Edinburgh TV Festival


Edinburgh TV Festival names Amazon’s Georgia Brown as chair for ‘hybrid’ event

The Edinburgh TV Festival (ETF) has named Amazon Studios’ director of European originals Georgia Brown as advisory chair for its 2021 edition, which is set to feature virtual and physical events. Brown becomes the first advisory chair to come from a streaming service and will work across the festival’s slate of sessions and panels, which are […]

The fast-evolving world of markets & festivals (Part 1)

Barely a handful of live industry events took place this year, due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In the first of a two-part article, Nick Edwards looks at how organisers adapted and considers what 2021 holds.  TV festivals and the markets that are often inextricably linked to them have been a particularly missed element of the industry […]

Edinburgh TV Festival names Naked’s Fatima Salaria as exec chair

Fatima Salaria has been appointed as the executive chair of the Edinburgh TV Festival and its umbrella charity, The TV Foundation. She will now be responsible for overseeing the festival and foundation’s executive committee and work with the festival team across its operations as well as its charitable initiatives. Salaria, who left her position as […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from Edinburgh TV Festival

The 2020 Edinburgh TV Festival’s virtual nature didn’t stop the annual event from making an impact with its stay-at-home viewers, not least because a jam-packed schedule threw up plenty of talking points over the week. Discussions around diversity and inclusivity were top of the agenda but action was also apparent, with UK broadcasting duo ITV […]

Racism has led to a ‘lost generation’ of black TV talent in UK, says David Olusoga

British broadcaster and historian David Olusoga has hit out at the UK TV industry for creating a “lost generation” of black talent, but said there are “reasons to be hopeful” that the business can improve. Olusoga used his keynote MacTaggart address at this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival – which is taking place online – to […]

Outgoing BBC chief Tony Hall to open Edinburgh TV Festival

Outgoing BBC director general Tony Hall is set to deliver the opening address at the Edinburgh TV Festival next week. Hall will open this year’s online edition of the festival on Monday, 24 August and is expected to reflect upon his seven-year tenure in what will be one of his final public appearances in the […]

News round-up: David Olusoga to give Edinburgh TV Festival keynote; Bambu launches on Xumo; NHK releases international wildlife co-pro projects

Historian Olusoga to deliver Edinburgh TV Festival keynote speech British-Nigerian historian and broadcaster David Olusoga will deliver the keynote speech at the Edinburgh TV Festival, The MacTaggart Lecture, next month. Known for presenting shows including A House Through Time, Black And British: A Forgotten History and Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners, Olusoga is a professor of public […]

Edinburgh TV Festival adds Netflix, A+E execs to 2020 roster

Leading US TV and SVOD executives from companies including Netflix, HBO Max, TLC and A+E Networks have joined the roster of international speakers at the 2020 Edinburgh TV Festival. The festival, like many others, pivoted to an online-only event due to the Coronavirus pandemic. It will be running from 24-27 August but retaining a number […]

Edinburgh TV Festival lines up Emilia Clarke & Paul Feig

The Edinburgh TV Festival (ETF) has unveiled a raft of new speakers and sessions for its 2020 line-up, including Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke in conversation with filmmaker Paul Feig. The sessions will take place online in August and will look to dissect the TV industry and debate the challenges facing producers in the […]

BBC explores quarantining drama casts as appetite for UK shows soars

The BBC will order more UK dramas to avoid a content shortfall caused by Covid-19 restrictions on production, while quarantining casts and crews is being explored as one way to get cameras rolling again. BBC drama chief Piers Wenger, speaking on the second controller session organised by the Edinburgh TV Festival, said the Coronavirus had […]