21 - 23 August 2014
Dan Jones, Director of 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.
John O'Rourke, Assistant Producer , BBC Scotland Arts
Just as BBC Two turned 50, the controller chair spun around to unveil Kim Shillinglaw as the channel’s 13th rule-maker. What's in store for the channel Janice Hadlow describes as “intelligent pleasure” and Mark Lawson, less generously, as one suffering an “identity crisis”?
The channel may have increased peaktime share year-on-year with drama a particular strongpoint, but it's an ongoing tightrope to balance the highbrow with relevance; the removal of the daytime schedule still hurts; post-9pm is an issue 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.
Kim Shillinglaw is away.
Peter Nadermann, Producer and Managing Director , Nadcon (The Killing, The Bridge)
Marianne Gray , Producer , Yellow Bird (Wallander, The Millennium Trilogy)
Simon Maxwell, Head of International Drama, Channel 4
Alex Marshall , Producer, Warp Films (This Is England)
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 that 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?
Join us for coffee with our panellists, producers on shows such as The Killing, The Bridge and The Team. Our UK team will also be on hand to tell you more about Creative Europe, the new €1.5 billion EU funding programme. It invests in internationally produced European TV drama, animation and documentary.
Leon Wilson, Managing Director , Talkback
Meriel Beale, Executive Producer, Talkback
Audrey Barnett, Executive Assistant, Syco Entertainment
Richard Osman, Creative Director, Endemol UK
Jason Manford, Comedian
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?"
Mel Bezalel, Assistant Producer, BBC Docs
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 BBC Four with, in his words, “big impact.” With a mandate to innovate and a BBC Four-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?
David Flynn, Chief Creative Officer , Endemol
Justin Gorman, Head of Entertainment, Channel 4
Pam Cavannagh, Commissioning Editor, Daytime & Early Peak, BBC
Tom Blakeson, Chief Creative Officer , Remedy
Stephen Lovelock, Freelance Series Producer, Remarkable
Everybody wants a hit quiz. The good ones are the backbone of daytime and the best come with primetime celebrity spin-offs. Commissions can run into hundreds of episodes a year. So if you're chasing the next Chase, come and join in some of the best in the business as they candidly reveal the top five secrets to having a smash hit quiz.
Rob Delaney (comedian and bestselling author) and Sharon Horgan (award-winning actress and star/cowriter of 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, and supremely talented comic writers and performers, and they have come together to make a notably outstanding pilot. The result is an original and joyous transatlantic romantic comedy, and I’m delighted that we are now going to series.”Jon Thoday, Joint Managing Director of Avalon Television, said: “We are delighted to be producing another exciting new narrative project with Channel 4 and working with two brilliant original comic talents.” An Avalon Television production, Catastrophe was 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.
This new networking opportunity at GEITF is available to all delegates who have RSVP'd. Commissioners from the key channels will be attending so come along straight after the Through the Keyhole Edinburgh Special to network and enjoy complementary drinks and lunch, courtesy of Creative Scotland.
Chantal Boyle, Series Producer of Gogglebox
David Glover, Head of Specialist Factual, Channel 4
Stephanie Parker, Star of Gogglebox
Dominic Parker, Star 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 one of our most unmissable sessions, Sky's Stuart Murphy interviews HBO's President of Programming Mike Lombardo about attracting stellar talent, the creative process, 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 Game of Thrones and True Detective, as well as classics The Sopranos, The Wire and Sex and The City.
It's been an amazing year for Channel4 – eight Bafta wins plus nine RTS awards - but are viewers enjoying the shows as much as the judges? After a disappointing 2013, peaktime share is up, with decent gains at 8pm weekdays and 9pm looking rosy. However, it's down in all-time share thanks to struggles in daytime and at weekends. The hits have been more forthcoming this year too, from Gogglebox to Benefits Street, so what does Jay Hunt have to say about the channel and its impact? And is Channel 4 a better broadcaster for indies to work with this 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
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
Sam Mitchell, Producer, BBC Comedy
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 Bafta Rocliffe New Writers Forum 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, what do producers need to know to launch a successful channel? Where are the jobs of the future and what skills do you need to beat the competition?
