The 2014 programme will be launched in June.

2013 Programme

10:00 - 10:45

BBC Academy: Getting the Best Out of People

Sue Ahern, Training Director, Creative People
Nina Bhagwat, BBC Academy
22 August 2013
10:00 - 10:45
The Tinto (Level 0)

Do you want to find out how to get the best out of your teams? This masterclass is for those looking to hone and finesse their management skills.  How do you unpick and address “bad” behaviour in the workplace? Are your team being difficult or are they just different from you?

This session aims to give you the opportunity to understand and recognise the behaviours that can de-rail or unite teams. How do you make the most of your personal management style…and lead your team to success?

This masterclass will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses in a conflict situation and give you an insight into the skills you need to manage difficult situations.

10:00 - 17:15

BBC Academy: One to One Coaching

Nick Pascazio, Head of HR, BBC Finance and Business
Anne Morrison, Director, BBC Academy
Colin McKerchar, Talent Manager, BBC Arts
22 August 2013
10:00 - 17:15
Location by arrangement

1000 – 1115 – Session 1 - Nick Pascazio, Head of HR, BBC Finance and Business
1130 – 1245 – Session 2 - Nick Pascazio, Head of HR, BBC Finance and Business
1300 – 1415 – Session 3 - Anne Morrison, Director, BBC Academy
1430 – 1545 – Session 4 - Colin McKerchar, Talent Manager, BBC Arts
1600 – 1715 – Session 5 - Colin McKerchar, Talent Manager, BBC Arts

This one-to-one leadership coaching session provides a confidential, non-judgmental setting where you can take time to explore often complex issues.

The Coach will question, listen and challenge to help you explore and develop your thinking in order to find your own answers and solutions. The sessions are bookable only.  

To book a session please email Nina.Bhagwat@bbc.co.uk or call Nina on 07711 349262 to secure a slot. Sessions will run between 10am and 5:15pm and will last for 1 hour and 15 mins.  Location by mutual arrangement.

10:15 - 11:30

Meet The Controller: Janice Hadlow

Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Two & BBC Four
Cathy Newman, Journalist & Broadcaster
Richard Watsham, Senior Commissioning Editor, UKTV
Allanah Brookes, Development Producer, STV Productions
Abdullai Adejumo, Producer & Director
22 August 2013
10:15 - 11:30
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

BBC Two left last year’s festival on a high with the coveted Terrestrial Channel of the Year award and this year won more Baftas than any other channel.  However it hasn’t all been plain sailing; the much anticipated drama The Hour was cancelled on a cliff-hanger and programmes like  The Review Show and MOTD2 found homes on other channels.  Not to mention the DQF putting an end to daytime origiantions.  With successes such as The Great British Sewing Bee, Inside Claridges and The Fall can Janice continue to balance populism and the public service remit satisfactorily?

Janice has also taken up further responsibility as the Controller of BBC Four, one of the fastest growing channels in the BBC portfolio, but can she keep up momentum in the face of budget cuts? And what does the future hold for the channel?  Will it continue to be mixed genre or will it narrow focus further towards Arts and Culture?

10:30 - 11:30

Engaging with Fans: YouTube and the Television sector

n/a
22 August 2013
10:30 - 11:30
The Fintry (Level 3)

YouTube reaches a billion viewers every month and they watch 6 billion hours of video.  Come and learn how YouTube is helping the television sector connect with its fans, monetize in new and interesting ways and distribute content across the globe. 

Whether you currently work with YouTube, are considering partnership or just want to know what YouTube has been doing recently, this masterclass will give you insight into how the UK television industry finds value with YouTube.

10:30 - 12:00

Local TV Licencees Networking Breakfast Reception – Official Launch Event

Nigel Dacre, Chair of the Local TV Network
22 August 2013
10:30 - 12:00
The Moorfoot & Kilsyth

Join us for breakfast canapés as Comux unveils to the industry the future of Local TV. Network with representatives of the first 19 Local TV licencees and be one of the first to see a special preview of the new service and learn about the content partnerships opportunities for producers and content creators.

Hosted by Ed Hall, Chief Executive Comux UK Ltd, Introduction from Nigel Dacre, Chair of the Local TV Association and with Jonathan Boseley, Head of Programming at London Live.

To book appointments to discuss local TV with Ed Hall (Chief Exec of Comux UK) or Nigel Dacre (Chair of the Local TV Network), please contact Clare Bramley or Chris Webb via the Loca TV desk in the registration area.

11:00 - 11:45

BBC Academy Masterclass: Taster Tapes

Ana de Moraes, Director of Development, Twenty Twenty
Frank Ash, BBC Academy
Frank Ash, BBC Academy
Nina Bhagwat, BBC Academy
22 August 2013
11:00 - 11:45
The Tinto (Level 0)

Nothing will get your idea to the top of the pile faster than a killer taster. But a misjudged tape can nix an idea as quickly as sell it. So what makes a good one, and how can you use it to close the deal?

Get the inside track on what works, what doesn’t and why in this BBC Academy session on everything you need to know about tasters but were too afraid to ask!

11:30 - 16:00

BBC Academy: Getting the Best Out of People - The Inside Track

Sue Ahern
22 August 2013
11:30 - 16:00
Mezzanine Level

Session 1: 11:30 - 12:30 Trainer: Sue Ahern

Session 2: 13:30 - 14:30 Trainer: Sue Ahern

Session 3: 15:00 - 16:00 Trainer: Sue Ahern

Small group sessions with four delegates. An opportunity to discover and share strategies and tools for getting the best out of teams. Using TV based practical exercises you’ll be able to share knowledge, and hone your approach in dealing with difficult situations and people.

The sessions will be part pre-bookable and drop-in on the day. To book your place on a session please email Nina.Bhagwat@bbc.co.uk or call Nina on 07711 349262 by 10 August to secure a slot. 

12:00 - 13:00

**OPENING SESSION** The Great British Bake Off Edinburgh Session Sponsored by BBC Worldwide

Mel Giedroyc
Sue Perkins
Paul Hollywood
Mary Berry
Alison Kirkham, Commissioning Editor, Factual Features & Formats, BBC One & Two
Jane Rogerson, Director of Commissioning, UKTV
Lisa Thomas, Managing Director of Lola Entertainment & Talent Manager, Lisa Thomas Management
Phil Edgar Jones, Head of Entertainment, Sky
Anna Fern, Channel Executive, ITV
Fiona Campbell, Executive Producer, Independent Commissioning, Current Affairs, BBC
Sarah Lazenby, Series Producer, Talkback
22 August 2013
12:00 - 13:00
The Pentland (Level 3)

The ultimate baking battle – live! Hosted by Mel and Sue and judged by renowned cookery writer and baker Mary Berry and Master Baker Paul Hollywood, four top industry figures don their aprons and compete for the honour of becoming the industry’s best baker. Can our execs handle the heat in the kitchen?

A very special thank-you to VT producers Rough Cut TV

 

At 11:45, enjoy free scones courtesy of BBC Worldwide pre-session in the Pentland Foyer.

Meet The Controller: Multi-Channel Factual

Hamish Mykura, Executive VP & Head of International Content, National Geographic
Rachel Job, Head of Acquisitions, Commissioning, History & Military History, A+E networks UK
Cathy Newman, Journalist & Broadcaster
Alex Connock, Managing Director, Shine North
Liana Lonsdale, Junior Researcher, Shine North
22 August 2013
12:00 - 13:00
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

Evolution in factual channels is as fast-paced as a Bear Grylls adventure. Innovative factual entertainment has paved the way for multi-channels to greenlight scripted factual programmes, and 'anthropology ideas examining cultural subsets', or 'guys on the edge', in other words.

Hamish Mykura has spiced up National Geographic’s agenda, bringing Wicked Tuna and Doomsday Preppers to our screens last year. Having promised returnable series with characters, formats and humour delivered from his new London-based commissioning hub, what can multi-channel audiences hope to see in 13/14?

In the wake of an impressive record breaking year of ratings for HISTORY, up 37% year on year in 2012, can Rachel Job hope to maintain the same levels of success in the next 12 months? The mix of original UK commissions such as Grave Trade and Mud Men together with US imports like Storage Wars and Pawn Stars has been responsible for the growth of the channel.

