Edinburgh TV Festival

Rowan Woods appointed as creative director at Edinburgh TV Festival

Rowan Woods, the head of episodic & series programme for the BFI London Film Festival, has been appointed as the new creative director of the Edinburgh TV Festival, replacing Stewart Clarke who leaves the role after four festivals. Woods has been responsible for launching and running the BFI’s TV-facing programme since 2021 including gala screenings […]

TBI Weekly: From UK slowdown to global reset at the Edinburgh TV Festival

The 2023 edition of the Edinburgh TV Festival is wrapping up after four schedule-busting days of industry panels, networking, a Louis Theroux-led MacTaggart Lecture – and the occasional wee dram in the Scottish capital. Conversation on and off stage this week has been largely dominated by the commissioning slowdown in the UK – and the […]

Louis Theroux calls for “confrontational, surprising & upsetting” TV in MacTaggart Lecture

Broadcaster and filmmaker Louis Theroux has called on the TV industry to take more risks during his MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival. “We need television that is confrontational, surprising, and upsetting. We should aspire to challenge viewers’ assumptions and resist orthodoxy whenever possible,” Theroux told the audience. “We serve social justice best when […]

Louis Theroux to deliver MacTaggart lecture at 2023 Edinburgh TV Festival

Broadcaster and author Louis Theroux will deliver the MacTaggart lecture at this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival. Theroux, who heads up the production company Mindhouse, is known for his incisive interviews and documentaries, including Weird Weekends and When Louis Met…, and more recently, Louis Theroux Interviews… and Forbidden America. During his storied career, he has captured provocative interviews […]

Events round-up: Edinburgh TV Festival plans climate summit; Sheffield DocFest details announced; Conecta Fiction announces Spanish showcase

Edinburgh TV Festival plans climate summit The Edinburgh TV Festival is launching its first-ever Climate Content Summit, a new event to take place on 7 June at Barbican Centre that will examine the industry’s response to climate change. The summit will explore how experts, producers, execs, talent, commissioners, development teams, writers, directors can respond with […]

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 […]

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