Peter Fincham, Director of Television, ITV
Ralph Lee, Deputy Chief Creative Officer, Channel 4
Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One
Stuart Murphy, Director, Entertainment Channels, Sky
Eddie Botsio, Journalist and Broadcaster
Syeda Irtizaali , Commissioning Editor, Entertainment, Channel 4
The lack of diversity on- and off-screen is one of the year's hottest topics and it's gathering momentum thanks to increasing pressure from campaigners and press. Now even the government is warning broadcasters they've got one last chance to sort it out - or else. So just what ARE the broadcasters doing about it? And how will they respond to our latest explosive research, which shows how they reflect the nation? One network executive from ABC thinks she has at least part of the answer. Executive Vice President, Casting, Kelli Lee will take us through her successful initiative of casting actors from diverse backgrounds in mainstream programming such as CSI and Grey's Anatomy. Lessons we can all learn - or are we just inherently racist?
"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
Lourdes Diaz, Vice President, Development and Production, Comedy Central International
Steve Regan, VP Commissioning and Production, MTV Networks Europe
Mark Procter, Executive Producer, Factual Entertainment, Discovey
John O'Rourke, Assistant Producer, BBC Scotland Arts
There have been breakout hits and channel launches for all four controllers in the past year, but how do they build on this UK success while continuing to appeal internatioanlly? And what does that mean for indies pitching in to them? What does Hamish Mykura want in his search for "flashy" formats? can Heather Jones really find UK versions of US reality hits? What is Steve Regan's definition of "unexpected" and is Comedy Central set to mop up BBC Three comedians?
Steve Gladdis, Managing Partner and Joint Head of Planning, Mediacom
Steve Morrison, Chairman, ALL3Media
Eileen Naughton, MD of UK, Google
Advertisers spent £3.7bn on television in 2013. The broadcast airtime trading model, that puts the money into the pockets of TV producers, hasn't changed in decades. Until now. The industry is going through a seismic shift. Media agencies (like Group M Entertainment) are diversifying and investing in content but are producers rising to the challenge? Advertisers are up for funding content direct but is the industry innovating enough? Why is search the crack cocaine of advertisers? Or is it all about the data dummy?
Doug Davis, Director of Content Acquisitions and Sales, Blinkbox
Nigel Walley , Managing Director , Decipher
Emma Boston, General Manager, Really, Eden, Good Food, Home and UKTV Play
Jen Topping, Director of Business and Strategy, Soho Productions, Microsoft Studios
The new normal, or the calm before the storm: Has the internet finished fragmenting the TV audience, or is there a new wave on its way?
Technology has transformed TV over the past 15 years, with an explosion of TV services, new platforms and new commissioners feeding an ever growing demand from consumers for TV content.
How can content producers and broadcasters get the most out of new platforms, new opportunities and grow the audience for their shows?
And is this the calm before the storm, with a fresh wave of change on the horizon that could still see our industry challenged?
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.
Robert Sterne, Casting Director and Actor , HBO
John Bradley, Actor (Samwell Tarly), Game of Thrones
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 guest John Bradley.
George Levendis, Head of International Production , Syco Entertainment
Eileen Naughton, Managing Director UK Advertising sales, Google
Tim Hincks, President, Endemol Group
Matt Pritchard, Group Director of Development, Twofour
Creating a global hit has long been the holy grail of TV production. Whether your focus is on drama, comedy, entertainment or features, successful formats never go out of fashion. But is it a game of chance or do the formats that really travel actually share a common DNA?
What parallels can we draw between non-scripted brands like Big Brother, Deal or No Deal and The X Factor versus scripted hits like Homeland and Amazon-backed Ripper Street?
