21 - 23 August 2014
Dan Jones, Creative Director, Digital, Maverick
Dom Smales, MD, Gleam Futures
Kirsty Milner, Head of Talent, Somethin' Else
YouTube continues to be the leading online content platform. Thousands of channels are making six figures annually on YouTube, while it continues to connect new talent with their audiences across the globe. Reaching over a billion viewers every month it is a straight line approach for brands to advertise direct to fans via talent. If you have yet to discover the value of YouTube or want to know how to monetise your current content, then this masterclass will give you insight and practical information to do just that.
Just as BBC Two turned 50, the controller chair spun around to unveil Kim Shillinglaw as the channel’s 13th rule-maker. What does the straight-talking controller have planned for the channel Janice Hadlow describes as “intelligent pleasure” and Mark Lawson, less generously, as one suffering an “identity crisis”?
The channel is in good health with an increase in peaktime share year-on-year. But its an on-going tightrope to balance the highbrow with relevance; the removal of the daytime schedule still hurts and there’s no escaping the schedule’s Bake-Off sized-hole. Danny Cohen talks through Kim’s plans to steer the channel through its 50th year and beyond.
Peter Nadermann, Producer and Managing Director , Nadcon (The Killing, The Bridge)
Marianne Gray , Producer , Yellow Bird (Wallander)
Simon Maxwell, Head of International Drama, Channel 4
From the Bridge and Borgen to The Returned and The Killing, Europe has produced an impressive crop of gripping TV drama series in recent years - series which have met with enthusiasm around the globe.
But in the absence of network broadcasters of the scale and agility of HBO, what is the emerging model for international TV drama production in Europe? How does it differ from the showrunner-based US model and how does the UK fit into the picture?
The UK has recently introduced tax breaks for TV and what’s more, the EU now offers grants of up to €1 million for TV drama for European co-pros under Creative Europe. Could public funding be the answer and most importantly, how do you get your hands on it?
Leon Wilson, Managing Director , Talkback
Meriel Beale, Executive Producer, Talkback
Audrey Barnett, Executive Assistant, Syco Entertainment
This year, the opening session of the festival will be a one off LIVE special of ITV’s smash hit, Through The Keyhole.
Hosted by Keith Lemon, the show returned to ITV in 2013 to ratings success and is nominated at next month's Rose d'Or Awards.
For this one off, Keith will be delving into the homes of some of British TV’s biggest controllers as a celebrity panel try and work out "who habitates in a house like this?"
Justin Gorman, Head of Entertainment, Channel 4
Pam Cavannagh, Commissioning Editor, Daytime & Early Peak
Stephen Lovelock, Freelance Series Producer, Remarkable
Everybody would like a hit quiz format that can sell all over the world. Come and join some of the best in the business as they candidly reveal the 'trade secrets' of creating a global success.
Get a master class in the alchemy of creating the perfect quiz and an insight into some of the pitfalls to avoid.
Covering everything from how to crack that initial idea, the best way to put on a run through and the perfect way to pitch it. This session will have all the answers to your global format questions.
The Meet the Commissioners networking lunch is an all-inclusive event at GEITF, and will be held between 1pm-2pm on Thursday 21 August, at the Platform 5 Café.
The Meet the Commissioners Networking Lunch will bring together commissioners & producers straight after the Through the Keyhole Edinburgh Special to network and enjoy complimentary drinks and lunch, courtesy of Creative Scotland.
Rob Delaney (comedian and bestselling author) and Sharon Horgan (award-winning actress and star/cowriterof Pulling) have written and star in a new series for Channel 4 called Catastophe. It’s a 6 x 30, single camera comedy following an Irish woman (Sharon Horgan) and an American man (Rob Delaney) who make a bloody mess as they struggle to fall in love in London.
Phil Clarke, Head of comedy at Channel 4, said:“Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney are two unique, andsupremely talented comic writers and performers,and they have come together to make a notablyoutstanding pilot. The result is an original and joyous transatlantic romantic comedy, and I’m delighted thatwe are now going to series.”Jon Thoday, Joint Managing Director of Avalon Television, said: “We are delighted to be producinganother exciting new narrative project with Channel 4and working with two brilliant original comic talents.” An Avalon Television production, Catastrophewas commissioned by Phil Clarke, Head of Comedy at Channel 4. The series is directed by Ben Taylor (Cardinal Burns and Cuckoo) and produced by Adam Tandy (The Thick of It, and A Touch of Cloth), while the Executive Producers are Richard Allen-Turner, Kara Baker and Jon Thoday. Screening on Channel 4.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Horgan and Delaney.
