• Reasons to have attended 2017 Festival
  • Reasons to have attended 2017 Festival
  • Reasons to have attended 2017 Festival
  • Reasons to have attended 2017 Festival
  • Reasons to have attended 2017 Festival
  • Reasons to have attended 2017 Festival


Sue Perkins interviews Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones in the Black Mirror Masterclass

1. Inspirational and visionary speakers

The MacTaggart Lecture has formed the centrepiece of the Festival since 1976. It offers a unique and authoritative platform to help shape debate in the global television industry. In the past, it has been delivered by leading authors, playwrights, journalists, media titans and actors, including Dennis Potter, Rupert Murdoch, Ted Turner, Kevin Spacey, Armando Iannucci and founder and CEO of Vice, Shane Smith, and has provoked, inspired and frequently set the news agenda.  In 2017 Jon Snow gave a heartfelt and moving address, watch it here.

Jon Snow delivering the 2017 MacTaggart Lecture


With our Gamechangers strand, delegates heard from some of the most influential business mavericks from the US.  In 2017 we welcomed a host of inspirational talent including Kent Alterman from Comedy Central, Karim Zreik from Marvel Television and Courteney Monroe from Nat Geo.  These sat alongside our Meet the Controllers sessions, where delegates gained exclusive commissioning insight from BBC, ITV, Sky, Channel 4, UKTV and more.  See all the sessions here.

Karim Zreik, Marvel Television


There were a host of inspirational agenda-setting keynotes, and a programme of more than 60 sessions, screenings and masterclasses; including Line of Duty, Fleabag and Black Mirror Masterclasses.

Session chair June Sarpong with Line of Duty writer Jed Mercurio and star Vicky McClure


2. A global event with a community feeling

The Festival has diversified, with a greater mix of sectors and levels represented in the profile of our delegates.  Plus, our speakers and content provide an international perspective on the TV industry and we offer a platform to do business across the global stage.  In 2017 we attracted more than 2000 attendees from 22 countries around the world, and will continue to expand global opportunities in 2018.

Walter Iuzzolino joins a panel to discuss VOD


3. Great new ticket and accommodation packages

We understand that Edinburgh is an expensive place to be in August, so in 2017 we did as much as we could to help cut the costs for delegates. As well as our great Early Bird rate, whether you’re a PACT or BAFTA member, freelancer or a student we had plenty of concessionary rates to help you save even more.  Keep an eye on the website for the 2018 prices.

4. Countless networking opportunities 

The TV Festival’s reputation as the best place to network is second to none, but it’s not all about gossip and pitches in the George late at night. In 2017 we again expanded the structured networking during daylight hours to more than ever before.

speed meetings

Speed meetings

Speed Meetings
Delegates could sit down with top commissioners, senior talent managers, brands, media lawyers and more for short pre-booked meetings. You could introduce yourself or your company; pitch an idea for a new show; further your job prospects or just make a new contact that allowed you to put a face to a name.  And in 2017 we welcomed a host of top US and China commissioners to the speed meetings so there were more global networking opportunities than ever before.

If you want to express interest in hosting a meeting table in 2018– or booking in to see those that have, contact adam.webb@thetvfestival.com