, Level 0

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BT Sport Drinks Reception

Thursday 25th August 16:00 - 16:30

VENUE: BT TV Lounge

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Fear The Walking Dead Drinks

Wednesday 24th August 14:45 - 16:40

VENUE: BT TV Area

Join BT and AMC for Fear the Walking Dead drinks to celebrate the return of the second half of season two that aired earlier this week exclusively on BT TV, simultaneously with the show’s premiere on AMC U.S. Filmed in Mexico, the second half of season two sees the Clark, Manawa, Salazar and Strand families fracture and forge their own paths to survive.

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