Paul Mortimer, Controller of Digital Channels, ITV
Kim Rowell, Interactive Producer , Channel 4
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. Explore just what "intelligent young mums" want from ITVBe and just how TOWIE's move to the new female-skewing channel will avoid impacting on ITV2. With Plebs returning and new comedy Cockroaches on the cards, what else is on ITV2's wishlist when it comes to "young-skewing scripted" content? Angela Jain is on sabbatical.
Nick Catliff, Managing Director, Lion TV
Jo Clinton-Davis, Controller of Factual, ITV
Jonathan Smith , Creative Director, The Garden Productions
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?
Lee Bartlett, President, Discovery Studios and Production Group
Ben McOwen Wilson, EMEA Director of Content Partnerships, YouTube
Mark Browning, MD, ITN Productions
Sharon Stotts, Director, E&Y
Change is happening more quickly and across more dimensions that at any point in the 90-year history of televsion services and we need to act now to drive operational changes to prepare our businesses for the future. This practical and high-profile session will consider current key trends not only to traditional content creators and distributors, but also to new entrants, to potential competitors and investors seeking to enter a fast growing creative industry. The Future of Television is happening right now and here is how you can turn your vision into reality.
Make sure you stop by the EY lounge located in the Atrium on Level 0, between 6:00pm - 6:30pm pm Thursday 21st August for complementary drinks ahead of the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture. Hosted by the team behind The Future of Television in the UK report in your delegate bag - come along and share your views on the future of TV and visual media.
Making the first time in 12 years that has been delivered by a Channel 4 executive, David Abraham will give the 2014 James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture.
It has been a year of creative success for Channel 4, reflected in BAFTA and RTS wins for programmes such as Gogglebox, Southcliffe and Educating Yorkshire, and three Academy Awards for Film4's 12 Years A Slave. Against a backdrop of seismic change in the broadcasting landscape, Abraham will explore creativity and risk in British Television and set out a vision for why Channel 4 is as important now as ever in its 30-year history.
ITV proudly brings you the opening night drinks reception hosted at the stunning Victorian Grand Gallery of the National Museum of Scotland. We invite you to join us at the end of Day 1 to unwind with drinks and canapés.
ITV's Opening Night Drinks will be a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and as the reception takes place directly after the MacTaggart Lecture, there is always plenty to talk about! We look forward to seeing you there.
Coaches to the venue from the EICC.
Louise Hammersley, Media Law Barrister
Paul Hughes , Development Producer, Twofour Broadcast
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? Elaine Bedell, who has experience on both sides of the fence, joins the indies who have come out on top in our surveys.
John McAndrew, Executive Editor, Sky News
Mary Hockaday, Head of Newsroom, BBC
Dorothy Byrne, Head of News & Current Affairs, Channel 4
Kevin Sutcliffe, Head of News Programming EU, VICE
Jason Mills, Head of Digital, ITV News
It's the question being asked in every TV newsroom across the country. Despite steady numbers, the monopoly of traditional 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, whether the traditional TV package need to evolve, and in a world of online and on demand content - who needs a news channel?
Mark Procter, Executive Producer, Factual Entertainment, Discovery
Claire Hill, Directing Assistant Producer, BBC Wales
A year into his new job, and how is Sky 1 Controller Adam Macdonald faring? The channel has had critical and awards success but share is down year-on-year to date. And wit the 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? And how does the channel measure success if not by ratings?
Alison Kirkham, Head of Commissioning, Factual, Features and Formats, BBC One and Two
Celia Taylor, Head of Non-Scripted Commissioning, Entertainment, Sky
Emma Westcott, Commissioning Editor, News, Current Affairs & Documentaries, Channel 5
Katy Thorogood, Commissioning Editor, Factual, ITV
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 commissioners are now having to work much harder to attract and retain an 8pm audience. So what does it mean for the future of features? Each panellist will show an exclusive clip of an upcoming show which best exemplifies how they're evolving their features slate.
Ben Tattersall Smith, Social Media Manager, BBC
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.
