2012 Programme

10:00 - 10:45

BBC Academy: Get Smarter with Your Smartphone

Marc Settle, Project Producer, BBC Operations
23 August 2012
10:00 - 10:45
The Tinto (Level 0)

Find out how you can join the User Generated Content revolution. 2012 has seen the continuing rise of UGC with programmes often incorporating footage shot on mobile phones. This session is aimed at programme makers who want to learn how to get the best footage from their 'phones. It will give them the skills to record, download and edit footage, and learn how to go live in quality in vision. To get the most out of this session please bring an iphone or ipod touch with you.

10:00 - 17:15

BBC Academy: One-to-One Leadership Coaching

Anne Morrison, Director, BBC Academy
Nick Pascazio, Head of HR - Technology, Information and Archive, BBC
23 August 2012
10:00 - 17:15
Mezzanine Level

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 will be part pre-bookable and drop-in on the day. To book a session please email Nina.Bhagwat@bbc.co.uk by the 10th August to secure a slot. Sessions will run between 10am and 5pm and will last for 1 hour and 15 mins

Session times:

1000 – 1115 – Session 1

1130 – 1245 – Session 2

1300 – 1415 – Session 3

1430 – 1545 – Session 4

1600 – 1715 – session 5

10:30 - 11:30

Meet the Controller: Janice Hadlow

Janice Hadlow, Controller, BBC2, BBC Vision
Lorraine Heggessey, Executive Chair, Boom Pictures
Sebastian Scott, Founder, Prdctble Media
Miranda Chadwick, Senior Broadcast Agent, ROAR Global
Neale Simpson, Development Executive, RDF Television
Chloe Seddon, Assistant Producer, Factual, BBC
James Farrell, Comedy Producer / Writer, BBC Comedy
23 August 2012
10:30 - 11:30
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

BBC2 has had another great year of factual television with strong performances in science, praised documentaries The Tube and Inside Billingsgate, and fresh, intelligent talent featured across the genre. Distinctive formats also triumphed with The Choir: Military Wives becoming a nationwide phenomenon and a BAFTA win for The Great British Bake Off.

The channel's drive to re-invest in drama has seen a number of original and acquired series this year, but they have often struggled to attain the elusive combination of strong ratings and critical acclaim. Has the channel done enough to re-establish its reputation for quality drama as desired by outgoing DG Mark Thompson? Meanwhile, comedy is yet to break through with a new Miranda sized hit - but with DQF reductions in the genre looming, is comedy still even a priority for the channel?

DQF is also set to bring cuts to daytime, entertainment, current affairs and the arts, meaning repeated programming is projected to make up 55% of all content. Is the channel in danger of losing its range, creativity and even its identity?


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11:00 - 12:00

BBC Academy: The Killer Pitch

Nina Bhagwat, Executive Producer, BBC Academy
Charlie Bunce, Head of Features and Formats, Leopard Films
23 August 2012
11:00 - 12:00
The Tinto (Level 0)

Do you want to know who the commissioners really rate as pitchers and developers? After an industry-wide poll - this session will reveal who the commissioners have voted the best pitching teams in the UK. There will also be a panel discussion uncovering the dark art of pitching, and revealing everything you wanted to know about the pitching process but were too afraid to ask. The panel will comprise of the three companies our commissioners and controllers voted the best pitchers.


12:00 - 13:00

Celebrity Juice: Bang Tidy Edinburgh Special

Keith Lemon
Emma Bunton
Holly Willoughby
Ash Atalla, Managing Director, Roughcut Television
Daisy Goodwin, CEO, Silver River Productions
Peter Fincham, Director of Television, ITV
Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three
Anna Fern, Channels Executive, ITV
Dan Baldwin, Managing Director, Talkback
Ed Sleeman, Producer, Talkback
Leon Wilson, Head of Programmes, Talkback
Simon Tomkins, Head of Programme Strategy, ITV2, ITV
23 August 2012
12:00 - 13:00
The Pentland (Level 3)

Don't be a dingbat, come and see the BAFTA and NTA winning ITV2 panel show sensation that's been described as the best telly show on telly (and that's just in its own opening titles). Keith Lemon finds out if top TV execs know their own industry from a potato when it comes to the year's telly news. Holly Willoughbooby and Emma Bunton will lead the teams through bang-tidy rounds such as Lemonhead and the VT round (VT stands for videotape). There's dignity and so much more at stake. If we don't see you through the week, we'll see you through the window. What are the scores? Be there to find out. ‘Shhh-ting!'

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Meet the Controller: Jeff Ford

Jeff Ford, Director of Programmes, Channel 5
Richard Bacon, Broadcaster
Sebastian Scott, Founder, Prdctble Media
Miranda Chadwick, Senior Broadcast Agent, ROAR Global
Neale Simpson, Development Executive, RDF Television
Christopher Payne, Assistant Producer, North One Television
Newton Claire Velji, Senior Producer, Boundless Productions
23 August 2012
12:00 - 13:00
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

Channel 5 is currently going from strength to strength: turnover is up andnew flagship commissions such as


Royal Marines: Mission Afghanistan are embodying Jeff's “honest, passionate and relevant” mantra. Last year's crucial Big Brother gamble was a massive success, both in terms of ratings and public perception for the channel. However, despite Big Brother delivering excellent numbers and a younger audience, attempts to retain this increased demographic has seen mixed success to date.

Looking ahead, what are Ford's big plans for the upcoming year beyond the ratings juggernaut? Will 2012 see bigger entertainment commissioning risks? And what does the newly formed “Channel 5 Productions” mean for the independent sector?

Jeff is here to lay out his vision, answer your questions and reveal what exciting opportunities await producers in the year ahead.

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13:45 - 14:45

Channel 4: Still a Rebel at Thirty?

David Abraham, Chief Executive, Channel 4
Michael Jackson, Television Executive
Alex Connock, Director of New Business, Shine UK
Jason Mills, Editor of Web, ITV News
23 August 2012
13:45 - 14:45
The Pentland (Level 3)

Head to Head - Michael Jackson and David Abraham

Channel 4 - always the rebel with a cause. From the Big Breakfast to Big Brother, The Tube to Brass Eye, Channel 4 News to Dispatches, its mission is to push the boundaries.

But it hits thirty this year. Can it still fulfil its remit to innovate, experiment and be creative? Can it be a middle aged rebel?

Former CEO Michael Jackson uses his unique experience to challenge current boss David Abraham in an authoritative and engaging debate about what Channel 4 actually stands for today.

They'll analyse its past, present and future to find out how Channel 4 will stay true to its underlying philosophy on-air, what kind of business it will be, and what that means for the companies who supply its programmes.

Homeland Leaves Home: The Journey of a Hit International Format

Avi Nir, CEO, Keshet TV
Gideon Raff, Executive Producer, Hatufim & Homeland
Mark Lawson, Broadcaster & Journalist
Fraser Robinson, Development Consultant
23 August 2012
13:45 - 14:45
The Fintry (Level 3)

The first series of Homeland was one of the year's biggest pieces of must-see TV for Showtime in the US and Channel 4 in the UK. But it started its life as the series Prisoners of War in Israel, where it was a landmark series in terms of both ratings and content.

Creator Gideon Raff has been heavily involved in bringing both programmes to life. Joined by executive producer Avi Nir, they will discuss how the idea travelled to America, the creative and business challenges faced in re-creating the concept for an American audience and how they managed to make one concept a hit twice over.