David Glover, Commissioning Editor of Gogglebox , Channel 4
Stephanie Parker, Star of Gogglebox
Dominic Parker, Star of Gogglebox
Chantal Boyle, Series Producer of Gogglebox
Tom O'Brien, Head of Development, Electric Ray
The creators of Gogglebox along with stars of the show Steph and Dom Parker invite delegates to see the workings behind the sofas. As well as discussing the duo’s favourite tipple, they’ll take a look at how the idea developed, the secrets behind the show’s casting and how it’s become a global sensation – as well as revealing what’s next.
In what will be one of our most unmissable sessions, Stuart Murphy, Sky's Director of Entertainment, will interview HBO's President of Programming Mike Lombardo about how HBO continues to attract stellar on and off screen talent, the creative process, the importance of marketing, working with international partners, as well as Mike’s aspirations for the future.
HBO has long been at the heart of the TV revolution, redefining what we can expect to see on the small screen with ground-breaking series including not just Game of Thrones but the recent True Detective as well as classics such as The Sopranos, The Wire and Sex and The City...
By any standards it’s been an amazing year for Channel4 – 27 Bafta nominations; eight Bafta wins plus nine RTS awards. From drama to news, C4 is the industry’s darling but are the viewers enjoying the shows as much as the judges? From the runaway success of Gogglebox to the headlines of Benefit Street, what does Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt have to say about the channel and its impact? And is Channel 4 a better broadcaster for indies to work with, this award-winning year? Ask her yourself - put your questions to Jay Hunt through the festival app.
Amy Hartwick, Senior Vice President, Creative Development, ABC Studios
Sharon Horgan, Actress, Comedian and Writer
Rob Delaney, Writer & Comedian
Alex Cook, Senior Manager, Talent Development, BAFTA
Kam Kandola Flynn, Television Events Programmer , BAFTA
Julia Carruthers, Learning & Events Officer, BAFTA
Bradley Down, Awards Officer, BAFTA
Ri Chakraborty , Creative Director and Executive Producer
Discover the best of future British comedy at this showcase. In March, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Rocliffe and GEITF launched a nationwide search for the comedy writing stars of tomorrow, for a second year running. A team of British comedy greats assembled to select the best two scripts from over 400 entries. The jury included Andrew Newman, Jim Field Smith, Caroline Norris and Kevin Cecil. At Edinburgh, the two best scripts will be performed by professional actors and presented by the writers to an expert panel. Previous BRNWF writers have gone on to securing representation and commissions by UK and US broadcasters and indies, making this a session not to be missed.
Dan Biddle , Head of Broadcast Partnerships, Twitter UK
Kat Hebden, Head of Digital, FremantleMedia UK
This practical session unpacks the secrets of what makes a strong digital production. How can traditional TV creatives migrate their skills and what do producers need to know to launch a successful channel?
Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC1
Ralph Lee, Deputy Chief Creative Officer, Channel 4
Peter Fincham, Director of Television, ITV
Eddie Botsio, journalist and broadcaster
Syeda Irtizaali , Commissioning Editor, Entertainment, Channel 4
Hilary Rosen, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment, UKTV
In this interactive session, as well as discussing the social and cultural issues of diversity, we’ll be asking, what’s the business case for diversity? Can we learn anything from the US, where increasing diversity among cast members has boosted audiences and revenues?
ABC’s executive vice president, casting, Keli Lee takes us through her long-running and successful initiative of casting actors from diverse backgrounds in mainstream programming such as CSI, Grey’s Anatomy and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Keli will be joined by broadcasters including BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore, ITV director of television Peter Fincham and Channel 4 deputy chief creative officer, Ralph Lee.
"I've played mainly slappers and chavs" Sheridan Smith once told an interviewer, citing her turns in shows including Two Pints…and Gavin & Stacey. Now, however, Smith is famed for her incredible dramatic range and has a BAFTA to show for it.
