Screen Scotland partners with the Edinburgh TV Festival

Screen Scotland is delighted to once again be working in partnership with the Edinburgh Television Festival, taking place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre from 21 - 23 August.

There are 20 part-funded bursary delegate packages available for independent Scottish TV producers to apply for. Each of these packages includes day tickets for the Edinburgh International Television Festival, plus three nights of single en-suite room accommodation close to the EICC from 20 - 23 August. For full details on the packages, visit the Creative Scotland Opportunities page.

This is a fantastic opportunity for TV producers to attend the Edinburgh Television Festival, a seminal event in the industry calendar. As always, a variety of sessions, panels and masterclasses make up an internationally focused programme that has digital content at its heart, as the festival continues to lead the way in showcasing world-class content.

2019 Programme

The Edinburgh TV Festival has announced a programme for 2019 that places a premium on staying ahead in a rapidly-changing global industry. Delegates will receive a privileged insight into some of TV’s most inspiring game-changers, talent, shows and stories.

Off the back of his futuristic new series Years and Years, Festival favourite, Russell T Davies will be appearing to talk about the 20th anniversary of Channel 4’s seminal, Queer as Folk, alongside executive producer. Nicola Shindler. They will be discussing the impact the show has had on the industry’s effort for queer representation and its effect on an individual level for other members of the panel.

The team behind the critically claimed East London based drama, Top Boy will be joining the festival for a masterclass to reveal the secrets behind Drake’s involvement in the surprise return of the popular show. Chi Chi Izundu will chair a session which includes actor, Ashley Walters, creator and writer, Ronan Bennett and director, Charles Steel who will discuss the show’s revival in the current TV landscape, their unique attitude to storytelling, and what constitutes a hit today.

Huge names have been added to the line-up, including award-winning actor, Hugh Laurie CBE; Leaving Neverland director, Dan Reed; Netflix’s Fyre producer, Danny Gabai; For Sama’s Waad al-Kateab and Simon Chinn and Ursula MacFarlane, the team behind Harvey Weinstein documentary, Untouchable.

Hugh Laurie CBE will be receiving this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award, speaking about his illustrious career from Footlights to House to The Night Manager. He said, "I’d have been excited to receive an award just for sticking around – but this is overwhelming."

Contributor care, regional and local production and online regulation will be taking centre stage as Edinburgh Does... Question Time returns for not one but two panels at this year’s festival. The first will include outgoing Ofcom chief, Sharon White; BBC Two Controller, Patrick Holland; All3Media COO and Chair of PACT, Sara Geater; BBC Studios Director of Content, Ralph Lee and Damian Collins, Conservative MP and Chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee. These industry experts will be bringing their own varied, experienced and unbridled perspectives to the discussion, helmed by Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark.

Mo Gilligan will be joining to present the Edinburgh TV Awards 2019, rewarding and celebrating the best of the last twelve months as we count down the winners in categories from Best International Drama to Breakthrough Talent.

In Edinburgh Does… Celebrity Call Centre, the phone-lines open to a host of questions revealing the truth about working in TV and getting the most experienced players in the industry to give their informed solutions to queries such as dealing with difficult talent, maintaining a work-life balance, and the difficulties surrounding career progression in a freelance world.

The Talent schemes will be at the forefront of What Young People Want: The Live Pitch, which will see four independent production companies, who have never made a series for E4, being given the opportunity to win development money from the channel. A panel of young people will discuss the four potential ideas and we’ll see recorded footage from E4 commissioners and what they made of each pitch.

E4 Controller, Karl Warner is offering a guaranteed minimum of £5,000 development money to the best idea, as voted for by young audience members. Will E4 be able to predict what the young people preferred? Additionally, the winning indie will make a commitment to hire a young person from The Network or Ones to Watch, the TV Festival’s Talent Schemes, to help develop the project.

Elsewhere, the increasingly popular Meet the Controller sessions return with the BBC’s Charlotte Moore, Patrick Holland, Fiona Campbell and Cassian Harrison, ITV’s Kevin Lygo, Channel 4’s Ian Katz, Channel 5’s Ben Frow, Sky’s Zai Bennett and Steve North, Hilary Rosen and Richard Watsham for UKTV.

The sessions will follow the familiar one-to-one interviews with key controllers and top presenters discussing in more detail the channel’s strategy, as well as offering them the opportunity to convey both their commissioning needs and their unique brand identity to delegates.