With the promise of a more diverse range of programming, from high end drama productions to big hitting reality TV shows, HISTORY looks set to maintain the momentum into 2014

 

12:00 - 12:45

BBC Academy Masterclass: Online and Social Media in TV

Barry Pilling, Founding Partner, Telegraph Hill
Jody Smith, Multiplatform Commissioning Editor, Entertainment, Comedy, Formats & Music, Channel 4
Karla Geci, Director of Strategic Partner Development, Facebook
Claire McArdle, Executive Producer, Multiplatform at Maverick Television
Paul Buller, BBC Academy
Paul Buller, BBC Academy
22 August 2013
12:00 - 12:45
The Tinto (Level 0)

Online and social media content is a must have tool for enhancing your production. Audiences expect and demand it…but are you giving them what they want? Our panel will show you how to lead your production teams to deliver a 360 experience for your viewers. Focusing on online success stories, this BBC Academy session will give you the inside track on how producers have used innovative and interactive add ons to engage and bring in brand new audiences, beyond the traditional TV reach.

13:00 - 13:45

TalkTalk Content Clinic

Henrik Karlberg, Head of Pay TV, TalkTalk
Hugh Williams, Content Acquisition Director, TalkTalk
22 August 2013
13:00 - 13:45
Strathblane Hall (Level 0)

TalkTalk are hosting a clinic for content owners and producers who want to feature on Britain’s fastest growing TV service. In the past year, TalkTalk has worked with a number of independent producers bringing exclusive new channels to its YouView service including the Theatre Channel, Karaoke channel and Concert TV channel. TalkTalk’s TV acquisition team is looking to uncover new and unique pay and free-to-air content with a view to enhancing its already varied TV offering. Our dedicated content clinic will be led by TalkTalk’s Henrik Karlberg, Head of Pay TV and Hugh Williams, Content Acquisition Director. Come along to discuss your content ideas and how to bring them to life on Britain’s fastest growing new TV service.

13:05 - 13:40

BBC Academy: Ed Talks

Kate Harwood, Head of BBC Drama, England, BBC
Melanie Leach, Twofour Broadcast
22 August 2013
13:05 - 13:40
The Lomond Foyer

13:05 - 13:15, Ed Talk 1

In this fun and fast moving 10 minute session, Kate Harwood, Head of BBC Drama, England will talk for five minutes and then take questions from the floor.

Speaker: Kate Harwood, Head of Drama Production, England, BBC

Producer: Holly Blake, BBC Academy

13:30 - 13:40, Ed Talk 2

In this fun and fast moving 10 minute session, Melanie Leach, managing Director, Twofour Braodcast will talk for five minutes and then take questions from the floor.

Speaker: Melanie Leach, Twofour Broadcast

Producer: Nina Bhagwat, BBC Academy

13:45 - 14:45

In Conversation Gary Neville: From Pitch to Pundit

Gary Neville
Ed Chamberlin, Presenter, Monday Night Football
James Motley, Head of PR, Sky Sports
Karl Warner, Executive Editor, BBC Entertainment Commissioning
22 August 2013
13:45 - 14:45
The Pentland (Level 3)

As a player he divided opinion, but now football fans are united in their praise for former Manchester United and England legend Gary Neville, who has become one of sport's most insightful broadcasters.  His thoughts and analysis on Sky Sports' Monday Night Football have helped make the show compulsory viewing and this is your chance to hear Gary's views on all things football and his take on the TV industry.

Interviewed by MNF presenter Ed Chamberlin, Gary will discuss his incredible career for club and country, providing a fascinating insight into the changing room of the world's biggest football club, the highs and lows of several campaigns for England and of course life under Sir Alex Ferguson.

What leadership skills can you learn from Ferguson?  What was the secret to United's winning mentality and does it apply to making programmes and running Channels?  What makes MNF the show it is?  And of course who is going to win the Barclays Premier League?  Ed and Gary will discuss these subjects and more, including taking delegate questions, in this rare appearance.

Meet The Controller: Jay Hunt

Jay Hunt, Chief Creative Officer, Channel 4
Boyd Hilton, TV & Reviews Editor, Heat Magazine
Jason Mills, Editor, Web, ITV News
Christopher Payne, Producer, North One Television
Jennifer Shaw, Assistant Producer, Boundless Productions
22 August 2013
13:45 - 14:45
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

Just under a year ago Channel 4 brought us the Superhumans – beating the BBC’s Olympics coverage to the BAFTA.  Twelve months on how is Jay hoping to build on that success? There's been a wave of live event coverage, with Drugs, Easter Eggs and Bedtime just some of the issues covered, so what lessons has she learned and is there room for more? Then there’s the ongoing process of creative renewal – now two thirds of the way through – that has led to Utopia, Derek, Dates, My Mad Fat Diary, Plane Crash, Chicken Shop and Dogging Tales, but also The Intern and Baggage. We'll be asking what shows Jay wants to commission to complete that process. In so doing we'll find out if the much aired concerns over creative control have now been solved.  And we'll be asking what changes the launch of 4now will bring to multiplatform commissioning.

BAFTA Rocliffe Sitcom Showcase

John Bishop, Writer & Comedian
Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy, BBC
Sue Perkins, Writer & Comedian
Farah Abushwesha, Award Winning Filmmaker & Founder of Rocliffe
Chris Sussman, Executive Editor, Comedy, BBC
Alex Cook, Senior Manager - Talent Development, BAFTA
Kam Kandola, Television Events Programmer, BAFTA
Aisling Bea
Katy Bix
Charlie Baker
Daniel Rigby
Jamie Demetriou
Tom Rosenthal
Dan March
22 August 2013
13:45 - 14:45
The Moorfoot & Kilsyth

Catch the future of British comedy at this session.

In March, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Rocliffe and GEITF launched a nationwide search for the comedy writing stars of the future.  A top team of British comedy greats will come together to select the best two scripts from over 475 screenwriters all vying for the opportunity to have their work performed and showcased at GEITF.  Our comedy jury include Andrew Newman, Jessica Hynes, Kenton Allen, Myfanwy Moore and Charlie Hanson.

After sifting through hundreds of manuscripts, four rounds of voting, several interviews and a lot of deliberation, two outstanding and rib tickling scripts will shine brightest – performed by professional actors, two writers will join GEITF to present their work to an expert industry panel for feedback, network tirelessly, and soak up the best insights the Festival has to offer to develop their future writing careers.  Also, one of the two scripts selected for GEITF will be paid for a full script commission for the BBC. 

#BAFTARocliffe @BAFTA @rocliffeforum

Local TV - The Next Big Thing?

N/A
22 August 2013
13:45 - 14:45
The Tinto (Level 0)

This year sees the launch of 22 new local TV stations – a development that could revolutionise and revitalise grassroots TV in the UK. This session explores the changes local TV will bring to the TV landscape, and how local TV companies plan to deliver them.

Talent: The Next Generation
How will the roll-out  create work and opportunities for local production and talent?  And will the sums add up?  Jane Mote, Launch Programme Director, London Live, looks at the implications for the TV industry at large.
 
Breaking news!
Bobby Hain of STV Glasgow and STV Edinburgh explores the impact of up to 50 new newsrooms around the UK on the news gathering machine.

It’s about the content!
Nigel Dacre of Notts TV and Chair of the Local TV Network highlights new ways of collaborative working between independent producers and local broadcasters.
 
An OB unit in a back pack for cost effective news gathering
Matthew Stringer of Garland Partners demonstrates an OB unit in a back pack for cost effective news gathering!

15:00 - 16:30

Screening: The Wrong Mans

Mathew Baynton, Co-Star & Co-Writer
Mark Freeland, UK Controller of Comedy Production, BBC, Executive Producer, The Wrong Mans
Jim Field Smith, Producer & Director, The Wrong Mans
Andrew Collins, Writer, Broadcaster & TV Critic
22 August 2013
15:00 - 16:30
The Filmhouse

Cast:  James Corden, Mathew Baynton, Emilia Fox, Nick Moran, Dougray Scott, Dawn French, Rebecca Front, Sarah Solemani Karel Roden, Stephen Campbell Moore, Dan Renton Skinner, Benedict Wong, Tom Basden & Rufus Jones
 
THE WRONG MANs is an action-packed comedy thriller, created by and starring BAFTA- winning actor James Corden (Gavin & Stacey, The History Boys) and British Comedy Award winner Mathew Baynton (Horrible Histories, Peep Show).

Sam Pinkett (Baynton) and Phil Bourne (Corden) are a pair of office workers whose menial existence is turned upside-down by a chance phonecall and a case of mistaken identity.
Plunged into a deadly kidnap situation, the two unlikely heroes soon find themselves dodging bullets, crashing cars and escaping explosions in their quest to save not just themselves, but their loved ones and ultimately their whole town.