Meet the Controller: Angela Jain

Angela Jain, Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, ITV
Rick Edwards, Broadcaster
Sebastian Scott, Founder, Prdctble Media
Miranda Chadwick, Senior Broadcast Agent, ROAR Global
Neale Simpson, Development Executive, RDF Television
Martin Lau, Development Producer, Thames
Simon Willgoss, Producer, Nutopia
23 August 2012
13:45 - 14:45
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

Angela Jain returns to the Festival for her second year as ITV's Director of Digital Channels, and will reflect on a year of mixed fortunes. She has guided ITV2 to a year of record highs, with Celebrity Juice becoming the most watched show in the channel's history. And ITV3 has risen to become the UK's second biggest digital channel, and ITV4's sports-skewed rejuvenation continues.

But whilst successfully steering an inherited juggernaut of hits on ITV2, including a now Wright-less TOWIE, a new breakout success has been more difficult tomanoeuvre. New reality series The Exclusives and Mark Wright's Hollywood Nights have both struggled in their slots, and newly acquired foreign dramas have failed to capture the imagination.

Witha new original drama and Inbetweeners-style sitcom in the pipeline, are Angela's plans to take ITV Digital to the 'next level' finally taking shape?

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Adam Curtis: A Masterclass

Adam Curtis, Documentary Filmmaker
Sarfraz Manzoor, Writer & Broadcaster
Claire Lewis, Producer, The Gate FIlms
Sarfraz Manzoor, Writer and Broadcaster
23 August 2012
13:45 - 14:45
The Moorfoot & Kilsyth

Adam Curtis is one of the most acclaimed and respected documentary makers in television. His series- including Century of the Self, The Power of Nightmares and, most recently, All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace - are unlike anything else on television: authored arguments made with incredible archive and idiosyncratic music. In this Masterclass Adam Curtis will talk to Sarfraz Manzoor about his approach to documentary making, explain how he goes about making his series and argue that television has nothing to fear from the internet. A true maverick and rare visionary this will be one of the must-see sessions of the Festival.

BBC Academy: Learn from the Greats - The Commissioners

Elaine Bedell, Director of Entertainment and Comedy, ITV
Jane Rogerson, Director of Commissioning, UKTV
Lucy Lumsden, Head of Comedy, Sky Entertainment, BSkyB
Mark Linsey, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, BBC
Ralph Lee, Head of Factual, Channel 4
Boyd Hilton, TV & Reviews Editor, Heat Magazine
Sarah Woods, Executive Producer, BBC Academy
23 August 2012
13:45 - 14:45
The Tinto (Level 0)

Join four of the UK's leading and most powerful commissioners as they bare their creative souls - we'll persuade them to reveal their career highs and lows, along with their tips on reaching the top of the commissioning tree and how to stay there.


15:00 - 16:30

Screening: Friday Night Dinner with live Q&A with Robert Popper, Simon Bird & Tom Rosenthal

Robert Popper, Comedy Producer, Writer & Actor
Simon Bird, Actor & Comedian
Tom Rosenthal, Actor & Comedian
Andrew Collins, Writer & Broadcaster
Fraser Robinson, Development Consultant
Liz Swift, Editorial Producer, MGEITF
23 August 2012
15:00 - 16:30
The Filmhouse

Featuring a stellar ensemble cast including Tamsin Greig (Black Books, Episodes), Simon Bird (The Inbetweeners), Paul Ritter (Pulling), Tom Rosenthal, and Mark Heap (Green Wing, Spaced), Friday Night Dinner is a truly original series about growing up but not growing away. Each episode takes place over the course of a Friday night, as twenty-something brothers Adam (Bird) and Jonny (Rosenthal) go round to their parents' house for Friday night dinner.

In the new series, Adam goes on a date with a girl who smells like mum, Jonny starts going out with an older woman, Mum is forced out the house by a mouse, Dad starts drying fish in the downstairs cupboard, Jim makes a birthday cake for his dog, Wilson, Grandma has an affair with a married man, and we meet Dad's mother - 'Horrible Grandma'.

Friday Night Dinner is written and produced by Robert Popper, whose combined credits as a writer/producer/script editor include Look Around You, Peep Show, South Park, The Inbetweeners, Him&Her and The IT Crowd. He is also the author - as Robin Cooper - of the bestselling, Timewaster Letters books.

Screening on Channel 4

15:15 - 16:15

BBC DG 2.0

Andy Harries, Chief Executive, Left Bank Pictures
Greg Dyke
Lorraine Heggessey, Executive Chair, Boom Pictures
Stewart Purvis, British Broadcaster & Academic
Steve Hewlett, Writer, Broadcaster & Media Consultant
Abigail Appleton, Head of Commissioning, BBC
Richard Watsham, Senior Commissioning Editor, UKTV
23 August 2012
15:15 - 16:15
The Pentland (Level 3)

The arrival of the next Director-General heralds a critical new era for the BBC. There are key decisions to be made that will help shape the future of broadcasting in the UK. So how will George Entwistle manage the BBC's creative direction, redefine its sense of purpose or its relationship with audiences? And where will the toughest challenges come from - funding, government, the competition or new technology? Journalist and broadcaster, Steve Hewlett chairs a heavyweight paneldiscussing which big issues should be at the top of the new DG's in-tray.

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Who Needs a Commission Anyway?

Fleur De Force, Vlogger & Blogger
Jamal Edwards, CEO, SB.TV
Justin Gayner, Creative Director, Channel Flip
Lisa Opie, Managing Director, Twofour Digital & Rocket Science
Jason Bradbury, Host of the Gadget Show
Richard Waterworth, Head of B2B Marketing, YouTube EMEA
Kate Ward, Head of Business and Operations, Brown Eyed Boy
23 August 2012
15:15 - 16:15
The Fintry (Level 3)

With more views than many channels can dream of, there is a new generation and they will not wait to create. This isn't a panel about platforms but the creative trailblazers who are going straight to their audience. In a direct to audience world, who needs a commission? Come along and meet YouTube stars, the UK's most famous young tech entrepreneur and the production execs that say this is the way forward.


Meet the Controller: Zai Bennett

Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three
Matthew Wright, Broadcaster & Journalist
Sebastian Scott, Founder, Prdctble Media
Miranda Chadwick, Senior Broadcast Agent, ROAR Global
Neale Simpson, Development Executive, RDF Television
Christopher Payne, Assistant Producer, North One Television
Newton Claire Velji, Senior Producer, Boundless Productions
23 August 2012
15:15 - 16:15
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

One year after taking the reigns at BBC Three, Zai Bennett's influence has started to hit our screens. From brave commissioning such as My Murder, to establishing new talent on Live At The Electric to axing long running favourites like Doctor Who Confidential Zai certainly hasn't been afraid to take risks. However BBC Three is still lacking its next big hit.


The year ahead will see Zai's channel facing DQF cuts of 15%, the largest of any of the BBC's line up – meaning more repeats, less original content as well as a refocused supporting role to BBC1. Zai is here in Edinburgh to outline what this means in real terms for the channel, how he plans on delivering quality first with a significantly reduced budget, and what he's looking for from producers in 2012.

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China: A Long Walk for a Short Drink?

Boji Sheng, Administrative Deputy Chief Editor, Hunan Broadcasting System
Jean Dong, Managing Director, Zespa Media
Richard Shaw, Head of Development & Executive Producer, Lion TV
Sun Shuyun, Director & Producer
Zhao Wenjiang, Deputy Director of Programme Control, China Central TV
Wayne Garvie, Chief Creative Officer, International Production, Sony Pictures Television
Ian Russell, Director of Co-Production & Executive Producer, Cineflix Productions (UK)
Fraser Robinson, Development Consultant
23 August 2012
15:15 - 16:15
The Moorfoot & Kilsyth

China is quickly gaining a reputation as a territory that is hungry for co-produced programming and formats, with plenty of talk about how much opportunity there is to be had. But is it really as easy as going over and getting a commission or is it actually 'a long walk for a short drink'?

