MEET THE US & CHINESE COMMISSIONERS

For the first time at The Edinburgh International TV Festival, a special delegation of major US and Chinese Commissioners, will be giving insights into their commissioning process and needs. This is a chance to meet the US and Chinese Commissioners you’ll rarely meet anywhere else and be privy to exclusive industry insights.

The event will feature a clear briefing from each of the channels where they will be laying out their immediate needs and give insights into how their commissioning process works. They will discuss current trends in their genres; how best to understand the global market and the challenges of launching new formats followed by a brief Q+A.

This is an opportunity to hear about new business opportunities from the decision-makers in these territories and following the briefing there will be exclusive pre-booked one-to-one meetings with a select group of prominent and well-established TV producers. 

The UK and China signed a co-production treaty in December last year, facilitating more business opportunities between the two countries. Upon signing the Treaty, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Karen Bradley said:

“The UK and China have entered a golden era of collaboration and it’s fantastic to see a flourishing relationship between two countries that have both made the creative industries one of their priorities. In fact, the creative industries are a key part of the UK Government’s industrial strategy and form part of China’s thirteenth 5 Year Plan.”


HOW TO DO BUSINESS IN CHINA: chaired by Jean Dong, Chief Executive Officer, Zespa Media Group

Wednesday 23rd 15.00-15.45 in the Tinto

How to do Business in China is a new session that gives delegates the chance to meet the top decision-makers from Chinese broadcasters, to hear about new business opportunities and take part in exclusive match-made pitch meetings with the commissioners.

The session will feature a clear briefing from each of the channels where they will be laying out their immediate needs and give insights into how their commissioning process works. They will discuss current trends in their genres; how best to understand the global market and the challenges of launching new formats followed by a brief Q+A.

The speakers have also committed to taking part in the Festival Speed Meetings, in which a select group of prominent and well-established TV producers will participate in short pre-booked meetings with the commissioners to discuss their projects.

The following are available for Speed Meetings

Meetings Available Thursday 11-1 pm in the Level 1 Lounge.  Please email sabrina.scollan@theTVfestival.com to book a place.


The US panel will be holding briefings throughout the day on Thursday with their sessions divided into three slots: 

MEET THE US ENTERTAINMENT CHANNELS: chaired by Peter Salmon
Thursday 24th 10.35-11.20 in the Tinto

The Meet the US Entertainment Channels is a new session that gives delegates the chance to meet the top decision-makers from US broadcasters within the entertainment genre, to hear about new business opportunities and take part in exclusive match-made pitch meetings with the commissioners.

The session will feature a clear briefing from each of the channels where they will be laying out their immediate needs and give insights into how their commissioning process works. They will discuss current trends in their genres; how best to understand the global market and the challenges of launching new formats followed by a brief Q+A.

The speakers have also committed to taking part in the Festival Speed Meetings, in which a select group of prominent and well-established TV producers will participate in short pre-booked meetings with the commissioners to discuss their projects.

  • Sarah BarnettPresident and General Manager, BBC America
  • Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, A&E network
  • Dan Cohen, President, Worldwide Television Licensing, Paramount Pictures Corporation

MEET THE US FEMALE CHANNELS: chaired by Henry Chu
Thursday 24th 12.05-12.50 in the Tinto

The Meet the US Female Channels is a new session that gives delegates the chance to meet the top decision-makers from US broadcasters within the female-skewing genre, to hear about new business opportunities and take part in exclusive match-made pitch meetings with the commissioners.

The session will feature a clear briefing from each of the channels where they will be laying out their immediate needs and give insights into how their commissioning process works. They will discuss current trends in their genres; how best to understand the global market and the challenges of launching new formats followed by a brief Q+A.

The speakers have also committed to taking part in the Festival Speed Meetings, in which a select group of prominent and well-established TV producers will participate in short pre-booked meetings with the commissioners to discuss their projects.

  • Sara Kozak, SVP, Head of Production, Investigation Discovery & America Heroes Channel
  • Laura Fleury, SVP/Head of Programming, International, A+E Network

MEET THE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSIONERS
Thursday 24th 15:50-16:35 in the Tinto

Meet the International Commissioners is a new session that gives delegates the chance to meet the top decision-makers from US broadcasters to hear about new business opportunities and take part in exclusive match-made pitch meetings with the commissioners.

The session will feature a clear briefing from each of the channels where they will be laying out their immediate needs and give insights into how their commissioning process works. They will discuss current trends in their genres; how best to understand the global market and the challenges of launching new formats followed by a brief Q+A.

The speakers have also committed to taking part in the Festival Speed Meetings, in which a select group of prominent and well-established TV producers will participate in short pre-booked meetings with the commissioners to discuss their projects.

  • Andrew O’Connell, Vice President, Development & Production, Discovery (not available for Speed Meetings)
  • Chris Loveall, Vice President, International Programming, AMC and Sundance TV