Edinburgh International Television Festival

Edinburgh TV Festival unveils Louis Theroux session

Documentary maker Louis Theroux is to join writer and journalist Dawn O’Porter in a discussion about his career at this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival. The session, When Dawn Met Louis…, will see Theroux reflect on his two-decade long career and explore the genre of authored documentaries. It will include discussion around doc makers such as […]

Edinburgh: Netflix reveals string of unscripted originals

Netflix’s VP of unscripted Brandon Reigg revealed a list of upcoming titles on the platform during his first Edinburgh TV Festival appearance. New titles will include Final Table, a global competition featuring the world’s most renowned chefs, from UK Masterchef duo Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton. Global magic title, Death by Magic, starring British magician […]

NBC’s Paul Teledgy to speak at Edinburgh TV Fest

This year’s Worldview Address at the Edinburgh TV Festival will be given by the president of NBC Entertainment’s Alternative and Reality Group Paul Teledgy. Telegdy’s major successes among NBC’s unscripted series include The Voice, America’s Got Talent, and American Ninja Warrior; specials programming, including the Golden Globe Awards, the Billboard Awards and the Macy’s Thanksgiving […]

Kent Alterman on the lookout for animated comedy

Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s president, expressed his desire to find more animated comedies during the Edinburgh International Television Festival. During a Q&A session with comedian Jimmy Carr, Alterman said that it has been difficult to find animated shows that have been able to live in the shadow of long-running toon South Park, which has been […]

Jon Snow to deliver MacTaggart

The Edinburgh International Television Festival has announced that journalist and broadcaster Jon Snow will deliver this year’s James MacTaggart Lecture. Jon Snow has covered many of the defining news events of the last 40 years including the fall of Idi Amin in Uganda, the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, the fall of the Berlin wall, and […]

Vice CEO to keynote Edinburgh TV Festival

Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith will deliver this year’s James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival in August. The keynote is traditionally a significant event in the UK television calendar, and has been delivered in the past by the likes of Ted Turner, Peter Bazalgette, Rupert Murdoch, Kevin Spacey and, last […]

Kevin Spacey: $100m House of Cards ‘more cost effective than traditonal TV’

Actor Kevin Spacey has attacked the cost of the pilot season model and claimed it makes Netflix’s reported US$100 million double-season commission of House of Cards “look cost effective”. In his MacTaggart speech at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Spacey, who stars in House of Cards as double dealing politician Francis Underwood, claimed that of the […]