Representatives from Chinese State Television as well as producers who have actually worked there on a variety of programmes will join us for a frank and illuminating discussion about what Chinese broadcasters are looking for and what differences you can expect when working there.

16:30 - 17:30

Meet the Controller: Jay Hunt

Jay Hunt, Chief Creative Officer, Channel 4
Kirsty Young, Broadcaster
Sebastian Scott, Founder, Prdctble Media
Miranda Chadwick, Senior Broadcast Agent, ROAR Global
Neale Simpson, Development Executive, RDF Television
Martin Lau, Development Producer, Thames
Simon Willgoss, Producer, Nutopia
23 August 2012
16:30 - 17:30
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

Channel 4's period of ‘Creative Renewal' is well and truly in full flow. Both on and off screen, Chief Creative Officer, Jay Hunt is making her mark. After a year of changes, a new commissioning team is in place and a raft of new shows has hit the screen.

With the promise of edgier programming there have been some notable successes like The Undateables, Mummifying Alan and Educating Essex. But the broadcaster hasn't had it all its own way though with the search still on for more big-hitting entertainment and comedy formats to define the channel. Meanwhile in the digital world, More4 and E4 are facing increasing competition and the need to find returnable series, not least ones that can fill the void left by the phenomenon that was The Inbetweeners.

We'll hear what Jay thinks about the past year and how she sees the schedules shaping up.

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16:30 - 17:15

Stats, Lies and Videotape? 2012 Deloitte State of TV report

Paul Lee, Head of Research, Deloitte LLP
23 August 2012
16:30 - 17:15
The Tinto (Level 0)

Deloitte's 6th annual state of the UK TV sector makes it to the conference agenda for the first time. With a panel of invited industry celebrity guests, we debate this year's findings from the 4,000 respondent GfK survey taken on the pulse of the UK's TV consumers. Expect revelations you can use on: connected TV, dual screen, catch-up, advertising and why people watch TV.

This will be followed by networking drinks for you to enjoy with the panel and your peers.

16:45 - 17:30

The Futureview Address: Ted Sarandos

Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer & Vice President of Content, Netflix
Ray Snoddy, Media Journalist
Professor Jonathan Shalit, Chairman, ROAR Global
Ross McCarthy, Head of Development, Outline Productions
23 August 2012
16:45 - 17:30
The Fintry (Level 3)

The Hollywood Reporter recently described Netlfix's Ted Sarandos as "the man everyone in Hollywood wants a meeting with."

Netflix are now in the UK and an epic struggle is about to ensue between packaged services and broadband web-streaming.With Love Film, Google and Apple also on the horizon – the next major disruption in the media market is about to take place, and the likes of Sky better be prepared as worldwide Netflix subscribers are watching a billion hours of content per month.

Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, is placing the future of his company on a single high-stakes bet: original programming.In the US, he gave David Fincher's proposed House of Cards an unheard-of commitment—two full seasons, before a single frame had been shot, at a rumoured price tag of $100 million.

So is this in fact, a great opportunity for programme makers?What do Ted and the Netflix team plan for the UK market?And how will they tackle the ongoing challenges of the US market?


16:45 - 17:45

Horrible Histories: A Masterclass

Caroline Norris, Series Producer
Greg Jenner, Historical Consultant
Simon Farnaby, Actor
Martha Howe-Douglas, Actress
Al Murray, Comedian
Joff Powell, Executive Producer, Lion Television
23 August 2012
16:45 - 17:45
The Moorfoot & Kilsyth

Join the Horrible Histories actors and creative team as they talk us through the success of redefining the landscape of children's television with a multi-award winning series.


This session will feature candid insight into the origins of the series and the challenge of turning a successful children's book brand into a hit TV series. It will dissect the difficulties of making a sketch show founded in historical facts and the methods for producing high quality comedy on a CBBC budget.


Featuring an exclusive ‘Bob report' written and performed by Laurence Rickard for the MGEITF.

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With special thanks to Richard Bradley and all at Lion Television

Screening: Some Girls followed by a Q&A with Mandeep Dhillon, Natasha Jonas, Cheryl Taylor, Gregor Sharp & Zai Bennett

Cheryl Taylor, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, BBC Comedy
Gregor Sharp, Commissioner, BBC Three
Mandeep Dhillion, Actress
Natasha Jonas, Actress
Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three
Andrew Collins, Writer & Broadcaster
Fraser Robinson, Development Consultant
Liz Swift, Editorial Producer, MGEITF
23 August 2012
16:45 - 17:45
The Filmhouse
Some Girls is a vibrant new comedy series for BBC Three produced by Hat Trick

Productions. The 6 x 30 mins series follows the lives and loves of a group of quirky 16 year old girls who play on the same school football team and live on the same inner city estate. We join them on their bumpy journey through adolescence taking in boys, sex, cliques,teachers, heartbreak, fun and even some football along the way.

At the heart of the comedy is Viva (Adelayo Adedayo, Skins), whose ambition is to “stay motivated”. She is the warm centre of her group of friends, the leader to whom everyone turns for her mature advice. She lives with her dad Rob (Colin Salmon, Rev, Todd Margaret, James Bond, Resident Evil) who is “hot for an old guy”, her stepmother Anna (Dolly Wells, Spy, Star Stories), a New Zealander who also happens to be Viva's sadistic PE teacher, and her revolting younger brother Jamie (Nathan Bryon). Viva is great friends with Holli (NatashaJonas, Attack The Block) whose entertaining, violent outbursts are legendary. Sarcastic Saz (Mandeep Dhillon, Some Dogs Bite) and dizzy Amber (Alice Felgate, The Cabin) complete the gang. They talk about everything from history homework to their ambitions in life. They share everything: their clothes, their moods, their secrets and - occasionally - their mothers' tranquillisers.

17:15 - 18:00

Deloitte Networking Drinks

23 August 2012
17:15 - 18:00
The Tinto (Level 0)

All delegates are welcome!

18:00 - 19:00

The James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture: Elisabeth Murdoch

Elisabeth Murdoch, Chairman, Shine Group
23 August 2012
18:00 - 19:00
The Pentland (Level 3)

This year's MacTaggart lecture will be delivered by Elisabeth Murdoch, Chairman of Shine Group. The first woman to give a MacTaggart lecture in 17 years and the first representative from the production community since 1998, Elisabeth will address how content creators are connecting with audiences and how the industry can meet the challenges and extraordinary opportunities that a global and digital future promises.


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19:30 - 21:30

Channel 4 Opening Night Drinks Reception

23 August 2012
19:30 - 21:30
National Museum of Scotland

Once again, we're back in the Museum of Scotland for our opening reception. Mingle amongst the priceless relics as you catch up with old friends, unwind after an action-packed day at the festival with a drink, and sample the very finest canapés that Scotland has to offer - if last year's anything to go by, at least one of these will definitely involve haggis.

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09:30 - 10:30

The Post MacTaggart Q&A with Elisabeth Murdoch

Elisabeth Murdoch, Chairman, Shine Group
Steve Hewlett, Writer, Broadcaster & Media Consultant
Chris Shaw, Editorial Director, ITN Productions
24 August 2012
09:30 - 10:30
The Pentland (Level 3)
Following her MacTaggart Lecture, Elisabeth Murdoch is interviewed about her speech and responds to questions from Festival delegates.