At the heart of the chaos is the mysterious Scarlett, played by Emilia Fox (Silent Witness) her vile husband Stevens, played by Nick Moran (Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels), and the enigmatic secret agent Walker, played by Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible).  BAFTA-winning comedy actresses Dawn French (Vicar of Dibley) and Rebecca Front (The Thick of It) join the cast respectively as Linda Bourne (Phil’s resourceful mother) and Cox, the ballsy head of MI5 investigating the international plot.

Also appearing are Sarah Solemani (Him and Her) as Lizzie Green, Sam’s former flame and boss, Karel Roden (Hellboy), Stephen Campbell Moore (The History Boys), Dan Renton Skinner (Shooting Stars), Benedict Wong (Sunshine), Tom Basden (Plebs) and Rufus Jones (Hunderby).  The Wrong Mans is a co-production between BBC In-house comedy and Hulu, executive produced by Mark Freeland (BBC) and Charlotte Koh (Hulu). The series is produced and directed by BAFTA nominee Jim Field Smith (Episodes, Butter).
 
Screening on BBC Two
 
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Mathew Baynton, Co-Star & Co-Writer, Mark Freeland, Head of In-House Comedy, BBC, Jim Field Smith, Producer, Broadcaster Andrew Collins will Chair.

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15:15 - 16:15

Tony Hall's Big Decisions

Alan Yentob, Creative Director, BBC
Conor Burns, Member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee
Liz MacKean, Journalist
Michelle Stanistreet, General Secretary, National Union of Journalists
John Sergeant, Broadcaster & Journalist
Neil Midgley, Freelance Journalist
22 August 2013
15:15 - 16:15
The Pentland (Level 3)

Tony Hall has become Director General of the BBC under even more intense scrutiny than his predecessor, after the Newsnight scandals that rocked the corporation last year.  He faced big decisions the moment he took office, so how is he doing so far?

Our panel, starting with different viewpoints on the BBC and representing different points on the political spectrum, will assess five big decisions that Hall has already taken - and will look forward, to advise him on decisions yet to come.  Delegates will also be able to rate the DG's decisions - and to answer the question, how's Tony Hall doing?

"Poverty Porn"? Who Benefits From Documentaries on Recession Britain?

Elaine Bedell, Director of Entertainment & Comedy, ITV
Emma Cooper, Documentaries Commissioner, Channel 4
Katie Buchanan, Executive Producer, Skint
Stevie, Contributor, Nick and Margaret: We Pay Your Benefits
Tom McDonald, Commissioning Executive for Documentaries & Science, BBC
Deborah O'Connor, Head of Factual Development, CPL Productions
Tom McDonald, Commissioning Executive for Documentaries & Science, BBC
Adam Caddy, Commissioning Assistant, BBC
22 August 2013
15:15 - 16:15
The Fintry (Level 3)

As the economy continues to struggle, documentary programme makers are increasingly turning to cash strapped Britain for inspiration – turning their cameras on those at the sharp end of the downturn, a so-called “underclass” who have become people the nation wants to watch.

Programmes about the poorest in society are a mainstay of the documentary tradition but in a world of ratings chasing and the search for the next big hit, has the purpose of these programmes changed? Is this new wave of programmes a response real life or is there something darker going on? A recent article in The Times coined a new phrase for this genre: “Poverty Porn” and accused programme makers of “parading the poor for our entertainment”.

In this panel discussion with programme makers, commissioners, contributors and commentators, we look at why these documentaries have chimed so much with viewers and discuss who really benefits from making these programmes. Is there an ethical line – and if so where would the producers draw it?

Meet The Controller: Stuart Murphy

Stuart Murphy, Director, Entertainment Channels, Sky
Daisy McAndrew, Journalist
Alex Connock, Managing Director, Shine North
Rachel Harris, Senior Development AP, Outline Productions
Liana Lonsdale, Junior Researcher, Shine North
22 August 2013
15:15 - 16:15
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

The last year has seen Sky 1’s original content revolution build speed under Stuart Murphy’s impressive leadership - with a record number of indie commissions and award nods at BAFTA, Rose D’Or and IFTA. The channel’s on-going commitment to both new scripted comedy and drama such as The Smoke continue to lend it critical lustre, whilst a raft of old favourites and US acquisitions such as Arrow - the best rating acquired drama in pay-TV history - have regularly drawn in some of its healthiest consolidated figures.

But accolade and investment aside, can Stuart sustain Sky 1’s ambition to build a beloved ‘brand’ that ensures the health of future business? Where are the big breakout hits in the wake of last year’s push for ‘enormous scale’ entertainment offerings? And with all-access doc Harrow nestled alongside the third series of award-winning Ross Kemp: Extreme World - could factual prove to be the third major pillar of Sky 1’s expansion? Where to next for the innovation and risk-taking with which Sky, and Stuart, have become synonymous…

Brian Henson’s Evolution of Puppetry

Brian Henson, Director, Producer, Writer, Performer, and Chairman, Jim Henson Company
Anna Penney, Head of TV, Taylor Herring Communications
Derek McLean, Creative Director, BBC Entertainment & Events
22 August 2013
15:15 - 16:15
The Moorfoot & Kilsyth

The session is a creative journey through the development of the distinctive Henson puppetry technique. Brian will talk about how the Henson style revolutionised puppetry since the creation of the Muppets in the 1950s and how it paved the way for many of the puppetry and animation techniques we see today. Brian will also present an overview of the groundbreaking technical achievements in animatronics and digital puppetry that continue to be a part of the company’s legacy, and will use live demonstrations to illustrate his presentation and talk about what’s coming next for one of the most iconic entertainment brands ever.

Writing for TV Drama

Chris Chibnall , Writer/Creator of Broadchurch
DC Jackson , Playwright
Cameron Roach , Commissioner, Sky
Simon Curtis, Director
Dan Hine, Head of Comedy, Roughcut TV
22 August 2013
15:15 - 16:15
The Tinto (Level 0)

Are you a writer who has yet to pen their first TV script? Are you already plying your trade in theatre, publishing, advertising or blogs... but toying with the idea of tossing your hat into the TV ring? If yes, then get ahead of the game with this crash course in writing for the small screen. Drama is a cut throat world and not for the faint hearted. Commissions take pride of place in broadcaster’s schedules - a boon for advertisers and audiences alike. They’re also among the most expensive to produce. The stakes couldn’t be higher, so it pays to heed the advice of others and familiarise yourself with the rules of the game.
 This session hears from industry heavyweights who’ve established themselves in TV drama having started out as writers in another guise. They’ll talk about the nuts and bolts of making the leap, the differences between other disciplines and writing for TV, and how a solitary pursuit fits into the more collaborative TV machine. You’ll also hear from a commissioner about the buying side of the business – what they look for when making their choices, and what you can do to make sure your pitch stands out from the crowd. It’s a session full of the kinds of hints, tips, unvarnished truths and personal insights you won’t find in any text book.

16:40 - 17:30

Meet The Controller: Charlotte Moore

Charlotte Moore, Controller, BBC One
Lorraine Heggessey, Executive Chairman, Boom Pictures
Richard Watsham, Senior Commissioning Editor, UKTV
Mel Bezalel, Development Producer, Me & You Productions
Sharifa Mansour, Commissioning Assistant, UKTV
22 August 2013
16:40 - 17:30
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

The pundits announced that 2012 was BBC One’s ‘golden year’ but after the extraordinary success of the Olympics and with Danny Cohen’s recently vacated chair to fill, new controller Charlotte Moore has her work cut out.
 
Those same industry insiders will now be watching to see how she handles her increased remit; which elements of the old strategy remain and which fall by the wayside.
 
How will Charlotte sustain the daytime schedule’s peak now that CBBC has its own home? Will key BBC TWo commissions continue to thrive on One? How will Drama and Entertainment fare given Danny Cohen’s plan to reinvent Factual and Charlotte’s strong record in that area?
 
Don’t miss one of the first opportunities to hear the new controller lay out her stall and find out what she’ll be looking for as the dust settles on a golden but turbulent year.