In her next project , Cilla, she unites for the third time with writer Jeff Pope. In this session, Smith and Pope discuss their unique collaboration and reveal some of the secrets behind their success.
Jeff has dominated the factual drama genre for twenty years. Among his award-winning dramas are Philomena, Appropriate Adult and See No Evil: The Moors Murders.
Heather Jones, Vice President of Programming, A+E Networks UK
Steve Regan, Senior Editorial Director, Commissioning & Production, MTV UK
Lourdes Diaz, Vice President, Development and Production, Comedy Central International
John O'Rourke, Assistant Producer, BBC Scotland
There's been breakout hits or breakout channel launches for all four multi channel controllers in the last year which has seen them punching above their weight domestically whilst juggling multi regioned international slates. How do they build on this UK success while continuing to appeal to their world markets and what does that mean for indies pitching in to them? Hamish Mykura, Executive Vice President and Head of International Content, National Geographic Channels International; Heather Jones, Vice President of Programming, A+E Networks UK; Steve Regan, Senior Editorial Director, Commissioning and Production, MTV UK and Lourdes Diaz, Vice President, Development and Production, Comedy Central International, join us to find out.
Steve Gladdis, Managing Partner and Joint Head of Planning, Mediacom
Steve Morrison, Chairman, ALL3Media
Eileen Naughton, Managing Director UK Advertising Sales, Google
Advertisers spent £3.5bn on television in 2012 – funding the production of thousands of hours of TV. Producers and broadcasters rely on their spend, but competition for their money has never been greater. The industry’s going through a seismic shift. Media agencies like Group M Entertainment are inventing new funding models that are forcing the industry to innovate, so will pay for TV in the future?
Richard Lewis , Head of Entertainment UK, YouTube
Technology and the internet has transformed TV over the past 15 years. But contrary to the doom-laden warnings about the threat posed by the internet to TV, the industry seems even stronger, with overall consumption figures on the up, new platforms and new commissioners emerging and an ever growing consumer demand for content.
Is it safe for TV to declare the internet is not going to destroy the industry? Has TV has avoided the fate of newspapers and publishing where the web has had a huge impact in reducing audiences for print, and digital revenues haven’t yet made up the difference? Or is this the calm before the storm, with a fresh wave of technological change on the horizon that could yet see our industry challenged in the same way as other forms such as music and newspapers?
A screening of the feature-length premiere episode of the new series of Doctor Who entitled "Deep Breath". Written by Steven Moffat and produced by Nikki Wilson, this will see Peter Capaldi launch as the 12th Doctor, one of TV's most iconic roles alongside Jenna Coleman as his companion Clara. Director: Ben Wheatley.
Get invaluable insight into THE show of 2014 – Game of Thrones. Mike Lombardo, HBO’s President of Programming leads a panel that will discuss how HBO has created a show that is without doubt, a global phenomenon. What are the secrets to its huge success? The panel will look at casting, the creative process and how HBO successfully creates show superfans. Plus special mystery guests.
Matt Pritchard, Group Director of Development, Twofour
George Levendis, Syco
Eileen Naughton, Managing Director UK Advertising sales, Google
Creating a hit format has long been the holy grail of TV production. But is it a game of chance or do the formats that really travel actually share a common DNA?
Is the recipe for success the same for global hits online & can we expect to see more as digital creativity continues to bypass commissioners & transcend borders? Chaired by Tim Hincks, this session will bring together some of the world's most respected producers across drama, entertainment and fact ent, including Keshet’s Avi Nir and Syco’s George Levendis to share their inside knowledge on the anatomy of a global hit. Meanwhile Google MD Eileen Naughton discusses YouTube's global content ambitions.
Paul Mortimer, Controller of Digital Channels, ITV
In a year that ITV announced two new channels - ITV Encore, and ITV Be. - Sian Williams asks Peter Fincham and Paul Mortimer what it means for ITV's channel family.
On ITV2 - with the Job Lot on the move and Plebs returning, comedy is on the rise - but what about celeb formats and switch over shows? Sian quizzes Fincham and Mortimer on programme priorities for ITV2 and the anticipated ITVBe, and asks what opportunities exist across other channels, including ITV4 and CITV.