Ones to Watch Elevator Pitch

Tabitha Jackson, Commissioning Editor, Channel 4
Martha Kearney, Presenter, BBC
12 'Ones to Watch' Delegates
Jason Mitchell, Creative Director, The Connected Set
Vivienne Molokwu, Senior Producer, Monkey Kingdom
24 August 2012
09:30 - 10:30
The Fintry (Level 3)

Pitching is one of the toughest and most important skills to perfect in TV. Ones to Watch has teamed up with Channel 4 to offer an exciting opportunity to get a film commissioned for their arts strand Random Acts. Twelve finalists will present their elevator pitches live to Channel 4 Arts Commissioning Editor, Tabitha Jackson.

Meet the Controller: Stuart Murphy

Stuart Murphy, Director, Sky Entertainment Channels, BSkyB
Matthew Wright, Broadcaster & Journalist
Sebastian Scott, Founder, Prdctble Media
Miranda Chadwick, Senior Broadcast Agent, ROAR Global
Neale Simpson, Development Executive, RDF Television
Chloe Seddon, Assistant Producer, Factual, BBC
James Farrell, Comedy Producer / Writer, BBC Comedy
24 August 2012
09:30 - 10:30
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

Midway through Sky's mission to spend an astonishing £600m on original British programming across all genres by 2014, Stuart Murphy returns to the Festival this year as Director of Sky Entertainment. After scooping Broadcast's Channel of the Year for Sky 1, can he continue to build on the successes and help shape the fledgling identities of Sky Atlantic, Sky Arts and Sky Living? Sky's massive cash injection has already transformed the TV landscape – but has it caused other broadcasters to up their game, or merely soaked up talent (both on and off screen) from across the industry?

As Murphy moves into the next phase of his strategy – making programmes which he wants to be ‘loved' – he'll reveal exactly how he plans to make us fall head over heels for Sky. But while money might be able to buy you existing brands, can it ever buy you love? With a focus more on getting subscriptions than simply overnights, what are the measures of success at Sky - do ratings matter? And what effect does Sky's seemingly bottomless pocket have on creative competition from other broadcasters? Will it ultimately have a positive effect on the sector?

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Boxing Clever: Making the Most of Connected and Second Screen TV

Anthony Rose, Co-Founder & CTO, Zeebox
Josh Atkins, Studio Design Director, Microsoft Soho Studio
Suveer Kothari, Head of Global Distribution Partnerships, Google TV
Tristia Clarke, Commercial Director, TalkTalk
Marcus Brigstocke, Comedian & Broadcaster
Jason Mills, Editor of Web, ITV News
Tom McDonnell, Commercial Director, Monterosa Productions
24 August 2012
09:30 - 10:30
The Moorfoot & Kilsyth

Don't know your app from your elbow? Does the thought of letting viewers interact with your programme bring you out in a sweat? You're not alone. Technology for engaging audiences is moving faster than most can keep up with. So what do the latest developments mean for TV production, and how can you engage without diverting attention from the show you've spent millions making?

In this session Marcus Brigstocke will explore different visions. Can Microsoft get talent show audiences to vote simply by waving hands in the air? Will Youview and Google TV change the way audiences find and interact with programmes for good? Or is it, as Zeebox wants, all about the second screen? And crucially – how do you make it pay?


Channel 4: Date the Commissioners

24 August 2012
09:30 - 10:30
The Tinto (Level 0)

In a MGEITF first, Channel 4 will be setting up stall at the TV Festival and giving an open opportunity to producers and content creators – particularly those who have not worked with Channel 4 before - to pitch new ideas to the Channel 4 commissioning team. In keeping with the speed dating theme there will be a time limit of five minutes per pitch, with commissioners from across Channel 4's genres ready to hear your ideas including: Chief Creative Officer, Jay Hunt; Head of Factual, Ralph Lee; Head of Drama, Piers Wenger; Head of Entertainment, Justin Gorman; Head of Features and Factual Formats, Damian Kavanagh; Head of Features, Gill Wilson; Dominic Bird, Head of Formats; Commissioning Editor, Documentaries, Emma Cooper; Multiplatform and Commissioning Lead, Louise Brown; and Commissioning Editor, Drama, Sophie Gardiner.

Please email datethecommissioners@channel4.co.uk to reserve a slot – stating who you work for and who you would like to pitch to.

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10:00 - 17:00

BBC Academy: How to be a Creative Leader

24 August 2012
10:00 - 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 by 10 August to secure a slot.

Session times:

10:00 – 11:30 – Session 1

15:30 – 17:00 – Session 3

Trainer:

Linda Green


11:00 - 12:00

Star Wars! The Battle For Saturday Night

Boyd Hilton, TV & Reviews Editor, Heat Magazine
Elaine Bedell, Director of Entertainment and Comedy, ITV
Mark Linsey, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, BBC
Siobhan Greene, Head of Television, Syco Entertainment
Richard Bacon, Broadcaster
James Herring, Managing Partner, Taylor Herring PR
Mirella Breda, Executive Editor, Entertainment Commissioning, BBC
24 August 2012
11:00 - 12:00
The Pentland (Level 3)

As the rivalry and commercial tension increases between the UK's two biggest channels - its been an explosive year in peak time entertainment, from the on-going dominance of X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing to the much-hyped arrival of nervous newcomers The Voice and Superstar. We'll explore the hard fought battle to win the most coveted slot in our TV schedules and discover how todeliver a ratings busting, smash-hit. With commissioners seemingly obsessed with nostalgia, singing and dancing, is there any place for risk-taking and innovation?

The Indie Surgery, with Dr Wayne Garvie

Andy Harries, Chief Executive, Left Bank Pictures
James Baker, Co-Managing Director, Red Arrow Entertainment
Magnus Temple, Founder, The Garden
Tom Manwaring, Managing Director, Corporate Finance, Mediatique
Wayne Garvie, Chief Creative Officer, International Production, Sony Pictures Television
Wayne Garvie, Chief Creative Officer, International Production, Sony Pictures Television
Ben Winston, Co-CEO, Fulwell 73
24 August 2012
11:00 - 12:00
The Fintry (Level 3)

Bomb disposal in Afghanistan? Finance minister for Greece? Head of PR at News International? Yet some would claim running your own Indie is the world's toughest job.

Well help is at hand with Edinburgh's very own clinic for the Indies.

Our panel of experts have been there, done it, bought the t-shirt, sold the t-shirt and sometimes even bought the t-shirt back again. Whether you own one, run one, want to start one, sell one or buy one or just think all the best lookingpeople work in them and are looking for a date, this is the place for you.

The panel is ready and waiting… fromhow you set up in the US, to whether you need an agent. When you sell or how to buy. A first look distribution deal or project by project...

We leave no stone unturned.

Meet the Controller: Emma Tennant

Emma Tennant, Controller, UKTV
Kate Silverton, Journalist & Broadcaster
Sebastian Scott, Founder, Prdctble Media
Miranda Chadwick, Senior Broadcast Agent, ROAR Global
Neale Simpson, Development Executive, RDF Television
Jimmy Tam, Assistant Producer, Newsround
Ross McCarthy, Head of Development, Outline Productions
24 August 2012
11:00 - 12:00
The Sidlaw (Level 3)
Emma Tennant took charge of UKTV's 10 channels last October from ITV, taking over what she called an “enviable mix of BBC content, breakout commissions and third party acquisitions”. But fundamental questions linger after her first year – can she sustain the high number of channels? Are there enough quality products to go round? Can niche channels such as Alibi and Eden survive against the bigger fish in the digital ocean and stand out from the crowd? And what does the future hold with new American co-owners Scripps Network?

