Edinburgh TV Festival

TBI Weekly: The problem with the UK’s format isolationism

With MIPCOM on the horizon, European format specialist Siobhan Crawford offers a plea to UK companies to use the opportunity to more deeply engage with their counterparts in Europe, rather than relying on local talent for new formats. I was at Edinburgh TV Festival last month. Lovely market. Nothing new though. So now we look […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from the Edinburgh TV Festival

From snarky remarks around reboots, to a scripted industry in “corrective” mode and Netflix’s attempts to assert itself as the place to be for UK producers, the Edinburgh TV Festival again threw up plenty to talk about. The Edinburgh TV Festival tends to mark the end of the summer for those operating in the UK content industry, but this year’s event […]

Scripted TV in ‘corrective’ mode amid soaring costs, says Paramount’s David Nevins

Spending on TV drama is in “corrective mode” according to Paramount+ chief David Nevins, who also revealed that Ewan McGregor has been lined up to lead upcoming drama A Gentleman In Moscow. Nevins, who oversees scripted series for Paramount+ as chairman and CEO of Paramount Premium Group, told delegates at the Edinburgh TV Festival that the […]

Prince Andrew interviewer Emily Maitlis to deliver MacTaggart at Edinburgh TV Festival

Emily Maitlis, the UK journalist who conducted the notorious interview that saw Prince Andrew discuss his links to Jeffrey Epstein, is to deliver the MacTaggart Lecture at this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival. Maitlis left the BBC earlier this year having been with the pubcaster for 15 years, latterly hosting its Newsnight show and interviewing major political […]

ETF lines up David Nevins & Jane Millichip as further sessions unveiled

The Edinburgh TV Festival (ETF) has revealed a raft of sessions for the August event, including a one-on-one between Paramount’s David Nevins and former Sky Studios boss Jane Millichip. ETF’s 2022 iteration, which runs 24-26 August, is being led by advisory chair – and Condé Nast’s chief business officer – Afua Hirsch. It is returning […]

‘Succession’ star Brian Cox confirmed for Ed TV Festival; Rose Ayling-Ellis to deliver Alternative MacTaggart

British actress Rose Ayling-Ellis will deliver the Alternative MacTaggart lecture at this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival, with the first wave of sessions and speakers, including Succession star Brian Cox, announced. EastEnders star and Strictly Come Dancing winner Ayling-Ellis, who is a pioneer for the deaf community and British Sign Language campaigner, will use the lecture […]

Edinburgh TV Festival names Afua Hirsch advisory chair

The Edinburgh TV Festival (ETF) has named writer, broadcaster, filmmaker and former barrister Afua Hirsch as its advisory chair for the 2022 event. Hirsch is founder of Born in Me Productions and has also held roles including senior correspondent at the Guardian and Sky News. She has also presented documentaries including BBC arts-focused African Renaissance, Enslaved […]

Ed TV Festival: BBC talks linear; ITV defends ‘Love Island’ & Amazon on risk-taking

The BBC talked up linear reach, ITV defended Love Island and Amazon spoke about the importance of taking risks, on day three of this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival. Speaking at the festival yesterday, the BBC CCO, Charlotte Moore, defended the British pubcaster’s decision to return BBC Three as a linear channel in January 2022. The […]

Ed TV Festival: Paramount+ seeks UK originals & C4’s Ian Katz slams privatisation plans

ViacomCBS put out a call for content pitches from UK indies for Paramount+, while Channel 4 exec Ian Katz warned that privatisation would “destroy” the channel, on the second day of this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival. Speaking at the event, ViacomCBS Networks UK CCO Ben Frow said that the company plans to commission local content […]

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