Following on from last’s week’s session announcements, the Festival is excited to reveal further speakers who are confirmed for the event in August and sessions that will look to dissect the TV industry and debate the many challenges facing producers in the current climate. 


Actor, Emilia Clarke will team up with Paul Feig who last year directed her in the movie LAST CHRISTMAS, for a peer-to-peer session that will take in their work and careers.  Clarke shot to worldwide fame as Daenerys Targaryen in HBO’s smash-hit drama, GAME OF THRONES, and has fast become one of the world’s most recognised and in-demand actors. 

Paul Feig is a writer, producer and director behind some of Hollywood’s biggest female-driven box office hits of recent years including the Oscar nominated BRIDESMAIDS,SPY, A SIMPLE FAVORand the female-led GHOSTBUSTERS as well as major TV hits such asthe seminal Emmy Award winning series’ FREAKS AND GEEKS,THE OFFICE, ZOEY’S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST, the recently launched LOVE LIFE, EAST OF LA BREAandmany others. 



Europe’s top public broadcasters give their take on the challenges and opportunities ahead. As with the BBC in the UK, other European public broadcasters are having to adapt to retain audiences as viewing behaviour evolves, fend off competition as deep-pocketed US streamers build share, and make funding go further. However, public service media remains part of the fabric of TV in many countries and the bosses of several of Europe’s largest players give their view on how a forward-looking public broadcaster can stay relevant and serve its viewers, young and old. Joining Noel Curran, Chair of the European Broadcasting Union, the panel includes Delphine Ernotte, chief executive, France TélévisionsThor Gjermund Eriksen, director general, NRK and Ulrich Wilhelm, chairman, ARD. 



The team behind Sky original GANGS OF LONDON, Sky’s biggest drama launch since CHERNOBYL, reunite to dissect the appeal of the critically acclaimed family crime epic. The show’s stars, Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù and Pippa Bennett-Warner join award-winning creator and director Gareth Evans, writer Lauren Sequiera and Pulse Films executive producer, Thomas Benski, to discuss the challenges and opportunities for storytelling on TV versus film, choreography of the fight scenes, and how they delivered the style of big budget, US sensibilities to the UK’s small screen.