Elaine Bedell

former director of entertainment and comedy, ITV

Elaine Bedell has been Director of Entertainment and Comedy at ITV, as well as Controller of Entertainment at the BBC, and so in both roles has commissioned and overseen most of the UK’s most popular entertainment and comedy titles. She became a BBC producer at the age of 23, producing talk shows and documentaries for Radio 4, and eventually, a wide range of entertainment shows for television. She set up her own production company, Watchmaker, to produce comedy, drama and entertainment shows for all channels, which she sold seven years later to the Chrysalis Group, becoming Managing Director for the newly formed Chrysalis Entertainment.  She left Chrysalis to set up the commercial arm of the Royal Shakespeare Company, before returning to television as the BBC’s Independent Executive to oversee the relationship between the BBC and independent production companies.  Elaine has won a Bafta and a British Comedy award, and was for four years Executive Chair of the Edinburgh International TV Festival.  She was appointed last year by the Prime Minister as a Trustee for the V&A museum.