16:45 - 17:45

Breaking Bad: The Network & GEITF Joint Session Masterclass

Vince Gilligan, Creator, Breaking Bad
Charlie Brooker, Writer & Presenter
Fraser Robinson, VP Scripted Acquisitions and Co-productions, ITV Studios Global
22 August 2013
16:45 - 17:45
The Pentland (Level 3)

As Sony Pictures Television's Breaking Bad goes into the final half of its final series, screenwriter Charlie Brooker sits down with creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan to talk about the creation and production of the program, arguably one of the vanguards of the new golden age of cable television and a UK cult favourite.  This session promises to be a must for any Breaking Bad fan as Charlie quizzes Vince on how the show came to be, talks about his process as a writer and delves deep into the mind of the man who gave Walter White a new lease onflife when he put him behind the wheel of the ‘Krystal Ship’…

A Masterclass: The Great British Bake Off

Richard McKerrow, Creative Director, Love Productions
Anna Beattie, Joint Creative Director, Love Productions
Emma Willis, Commissioning Executive, Producer, Documentaries, BBC
John Whaite, Winner, 2012
Martha Kearney, Broadcaster & Journalist
Anna Fern, Channel Executive, ITV
Claire Lewis, Producer, Wall to Wall
Fiona Campbell, Executive Producer, Independent Commissioning, Current Affairs, BBC
Eloise King, DV Director
Alastair Ulig, Self Shooting Director
22 August 2013
16:45 - 17:45
The Fintry (Level 3)

The Great British Bake Off has been a huge ratings success and has reinvigorated the nation’s interest in baking. We find out how the show was conceived and developed, how it redefined the genre, and what’s in store now it’s set to launch in America. We also hear just what it’s like to have your baking judged by the formidable Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, from the winner of the 2012 Bake Off, John Whaite.

Speak to my Agent: How to Survive the Talent Wars

Anita Land, Director, Capel & Land
Clive Tulloh, Managing Director & Executivr Producer, Burning Bright Productions
Graham Stuart, Managing Director, So Television
Hannah Chambers, Founder & Managing Director, Chambers Management
Richard Allen Turner, Joint Managing Director, Avalon
Kirsty Wark, Broadcaster & Journalist
Miranda Chadwick, Senior Broadcast Agent, ROAR Global
Tom Beck, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment , Channel 4
Ashwin Bhardwaj, Freelance Researcher
Kate Mander, Agent, Roar Global
Sacha Grimsditch, Development Producer, FremantleMedia
22 August 2013
16:45 - 17:45
The Moorfoot & Kilsyth

So: you’ve got a brilliant idea for TV show but you can’t get a broadcaster interested unless you have talent attached….and you can’t get talent attached unless you have a broadcaster interested….and even if you get both, the agent will probably want to take 50% of the IP, greedy bastard.

That’s the accepted story; but is it true, or just a myth pedalled by sour old TV producers, blaming everyone but themselves for their failure to get a decent idea away?

Three legendary agents and two uber-producers get to the heart of the battle for talent, answering the questions you really want to ask: how to approach talent; how to make your pitch attractive; the best ways to deal with demanding agents and difficult broadcasters; changing power relationships between talent and producers; and what is best practice in negotiating the marriage of a genius TV idea with a national treasure.

18:45 - 20:00

The James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture: Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey, Academy Award winning actor, director & producer
22 August 2013
18:45 - 20:00
McEwan Hall, Teviot Place

From his unique perspective as a director, producer and actor working across the world on stage and screen, mainstream networks and the internet, Kevin Spacey will consider the changes sweeping across our industry and the opportunities for innovation and creativity for those who live to tell stories and engage audiences.

Spaces are limited so please promptly to avoid disappointment.

 

 

20:00 - 22:00

ITV Opening Night Drinks

N/A
22 August 2013
20:00 - 22:00
National Museum of Scotland

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 along with a special performance from ITV Talent.


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.

09:00 - 10:00

Post MacTaggart Interview: Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey, Academy Award winning actor, director & producer
23 August 2013
09:00 - 10:00
The Pentland (Level 3)

Following his MacTaggart Lecture, Kevin Spacey is interviewed about his speech and responds to questions from Festival delegates. 

Meet The Controller: Emma Tennant

Emma Tennant, Controller, UKTV
Boyd Hilton, TV & Reviews Editor, Heat Magazine
Alex Connock, Director of New Business, Shine
Amy Dallmeyer, Producer, Fresh One
Liana Lonsdale, Junior Researcher, Shine North
23 August 2013
09:00 - 10:00
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

Almost two years into her job as Controller of UKTV and its clear Emma’s had a formidable impact with the Network claiming 2012 was the most successful in its 20-year history - spearheaded by shows including Dynamo: Magician Impossible on Watch and Red Dwarf X on Dave.

But like all channels the last year has seen hits and misses – while natural history channel Eden has ordered a beefed up second season of David Attenborough’s Natural Curiosities following its successful first series, The Incredible Mr Goodwin failed to match the feats of Dynamo: Magician Impossible. And at last year’s session she accepted they needed to “work a bit harder” in order to ensure each channel has its own identity and stated that the network of channels needed "restructuring”.

UKTV’s portfolio has since grown to 11 channels with the launch of Drama and reinforced its commissioning team to cope with the extra demand for original shows but can the network realistically compete with terrestrial channels where original content is concerned and how does Emma plan to ensure she emulates the success of 2012 in the year ahead?

A Masterclass: The Undateables

Liam Humphreys, Head of Factual Entertainment, Channel 4
Sarah Spencer, Series Producer
Vicky Hamburger, Executive Producer
Sam Barnard, An 'Undateable'
Malcolm Barnard
Katie Piper, Charity Campaigner, TV Presenter & Best-Selling Author
Meredith Chambers, Chief Creative Officer, Twenty Twenty
Natalie McArdle, Assistant Producer Factual Development, Twenty Twenty
23 August 2013
09:00 - 10:00
The Moorfoot & Kilsyth

It's one of the unexpected factual hits of the last few years, a series about love and disability that's had everyone talking. The Undateables started amidst controversy but is now a central part of Channel 4's identity and is getting itself ready for a welcome return this autumn.  It's a tough show to make, and this masterclass will talk to commissioner Liam Humphreys and key members of the production team at Betty to get to the bottom of how they pull it off.  Who dreamt it up?  Who thought of that title?  How do you cast it?  How do you manage such complicated consents? How do you keep it real? - And how do you ensure the craft values stay high?  It's a show that would be nothing without the Undateables themselves - and we are joined by Sam to give his perspective of his search for love.

Ones To Watch Live Pitch

Tabitha Jackson, Commision Editor, Arts, Channel 4
Alex Ayling, Channel Manager, YouTube
Vivienne Molokwu, Senior Producer
23 August 2013
09:00 - 10:00
The Tinto (Level 0)

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, Tabitha Jackson, for a £4000 commission to realise their idea as a Random Acts film. They’ll get feedback on their ideas live on stage. You’ll also see the Random Act produced by last year’s winner, Preethi Mavahalli. The lucky winner will be crowned at the end of the session.


10:00 - 17:15

BBC Academy: One to One Coaching

Colin McKerchar, Talent Manager, BBC Arts
Nick Pascazio, Head of HR, BBC Finance and Business
Anne Morrison, Director, BBC Academy
23 August 2013
10:00 - 17:15
Location by arrangement

1000 – 1115 – Session 1 - Colin McKerchar, Talent Manager, BBC Arts
1130 – 1245 – Session 2 - Colin McKerchar, Talent Manager, BBC Arts
1300 – 1415 – Session 3 - Nick Pascazio, Head of HR, BBC Finance and Business
1430 – 1545 – Session 4 - Nick Pascazio, Head of HR, BBC Finance and Business
1600 – 1715 – Session 5 - Anne Morrison, Director, BBC Academy

This one-to-one leadership coaching session provides a confidential, non-judgmental setting where you can take time to explore often complex issues. The Coach will question, listen and challenge to help you explore and develop your thinking in order to find your own answers and solutions. The sessions are bookable only.    To book a session please email Nina.Bhagwat@bbc.co.uk or call Nina on 07711 349262 to secure a slot. Sessions will run between 10am and 5:15pm and will last for 1 hour and 15 mins.  Location by mutual arrangement.

10:30 - 11:30

Room 101: Edinburgh Special

Frank Skinner, Comedian
Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC Two & BBC Four
Stuart Murphy, Entertainment Channels, Sky
Tim Hincks, President, Endemol
Stuart Mather, Series Producer, Hat Trick Productions
Adam Copeland, Producer, Hat Trick Productions
Rob Aslett, Director, Avalon
Zoe Clapp, Communications Director, UKTV
23 August 2013
10:30 - 11:30
The Pentland (Level 3)

Frank Skinner hosts a special Festival edition of the pet-hate comedy show, with top TV execs revealing their personal TV industry peeves.  Expect fresh insights, revealing chat and fierce competition, as they battle to convince Frank to banish their long-held gripes and grievances to the infamous Room 101!

