Dan Reed, the award-winning director and producer behind the recent headline-grabbing Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland is joining the Edinburgh TV Festival line-up.

Reed will join a panel including other leading filmmakers, to look at the future of factual, and the renewed appetite for high-quality, feature documentaries with global appeal.

Reed’s two-part documentary, co-produced by Channel 4 and HBO, centred on two men who recount their experiences of their sexual abuse by Michael Jackson.

The bombshell, ratings-busting doc has made headlines around the world, sparked an on-going Twitter storm and seen radio stations worldwide boycott Jackson’s music. It has also divided audiences, fans and celebrities, with the Jackson family denying all the allegations.

Reed is also behind award-winning and critically-acclaimed documentaries including The ValleyTerror in Mumbai and The Paedophile Hunter.

“Leaving Neverland shows how unfolding a complex, character-led, uncompromising and very, very long true story can still draw a mass audience in a landscape of info-mush and fake news.”

Dan Reed