Festival Overview

The Edinburgh TV Festival is one of the most prestigious media events in the UK. We bring together all parts of the television and digital world to celebrate the creativity, diversity and inspirational talent in our field, and to debate the major issues facing us as an industry. The Festival draws over 2200 delegates from the major networks and production companies internationally.

22-25 AUGUST 2023

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2200 delegates from
over 24 countries

In 2020 the Festival went digital due to restrictions and hosted one of the biggest TV events with 3,500+ delegates. The four days consisted of ten-hour live streams filled with exclusive sessions and content including the all-important controller sessions, debates, international keynotes and comedy specials.

In 2019, the Festival had it’s highest attendance to date with over 2,200 delegates representing the full spectrum of the industry – from chief executives, controllers and commissioners to producers, directors, marketers, writers, new media companies, distributors and press.

We have an extensive international attendance from over 24 countries, particularly from Scandinavia, France, Germany, USA, United Arab Emirates, China and Australia.

70+ sessions over three days

Over 70 sessions take place during the Festival week, ranging from keynote addresses, revealing masterclasses, topical panel debates and exclusive screenings.

The 2020 digital Festival featured: an impactful MacTaggart Lecture delivered by historian David Olusoga; Festival specials of Grayson’s Art Club and Big Zuu’s Big Eats and the launch of Coalition for Change a campaign which brings together the industry’s biggest organisations who have pledged to ensure improvement for freelancer working conditions.

2019 included interviews with industry heavyweights, Paul Feig, and Louis Theroux, masterclasses with the creators & stars of, Killing Eve, and Top Boy and the prestigious MacTaggart Lecture delivered by Dorothy Byrne


In 2019 the Festival hosted over 400 highly-targeted speed meetings, with most making new connections or winning new commissions.

In addition to this, networking opportunities in Edinburgh are aplenty, from parties, drink receptions and VIP dinners. In 2020 we’ll be expanding our speed meetings and creating an online space full of facts, stats and clips that will make meetings easier to research, as well as more targeted.


We do not make a profit. Instead your Festival Pass cash is invested into our TV Foundation. Alongside our much-coveted existing schemes, The Network and Ones to Watch which have helped over 4000 individuals, the Foundation also supports our new scheme TV PhD, our annual New Voice Awards, our partnerships with industry initiatives and year-round events on topics from bullying to mental health.

The Network gives brand new entrants a vital first step into the TV and digital industries, while Ones to Watch gives those at the early stages of their career a vital step up. Assessed, trained and mentored by a team of industry experts, we make sure the best and widest talent base is at your fingertips.

Networking and Speed Meetings

The networking opportunities in Edinburgh are second-to-none, and our popular Speed Meetings are available for our digital event. All 2021 delegates will be eligible to apply for one of the 10 minute video call session slots. Speed meeting hosts from broadcasters, producers and distributors across the UK and internationally will be announced via weekly newsletters, and their profiles will be available to view on our website. Get exclusive access to top UK and international commissioners, distributors, media lawyers and global brands attending the Festival.

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