The Futureview - What the Hell's Big Data and Why Should What Sky and Tesco Are Doing With It Matter to Creatives?

Adrian Letts, COO, Tesco Digital Entertainment
Kenneth Cukier, Data Editor, The Economist & Author
Mark Boyd, Founder, Gravity Road
Fi Glover, Broadcaster & Journalist, BBC
Richard Kilgarriff, Managing Director, Bookomi
23 August 2013
10:30 - 11:30
The Fintry (Level 3)

Once upon a time, creative decisions were made on the basis of experience and intuition. Focus groups helped to develop, but not determine content and panel data was used to measure success after broadcast. All that is changing with our ability to collect and correlate vast amounts of personal data in real time; from social media, search engines, set-top boxes and shopping carts – telling us what people want, when they want it. But where is this leading? Will there be room for original, game-changing ideas in a world where we give everyone what they want without knowing, or caring why?

In this session you’ll get an introduction to Big Data from one of the world’s leading experts on the subject, The Economist’s Kenn Cukier, followed by three short presentations from three industry figures who are leading the charge into data driven content.

Meet The Controller: Peter Fincham

Peter Fincham, Director of Television, ITV
Martha Kearney, Broadcaster & Journalist
Jason Mills, Editor, Web, ITV News
Paul Brand, Political Correspondent, ITV News
Amy Dallmeyer, Producer, Fresh One
23 August 2013
10:30 - 11:30
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

Broadchurch, Downton Abbey, Mr Selfridge, Saturday Night Takeaway, Exposure. ITV according to The Guardian is “on a roll”, with ITV’s controller Peter Fincham saying “now is the time to up our level of risk”.  But with one of those risks – Vicious – being viciously attacked by the critics, what risk, if any, is he prepared to take next?

With Dancing on Ice due to end next year, this session will delve into what sort of shows Peter thinks can replace it, and how much longer the other big entertainment juggernauts such as The X Factor (returning for a tenth series) and BGT can last.

With successes in factual programmes such as Long Lost Family, For the Love of Dogs and Inside Death Row, what are the next steps for this difficult genre?  And with Scott and Bailey, Endeavour, Foyle’s War and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher proving crime still pays for ITV, what are the other types of drama he’ll invest in, in future? Where next for ITV?

There’s only one place to find out.

Court on Camera

David McKenna, Chief Executive, Victim Support Scotland
Jack Davidson QC
John Cooper QC
John Battle, Head of Compliance, ITN
Nick Holt, Director, The Murder Trial, Windfall Films
Alastair Stewart, Broadcaster & Journalist, ITV News
Meredith Chambers, Chief Creative Officer, Twenty Twenty
Louise Hammersley, Senior Lawyer, Shed Media
Natalie McArdle, Assistant Producer, Factual Development, Twenty Twenty
23 August 2013
10:30 - 11:30
The Moorfoot & Kilsyth

Why can’t we film justice being done in England?  From OJ to Pistorius, Pussy Riot to The Hague, we’ve grown used to seeing the law in action in almost every other country in the world.  So when will the TV news show real faces rather than cartoonish sketches?  When will we witness history-changing verdicts live?

ITN’s Alastair Stewart will play judge as a leading QC interrogates witnesses for and against cameras in court.  Powerful arguments will be heard from both sides of the debate, from Christopher Jeffries the landlord portrayed as a murderer by the press, to John Battle, Head of Compliance at ITN, to the film-makers behind the recent landmark doc in the Scottish courts, The Murder Trial.

The session will consider whether the government’s dragging its’ heels despite talk of full coverage and question whether when filming in court does come, will it mean the end of justice as we know it?  At the end of the session Alastair will ask the audience for a verdict, do we really need TV in the courtroom?

11:00 - 12:30

BBC Academy Workshop: Creative Leadership

Linda Green, BBC Academy
23 August 2013
11:00 - 12:30
Mezzanine Level

Do you want to find out what type of creative leader you are? This is the session for you if you are keen to identify your strengths when working creatively.


Whether you are leading a creative session, a team, or an organisation, guiding others to discover novel ideas and innovative solutions has become ever more important to stand out and keep up with change. The BBC Creative Leadership Programme will share what makes a great creative leader and allow you to test drive some tools and techniques to maximise your leadership skills. The sessions will be part pre-bookable and drop-in on the day. To book a session please email Nina.Bhagwat@bbc.co.uk or call Nina on 07711 349262 by 10 August to secure a slot.

11:45 - 13:45

BBC Academy: Ed Talks @ The Lomond Foyer

Karen Smith, Managing Director, Tuesday's Child Television
Simon Dickson, Managing Director, Dragonfly Film & Television Productions
Tim Hincks, Chairman, Endemol UK
23 August 2013
11:45 - 13:45
The Lomond Foyer

11:45 - 11:55, Karen Smith, MD, Tuesday's Child Television

In this fast moving 10 minute session, a big TV name will talk for five minutes and then take questions from the floor.

13:05 - 13:15, Simon Dickson, Managing Director of Dragonfly Film & Television Productions

In this fast moving 10 minute session, Simon Dickson, Managing Director of Dragonfly Film & Television Productions will talk for five minutes and then take questions from the floor.

Producer: Frank Ash, BBC Academy

13:35 - 13:45, Tim Hincks, Chairman, Endemol UK

In these fun and fast moving 10 minute sessions the great and the good of the TV industry will hold forth for five minutes and then take questions from the floor on a variety of subjects.

Producer: Sarah Wood, BBC Academy

12:00 - 13:00

The Worst TV I’ve Ever Made and Everything it Taught Me

Jonathan Stadlen, Executive Producer, Knickerbockerglory
Lisa Clark, Company Director, Pett Productions
Clive Tulloh, Managing Director & Executive Producer, Burning Bright Productions
Murray Boland, Creative Director, CPL Productions
Wayne Garvie, Chief Creative Officer, International Production, Sony Pictures TV
Katy Thorogood, Commissioner, Daytime and Factual, ITV
Shaun Parry, Head of Entertainment, Endemol
23 August 2013
12:00 - 13:00
The Pentland (Level 3)

Noone starts out intending to make a bad programme. You start production on any new TV show with optimism and passion. You imagine the award ceremony, the reviews and plaudits as your show changes the TV landscape with its sheer brilliance and creativity. But… sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Either it starts to unravel along the way or the audience just rejects your beautifully crafted creation.  Either way it’s a very public and humiliating experience. But the good news is (and whisper it but...) in one way or another we’ve all been there. And if you haven’t, you’re fibbing.  In a joyous celebration of failure, four brave TV execs will talk to Wayne Garvie about the worst shows they’ve ever made. We’ll see clips of these shows, hear tales of disaster from the front lines of television and find out what they learnt from their mistakes. They’ll also be joined by various other producers on VT who will confess their very own TV nightmares.

Beyond Broadcasting: Working with the New Entertainers - YouTube, XBox, Machinima

Ben McOwen Wilson, Director of TV, YouTube
Kate Barnes, Executive Producer, EMEA TV, Microsoft
Philip DeBevoise, President & Co-Founder, Machinima
Tim Hincks, President, Endemol
Victoria Jaye, Head of Television Content Online & IPTV , BBC
Jen Topping, Business Manager, Soho Productions, Microsoft
Nick Horton, Development AP, Big Earth Productions
23 August 2013
12:00 - 13:00
The Fintry (Level 3)

More and more audiences are spending time being entertained by providers beyond traditional TV broadcasters and channels.  In this session, you’ll hear why from three ‘new world’ entertainers:  Xbox, YouTube and Machinima.

These companies are growing their audience globally, working with high profile and emerging talent and redefining approaches to funding and originating content.

The focus of discussion will be around creativity. Do these entertainers herald new creative opportunities for producers in the UK? If, so, at what scale? What content is most successful and why? How does talent management work? Who’s making money and what have been the big learnings over the last year?

This session is primarily aimed at UK TV producers looking to strengthen their relationship with these new platforms and understand the content opportunities they present.