Dynamo on Watch has been an enormous success that's been envied by other broadcasters. It's helped to spearhead a push for fresh ideas as UKTV tries to shrug off a reputation for being a place where old series get dusted down. Recent acquisitions, such as JJ Abrams' now-cancelled Alcatraz and NBC's Grimm have topped one million viewers, but can this create a platform from which original commissions might be able to grow? But while Yesterday and Watch are on the rise, Gold and Blighty are in decline. With so many channels to look after and so much riding on the next 12 months, what is Emma's vision for UKTV?

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Educating Essex: A Masterclass

David Clews, Head of Documentaries, TwoFour Broadcast
Mark Raphael, Commissioning Editor, Channel 4
Stephen Drew, Deputy Head, Passmore Academy
Vic Goddard, Head Teacher, Passmore Academy
Grace Dent, Journalist, Author & Broadcaster
Donna Taberer, Director, BBC Academy
Jennifer Shaw, Development Researcher, Boundless Productions
24 August 2012
11:00 - 12:00
The Moorfoot & Kilsyth

Venture behind the school gates for this exclusive insight into the making of hit BAFTA winning Channel 4 series Educating Essex.

In this unmissable session Series Director David Clews, Commissioner Mark Raphael, and the series heroes themselves,Mr Drew and Mr Goddard, open up about the inner-workings of this mammoth, award-winning production.

The panellists will discuss how they gained unrivalled access to the corridors and classrooms of a modern secondary school, the enormity of rigging a location with 65 cameras, the challenges of following numerous stories over an academic year, the ethics and complexities of filming with school-aged contributors and exactly why it's against the rules to wear a hoodie in Mr Drew's class.

Join us for the laughter and the tears, the late homework and the school uniform checks, in this eye-opening session. This is one class you won't want to miss…

Channel 4: Date the Commissioners

24 August 2012
11:00 - 12:00
The Tinto (Level 0)

In a MGEITF first, Channel 4 will be setting up stall at the TV Festival and giving an open opportunity to producers and content creators – particularly those who have not worked with Channel 4 before - to pitch new ideas to the Channel 4 commissioning team. In keeping with the speed dating theme there will be a time limit of five minutes per pitch, with commissioners from across Channel 4's genres ready to hear your ideas including: Chief Creative Officer, Jay Hunt; Head of Factual, Ralph Lee; Head of Drama, Piers Wenger; Head of Entertainment, Justin Gorman; Head of Features and Factual Formats, Damian Kavanagh; Head of Features, Gill Wilson; Dominic Bird, Head of Formats; Commissioning Editor, Documentaries, Emma Cooper; Multiplatform Commissioning Lead, Louise Brown; and Commissioning Editor, Drama, Sophie Gardiner.

Please email datethecommissioners@channel4.co.uk to reserve a slot – stating who you work for and who you would like to pitch to.

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12:00 - 14:00

Screening: Loving Miss Hatto including a live Q&A with Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood, Actor and Writer
Andrew Collins, Writer & Broadcaster
Fraser Robinson, Development Consultant
Liz Swift, Editorial Producer, MGEITF
24 August 2012
12:00 - 14:00
The Filmhouse

The world premiere of Loving Miss Hatto - a single drama for BBC One written by Victoria Wood and starring Francesca Annis, Alfred Molina, Rory Kinnear and Maimie McCoy.

The filmcharts the incredible story of concert pianist Joyce Hatto (Annis & McCoy) a promising young talent with a burgeoning concert career in the ‘50s and ‘60s, managed by her husband William Barrington-Coupe (Molina & Kinnear). In the mid ‘70s, Hatto disappeared from public view for almost 30 years until a series of recordings emerged to an enthusiastic critical reception from pianophiles, with word quickly spreading to the musical establishment – a world which had previously dismissed her abilities but which now joined in the rush to praise “the greatest living pianist that almost no one has ever heard of.”. However, within six months of Joyce's death in 2006, these same recordings made headlines around the world once again as their authenticity was called into question.

Loving Miss Hatto examines Joyce's relationship with her husband ‘Barrie' and the controversial recordings that made her famous late in life.

Victoria Wood says: “Loving Miss Hatto is a screenplay inspired by the true story of classical pianist Joyce Hatto and her husband Barrie. It begins with their meeting in the grey shabby London of the early fifties and ends in the twenty first century in a cul-de-sac in Royston, Hertfordshire. This is a story of two young people with high hopes who, like most of us, get bashed in the face by life. It is, above all - a love story.”

Produced by Left Bank Pictures in association with Octagon Films Loving Miss Hattowasproduced by Radford Neville (The Borrowers) and directed by Aisling Walsh (Wallander) with financing from Bord Scannán na hÉireann/the Irish Film Board.

Screening on BBC One

12:30 - 13:30

Modern Family: A Masterclass

Steve Levitan, Co-Creator, Executive Producer of ABC's Modern Family
Richard Curtis, Screenwriter, Music Producer, Actor & Film Director
Saskia Schuster, Commissioning Editor, Comedy, BSkyB
Chris Aylott, Head of PR, Sky1, BSkyB
24 August 2012
12:30 - 13:30
The Pentland (Level 3)

“Because I wanted Luke to be very dumb, I didn't name him after my son.” Steve Levitan

So what is the fact and what is the fiction of the multiple Golden Globe and Emmy award winning comedy, Modern Family? And just why is it President Barack Obama's favourite TV show? As the show gears up for its gut-busting fourth season, creator, showrunner and exec-producer, Steven Levitan (The Larry Sanders Show, Frasier, Back To You) talks about the creative process behind one of the US's most successful sitcoms. Levitan will confirm the inspiration behind the series, his work and his comedy influences. And, of course, we'll try and find out just how the family will react to the news of Gloria's (Sofía Vergara) unexpected pregnancy?

Made in Britain?

Anthony Lukom, Vice President & General Manager, UK & Ireland, Turner Broadcasting
David Wheeldon, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, BSkyB
Jane Featherstone, Chief Executive of Kudos Film and TV Ltd, Kudos Film and TV
John Tate, Group Director, Strategic Operations, BBC
Laura Kuenssberg, Journalist
Neil Midgley, Freelance Journalist
Zoe Clapp, Communications Director, UKTV
24 August 2012
12:30 - 13:30
The Fintry (Level 3)

In this year's Budget and in its Communications Review, the Government has floated ideas to try and encourage greater production of TV content in the UK. But is it wise for the Government to interfere in where channels are placed on the electronic programme guides – or does the current, loosely-regulated EPG regime work well?

And will the proposed tax credit for high-end TV production be a boon to producers – or a measure that discriminates against the bulk of UK TV production, given that it will only kick in for productions that cost over £1m an hour?

This session will feature senior representatives from leading broadcasters and from independent production companies, to evaluate the wisdom of Jeremy Hunt's thinking.

Meet the Controller: Danny Cohen

Danny Cohen, Controller, BBC One, BBC One
Kirsty Wark, Broadcaster
Sebastian Scott, Founder, Prdctble Media
Neale Simpson, Development Executive, RDF Television
Miranda Chadwick, Senior Broadcast Agent, ROAR Global
Sarah Brooks, Assistant Producer, BBC Cymru Wales
Natalie McArdle, Assistant Producer
24 August 2012
12:30 - 13:30
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

Danny Cohen's feet are now firmly under the BBC One table and last year he promised that 2012 was going to be a ‘golden year' for the channel. Still the most popular channel in the UK, and surviving relatively unscathed in the delivering quality first outcomes, Danny is riding high.