Join executives and label MDs from NBCUniversal for a reinvigorating breakfast of Bloody Marys and breakfast rolls in the tranquil surrounds of the indoor and outdoor Festival Terrace. As one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information, we’re keen to meet new potential collaborators and partners to share our UK TV ambitions. Afterwards, come along to the Is TV the New Film? session and hear from 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.
Following his MacTaggart Lecture, David Abraham is interviewed about his speech and responds to questions from Festival delegates. Post a question to him now using the Festival app.
Rick Edwards, Writer and Broadcaster
Dom Bird , Head of Formats, Channel 4
Georgia LA, Broadcaster, creator and host of The Fox Problem
Zai Bennett, Director , Sky Atlantic
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 BBC3 will be moving wholly online, this session explores the best way to reach, recruit and retain them.
Mark Procter, Executive Producer, Factual Entertainment, Discovery
Claire Hill, Directing Assistant Producer , BBC Wales
Big news for the Big Brother channel as Viacom swooped in with a reported £450m to take ownership from Richard Desmond. Will the US giant deliver on its promise of further investment in content? And what does it mean for a broadcaster that is focusing heavily on domestic content and social-welfare oriented factual? With what many view as an unhealthy reliance on BB and its celebrity spin-off, will Frow stick to his plans to "move away from celebrity-based reality shows" when the rights come up for renewal at the end of this year?
The C5 boss has made a point of being fleet of foot with titillating titles, often to the detriment of Channel 4. What else does he have up his sleeve?
Is Lindsay Denton guilty? For six weeks earlier this year, that was the question on everyone's lips. With BBC2’s biggest drama hit in 10 years, Line of Duty, Jed Mercurio created a sensation that rivalled the originality we have come to expect from the best US cable shows and Scandi thrillers. But how did the former hospital physician and RAF Officer achieve this? Is it his method of writing to the wire, or the fact he is a ‘showrunner’ who writes and oversees every aspect of his productions?
Will his golden touch now extend to Sky One and the forthcoming Critical.
And more importantly... is Lindsay Denton guilty?
Pippa Harris, Co-Founder, Neal Street Productions
Dan Issacs , Chief Operating Officer, Kudos
Cameron Roach, Acting Head of Drama, Sky
SJ Clarkson, Director (Mistresses, Heroes, Dexter)
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.
Peter Fincham, Director of Television, ITV
Jay Hunt, Chief Creative Officer, Channel 4
Stuart Murphy, Director, Entertainment Channels, Sky
Ben Frow, Director of Programmes, Channel 5
Nick Thorogood, SVP Content & Marketing, Scripps Networks
After last year’s survey and festival session, which prompted real changes at a number of broadcasters, GEITF and Broadcast return 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.
Bryan Elsley , Writer and Producer
Ronald D.Moore , Writer/Executive Producer
Victoria Fea, Controller of Drama, ITV
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. We'll examine 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 Showrunner-led environments to properly hold our own as transatlantic production partnerships develop? This session will help to shape the funding Creative Skillset has prioritised to facilitate opportunities for developing writers and new writing models.
Liz McIntyre, VP Production and Development Factual , Discovery Networks International
Sarah Thornton, VP Production and Development Factual Entertainment, Discovery Networks
Lee Bartlett, Discovery Studios Group President, joins his commissioning team to talk about his vision for Discovery’s newly-acquired production entities. (Discovery Networks International’s acquisition of All3Media with fellow US media giant Liberty Global is due for completion.) With 25 new, original series on its slate, DNI has more than doubled its commissioning hours in the last two years and chalked up 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? Factual and Factual Entertainment commissioners Elizabeth McIntyre and Sarah Thornton unveil their plans.
Tom McDonald, Acting Head of Commissioning, Science & Natural History, BBC
Cynthia Kennedy, Sales Director, Keshet
Chris Brogden, Entertainment, Commissioner, Sky
Duncan Wilson, Fifth Street Productions
Will Spokes, Joint Head of Programmes, Princess Productions
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.