Nick Catliff, Managing Director, Lion TV
Jo Clinton-Davis, Controller of Factual, ITV
Observational ‘fly-on-the-wall’ documentaries in institutions like BA, Claridges or Iceland regularly command more than 3 million viewers, consequently broadcasters want more – Virgin, Asprey, the Marines, the House of Commons…
And yet production companies increasingly feel handcuffed by the companies they spend huge amounts of time and money filming. Access agreement negotiations roll on well into filming; press officers ‘manage’ shoots; viewings of a ‘final cut’ can turn into ‘polite blackmailing’. It’s an uncomfortable truth many avoid in fear of losing a commission, upsetting a company or getting a contributor fired …
You might have got the access but who's really got the control?
Sarah Thornton, VP of Production, Discovery Networks International
Ben McOwen Wilson, EMEA Director of Content Partnerships, YouTube
Mark Browning, CEO, ITN Productions
Sharon Stotts, Director, E&Y
Louise Hammersley, Media Law Barrister
In direct response to We Still Need to Talk About Commissioning, How To Be A Better Indie is based on a major new survey, conducted by independent research company SPA Future Thinking, asking freelancers and commissioners what indies do well and, as importantly, what they need to improve on. Who will top the chart as the best indie to work for in the UK, and who will win the commissioner poll of best suppliers.
Geoff Hill, Editor, ITV News
Dorothy Byrne, Head of News & Current Affairs, Channel 4
John McAndrew, Executive Editor, Sky News
Kevin Sutcliffe, Head of News Programming EU, VICE
Jason Mills, Head of Digital, ITV News
As an increasing number of younger viewers turn to the web for their news it's the question being asked in every TV newsroom across the country. Despite steady numbers, the cosy monopoly of traditional news broadcasters is facing a threat like never before. VICE, HuffPost Live, BuzzFeed and NowThisNews are muscling in on TV's territory.
We ask a panel of editors and executives from the leading broadcasters and online outlets if the big beasts can adapt, does the traditional TV package need to evolve, and in a world of online and on demand content - who needs a news channel?
Claire Hill, Directing Assistant Producer, BBC Wales
A year into his new job, life is good for Sky 1 Controller, Adam Macdonald. Share is up, peak viewing has grown and there's been critical and awards success. But with emphasis on ideas "with heart" that appeal to "family", features programming at 8pm and traditional factual commissioned alongside its distinctive comedies and dramas, is Sky 1 in danger of losing its sense of self in favour of too broad an appeal? How does the channel cut through, how does it measure success if not by ratings and in the end, what exactly is Sky 1 about?
Katy Thorogood, Commissioning Editor, Factual, ITV
Emma Westcott, Commissioning Editor, News, Current Affairs & Documentaries, Channel 5
Gill Wilson, Head of Features, Channel 4
Celia Taylor, Head of Factual, Sky
Rich Evans, Commissioning Editor, Factual Entertainment, Channel 4
Colleen Flynn, Head of Development, Keo FIlms
HOW TO LOOK GOOD NAKED. WHAT NOT TO WEAR. HOUSE DOCTOR. HOW CLEAN IS YOUR HOUSE. We used to know exactly what the elements of a successful features show were - a snappy title, a larger than life presenter, a neat format twist and a female audience. But tastes changed and features commissioners are now having to work much harder to attract and retain an 8pm audience. So how are they doing this and what does it mean for the future of features? Five creative leaders in the genre discuss what they're doing to stay on top.
Vivienne Molokwu, Senior Producer
The Ones To Watch delegates have been handpicked from hundreds of applicants as rising stars of the industry. This is your chance to watch them in action, pitching live to Channel 4 Arts Commissioning Editor, John Hay, for a £4000 commission to realise their idea as a Random Acts film. They’ll get feedback on their ideas live on stage. The lucky winner will be crowned at the end of the session.
Ben Cooper, Controller, Radio1 & 1Xtra
Zai Bennett, Director , Sky Atlantic
Georgia LA, Broadcaster, creator and host of The Fox Problem
Dan Biddle , Head of Broadcast Partnerships , Twitter UK
16-34s are an incredibly desirable audience, both in terms of PSB and from a commercial perspective, but they are also notoriously elusive. In the year when the BBC announced that BBC Three will be moving wholly online, this session explores the best way to reach, recruit and retain them.
