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Edinburgh International Television Festival

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Edinburgh International Television Festival

The Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival powered by YouTube is one of the most prestigious media events in the UK – bringing together all parts of the television and digital world to celebrate the creativity, diversity and inspirational talent in our field, and to debate the major issues facing the industry. The Festival draws around 2000 delegates from the major networks and production companies internationally.

The Festival has attracted some of the world’s most influential, powerful and exciting industry players to take part in the Festival – including Kevin Spacey, Al Gore, Rupert Murdoch, Ted Turner, Ricky Gervais, Vince Gilligan, Germaine Greer, Tessa Ross, Jamie Oliver, Simon Cowell, Ted Sarandos and Elisabeth Murdoch.

Established in 1976 it is still the only event both run by and for the television industry as the Festival is governed by its Executive and Advisory committees. The Festival is a charitable organisation with a mission to identify and nurture the next generation of talent, whatever their background.

The Festival run two talent schemes – "The Network" (formerly known as TVYP) which gives brand new entrants a vital first step into the TV and digital industries while "Ones to Watch" (formerly known as Fast Track) supports those at the early stages of their career. Both benefit from fully funded places at the Festival, which include tailored workshops, masterclasses and networking. Year-round mentoring, training and events are also offered.

The Festival takes place every August at the heart of Edinburgh festival season at EICC, 150 Morrison Street, The Exchange Edinburgh, EH3 8EE.

The Festival also runs other events throughout the year with the aim of engaging and inspiring the TV industry, these range from our punchy and provocative EdTalks lectures to Q & A’s with channel bosses from across the globe.

In 2015 the Festival takes place on 26-28 August and will celebrate its 40th anniversary. The TV Festival will be more global than ever with our new US Gamechangers strand, who will join a programme bursting with agenda-setting keynotes, our Meet the Controllers sessions and a raft of screenings and masterclasses with top talent - covering everything from how TV can make money learning from digital to how producers can target and retain that desirable 16-34 audience.

Oscar and Emmy-nominated writer, director and producer Armando Iannucci will deliver this year’s prestigious James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture. The guests include some of America’s greatest game changers from cable production. ABC’s Paul Lee, A+E’s Paul Buccieri, Showtime’s David Nevins, FX’s John Landgraf, Discovery’s Rich Ross and HBO’s Michael Ellenberg will be telling us what’s next for their businesses and for the global television landscape now that the game has changed.

The ever-popular Controller Sessions will include BBC One’s Charlotte Moore, ITV’s Peter Fincham; Channel 4’s Jay Hunt, Channel 5’s Ben Frow, UKTV’s Emma Tennant, BBC Four’s Cassian Harrison, Sky One’s Adam MacDonald, ITV Digital’s Angela Jain; and the heads of BBC Two, BBC Three and Discovery Kim Shillinglaw.

The Festival is best known for its keynote address: the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture. The lecture features prescient

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