Natalka Znak, Chief Creative Officer, Znak & Jones
Kat Hebden, Head of Digital, Fremantle Media UK
Dan Jones, Creative Director of Digital , Maverick
Viewer participation, interactivity and social media have become TV's holy grail but finding reliable technology at the right price isn't always easy. One solution that's working for some ot the biggest entertainment and fact ent series is Skype, which has been integrated into programmes such as the X Factor; Britain’s Got Talent ; Ellen; Jimmy Kimmel Live; Embarrassing Bodies as well as news channels, to put viewers at the heart of the action. Now it's your turn. If you're looking to produce innovative new formats, talked-about TV moments or add a brilliant twist to an established format, come to this 'how to' session where Skype will be showcasing its new TX product for the production community.
Robbie Savage, Football Broadcaster
Guy Mowbray, Football Commentator
There are few shows you could describe as must-watch after 50 years on-air, but Match of the Day has been a firm fixture in TV households since its birth exactly half a century ago on Friday 22nd August 1964. From humble beginnings - 20,000 tuned in to highlights of Liverpool v Arsenal, less than half the attendace at the ground - MotD has forged ahead to become a veritable institution, regularly attracting over 4.5 million viewers. Gary Linekar, its host since 1999, will be joined by Robbie Savage, Guy Mowbray and Chair Gabby Logan to discuss how the show remains at the top of its game and look back at the iconic moments that have contributed to its enduring popularity.
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.
Kim Rowell , Interactive Producer , Channel 4
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 and David Beckham Into The Unknown, and yet the critics circle - "predictable", said acting Trust chair Diane Coyle - while the subsequent Trust report called for "more creative risks". The factual renaissance is still to arrive with The Met, The Big Picture, and Bake Off hotly tipped. With a reputation as a collaborative team player, what is Charlotte's own personal blue print for Britain’s most watched channel?
Ben Frow, Director of Programming, Channel 5
Fiona Sullivan, Executive Producer, True North
Liam Humphreys, Head of Factual Entertainment, Channel 4
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.
Kahleen Crawford, Casting Director, (Under the Skin, Jimmy's Hall, Filth)
Kurt Yaeger, Actor, Producer, Professional BMX Rider and below-knee amputee, (Sons of Anarchy, Quarry and NCIS)
Arthur Williams, C4 Paralympics and Specialist Factual Presenter
Andrew Newman, Chief Executive, Objective
Ed Havard, Head of Events and Special Programming, Channel 4
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?
Our panel will watch disabled actors audition iconic scenes from When Harry Met Sally and where next for disabled presenters, and suggest practical ways to 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
Jane Turton, Chief Operating Officer, All3Media
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?
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.
Mark Procter, Executive Producer, Factual Entertainment, Discovery
Sharifa Mansour, Assistant Producer (Development) , 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?
Roger Bolton, Presenter, Feedback and Trustee, Sandford St Martin Trust
Ralph Lee , Deputy Chief Creative Officer, Channel 4
Aaqil Ahmed , Head of Religion and Ethics, BBC
Tony Jordan, Managing Director, Red Planet Pictures
“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”, Roger Bolton, Polly Toynbee, writer Tony Jordan (The Ark, Nativity) and comissioners Aaqil Ahmed and Ralph Lee 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.
Hear more about the varied opportunities for religion on TV with session chair Sian Williams, panellists Roger Bolton, Polly Toynbee, Aaquil Ahmed, Tony Jordan and Ralph lee; alongside other commissioners, programme-makers and trustees; as well as Anna McNamee (BBC World Servie and Radio 4), the new executive secretary of the Sandford St Martin Trust.
New outdoor space opposite The Tinto.
Dan Albion, Executive Producer, Inner Circle Films
Lucy Ansbro, Executive Producer, Phil McIntyre Entertainments
Richard Watsham, Director of Commissioning , UKTV
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.
Harry Garne, Assistant Producer , Optomen
The BAFTAS continued to flow in 2014 with multiple wins under its belt, drama remains a key strength (Broadchurch has to be one of the most-anticipated second series) but audience share has failed to match the highs of the previous year. Winter weekends loom and the channel needs a replacement for Dancing on Ice to avoid being left out in the cold. And after all the hype, will Rising Star deliver?