Successes under his belt include Call the Midwife in drama, the award winning Undercover Care in factual, and hugely popular coverage of the Olympic Games to name just a few. The hotly debated Saturday night show The Voice might have been the most successful entertainment launch on the BBC in over a decade, but the ratings didn't stick. Questions were asked about the live elements of ‘Planet Earth Live' and the BBC's criticised coverage of the Jubilee Pageant. But the Olympics has had a resounding thumbs up. So how does Danny rate some of his commissioning choices? Join us for exclusive previews of what's yet to come and the low-down on what he's looking for.

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The Pinewood Pitching Competition

Elaine Bedell, Director of Entertainment and Comedy, ITV
Emma Tennant, Controller, UKTV
Phil Edgar-Jones, Head of Entertainment, BSkyB
Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three
Richard Bacon, Broadcaster
Anna Fern, Channels Executive, ITV
Donna Taberer, Director, BBC Academy
Helen Veale, Joint Managing Director & Creative Director, Outline Productions
Simon Tomkins, Head of Programme Strategy, ITV2, ITV
24 August 2012
12:30 - 13:30
The Moorfoot & Kilsyth

Five Indies are in with the chance of winning a huge prize. Up for grabs is over £30k worth of studio time, crew and post-production towards a pilot, provided by Pinewood Studios, and the five Indies whose ideas have been selected by our panel of commissioners will be pitching live in our Pinewood Pitching Competition.

Our panel of channel controllers will not only have the task of choosing the winning pitch, but will also be discussing the ideas live on stage. The lucky winner will be crowned at the end of the session.

For more information on how to enter visit http://www.mgeitf.co.uk/home/MGEITF/competition/pinewood-pitching-competiton.aspx

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14:00 - 15:00

The Alternative MacTaggart: Charlie Brooker

Charlie Brooker, Journalist, Screenwriter & Broadcaster
Grace Dent, Journalist, Author & Broadcaster
James Herring, Managing Partner, Taylor Herring PR
24 August 2012
14:00 - 15:00
The Pentland (Level 3)

Prolific broadcaster, satirist, screenwriter and journalist Charlie Brooker gives a rare, live interview on his experiences as a writer, producer and showrunner. The Screenwipe star will talk about his latest productions, television criticism and any other old shit he can get away with.

Alive & Kicking: Docs on the Box

Andrew Mackenzie, Creative Director, Twofour Broadcast Ltd.
Brian Woods, Managing Director, True Vision
Emma Cooper, Commissioning Editor, Channel 4
Magnus Temple, Founder, The Garden
Sam Anthony, Knowledge Commissioning Executive Producer, Scotland , BBC Scotland
Sam Anthony, Knowledge Commissioning Executive Producer, Scotland , BBC Scotland
24 August 2012
14:00 - 15:00
The Fintry (Level 3)

What is the best way to capture documentary truth? Get the contributors to do it? Or fixed cameras? Channel 4 have committed to rigs as the new technique for capturing reality- and audiences- in a new way. Shows like Educating Essex, One Born Every Minute and 24 hours in A&E have earned high ratings and critical praise. But the shows are expensive juggernauts, and hardly reactive. Meanwhile the BBC have largely forgone the rig in favour of developments like user-generated content, or UGC, and a more crowd-sourced approach. Bafta winning series like Our War, and bold experiments like Britain In A Day have been the result. But have we really got to rely on contributors themselves to do all the filming?!

Meet the Controller: Peter Fincham

Peter Fincham, Director of Television, ITV
Kate Silverton, Journalist & Broadcaster
Sebastian Scott, Founder, Prdctble Media
Miranda Chadwick, Senior Broadcast Agent, ROAR Global
Neale Simpson, Development Executive, RDF Television
Jimmy Tam, Assistant Producer, Newsround
Ross McCarthy, Head of Development, Outline Productions
24 August 2012
14:00 - 15:00
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

Profits and revenues are up at ITV plc, drama is in a golden age, the factual output has not only been consistently brave but has brought in viewers, and Britain's Got Talent defeated The Voice. But Peter Fincham undoubtedly faces difficult challenges…



Ratings are down on ITV1, spot advertising revenue remains flat and ITV has yet to turn improving VOD numbers into solid revenue streams – important to the future health of the business. The channel's entertainment juggernauts continue to bring in the audiences but are not hitting their former heights and new entertainment ideas appear to be thin on the ground. And then there is the relationship with ITV Studios - the share of programmes made by Studios for ITV has increased, but where are the prime time hits outside of drama?

With so much at stake, how is Peter planning to turn the tide?

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The First Ten Minutes: How to make your new drama series an instant hit

Sally Wainwright, Writer, Scott & Bailey
Suranne Jones, Actress
Nicola Shindler, Executive Producer, Red Production Company
James Murphy, CEO, adam&eveddb
Heidi Thomas, Writer, Call the Midwife
Pippa Harris, Executive Producer, Call the Midwife
Neil Midgley, Freelance Journalist
Victoria Fea, Commissioning Executive, ITV
Neil Midgley, Freelance Journalist
24 August 2012
14:00 - 15:00
The Moorfoot & Kilsyth

The commercial pressure on drama series to be extendable and returnable gets ever greater – but the attention span that audiences give to new shows gets ever shorter. Many viewers will make a decision about whether they like a new show before they've even watched the first whole episode.


This session will explore how to make the crucial first 10 minutes of that first episode compelling and addictive. Is it as simple, as Ted Childs once famously said, as putting in ‘a fight or a f***'? What is the significance of the marketing and PR before the show even airs? Does it make a difference if the show is on the BBC instead of a commercial channel? And are there even lessons to be learned from the increasingly sophisticated TV adverts used by brands such as John Lewis and Google?

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15:00 - 16:30

Screening: Hunted including live Q&A with Frank Spotnitz

Frank Spotnitz, Television Writer & Producer
Alison Jackson, Executive Producer
SJ Clarkson, Director
Andrew Collins, Writer & Broadcaster
Fraser Robinson, Development Consultant
Liz Swift, Editorial Producer, MGEITF
24 August 2012
15:00 - 16:30
The Filmhouse

Written and created by the award-winning American television writer and producer Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, Strike Back, Spooks, Life On Mars), Hunted is an original eight-part suspense thriller set in the world of international espionage, produced by Kudos Film & Television in association with Big Light Productions, for BBC One and HBO's Cinemax channel.

Screening on BBC One

15:30 - 16:30

Sherlock: The Network MGEITF Joint Session Masterclass

Andrew Scott, Actor
Sue Vertue, Producer, Hartswood Films
Steven Moffat, Writer & Co-Creator, Sherlock
Mark Gatiss, Writer & Co-Creator, Sherlock
Boyd Hilton, TV & Reviews Editor, Heat Magazine
Ian Johnson, Publicity Manager, Ian Johnson Publicity
Kate Maddigan, Commissioner, Entertainment, ITV
24 August 2012
15:30 - 16:30
The Pentland (Level 3)

From its conception on a train journey to international success story, Sherlock has been one of the most significant break out hits of recent years.

A hit with viewers and critics alike, Sherlock has broken new ground with a bold visual style and cliff-hangers that have its sizeable cult following feverish with anticipation.

The creative team behind the success discuss how it was conceived, produced and cast and give an insight into the way that the brand has been successfully exploited to the global marketplace, while maintaining its integrity. Plus how an innovative online presence has embraced the fans of Conan Doyle's original stories and created a following way beyond the terrestrial broadcast.

