Prof Brian Cox and Towie join Edinburgh TV festival line-up

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, will deliver this year's MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, which has also has revealed its full line-up and includes Professor Brian Cox.

Eric Schmidt: Google's executive chairman will deliver this year's MacTaggart Lecture
Eric Schmidt: Google's executive chairman will deliver this year's MacTaggart Lecture

In his MacTaggart Lecture – the keynote speech of the three-day festival – Schmidt will discuss the unique role Google occupies across global media and how TV businesses can engage with it.

Last year's MacTaggart Lecture was given by BBC director general Mark Thompson.

Cox, a particle physicist, 'Wonders of the Universe' presenter and former D:Ream keyboardist, will deliver the Alternative MacTaggart Lecture and will offer his analysis of TV as an enduring medium, his own successes, and the meaning of the universe.

The Edinburgh International Television Festival, which is sponsored by MediaGuardian, is one of the key events on the TV calendar and is attended by more than 2,000 delegates from across the TV industry.

Among the programme specific sessions, the stars, producers and commissioners of ITV2's smash hit 'The Only Way is Essex', will talk about the role of fact and fiction and introducing vajazzling to the nation.

From the other end of ITV's schedule, the stars and creators of the period drama 'Downton Abbey' will look at show's popularity and "narrative structure" and preview the new series.

BBC comedy star Miranda Hart will give a masterclass on the creative process, former entertainment presenter Jim Davidson will discuss the changing nature of acceptability, and actress Sofie Gråbøl of Danish thriller 'The Killing' will discuss the success of the show and its jumpers.

In a special version of 'Family Fortunes' presented by Vernon Kaye, commissioning teams from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky will compete to show their knowledge of TV audiences.

The festival has sessions with the major controllers in British TV, including: Danny Cohen, controller of BBC One; Peter Fincham, director of television at ITV; Jay Hunt, chief creative officer, Channel 4, and Stuart Murphy, director of programmes for Sky 1 HD, Sky 2, Pick TV and director of commissioning, Sky Entertainment.

Registration for the 2011 festival, which runs from 26 to 28 August, is now open and more information can be found here.

Have your say...

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Media Week Jobs
Search for more media jobs

Latest

Waitrose boosts content strategy with 'Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose' C4 tie-up

Waitrose boosts content strategy with 'Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose' C4 tie-up

Waitrose has joined forces with Channel 4 and produced a Saturday morning lifestyle and cookery programme called 'Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose', with TV presenters Lisa Snowdon and Steve Jones signed up to front it.

Share
Newspaper ABCs: Guardian smashes through 100m browsers in March 2014

Newspaper ABCs: Guardian smashes through 100m browsers in March 2014

The Guardian reached more than 100 million monthly unique browsers for the first time in March, according to Audit Bureau of Circulations figures published today.

Share
Toyota achieves the impossible by calming angry Roman drivers

Toyota achieves the impossible by calming angry Roman drivers

Italians swearing and shouting while sitting behind the wheels of their cars and negotiating the busy streets of Rome could become a thing of the past if they all start driving Toyota's Hybrid vehicles, implies a short film for the car brand.

Share

Get news by email