Edinburgh TV Festival

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 […]

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 […]

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