The writers will also reveal news about the much anticipated third series...

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15:30 - 16:15

The Worldview Address: Bassem Youssef

Bassem Youssef, Satirist & Host of 'Al Bernameg'
Martha Kearney, Presenter, BBC
David Mapstone, Senior Programme Editor, Channel 4 News, ITN
24 August 2012
15:30 - 16:15
The Fintry (Level 3)

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef hosts satirical Egyptian news program “AlBernameg” and his work is inspired by Jon Stewart. He began his show in March 2011, self publishing on YouTube and quickly gaining million views for his responses to the Egyptian Revolution and Syrian uprising and what he perceived to be misconceptions and lies spread by the mainstream media. Since then he has been commissioned to create his regular show for Egyptian channel ONTV and continues to deliver huge local audiences, his launch episode being one of the most viewed programmes in Egyptian TV history.

Meet the Controller: Richard Klein

Richard Klein, Controller, BBC Four
Muriel Gray, Writer & Script Editor, IWC Media Limited
Sebastian Scott, Founder, Prdctble Media
Miranda Chadwick, Senior Broadcast Agent, ROAR Global
Neale Simpson, Development Executive, RDF Television
Sarah Brooks, Assistant Producer, BBC Cymru Wales
Natalie McArdle, Assistant Producer
24 August 2012
15:30 - 16:15
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

BBC Four is now 10 years old and has the highest audience appreciation figures of any of the BBC channels. Its performance is at an all-time high and has a string of success across all genres from the America season, The Story of Musicals, to Ceramics: A Fragile History and Afterlife; Richard Klein's commissioning slate is on fine form.

However Klein is set to face his biggest challenge yet as the BBC cuts come into full force and the channel's output is refocused. How does Richard plan to remain distinctive, and fight off stiff competition with ever decreasing budgets?

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15:30 - 16:30

We're Downloading Your Stuff: Piracy? What Piracy?

Adam Curtis, Documentary Filmmaker
John McVay, Chief Executive, Pact
Mark Lawrence, Executive Director Europe, Endemol Worldwide Distribution
Rickard Falkvinge, Founder, Swedish Pirate Party
Laura Kuenssberg, Journalist
Dr Aleks Krotoski, Researcher, Journalist & Author of 'Untangling the Web', Guardian News & Media Ltd
Vasha Wallace, SVP Global Acquisitions & Development, FremantleMedia
24 August 2012
15:30 - 16:30
The Moorfoot & Kilsyth

Are web users emptying your pockets? Music, film and television can all be instantly and infinitely copied and shared. Creative industries are trying to figure out how to retain control over their output. If governments and legislators are losing the legislation battle at the hands of an angry mob, what can TV creatives do to make sure they can make money from the fruits of their labours?

This session is a lively look at different futures: from a free-for-all where content costs nothing, to government-controlled culture change. Our experts lay out the facts and the figures for how to stay afloat in the future, when the pirates are stealing your stuff.

CCTV Collabortion Opportunities in China

24 August 2012
15:30 - 16:30
The Tinto (Level 0)

Central China Television senior executives including the Deputy-Editor-in-Chief, the head of Programme Control as well as the head of International Development are holding this special reception to give an overview of current opportunities to collaborate with CCTV's 40+ channels. Guests attending this reception will not only get a first-hand information on current opportunities with CCTV, they will also be able to put questions to the CCTV team in the Q&A session and arrange one-to-one discussions.

Sponsored by

16:30 - 17:30

Scottish Broadcasting and Broadcasting Scotland – The TV Festival welcomes the First Minister

Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland
Steve Hewlett, Writer, Broadcaster & Media Consultant
Allanah Brookes, Development Assistant Producer, STV
Alan Clements, Director of Content, STV
David Mapstone, Senior Programme Editor, Channel 4 News, ITN
24 August 2012
16:30 - 17:30
The Fintry (Level 3)

Powers over broadcasting are reserved to the UK Government - but that hasn't stopped Alex Salmond from trying to make an impact on broadcasting since he became First Minister in 2007. This session will see Mr Salmond reflect on developments in Scottish broadcasting over the past 5 years.

How far has the Scottish Broadcasting Commission's vision to increase Scotland's share of network programming been achieved? What impact will cuts to BBC Scotland have on public service broadcasting in Scotland? With a referendum on Scottish independence to take place in Autumn 2014 this session will also see Mr Salmond outline some of the opportunities he sees for the broadcasting industry.


What steps could be taken to make Scotland an attractive location for international screen producers? How can broadcasting be enhanced within Scotland and the amount of Scottish productions broadcast to the rest of the world increased?

The Richard Dunn Memorial Interview: Michael Apted

Michael Apted, Director
Mark Lawson, Broadcaster & Journalist
Claire Lewis, Producer, The Gate FIlms
Sarfraz Manzoor, Writer & Broadcaster
24 August 2012
16:30 - 17:30
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

Michael Apted is a film and television legend. He started out in Granada in the early sixties and during his career he had directed everything from Coronation Street to James Bond. In this session Apted will look back on his extraordinary career with Mark Lawson - a career whose highlight is the epic 7-Up series which began in 1964, following a group of young British children through their lives. The most recent instalment – 56 Up - was broadcast this year and Apted will talk about the incredible scale and ambition of the series and his role in creating what is often described as the greatest documentary of all time. Michael Apted is flying in from Los Angeles especially to attend the television Festival and his session promises to be illuminating, entertaining and inspiring for anyone who dreams of making television that makes a difference.

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CCTV Networking Drinks

24 August 2012
16:30 - 17:30
The Tinto (Level 0)

CCTV invite you to join them for drinks and one-to-one discussions on collaboration opportunities.

Sponsored by


16:45 - 17:45

Champagne and Canapés with Sony Pictures Television

24 August 2012
16:45 - 17:45
The Moorfoot & Kilsyth
Join SPT's UK production companies to raise a glass and toast the Edinburgh International Television Festival. Hosted by Andrea Wong, President, International Production.
18:00 - 19:00

Channel of the Year Awards 2012

Jason Byrne, Comedian
Francesca De Barr, Special Events & Operations Executive, MGEITF
Lisa Perrin, Creative Director, Shine Group
Tamsyn Zietsman, Head of PR, Sky Atlantic
Zoe Clapp, Communications Director, UKTV
24 August 2012
18:00 - 19:00
The Pentland (Level 3)

Now in its 11th 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 following nominations were provided by a GfK poll:

Terrestrial Channel of the Year
BBC One, BBC Two, ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5

Digital Channel of the Year
BBC Four, BBC Three, E4, ITV2, Sky1 HD

Indie of the Year
Big Talk Productions, Talkback, The Garden Productions, Twofour, Wall To Wall

Producer or Director Debut of the Year
Dan Albion, Producer, for Dynamo: Magician Impossible
Grace Reynolds, Producer, for Educating Essex
Richard Senior, Director, for Doctor Who (Let's Kill Hitler)


Terrestrial Programme of the Year
Downton Abbey, Educating Essex, Homeland, Sherlock, The Voice

Digital Programme of the Year
Celebrity Juice, Him & Her, MadMen, Russell Howard's Good News, The Killing II

Cross Platform Innovation of the Year
BBC iPlayer, Got To Dance Online, The Bank Job Head To Head Game, Embarrassing Bodies Live From The Clinic, The Voice UK Online


The Network and Ones to Watch Programme Choice

Black Mirror, Educating Essex, Homeland, Sherlock


Voting: All paying Festival delegateswill be able to cast their vote for the winner in each category

21:30 - 02:00

Watch Presents The Friday Night Party

24 August 2012
21:30 - 02:00
The George Hotel

Watch and MGEITF are celebrating the eve of the final day of the Edinburgh TV Festival with a night out of the ordinary. Join the party at The George Hotel on Friday 24 August for a truly mind bending experience where unexpected furniture and a giant motion mirror will test your senses.