Meet The Controller: Julian Bellamy

Julian Bellamy, Creative Director & Head of Production & Development, Discovery Networks International
Richard Bacon, Broadcaster
Richard Watsham, Senior Commissioning Editor, UKTV
23 August 2013
12:00 - 13:00
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

Discovery Networks International is breaking new ground - working with more UK indies than ever before; launching brand new talent and reaching new heights with ratings winners around the globe.  Now, two years into a major investment cycle, Creative Director Julian Bellamy discusses his strategy and ambitions for the year ahead.
 
He’ll be talking about the personal shift to a more global perspective and the opportunities inherent in having a show that’s watched by potentially more than 400 million households around the world.
 
As he continues to ramp up content supply to support the launch of TLC around the world, how will Julian’s teams be able to match successes from the US network in the shape of Honey-Boo Boo and Breaking Amish?
 
And with the demand for new factual and fact entertainment programming, how will independent producers reap the benefits if they bring DNI their best ideas?

How to Get a Sitcom Commissioned

Ash Atalla, Managing Director, Rough Cut
Henry Normal, Managing Director & Executive Producer, Baby Cow Productions
Myfanwy Moore, Director of Comedy, ITV
Phil Clarke, Head of Comedy, Channel 4
Jason Manford, Comedian
Chris Sussman, Executive Editor, Comedy, BBC
23 August 2013
12:00 - 13:00
The Moorfoot & Kilsyth

There’s never been a better time to be working in the comedy industry. From BBC1 to ITV2, Sky Atlantic to UK Gold, Netflix to YouTube, there are more channels commissioning original comedy than ever before. So with all this money flying around, how can you get a slice of the action? What can you do to turn your idea for a sitcom into a fully commissioned production?

Join our panel of genre experts, including some of the most prolific commissioners and busiest producers from the past year, as they discuss everything you need to know to get a commission: the most successful ways to pitch, how to get the best out of writers, how to attach top talent, where to find co-funding, the merits of treatments versus scripts, where to take your idea, how to negotiate the minefield of the commission process.

More than 50 new comedies launched in 2013. If you want yours to join the list in 2014, this is the session for you.

13:00 - 13:45

Meet the Scots - Commissioners & Producers Networking Lunch

Creative Scotland
23 August 2013
13:00 - 13:45
The Tinto (Level 0)

Creative Scotland is the national agency for the arts, screen & creative industries.  Join us for an informal networking lunch, and get a chance to meet upcoming writers, TV producers, locations finders and the key funders who can help you bring your next project to Scotland.  

Creative Scotland aims to stimulate growth in Scotland’s independent television production companies, by investing in, and promoting, Scottish talent and bringing Scottish creative content into every home in Scotland.  Creative Scotland has partnerships with BBC Scotland, Channel 4, STV and MG Alba to develop and promote Scottish productions to broadcasters in the UK and internationally and supporting Scottish talent, producers, writers and crews.

13:30 - 15:00

Screening: Man Down

Greg Davies, Comedian
Andrew Collins, Broadcaster & TV Critic for The Guardian & the Radio Times
Fraser Robinson, VP Scripted Acquisitions & Co-productions, ITV Studios Global
23 August 2013
13:30 - 15:00
The Filmhouse

Man Down

Greg Davies, stand-up comedian and Mr Gilbert in the hit TV series and film The Inbetweeners, and BAFTA-nominated star of Cuckoo, writes and stars in Man Down, a new comedy series produced by Avalon Television for Channel 4.

This new sitcom sees Greg play Dan: a childish idiot trapped in an adults life. Crushing character flaws, an unwanted teaching job, uniquely dysfunctional friends and a wilfully insane Dad (Rik Mayall) conspire to keep this Man down. Man Down is commissioned by Nerys Evans, C4's Deputy Head of Comedy.  The series is directed by Matt Lipsey (Psychoville and Saxondale), while the Executive Producers are James Taylor, Richard Allen-Turner, and Jon Thoday.

Screening on Channel 4


This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Greg Davies
 

BOOK TICKETS HERE

13:45 - 14:45

The Alternative MacTaggart: Mary Portas

Mary Portas
Richard Bacon, Broadcaster
Carolyn Clancy, Freelance Series Producer
23 August 2013
13:45 - 14:45
The Pentland (Level 3)

Mary Portas wants to strip television right back to its essence.  In a world where TV has become more and more constructed, she argues that the best way to tell stories is to simplify the process and unlock the truth of the subject matter.  In this year’s Alternative MacTaggart, Mary will defend truth in television, and ask why simplicity and integrity are so often sacrificed by channels and programme makers in their quests for good overnights.   Listen to her champion TV as a force for good and social change rather than just an entertainment medium, and argue against a growing over-reliance on format and story…at the expense of the message.

A Pointless Masterclass: How Daytime Formats are Becoming Primetime Hits

Kirsten O'Brien, Presenter
Richard Osman, Co-host of Pointless
Liam Keelan, Global Editorial Director, BBC Worldwide
David Flynn, Chief Creative Officer, Endemol UK
Abdullai Adejumo, Freelance Producer & Director
Brendan Miller, Series Producer, BBC Question Time
23 August 2013
13:45 - 14:45
The Fintry (Level 3)

Since 2009 Pointless has turned from a cult hit into a BBC One favourite. Its leisurely pace, love of esoteric knowledge, and (what Richard Osman has described as) the "Brokeback Mountain-style sexual frisson" between himself and presenter Alexander Armstrong has seen it turn into a Saturday night fixture. In this session we are joined by the co-host of the show, Richard Osman; co-creator and exec producer David Flynn, MD of Remarkable Television; and former Controller of BBC Daytime, Liam Keelan, to hear about how the show was conceived, how it moved to BBC One, and find out how Richard - once a jobbing exec producer - ended up on screen. 

This is a golden era for daytime television with quizzes like The Chase and Tipping Point making it an increasingly competitive slot. These low cost, innovative formats can become the ‘bread and butter’ of a production company, providing longer term financial stability and creative freedom elsewhere in the market.  This session will teach you everything you need to know about developing (and producing) a daytime hit that could go primetime and where the next big opportunity may lie.

Meet The Controller: Angela Jain

Angela Jain, Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, ITV 2
Daisy McAndrew, Journalist
Jason Mills, Editor, Web, ITV News
Paul Brand, Political Correspondent, ITV News
Amy Dallmeyer, Producer, Fresh One
23 August 2013
13:45 - 14:45
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

"Surprise us” is the phrase ITV2 gives to indies hoping to pitch. But with staples such as TOWIE and Celebrity Juice still going strong, and an acknowledgement that a lot of the schedule is taken up with switchover shows from ITV – how much room has Angela really got for surprises? Last year she also said the channel’s image needed “sprucing up” so have successes like Plebs done the trick, or is there room for more comedy? And whilst
the Big Reunion was the channel’s highest new series launch in years, do the likes of such nineties pop revivals really live up to the boast to be broad, young and with tongue firmly in cheek without giving producers conflicting signals about the way ahead?

Media Crisis LIVE!

Dan Sabbagh, National News Editor, The Guardian
Jonathan Shalit, Chairman, ROAR Global
Lorraine Heggessey, Executive Chairman, Boom Pictures
Steve Hewlett, Guardian Columnist & Presenter of the BBC Radio 4 Media Show
Jack Lundie, Director of Brands & Communications, Save the Children
Patricia Lodge, Communications Director, Comedy Central
23 August 2013
13:45 - 14:45
The Moorfoot & Kilsyth

When a story about your programme or Talent threatens to become a full-blown scandal, bringing your reputation into question and ruining lives, what's the best way to react? When social media kicks in and starts buzzing with negative noise, what should you do? Push back, laugh it off, or let it blow itself out? In a live simulation of a bad story starting to break on Twitter and Facebook, this session challenges three media heavyweights to make the calls and avoid the storm.  Lorraine Heggessey, ex Controller of BBC One and Kelvin MacKenzie  and Dan Sabbagh who have fanned the flames in the media, take part in Edelman's cutting edge simulation, and you get to play along.  Social media has changed the game. Can they do better than those at the heart of the recent crises rocking our industry?

15:15 - 16:15

We Need to Talk About Commissioning

Danny Cohen, Director of Television, BBC
Jay Hunt, Chief Creative Officer, Channel 4
Stuart Murphy, Director, Entertainment Channels, SKY
Peter Fincham, Director of Television, ITV
Lorraine Heggessey, Executive Chairman, Boom Pictures
Neale Simpson, Head of Entertainment Development, RDF Television
Nick Thorogood, SVP Content and Marketing, Scripps Networks Interactive EMEA
23 August 2013
15:15 - 16:15
The Pentland (Level 3)

It should be the happiest of relationships, the visionary commissioner and the creative producer. Why has the supposed breakdown of this happy union made front page news in the media press?

