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Succession Creator Jesse Armstrong In Conversation With Marina Hyde

Jesse Armstrong

Ahead of the highly anticipated, final-ever episode of HBO’s Global smash hit Succession, the show’s creator, Academy Award-nominated and BAFTA-winning TV and film writer Jesse Armstrong, will be In Conversation with award-winning writer and journalist Marina Hyde in an exclusive session at this year’s Festival in August.

With the multiple EMMY Award-winning Succession having taken the world by storm, unleashing the infamous Logan Roy and his equally notorious children and nefarious employees on the TV viewing public to huge popular and critical acclaim, the show’s esteemed creator and showrunner, Armstrong, has been ‘controlling the narrative’ across a career spanning over two decades.

Having cut his comedy chops writing on legendary kids shows My Parents Are Aliens, The Queen’s Nose and Tracy Beaker and comedy sketch shows Revolver and Smack the Pony, in 2003 Armstrong co-created BAFTA-winning comedy Peep Show, co-writing and co-executive producing nine seasons for Channel 4, launching the careers of David Mitchell and Robert Webb and making Armstrong one of the hottest writers in the UK in the process. Since then, Armstrong has been behind multiple award-winning TV shows and films, including BAFTA-winning The Thick of It and the Academy Award nominated script for the subsequent film In The Loop; BAFTA winning comedy Four Lions and British Comedy Award-winning comedy drama Fresh Meat.

Armstrong will be discussing his career highlights, the secrets of Succession and what will come next, with the Guardian’s celebrated columnist Marina Hyde.

Jesse has created some of the great defining moments and characters in TV drama over the years. It’ll be a special Festival moment to have him join us in Edinburgh.”

– Festival Creative Director, Stewart Clarke

This session follows on from last month’s first speaker announcements of award-winning writer Sally Wainwright and Universal Studios’ Group Chair Pearlena Igbokwe’s sessions, this year’s Festival programme is already set to be one of the most impressive yet. Festival favourite strands Masterclasses and Spotlight On…sessions with the key decision makers of all main UK broadcasters and international streamers will return and the flagship, agenda-setting keynote, The MacTaggart Lecture, will once again take place on the Wednesday evening.

The Festival will once again take place at the EICC for an extended programme with dates confirmed as 22-25 August.