Edinburgh TV Festival 2020

Edinburgh TV Festival 2020

Edinburgh TV Festival 2020
  • Original Thinking: Susanne Daniels Talks YouTube Orginal Strategy, Programming & Women In Leadership

    Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content for YouTube, will be in conversation with Edith Bowman giving viewers an exclusive and insider look at the content and programmatic evolution of YouTube Originals, what makes YouTube shows unique from other streamers, and why diversity and female l...

  • Who Would Be An Indie Boss?

    British indies make some of the most celebrated and influential TV programmes in the world. Last year’s PACT survey revealed that indie revenues were at an all time high with more than three billion pounds of turnover between them. But margins are becoming tighter and Covid is only heightening th...

  • Meet the Controllers: UKTV

    Having just won their first BAFTA, UKTV’s editorial leaders come together to discuss how the BBC Studios-owned broadcaster is continuing to adapt and move forward. On the digital stage will be director of commissioning, Richard Watsham and his deputy, Hilary Rosen, along with genre general manage...

  • TVPhD: Live Pitch

    Delegates from the TV PhD scheme have been given a masterclass in development from Nutopia. In this session, they’ll use what they’ve learnt to pitch ideas based on their research to a panel of commissioners.TV PhD is a scheme run by the TV Foundation in partnership with the Arts and Humanities R...

  • Breaking America: TLC

    Howard Lee has been an integral part of TLC, now ranked no.1 in primetime for women across all ad-supported cable. Having presided over hits such as 90 Day Fiancé and Say Yes to the Dress, Lee will talk about what’s catching his eye for his slate going forward, working with his Discovery colleagu...

  • The TV Environment: Jeremy Darroch in Conversation with Wendy Darke

    A global pandemic has pushed environmental matters from the top of the news agenda, but the planet is still facing existential threats as sea levels rise and temperatures increase. In the face of this, how can – and should – businesses react? Sky’s Group Chief Executive, Jeremy Darroch, will expl...

  • Terms & Conditions Apply: The Story of Drill and Urban Music Docs on YouTube

    Terms & Conditions is a feature documentary
    that goes beyond the headlines and nihilistic
    lyrics associated with UK Drill to tell the
    true stories of young Londoners who have
    made this form of music as both their form of
    expression, and a way out. This session will
    look at the process...

  • Masterclass: Sitting in Limbo

    BBC One’s acclaimed Windrush drama Sitting in Limbo, will be the subject of a session exploring how Stephen S. Thompson, a new-to-TV writer, took his brother Anthony’s lived experience of the ongoing Windrush controversy to the TV screen. Stephen will be joined by director, Stella Corradi and lea...

  • Reporting Racism: TV Journalism and Black Lives Matter

    The death of George Floyd in late May and the global reckoning with racism it provoked
    was one of the most seismic events of the last decade. For TV journalists, the Black
    Lives Matter movement posed a number of challenging questions. Can news organisations
    truly reflect the experiences of ...

  • Edinburgh Does... Question Time

    2020 is undoubtedly a year of reckoning for the TV industry, Edinburgh does… Question Time is bringing together some of the most powerful gatekeepers and policy makers of the industry and putting the spotlight on them to address some of the most pertinent questions indies, freelancers and industr...

  • Pandemic Politics: Kay Burley & Cathy Newman in Conversation

    As the coronavirus plunged the UK into taking never-before-seen measures to try and save lives, British viewers in their millions turned to television news to understand what was really going on. How dangerous was the pandemic? Could they trust what the government was saying? And were we making t...

  • Masterclass: Normal People

    We’ll be taking a closer look at the BBC Three show that became a hit under lockdown, Normal People. The session features stars Daisy Edgar-Jones and Paul Mescal in conversation with their Oscar nominated director Lenny Abrahamson, exec producer Ed Guiney from Element Pictures and director of BBC...

  • Netflix Off-Script

    US-based director of unscripted originals for Netflix, Nathaniel Grouille, and director of unscripted originals and acquisitions Sean Hancock will be joined by Talkback’s Laura Gibson and Viki Kolar, the creator and exec producer of Too Hot to Handle respectively, to talk about taking a UK-origin...

  • Meet the Controller: Channel 4

    It’s been a seismic year for the world, and closer to home for Channel 4. As the broadcaster set
    up shop in a concerted way outside of London and made a fuller commitment to the nations
    and regions, it also had to contend with the impact of advertiser revenues falling as a crisis
    took grip....

  • Meet the Controller: Amazon Studios

    Amazon Studios dived deeper into locally-originated programming in 2020, with new shows from the UK and all over Europe. As director of European Originals, Georgia Brown, oversees this ongoing effort, heading up a team that ommissions scripted and unscripted Amazon Original series across the cont...

  • Does TV Need A Black Controller?

    George Floyd’s killing sparked global protests
    that kickstarted a fresh debate around diversity
    in TV. One brought even further into focus by
    the recent use of the N-word on our screens.
    But we’ve been here before and nothing seems
    to change – so is it time to take a more radical

  • Meet the Controller: Sky

    Sky has moved its Arts channel free-to-air this
    year and launched several factual channels.
    Sky One and Sky Atlantic, meanwhile, have
    enjoyed some big hits, notably in drama with
    both homegrown and US fare. Managing
    Director of Content, Sky UK and Ireland, Zai
    Bennet discusses where t...

  • Meet the Controller: BBC Three

    BBC Three has had a banner year, with Normal
    People and other shows striking a chord
    with its core audience and well beyond. The
    success of Three and its ability to reach the
    younger demographics that the BBC must
    secure is such that there is talk of it becoming
    a full linear channel ...

  • Meet the Controller: BBC One

    Charlotte Moore, BBC director of content,
    will talk about how BBC One has reacted to
    a tumultuous year and discuss the direction
    of the channel at a moment of widespread
    industry and social change.
    BBC One has captured huge audiences as the
    nation clamoured for information as a global ...

  • Meet the Controller: Channel 5

    Ben Frow is one of the most recognisable,
    passionate, and unflinchingly honest TV
    bosses working in our industry. Over the past
    few years, he has transformed Channel 5’s
    reputation – and taken it to places few people
    would have thought possible.
    But with a hat-trick of Channel of the Y...

  • Kids Producer.mp4

    As mainstream producers are increasingly making the shift into creating quality television for children and young people, we ask how are these audiences evolving and what funding is available to make these ideas a reality. The BFI’s Head of Young Audiences Content Fund Jackie Edwards, with stella...

  • The Alternative MacTaggart: Jameela Jamil

    The British star of award-winning comedy The Good Place and founder of I Weigh, is also well
    known as a powerful voice on feminism, body positivity and inclusivity, and will deliver the
    Alternative MacTaggart Lecture, sharing her experiences of working in television in UK and
    US, dealing wi...

  • Meet the Controller: ITV

    ITV moved fast in 2020 to adapt its schedule in the light of extraordinary and fast-changing
    global events. With holes to fill and production challenges, the channel went to extraordinary
    lengths to keep major franchises and talent on air and its big, broad audience entertained.
    Kevin Lygo, ...

  • Breaking America: HBO Max

    Jennifer Kim, Senior Vice President, International Originals for HBO Max, will talk about where UK and international programming fits into the picture for the newly-minted streamer. Responsible for leading International content development for the SVOD service and finding co-production opportunit...