It’s been a year of change for Channel 5, and it sounds like good news for producers with Viacom taking the reigns andthe promise of further investment in content.
So how will Controller Ben Frow top what has already been a year of great success? What are his key achievements and has he delivered on his promise to diversify the schedule, strengthen peak and deliver new, returning series? And how does he plan to improve on beating Channel 4 in weekly ratings?
Will the change in ownership also mean a change of strategy? And with the rights to Big Brother up for renewal, will Ben stick to his plans to “move away from celebrity based reality shows”?
Is Lindsay Denton guilty? For six weeks from February to April this was the question we were all asking at work. Reading about it in the papers and discussing it in blogs to debate the, Is she? or Isn’t she? story at the centre of BBC2’s biggest drama hit in 10 years, Line of Duty.
Jed Mercurio created a true sensation and something that rivalled the dramatic excitement and originality we have come to expect from the best US cable shows and the current spate of Scandi thrillers. But just how did this former hospital physician and RAF Officer achieve this? Is it his famous method of writing scripts to the wire or the fact he is that very rare thing in British drama, a very American ‘showrunner’ who writes and oversees every aspect of his productions.
Will his golden touch now extend to Sky 1 and the forthcoming Critical.
And more importantly... is Lindsay Denton guilty? Like, really guilty?
Producers and broadcasters have been using Skype technology to help them innovate and save costs in their formats for some time. The Skype in Media team is coming to Edinburgh to showcase its work to date. They’ll be discussing how they’ve helped the likes of the X Factor; Britain’s Got Talent ; Ellen; Jimmy Kimmel Live; Embarrassing Bodies as well as major news channels. The session features those who have used Skype to create amazing moments on TV as well as showcasing the new TX product which Skype believes could revolutionise the way Skype is integrated in programming.
Peter Fincham, Director of Television, ITV
Ben Frow, Director of Programmes, Channel 5
Jay Hunt, Chief Creative Officer, Channel 4
Stuart Murphy, Director, Entertainment Channels, Sky
Nick Thorogood, SVP Content & Marketing, Scripps Networks
After last year’s survey and festival session, which prompted real changes at a number of broadcasters, Edinburgh TV Festival and Broadcast are returning to the subject of commissioning and indie relations. We Still Need to Talk About Commissioning will uncover new research conducted by SPA Future Thinking and will review progress and lessons learnt.
This year, all five of the major channel controllers - Danny Cohen, Jay Hunt, Peter Fincham, Ben Frow and Stuart Murphy - will appear on stage together - a rare treat for delegates – and will face the findings as well as take some of your questions from the floor. The new survey will also assess whether the independent sector has other, wider concerns, whether around in-house production or Terms of Trade.
Ben Stephenson, Drama Controller, BBC
With the rise and rise of television drama across the world in scale, ambition and reach, the stars of the big screen appear to be favouring the small screen. From Matthew McConaughey to Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tom Hardy to Idris Elba via Kevin Spacey, quality television drama is attracting quality film talent in quite an unprecedented way. A panel of industry experts and talent right at the top of their game discuss why television holds all the appeal and debate whether TV really is the new film.
Elizabeth McIntyre, VP Production and Development Factual , Discovery Networks International
Lee Bartlett, President, Discovery Studios and Production Group
Discovery Networks International’s production and development team has 25 new, original series on its current slate and more in development in 2014. DNI more than doubled its commissioning hours in the last two years and chalked up a number of hit returning series for its flagship networks Discovery Channel and TLC across its 220 countries and territories. So what are the next opportunities for independent producers in Discovery? In this session, Factual and Factual Entertainment commissioners Elizabeth McIntyre and Sarah Thornton will discuss what they are looking for; joined by Discovery Studios Group President, Lee Bartlett, to talk about Discovery’s vision for its newly acquired production entities.
Andrew Mackenzie, Group Creative Director, Twofour
Cynthia Kennedy, Sales Director, Keshet International
Tom McDonald, Acting Head of Commissioning, Science & Natural History, BBC
Join TVs top commissioners, producers and promo tape makers as they discuss the benefits of the humble sizzle tape. When should you use them? How much should you spend on them? What’s the trick to selling a concept in 60 seconds? Which commissioners like them and which don’t? How many shows have been sold on the sizzle alone? And of course we’ll be looking at some of the best examples of the Sizzles That Sold the Show.
