In a move to further integrate the Festival and its charity arm, the TV Foundation, Campbell Glennie, formerly the Director of Education and Talent Development, moves up to head the organisation in the newly created role of Managing Director of the Festival and the TV Foundation.

Having worked for the organisation for the last six years, Glennie has been responsible for the growing success of the TV Foundation’s talent schemes; The Network and Ones to Watch, as well as introducing new initiatives – including TV PhD and partnering with the Living Wage Foundation – to grow the charity’s outreach to an ever more diverse pool of up-and-coming and untapped talent, enabling them opportunity within the TV industry.

Glennie’s role will bring together both sides of the ETF, overseeing both the Festival itself and the work of the TV Foundation, in a restructuring of the organisation which also sees the creation of a new role: Creative Director.

Stewart Clarke, former international correspondent at Variety, has been appointed to this newly formed position with a remit to drive the vision of the Festival and build on its renowned heritage of editorial independence and industry defining moments. Clarke completes the new senior management team for 2020, alongside Sophie Howard as Partnerships & Marketing Director and Sarah Vignoles as Talent Schemes Director.

Clarke joins from Variety where he has been international correspondent since 2017 and previously editorial director of TBI Magazine.

Glennie said: “Witnessing first-hand the transformative power of the Festival and our life-changing schemes over the past six years, it’s a genuine privilege to lead the organisation into the future. I am excited to have a journalist of Stewart’s calibre at the helm of building an unforgettable Festival programme with this year’s advisory chair, Patrick Holland, and infusing what we do year-round with fresh ideas and international expertise.”

Clarke added: “The TV world in 2020 is changing, there are unprecedented challenges and opportunities for producers, broadcasters and platforms. Against that backdrop, great British creativity is setting the global agenda. The Edinburgh TV Festival is a place to come together and celebrate that, as well as asking some searching questions, meeting people and, of course, having some fun. I’m thrilled to be joining Campbell and the team and can’t wait to get to it; building on the great work that’s already been done at the Festival.”

“Campbell Glennie is the perfect choice to oversee the entire Edinburgh operation of both Festival and TV Foundation. Under his skilled guidance Edinburgh will continue to expand as the definitive home for innovation, creativity, debate and reflection on our ever-evolving industry. Alongside him, Stewart Clarke will bring a vastly experienced and truly global perspective to the Festival in his newly created role. Stewart’s unique vision will undoubtedly make Edinburgh even more unmissable in 2020.”

Edinburgh TV Festival Executive Chair, Graham Stuart

BBC TWO Controller, Patrick Holland, is this year’s Advisory Chair and has already set out the Festival’s themes for 2020 including the evolving TV ecology, the increasingly global market, and the role and response of PSBs within this challenging landscape.

The Festival will run from Wednesday 26 to Friday 28 August 2020, and passes will go on sale from Monday 3 February.