Another headache for Peter Fincham is how to keep hold of male viewers with the loss of the Champions League, while finding a new entertainment hit and boosting breakfast remain persistent challenges. What is the factual strategy under its new head Richard Klein? Long Lost Family is a ratings banker but one-offs dominate. Is there another returnable long-runner wiating in the wings?
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.
Following the successful CCTV open-pitch session last year, senior executives from China Central Television (CCTV) are back at GEITF to meet with potential partners in an exclusive networking event. This event provides a unique opportunity for delegates to discuss emerging opportunities in the rapidly growing Chinese TV market, gain an insight into successful international collaborations with the State Broadcaster and learn about China's current commissioning trends. Attendees from CCTV include Director of Programmes, R&D Department, Mr Keyu Wu, who is responsible for comissioning and funding new programmes, and Director of Drama Mr. Si Fu, as well as senior personnel from other CCTV sectors. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided.
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. Vote via the Festival app now.
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.
23 August 2014
Folks from the festival don't need no password to get jazzed tonight, just bring your pass and be nifty about it! The bootleg whiskey cocktails are free from the bathtub until they run out, so bring a few rubes for the bar for later.
The Edinburgh Speakeasy at The George is the only place to be on Friday night. See you hepcats there.
Ben Stephenson, Controller, Drama Commissioning, BBC
Elaine C. Smith, Actress and Comedy Entertainet
Steve Hewlett, Writer, Broadcaster and Media Consultant
Conor Burns , MP
Neil Midgley, Media Commentator, Forbes.com
In time honoured Edinburgh tradition, the final morning will see a high level debate about the biggest issues facing the TV business - and the hot topics that have been the talk of the Festival. Chaired by Kirsty Wark, GEITF Question Time follows the format of the TV show, inviting questions from audience members to our panel of insustry luminaries. Will it be the potential effect on broadcasting of Scottish Independence? The future of Channel 4, after David Abraham's MacTaggart Lecture? BBC Charter Renewal? Or even the upcoming General Election? This is a must-attend session that always makes news and always sets the agenda for the coming year.
Dr Paul Dolan , Professor of Behavioural Science, LSE
Steve Edge , Brand Guru. Prophet, Madman, Wanderer , Edge Design Ltd
Gurinder Chadha OBE, Director, Producer, Writer.
Camilla Harrisson, CEO , M&C Saatchi
Gemma John-Lewis , Commissioning Coordinator, Entertainment , ITV
Edward Phillips, Producer, Twofour Broadcast
The ED Talks are a series of punchy and provocative TED Talk-style lectures coming under the umbrella theme of how to foster and harness creativity. As we in telly can all be guilty of navalgazing, we’ve gathered together speakers from a range of disciplines and professions, including a neuroscientist who’ll explain why creativity is not a team sport. We’ll also hear from the boss of M&C Saatchi about the best way to sell an idea, while director Gurinder Chadha offers an irreverent take on diversity with stand-up Romesh Ranganathan.
Gemma Brady, Producer, The Garden Productions Ltd
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.
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. The inimitable comedian will cast a critical eye over the TV festival as well as the wider industry and some of the highs and lows of TV in 2014.
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.
Areas of discussion include the opportunities for new comedians, the loss of BBC3 and the 'quota' for female panellists. Boyle will also be asked for his opinion on the drive for ratings versus the desire for experimentation, as well as his views on some of the year's noisiest shows such as Benefits Street.
Famous for a string of controversies - from a joke in 2010 about the Isreal-Palestine situation, which was censured by the BBC, to his joke about Katie Price's son Harvey- the session will also address whether and where comedians have to draw the line. Is any joke acceptable as long as you can explain the rationale behind it? Should comedians take greater responsibility for their jokes and how should they respond when they cause offence?
And with the Scottish referendum just around the corner, Boyle will be giving his take on Scottish Independence to make this a topical, and we've no doubt, talked-about closing session.