UK television drama is in rude health. With new tax break arrangements in place, large international productions are finding a home in the UK. Demand for our native formats and creative talent has never been higher and domestic drama production has expanded both in volume and budget level. The session examines whether our writer talent base has the complete set of skills to compete in a US dominated international market. Do we need to acquire more expertise in Show Runner led environments to properly hold our own as transatlantic production partnerships develop? Are we set up to vary our ways of working, our organisation and our editorial range? Or is our renowned freewheeling creative flair and long established production expertise enough to prevent us from being relegated to client status? This session will help to shape the funding Creative Skillset has prioritised to facilitate opportunities for developing writers and new writing models.
Match of the Day celebrates its 50th year on-air in 2014 and we’ll be marking the anniversary on the day itself, Friday 22nd August, with MoTD - 50 Years of Football - the inside story of MoTD as told by its popular host Gary Lineker. Gary will be joined by other key talent including Robbie Savage and Gabby Logan, looking back at what has made the show such a huge success as well as some of their favourite MoTD moments.
From TV dramas such as Shameless, Teachers and Sex Traffic, to films including 12 Years a Slave, Slumdog Millionaire and This is England, Tessa Ross is behind some of the biggest and most ground-breaking hits of our generation.
Despite this, she has been dubbed “the world’s most modest movie queen.” In this rare on-stage interview, we look back at Tessa’s incredible 13-year career at Film4, discussing how she rescued what was an ailing business and turned it into an award-winning powerhouse.
Tessa will also discuss how she works with creative mavericks such as Steve McQueen and Danny Boyle to produce films that “have something original in tone, voice and spirit” and why she is quitting the job she loves to take on a brand new challenge as chief executive of the National Theatre.
Charlotte Moore has now been in charge of BBC One for over a year, so how is her vision beginning to take shape? She’s seen hits with Happy Valley, Pound Shop Wars, Common, Michael McIntyre's new chat show and David Beckham Into The Unknown. But most of her own commissions are still to launch on screen. Yet the critics circle; acting Trust chair Diane Coyle has accused the channel of being predictable, the factual renaissance many expected is still to arrive with The Met, The Big Picture, Inside KFC and Bake Off hotly tipped, but untested. With a reputation as a collaborative team player, what is Charlotte's own personal blue print for Britain’s most watched channel?
We all know how powerful a great title can be. But how do you come up with the right one and impress the commissioner? A panel of commissioners and industry experts dissect the best and worst TV titles of all time. And… if you’ve got a great title for a potential programme, enter live during the session to be in with a chance of winning £5k development money for your marvellous moniker.
Channel 4’s Cast Offs (2009) was “a breakthrough in television’s depiction of disabled people”; London 2012 Paralympics was a massive breakthrough for “Superhuman” presenting talent as well as athletes. The BBC has promised to quadruple disability portrayal on screen by 2017. What about other broadcasters? Are the Americans better than us?
A panel of execs, agents, talent and commissioners watch disabled actors audition iconic scenes from When Harry Met Sally and The Inbetweeners, discuss where next for disabled presenting talent, and ask how we can take more creative risks with disability in all genres – to find the next Peter Dinklage and develop a disabled Davina or Chatty Man...
Described by The Hollywood Reporter as “an intriguing behind the scenes expose of the men and women responsible for TV’s recent revolution” Showrunners will have an exclusive presentation at this year’s GEITF. Showrunners is the first ever feature length documentary film to explore the fascinating world of U.S. television showrunners and the creative forces aligned around them. These people are responsible for creating, writing and overseeing every element of production on one of the United State’s biggest exports – television drama and comedy series. The film shows audiences the huge amount of work that goes into making sure their favourite TV series airs on time as well as the many challenges that showrunners have to overcome to make sure a new series makes it onto the schedules at all!
Featuring contributions from J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Ronald D.Moore, Damon Lindelof, Bill Prady, Hart Hanson, Jane Espenson, Jonathan Nolan and many more!
