Edinburgh Int’l TV Festival rejigs by hiring Variety’s Stewart Clarke, promoting Campbell Glennie

LR: Glennie Campbell and Stewart Clarke

The Edinburgh International TV Festival has revamped its senior team by promoting director of education and talent development Campbell Glennie and hiring Variety correspondent Stewart Clarke.

The changes are part of plans to further integrate the Festival and its charitable arm, the TV Foundation. Glennie now heads up the organisation in the newly created role of MD of the Festival and the TV Foundation, while Clarke becomes creative director, another new position.

The arrivals follow the departure of former CEO Lisa Campbell, who joined ITN to become its director of communications last year.

Glennie has worked for the organisation for the last six years and been responsible for the TV Foundation’s talent schemes, The Network and Ones to Watch. His role will bring together both sides of the ETF, overseeing both the festival and the work of the TV Foundation.

Clarke, most recently international correspondent at Variety and before that editorial director at TBI, has a remit to drive the vision of the Festival and build on its editorial independence and “industry defining moments”. Clarke completes the new senior management team for 2020, alongside Sophie Howard as partnerships & marketing director, and Sarah Vignoles, who was named talent schemes director.

Glennie said he would work with Clarke and BBC Two controller Patrick Holland – this year’s advisory chair – to “build an unforgettable Festival programme… and infusing what we do year-round with fresh ideas and international expertise.”

Clarke added: “The TV world in 2020 is changing, there are unprecedented challenges and opportunities for producers, broadcasters and platforms. Against that backdrop, great British creativity is setting the global agenda.

“The Edinburgh TV Festival is a place to come together and celebrate that, as well as asking some searching questions, meeting people and, of course, having some fun. I’m thrilled to be joining Campbell and the team and can’t wait to get to it; building on the great work that’s already been done at the Festival.”

This year’s Festival will run from Wednesday 26 to Friday 28 August 2020.