Passionate, tireless and foolhardy is how you might best describe the incredible team of volunteers on our Advisory Committee.
Up to 30 individuals from TV and digital content are invited to join the Committee by the Advisory Chair and the Creative Director and they play a key part in creating what is widely regarded as the most important event in the TV calendar. The Festival is billed as ‘by the industry, for the industry’ because it is shaped and produced by these industry professionals alongside their day jobs, ensuring that all of our content is up-to-the-minute, highly relevant and engaging. The Committee meet once a month to discuss ideas and shape sessions, before rolling up their sleeves at Edinburgh to produce the sessions they have championed, with the help of some very willing and able APs. Being on the committee is hard work but it’s also fun, it’s important and it’s an honour. And it gives everyone involved the chance to give something back. The Festival funds our two talent schemes, Ones to Watch and The Network, helping to support the next generation of new and diverse talent in the industry.
BBC TWO Controller, Patrick Holland, has been appointed as the Advisory Chair of Edinburgh TV Festival 2020
Holland will work with the Festival team to spearhead a group of cross-genre industry executives to help curate the programme and lead the Advisory Committee.
Holland’s Festival theme looks at our evolving TV ecology, the increasingly global market, and the role of PSBs and how they can respond, following decades of being at the centre of our culture.