Edinburgh TV Festival

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 […]

Sky expects to delay international drama shoots until 2021

European media giant Sky is to delay filming on its dramas that have elements shot outside of the UK until spring 2021, scripted chief Cameron Roach has said. Roach, who was speaking on the inaugural controller session organised by the Edinburgh TV Festival, said that scripted series with scenes shot outside of the UK were […]

Edinburgh TV Festival unveils Covid-19 online controller sessions

The Edinburgh TV Festival (ETF) has unveiled the initial line-up for its new, pre-festival digital program of industry events, including discussions with leading UK-based broadcast executives. ‘The Controllers’ sessions, which will start from 27 April and be filmed live, will be available free and offer interviews with programme controllers from the UK’s main national broadcasters, […]

Edinburgh TV Festival director Lisa Campbell steps down

Edinburgh TV Festival director and CEO Lisa Campbell is stepping down after six years in charge of the annual event. Campbell is leaving the organisation to join ITN as director of corporate communications. During her tenure with the Festival, Campbell launched the TV Foundation, which houses a year-round programme of events and charitable activity, including […]

Channel 5’s Frow: Savings from ‘Big Brother’ cancellation didn’t go the distance

Channel 5 director of programmes Ben Frow has called the cancellation of Big Brother a “liberation”, but has noted that the savings did not go “as far as he liked”. Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, Frow reiterated his views on the long-running Initial-produced reality programme, noting that it was “time to lose the show”, […]

Edinburgh TV Festival unveils State of the TV Nation panel

YouTube’s EMEA chief Ben McOwen Wilson, Channel 4 CEO Alex Mahon (pictured) and Lionsgate TV Group president Sandra Stern are among senior executives set to appear on a ‘State of the TV Nation’ panel at the Edinburgh TV Festival in August. They will be joined by All3Media CEO Jane Turton and president of NBCUniversal International […]

Jerry Springer to deliver Edinburgh TV Festival’s Alternative McTaggart lecture

Talk show host Jerry Springer is to deliver the Alternative McTaggart at the Edinburgh TV Festival this August. The UK-born Springer will give a short speech ahead of a Q&A with Channel 4’s head of news and current affairs Dorothy Byrne. He will discuss his career hosting iconic talk show The Jerry Springer Show, which […]