In the largest survey of its kind conducted by Broadcast Magazine, top independent producers have been asked to reveal the truth about their relationships with commissioners and talk about the best and worst of their experiences.

The results of the Broadcast survey will be put to a panel of the broadcasting elite; the channel creative leads who select and manage the commissioning teams. Panel members Danny Cohen, Stuart Murphy, Peter Fincham and Jay Hunt will answer the questions: is the commissioning system working, how and what value do commissioners add, is there a model for best practice, and who do the indies rate (or not) for their commissioning teams and processes.

The industry is talking about it, the media is talking about it, now we need to talk about commissioning.

A very special thank-you to Potion Animation for producing the VT's

Battling for the Control: Television Vs. The Politicians

Damian McBride
Michael Cockerell
Kirsty Wark
Brendan Miller, Producer, BBC Question Time
23 August 2013
15:15 - 16:15
The Fintry (Level 3)

More than half a century after the first ever on screen interviews, the relationship between politicians and television is as important and as contentious as ever. From being grilled by Paxman, to being tested by ordinary voters, politicians have learnt that the screen can be a both an opportunity for power and disaster. In this session we will watch a number of the encounters between television and politics that have shaped recent political history, and analyse and debate them with the help of political journalist and film-maker, Michael Cockerell, and Labour's former spin doctor, Damian McBride.  Are aggressive interviews the best means to hold our political masters to account or is seduction more effective? Should Sky have released the private recording of Brown talking about 'that bigoted woman'? Were the leadership debates good for our democracy? Chairing the panel is distinguished political interviewer and Newsnight presenter, Kirsty Wark.

 

Meet The Controller: Zai Bennett

Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three
Benji Wilson, Journalist, Critic, Broadcaster & Author
Richard Watsham, Senior Commissioning Editor, UKTV
Mel Bezalel, Development Producer, Me & You Productions
Sharifa Mansour, Commissioning Assistant, UKTV
23 August 2013
15:15 - 16:15
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

BBC Three has come of age this year as it celebrates its first digital decade. The channel has been transformed since its early days of struggling ratings and swathe of shock docs.
 
The last year has seen an increasing shift in focus to comedy with the growth of the successful Feed My Funny online comedy pilots and the launch of ratings juggernaut, Cuckoo. The channel also tackled controversial subject matter in Bluestone 32 and Way to Go. These, along with acclaimed docu-soap The Call Centre, made for a good year for BBC 3 despite 20% budget cuts.

With two years at the helm now under his belt, Zai Bennett’s mission to reinvent comedy and cement the channel’s factual credentials is well on its way. How does he plan to increase the number of million plus commissions as he shifts the focus to popular factual and can he keep it relevant for a youth audience?

Making Crime Pay

Jane Featherstone, Chief Executive, Kudos Film & Television
Neil Cross, Screenwriter & Novelist. Creator of Luther
Mark Billingham, Crime Fiction Writer
Kate Harwood, Controller Series and Serials Drama Production, BBC
Neil Midgley, Freelance Journalist
23 August 2013
15:15 - 16:15
The Moorfoot & Kilsyth

From Midsomer Murders to New Tricks to Prime Suspect, crime drama is one of the most enduring parts of our TV schedules, providing a vehicle for all kinds of stories. In the year that two very different new shows – ITV’s Broadchurch and BBC Two’s The Fall – have become both critical and ratings hits, our expert panel asks what it is in the DNA of crime drama that makes it so popular.

Chaired by crime novelist Mark Billingham, whose Thorne novels were adapted by Sky1, the panel will also look to the future and analyse whether – and how – the crime hits can keep on coming. Billingham will be joined by Jane Featherstone, the chief executive of Broadchurch producers Kudos, and the writer of Luther, Neil Cross.

CCTV Commissioners Pitch

CCTV
23 August 2013
15:15 - 16:15
The Tinto (Level 0)

Following the successful “Collaborations in China” session last year, China Central Television (CCTV) is coming back to Edinburgh to move on to the next stage – finding the right programmes to commission for CCTV channels. The heads of TV drama , new programme commissioning, as well as executives in charge of international collaborations will be watching a range of TV programme formats, ideas and finished drama to decide upon which ones they’d like to progress further into co-development, co-production or license for CCTV channels. As panellists, these top CCTV executives’ comments and feedback will also provide invaluable insights into the types of programme the Chinese television market is looking for.

15:30 - 17:00

BBC Academy: Creative Leadership

Linda Green, BBC Academy
23 August 2013
15:30 - 17:00
Mezzanine Level

Do you want to find out what type of creative leader you are? This is the session for you if you are keen to identify your strengths when working creatively.

Whether you are leading a creative session, a team, or an organisation, guiding others to discover novel ideas and innovative solutions has become ever more important to stand out and keep up with change. The BBC Creative Leadership Programme will share what makes a great creative leader and allow you to test drive some tools and techniques to maximise your leadership skills. The sessions will be part pre-bookable and drop-in on the day. To book a session please email Nina.Bhagwat@bbc.co.uk or call Nina on 07711 349262 by 10 August to secure a slot.

16:15 - 16:45

CCTV Networking Drinks

CCTV
23 August 2013
16:15 - 16:45
The Lomond Foyer

China Central Television (CCTV) invite you to join them for drinks and one to one discussions on collaboration opportunities in the Lomond Foyer.

16:45 - 17:45

Global Format Deathmatch!

Barnaby Shingleton, Head of Entertainment, Zodiak Rights
Henrik Pabst, Red Arrow
David Roper, Pianist, Four Poofs and A Piano
Mark Dolan, Comedian, Writer & TV Presenter
Lynn Sutcliffe, Development Director, CPL Productions
Rachel Davidson, Head of Press, UK , Zodiak Media
Simon Crossley, Senior Producer, Zodiak Media
23 August 2013
16:45 - 17:45
The Fintry (Level 3)

It’s time to celebrate the weird and wonderful world of international formats with Edinburgh’s first ever Global Format Deathmatch! Two TV industry professionals will go head-to-head in an attempt to impress the audience by presenting the weirdest, most innovative and surprisingly successful formats from around the world.

Offering a unique glimpse into the world of international formats, this session will focus on programmes that are currently making waves abroad but have yet to make it to our shores. What can we learn from these unusual shows and do they reflect wider trends that are heading our way?

Meet the Controller: Ben Frow

Ben Frow, Director of Programmes, Channel 5
Rick Edwards, Presenter
Jason Mills, Editor, Web, ITV News
Jennifer Shaw, Development Assistant Producer , Boundless
Christopher Payne, Producer, North One Television
23 August 2013
16:45 - 17:45
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

It’s been all change at the top of Channel 5 as Ben Frow returns to the broadcaster as Director of Programming, following Jeff Ford’s departure last year. With Ford attempting to leave behind a “fun, passionate, honest and relevant” channel, we discover how Ben’s vision and tone will shape it in the years to come.  Will we see a shift away from the ever constant “blue light shows” to a wider range of genres?  How does he plan to capitalise on the lucrative Big Brother demographic flocking to the channel?  And is getting a commission really all in the title?  If it is, maybe we can even get one of your ideas green-lit during the session?!

Champagne & Canapes with Sony Pictures Television

Sony Pictures Television
23 August 2013
16:45 - 17:45
The Moorfoot & Kilsyth

Join Andrea Wong, Sony Pictures Television’s President of International Production and executives from SPT’s UK production companies for an informal and fun hour of networking, champagne and canapés.

Synaesthesia – A Creativity Showcase

Alex Horne, Comedian, TV Presenter and Musician
Rob Deering, Comedian, Guitarist and Writer
Dr Julia Simner, Head of the Synaesthesia & Sensory Integration Lab, Edinburgh University
23 August 2013
16:45 - 17:45
The Tinto (Level 0)

In this fascinating session,  Alex Horne (comedian, TV presenter and musician), Rob Deering (comedian, guitarist and writer) and Dr Julia Simner, Head of the Synaesthesia & Sensory Integration Lab at Edinburgh University will explore  the concept of all things ‘Synaesthesia’ in relation to sound, music and image.
 