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10:00 - 11:00

Question Time: Edinburgh Special

Clive Anderson, Broadcaster
Elaine Bedell, Director of Entertainment and Comedy, ITV
Harriet Harman MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
Richard Klein, Controller, BBC Four
Martha Kearney, Presenter, BBC
Chris Shaw, Editorial Director, ITN Productions
Brendan Miller, Series Producer, Mentorn Media
25 August 2012
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? Martha Kearney and a panel of top media personalities will take your questions on anythingand everything to do with TV. Whether you want to talk about VoD or the New DG or have a moan about coverage of the Olympics– this is your chance to speak out and be heard or if you prefer simply sit back and digest.

10:00 - 11:30

Screening: Doctor Who followed by a live Q&A with Steven Moffat

Steven Moffat, Executive Producer and Writer Dr Who, and Co-creator, Sherlock
Andrew Collins, Writer & Broadcaster
Fraser Robinson, Development Consultant
Liz Swift, Editorial Producer, MGEITF
25 August 2012
10:00 - 11:30
The Filmhouse

The Doctor's back!

He's joined by his trusted companions, the Ponds, and the three find themselves in an extremely precarious situation, where they come face to face with the Doctor's oldest and most dangerous enemy… the Daleks. Catch the exclusive Scottish premier of the explosive new episode followed by a Q&A with writer Steven Moffat at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.

11:30 - 12:30

Ruth Jones: Keeping up with Jonesy

Ruth Jones, Tidy Productions
Boyd Hilton, TV & Reviews Editor, Heat Magazine
Saskia Schuster, Commissioning Editor, Comedy, BSkyB
Suzy Lambert, Media Events Producer
25 August 2012
11:30 - 12:30
The Pentland (Level 3)

Dubbed "one of the most likeable people on British TV", Ruth Jones talks to Boyd Hilton about her work. As well as playing a wide range of roles such as Nessa in Gavin and Stacey, Flora Finching in Little Dorrit, Linda in Nighty Night and the title role in Hattie, Ruth is also the creator, show-runner and star of Stella, her first solo project for Sky 1, currently filming its second series. Stella is made by Tidy Productions - the Cardiff based indie she co-founded with producer David Peet in 2008. Find out how Ruth started writing, what she enjoys about acting and why she loves being a Tidy girl ...

Meet the Controllers: Multi Channel, Entertainment

Ilya Colak-Antic, Director of External Development, MTV Brands (Youth & Music), Viacom International Media Networks
Sarah Farrell, Director of Content & Development, Comedy Central
Steve Regan, Senior Editorial Director, Commissioning & Production, MTV
Darren McMullen, TV Presenter
Sebastian Scott, Founder, Prdctble Media
Miranda Chadwick, Senior Broadcast Agent, ROAR Global
Neale Simpson, Development Executive, RDF Television
Allanah Brookes, Development Assistant Producer, STV
Carly Brooks, Assistant Producer
25 August 2012
11:30 - 12:30
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

Steve Regan from MTV UK, David Booth from MTV International and Comedy Central UK's Sarah Farrell reveal what programming excites them and unveil some exclusive previews of their upcoming shows.

Comedy Central's Director of Development Sarah Farrell talks about the channel's commissioning strategy for 2013; revealing more about the second series of Big Talk Production's Threesome ,which the Times call ‘Best new sitcom', her latest projects in development and exclusively previews a new alternative comedy show executive produced by Stewart Lee.

Steve Regan, Senior Editorial Director, Commissioning & Production, MTV UK and the man behind ratings smash Geordie Shore and hotly anticipated The Valleys will be sharing some insights into his audience. We'll be discussing the channel which is bold and unapologetic and asking what is MTV's brand of Entertainment? And how taboo is too taboo?

David Booth, Senior Vice President of Programming and Content for MTV Brands International oversees the editorial strategy of 152 channels across 63 territories. Booth will talk about his latest projects, what he's looking for next, how his bird's eye view intersects with Steve Regan's UK responsibilities, and unveil where in the world the Geordie Shore crew will cause mayhem next.

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11:45 - 12:45

The Network - Live!

Ore Oduba, Presenter, BBC News & Sport , CBBC
The Network Delegates 2012
25 August 2012
11:45 - 12:45
The Cromdale (Level -2)

The Network is the TV Festival's entry level talent scheme. By buying a ticket to MGEITF, 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 themselves over the last 3 days.

13:00 - 14:00

The Greatest Show On Earth? Access all areas with the people who made the dream a reality

Hazel Irvine, Television Presenter
Martin Green, Director of Ceremonies & Torch, BBC
Roger Mosey, Director, London 2012, BBC
Richard Bacon, Broadcaster
Jack Lundie, Director of Brand & Communications, Save the Children
25 August 2012
13:00 - 14:00
The Pentland (Level 3)

After the BBC has delivered the biggest media event in history, we take an hour to celebrate, re-live and discover more about the London 2012 games – the golden moments, the human endeavour, the news headlines, the broadcast achievement. But we also take a moment to reflect in open debate on whether or not the promise was delivered.

With a cast of key figures from the BBC 2012 Team, BBC Sport, LOCOG and chaired by someone who loves sport and loves to talk about it, Richard Bacon, we re-live the key moments and hear from people at its heart, if and how the dream was delivered, how storms were navigated, what got lost along the way, and explore whether or not the audiences' expectations were dashed, met or smashed like an old world-record.

The personalities, the commentary, the editorial, the ceremonies and all of the digital platforms – all the constituent parts will be cast in a new light by those who lived to tell the tale.

We hope to bring you a moment from an Olympian – live or virtually. We'll take audience questions / tweets.

Meet the Controllers: Multi Channel, Factual

Dan Korn, SVP & Head of Programming, Discovery Networks Western Europe, Discovery Networks UK
Hamish Mykura, Executive Vice President and Head of International Content, National Geographic Channel
Rachel Job, Head of Acquisitions & Commissioning: History & Military History, A+E Networks UK
Denman Rooke, Managing Director, October Films
Sebastian Scott, Founder, Prdctble Media
Miranda Chadwick, Senior Broadcast Agent, ROAR Global
Neale Simpson, Development Executive, RDF Television
Allanah Brookes, Development Assistant Producer, STV
Carly Brooks, Assistant Producer
25 August 2012
13:00 - 14:00
The Sidlaw (Level 3)

The UK's top digital factual channels, Discovery, History and National Geographic are evolving, and there's no better time for UK producers to get involved than in 2012. With key management appointments giving these channels greater commissioning clout in the UK and a shift in gear to transactional formats and people-watching ob-docs, digital factual channels are on the up and are finding new audiences to join them on their ascent. But they still frequently find themselves being given hand-me down ideas. These channels certainly aren't short of ambition, but are lower budgets and the ever-present rights issue scaring off production companies?

In a first-of-its-kind session at MGEITF, we are bringing together commissioners from National Geographic, Discovery and History to discuss their shift from what has been considered their traditional programming territories and to debate why some Indies are reluctant to go to them first with their brightest and best ideas. With the potential to reach a worldwide audience, isn't it time to stop thinking of the digital factual channels as just the last chance saloon for your proposals?

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