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s director Des Doyle and special guest showrunner Ronald D.Moore (Outlander, Battlestar Galactica, Carnivale, Star Trek:The Next Generation).
John McVay, PACT
Pat Younge, Former Creative Director, BBC Production
The DG says the “tectonic plates have been moving” as Fox, Warner Bros, Discovery and Liberty have swooped, creating superindies of Shine, Endemol, All3Media and Shed. So, Tony Hall wants to release BBC Production to compete in the big league. The upside for BBC in-house producers is the freedom to make programmes for any broadcaster; the downside - they lose the guarantee of making at least half of all BBC shows, a guarantee that underwrites 2,500 staff and freelancers, 2,000 annual hours of production and £400m annual turnover. Will the new BBC in-house “superindie” shoulder the old BBC burdens of expensive overheads, nations and regions obligations and commitments to training? Can competition between BBC in-house and indies ever be a level playing field? A big and bold idea that sets the agenda for BBC Charter Renewal, but will it work?
Richard Watsham, Director of Commissioning , UKTV
Last year Emma Tennant declared commissioning ambitions “as big as Henry VIII’s codpiece”. Twelve months on it seems the controller has been true to her word with an increased spend of £120 million on programming. It has also been a year of firsts for the group with Dynamo moving to BBC1 and UKTV’s remake of US format Storage Hunters.
So has investing in “big entertainment shows with a terrestrial-size budget” paid off? Will it continue? And how will they retain a breadth of genres given plans to broadcast new commissions initially on the flagship channels?
Edinburgh delegates, beware! Papa Lazarou is coming and he wants you all for his wives. He’ll be joined by Tish Guppy, Edward and Tubbs, Herr Lipp and Legz Akimbo as we delve inside the minds of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton, the creators of The League Of Gentlemen, Psychoville and Inside No. 9.
Since Royston Vasey first appeared on our screens fifteen years ago, Reece and Steve have collaborated on three critically-acclaimed comedy series on BBC2 and have enjoyed huge success with their own projects.
We take a look back at their careers and find out what they have coming up next.
Warning: this is a local session for local people.
Roger Bolton, Presenter, Former editor, Panorama, Trustee, Sandford St Martin Trust
Aaqil Ahmed , Head of Religion and Ethics, BBC
Ralph Lee , Deputy Chief Creative Officer, Channel 4
“We don’t do God” said Alistair Campbell. Many TV Commissioners would seem to agree. But are they missing an opportunity to commission award winning, successful programming that connects with audiences? And does the success of productions like The Nativity, My Brother the Islamist and Rev show that producers make an impact by expanding their horizons on what constitutes religious broadcasting? In a year when we’ve been asked if Britain is still a “Christian Country”, panellists argue how much God should be on the box. Sponsored by the Sandford St Martin Trust with the support of the Jerusalem Trust and PictureWise Productions.
Dan Albion, Executive Producer, Inner Circle Films
Lucy Ansbro, Executive Producer, Phil McIntyre Entertainments
Dynamo: Magician Impossible is a huge ratings success for Watch and has reinvigorated the nation’s interest in magic. In this session, we’ll find out how Dynamo: Magician Impossible was conceived and what’s in store for the upcoming fourth series.
Charting Dynamo’s career, we’ll hear how the adversity that he faced in his youth inspired his dedication to the art of creating ‘Effects’. We'll also discuss his evolution from online sensation to TV star.
The producers, commissioner and star of the series will discuss the business of magic on television, and we’ll hear from UKTV about how the series has advanced the Watch brand.
After an astonishing 2013 for ITV (the multi award-winning Broadchurch, share growth for the first time in a decade) – what happened next?
Kirsty Wark questions Peter Fincham on the health of the entertainment slate, what next for drama, the persistent challenge of the breakfast slot and how to keep hold of male viewers without the Champions League. And with a new controller at the helm , we’ll also uncover what factual looks like for Britain's most-watched commercial channel.
Join world famous beatbox supremo BEARDYMAN travelling at the speed of thought in his awesome musical spaceship. Using only his own voice and technical wizardry, Beardyman puts his reputation on the line as he promises to create an entire music soundtrack catalogue for an imaginary TV Schedule working only on YOUR programme title suggestions. No preparation is possible – so join in and dare him to succeed! You make up the TV Titles– Beardyman makes the music.