As thought leaders in music and synchronisation, Audio Network is thrilled to bring this, their flagship event, to GEITF for the first time.  Prepare to be challenged about the way you perceive your senses and let us feed your imagination in this hour of provocative presentations and performances.  
 
You may never think in the same way again!

18:15 - 19:00

Channel of the Year Awards: Hosted by Dara O Briain

Dara O Briain
Duncan Gray, Creative Director, Princess Productions
James Longman, Series Producer, Comedy & Entertainment
23 August 2013
18:15 - 19:00
The Pentland (Level 3)

Now in its 12th consecutive year, the Channel of the Year Awards recognise the increasingly competitive and often challenging market that today's TV companies operate in, and celebrate the creative, innovative and commercial solutions that both channels and production companies present.

The nominations are:

Channel of the Year
ITV
BBC One
BBC Two
BBC Three
BBC Four
Sky 1 HD
Channel 4

Channel Breakthrough
Sky Arts
Channel 4 (Disability awareness)
The ITV Rebrand
Watch
Comedy Central

Production Company of the Year
Kudos
Wall to Wall
CPL Productions
The Garden Productions
So Television

New Programme Award
Broadchurch
Bad Education
Girls
Moone Boy
Gogglebox

Programme Innovation Award
Black Mirror
Penguins: Spy in the Huddle
Derren Brown: Apocalypse
The Undateables
Feed My Funny - Comedy Web Pilots

Industry Standout Talent of the Year

The Network and Ones to Watch Programme Choice

New Girl
Black Mirror
Game of Thrones
Broadchurch
The Fall
Breaking Bad

 

21:30 - 02:00

Bands and Arrows Party

UKTV
23 August 2013 -
24 August 2013
21:30 - 02:00
The George Hotel

UKTV and GEITF invite you to celebrate the eve of the final day of the Edinburgh TV Festival at their Bands and Arrows party. Enjoy the festival environment by taking part in Bandeoke and fronting your own live band, or check out the Dave room where TV execs will be pitted against each other in a turbo-charged darts battle. Who will get the bullseye? Come along and find out.

10:00 - 11:00

Question Time: Edinburgh Special

Debbie Manners, Managing Director, KEO FIlms
Rick Edwards, Presenter
Steve Hewlett, Writer, Broadcaster & Media Consultant
Stuart Cosgrove, Director of Creative Diverstiy, Channel 4
Kirsty Wark, Broadcaster & Journalist
Alan Clements, Director of Content, STV
Paul Brand, Political Correspondent, ITV News
24 August 2013
10:00 - 11:00
The Pentland (Level 3)

Head spinning after two days of lectures, debates, and late night drinking?  Why not take stock and refresh the brain cells with a lively special edition of Question Time?  This is your chance to speak out an be heard, or if you prefer to simply sit back and digest.

Meet The Controller: Multi-Channel Entertainment

Lourdes Diaz , VP, Development and Production, Comedy Central International
Sarah Thornton, VP, Production and Development, Lifestyle and Entertainment, Discovery Networks International
Steve Regan, Senior Editorial Director, Commissioning & Production, MTV
Koulla Anastasi, Head of Acquisitions & Commissioning, Crime & Investigation, Network and BIO(tm) at A+E Networks UK
Alex Connock, managing Director, Shine North
Jimmy Tam, Assistant Producer, BBC
Harry Garne, Freelance Assistant Producer
24 August 2013
10:00 - 11:00
The Fintry (Level 3)

Lourdes Diaz from Comedy Central, Steve Regan from MTV, Sarah Thornton from Discovery Networks International and Koulla Anastasi from A+E Networks' forthcoming Lifetime channel all reveal what programming is exciting them and give an exclusive preview of what's coming up next on their channels.

Comedy Central has been working to grow its slate of original UK commissions, which includes the upcoming Big Bad World starring Inbetweeners' Blake Harrison. The channel wants to make homegrown formats that can go global – something it's hoping to do with forthcoming Sean Walsh World. What's the key to making comedy that can work across borders?

Following on from the record success of Geordie Shore, The Valleys has proved to be another smash for MTV – despite attacks from MPs. American reality series Catfish, based on the film of the same name, has a been another hit this year. But what's going to be the next big UK format for MTV?

Sarah Thornton has been leading the hunt for content for Discovery-owned TLC channel, which launched in the UK in April. Female-focused TLC has brought us new commissions Ultimate Shopper with Holly Valance, Undercover Mums with Dawn Porter, as well as the American hits Breaking Amish and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. After an assured debut, what's next for TLC?

Hot on the heels of TLC’s arrival is A+E Networks’ female-skewed channel Lifetime, set to launch in the UK this autumn. As well as US acquisitions such as Jennifer Love Hewitt’s The Client List, they’ve already made their first UK commission – The Proposers, a fly-on-the-wall series about a business that helps people arrange unusual ways to pop the question. Koulla Anastasi is the commissioner for Lifetime. She tells us what to expect and how she plans to make Lifetime stand out in the female pay TV market.

 

11:30 - 12:30

Creative Leadership

Carrie Cracknell, Theatre Director & Associate Director of the Royal Court Theatre
Nick Curwin, Chief Executive, The Garden
Farah Ramzan Golant, Chief Executive, All3Media
Elaine Bedell, Director of Entertainment & Comedy, ITV
Alan Yentob, Creative Director, BBC
Donna Taberer, Head of College of Production, BBC Academy
Jack Lundie, Director of Brand & Communications, Save the Children
Lucy Hooper, Executive Producer, BBC
Linda Green, Development Executive, BBC
Tim Hunt, Marketing Consultant, The Guardian
24 August 2013
11:30 - 12:30
The Pentland (Level 3)

Creativity is the lifeblood of the TV industry, but are we really making the most of our abundant talent? TV from the UK still leads the world in originality and impact, but a recent survey from The Guardian suggests that not everyone working across the industry thinks their creativity is really being allowed to flourish. Maybe success comes despite not because of the way that they are led. Or, more pertinently, aren't!

Exclusively filmed creative approaches from inside companies as diverse as Google and the V & A are discussed by Creative Leaders form TV world, as Alan Yentob attempts to help us discover the secrets to unlocking creative potential. Freedom to fail? Better incentives to win? Ambition and risk? Beanbags and Haribo?

There may well be no set way to lead, manage and inspire creative teams, but there are definitely some universally recognised truths about the nature of creativity – its processes, the cultures in which it thrives and the way works for different people – that are simply not informing leaders in one of the UK’s most valuable creative industries – TV!

Meet The Controller: Antonia Hurford Jones

Antonia Hurford Jones, Channel Director, Sky Living
Rick Edwards, Presenter
Alex Connock, Managing Director, Shine North
Rachel Harris, Senior Development AP, Outline Productions
Harry Garne, Freelance Assistant Producer
24 August 2013
11:30 - 12:30
The Fintry (Level 3)

Less than a year after taking the reigns, Antonia Hurford-Jones has well and truly begun the revamp of traditionally female-skewing Sky Living. With a pledge to challenge the old fashioned view of what women want – apparently more than dieting, weddings and shoes – Antonia has begun to steer the channel towards a broader content offering that reflects the interests of its audience.

This autumn will see the launch of a number of original UK commissions including new drama series Dracula and factual entertainment format The Face with Naomi Campbell, with more to come in the New Year.  But with an already successful slate of high-profile returning series’ including the hit US drama Elementary, does this limit the volume of new shows that the channel can take on in the future? And in the wake of recent big budget commissions, how successfully is Sky Living delivering its promise of shows “loved by women and watched by men"?

13:00 - 14:00

David Arnold Live: Music and Storytelling

David Arnold, Composer
Edith Bowman, Broadcaster
Joff Powell, Founding Managing Director, Broad Bean Media
Marc Robinson, Managing Director Globe – Creative & Commercial Partnerships , Globe/Universal
24 August 2013
13:00 - 14:00
The Pentland (Level 3)

Featuring exclusive live performance of the music from Sherlock 

Join radio host and music journalist Edith Bowman in conversation with award winning international composer David Arnold as they dissect the importance of composition within all media. Whether a title score for Little Britain, the music for Sherlock, composing for Hollywood blockbusters from James Bond to Hot Fuzz or curating the Olympics and Paralympics, David has done it all.  But what is the importance of music within storytelling and how can it hinder or help the end result of our projects? Delving into all aspects of music creation, we will explore how David's hits have helped pictures come to life and discuss moments of immense frustration within the creative process. This is a candid interview with a highly respected composer which will also include some live performances.

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