Hosted by John Bishop, one of the biggest comedians in the country, the re-branded Edinburgh TV Awards enter their 13th year with some exciting new developments. Celebrating the creative, innovative and commercial solutions that broadcasters and production companies have presented to the British public in the last year, the Edinburgh TV Awards gong is the one everyone in the industry wants to get their hands on.
New for 2014: Vote for your TV Moment of the Year in our new category that celebrates the television that got everyone talking, tweeting and sharing.
Dynamo: Magician Impossible will return to Watch this autumn as the world-wide hit begins its fourth series. The award-winning magic show has charted Dynamo’s journey from humble beginnings in Bradford to becoming one of the world’s most talked about entertainers/illusionists following his dramatic stunts, which have included the Thames “River Walk” in London, walking down the side of the LA Times building and levitating in front of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The fourth series of Magician Impossible follows Dynamo as he travels to LA, San Francisco, Paris and – for the first time - India before heading to London and returning to the north of England, where his story began. From pop stars, to actors to passers-by on the street, the reaction to Dynamo’s spine-tingling magic is infectious – amazing everyone he comes into contact with.
Steve North, General Manager for Watch, said: “Dynamo is leading the regenerated interest in magic, with millions of fans around the world. As well as themind-blowing magic Dynamo: Magician Impossible is the amazing story of the man himself, and how his passion for illusion has rocketed him to international stardom. We are thrilled that Watch is the home of Dynamo and that we have brought the show to a global audience.”
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Dynamo.
Following the March announcement that BBC3 is moving online, on- and offscreen talent, from David Dimbleby to Jimmy Mulville, have slammed the BBC’s decision to ‘save’ BBC4. New channel editor Cassian Harrison wants to prove his detractors wrong. Tasked with differentiating the channel from BBC2 - against a backdrop of budget cuts - Cassian will discuss his plans to refresh the channel’s output and create a BBC4 with, in his words, “big impact.” With a mandate to innovate and a BBC4-friendly arts push on Tony Hall’s agenda, how does he balance the channel's relevance to all licence fee payers against the need to serve a high brow minority?
Dr Paul Dolan , Professor of Behavioural Science, LSE
Tim Pool, Head of Live News, VICE
Steve Edge , Brand Guru. Prophet, Madman, Wanderer , Edge Design Ltd
Gurinder Chadha OBE, Director, Producer, Writer.
Camilla Harrison, CEO , M&C Saatchi
Gemma John-Lewis , Commissioning Coordinator, Entertainment , ITV
Edward Phillips, Producer, Twofour Broadcast
The Ed Talks are a series of snappy, fascinating TED Talk-style lectures on topics ranging from the human brain to creative processes and game-changing technological innovations. Each speaker is at the top of their field and each has something to say that could make us rethink the way we work.
Anna Fern, Channels Executive, ITV
Freshly promoted to run Sky Arts, Philip Edgar-Jones has been given a bigger commissioning budget and a clear brief to champion “crazy ideas and make them massive”. So just how radical is his vision? Will his entertainment roots see the channel lurch into new territory and away from more “traditional” arts output? And with the BBC now making Arts programming a top priority, how can Sky Arts stay ahead of the curve?
The Network is the TV Festival’s entry level talent scheme. By buying a ticket to GEITF, you’ve already helped the Network delegates take their first steps towards a career in the industry. So why not come down to the Cromdale and see them in action? Over the past few days, the Networkers have been getting a hands-on taster of the TV industry in workshops led by top programme makers. See the results as they present The Network – Live!, the show that they have written, filmed and produced.
Will Spokes, Joint Head of Programmes, Princess Productions
The Festival is set to end with a bang this year as Frankie Boyle gives his unique take on the TV industry in our closing session.
State of the Nation will see the inimitable comedian cast a critical eye over aspects of the TV festival as well as the wider industry and some of the highs and lows of TV in 2014.
Frankie Boyle established himself as one of the biggest names on the UK comedy scene as a regular panellist on Mock the Week. Since leaving the show he has written and starred in his own Channel 4 shows Tramadol Nights and The Boyle Variety Show as well as appearing on many other top comedy shows.