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Sunday, 19 August 2012

2012 Networking events - get the diary out!

Check out our social events schedule – from swanky drinks to late night shenanigans there’s something for everyone and you’re guaranteed a good, if slightly exhausting, time.

All delegates are welcome!

Time: 17:15-18:00
Venue: The Tinto

Time: 19:30-21:30
Venue: National Museum of Scotland

Once again, we’re back in the Museum of Scotland for our opening reception. Mingle amongst the priceless relics as you catch up with old friends, unwind after an action-packed day at the festival with a drink, and sample the very finest canap├ęs from Scotland’s world renowned culinary larder.

The Festival will be running shuttle coaches directly from the EICC entrance to the Museum for all delegates straight after the MacTaggart Lecture.


Time: 16:30-17:30
Venue: The Tinto

CCTV invite you to join them for drinks and one-to-one discussions on collaboration opportunities.

Time: 16:45-17:45
Venue: The Moorfoot & Kilsyth

Join SPT’s UK production companies to raise a glass and toast the Edinburgh International Television Festival. 

Time: 21:30-02:00
Venue: The George Hotel

Watch and MGEITF are celebrating the eve of the final day of the Edinburgh TV Festival with a night out of the ordinary. Join the party at The George Hotel on Friday 24 August for a truly mind bending experience where unexpected furniture and a giant motion mirror will test your senses.



Pack painkillers. And Echinacea.  And energy supplements. And possibly even sun tan lotion! Fingers crossed.

Festival Team

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Date the commissioners in Edinburgh

Limited spaces available so make sure you book your space quick sharp! 

In a festival first... Channel 4 will be setting up stall and allowing producers and content creators to pitch fresh ideas and formats to their commissioning team!
With a maximum of five minutes per pitch, commissioners from across Channel 4’s genres will be ready and waiting; producers can secure one on one time with:

Delegates can email to reserve a slot – stating who you work for and who you would like to pitch to.

Don't miss out and book your slot today!

Festival HQ


Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Victoria Wood and Doctor Who Lead TV Festival Screenings Programme

We are proud to unveil our full MGEITF screenings programme for Edinburgh 2012!

We are offering members of the public and Festival delegates an exclusive first look at some of this year’s most hotly anticipated television content.

The programme, which plays out between Thursday 23rd August and Saturday 25th August at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse, includes the world premiere of Victoria Wood’s film Loving Miss Hatto, the first Scottish showing of the long awaited seventh series of Doctor Who, and an exciting first chance to see Channel 4’s new comedy Friday Night Dinner, which stars The Inbetweeners favourite Simon Bird

All of the post screening Q and As will be moderated by writer and broadcaster Andrew Collins.

Loving Miss Hatto, which charts the story of Joyce Hatto, the renowned 1950s and 1960s concert pianist who only achieved critical acclaim thirty years after she disappeared from the limelight, will be followed by a Q and A with comedienne Victoria Wood, who will discuss the inspiration behind the project.

Doctor Who writer Steven Moffatt will be on hand to answer fans’ burning questions in a live Q and A segment after the explosive first episode of the new series, while Friday Night Dinner creator Robert Popper will be discussing his new comedy. 

Some Girls is a vibrant new comedy series for BBC Three produced by Hat Trick Productions. Following the lives of a group of 16 year old girls who play on the same school football team and live on the same inner city estate. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Cheryl Taylor, Zai Bennett & Justin Davies

The lineup is completed by action series Hunted, a co-production between the BBC and Cinemax. Writer Frank Spotnitz, of the principal writers on X-Files, and producer Jane Fetherstone, take part in the Q and A.

The full timetable appears below:
The FilmhouseTHURSDAY 23rd AUGUST

3:00pm – 4:30pm
Friday Night Dinner


12:00pm – 13:30pm
Loving Miss Hatto 

4.45pm - 5.15pm
Some Girls

15:00pm – 16:30pm


10:00am – 11:30am
Doctor Who

If you have a FULL MGEITF ticket all the screenings are FREE and tickets will be available at the registration desk on a first come first served basis! 

If you do not have a MGEITF pass but would like to attend a screening never fear! You can buy tickets here.

Make sure you get your ticket before they sell out!

Festival Team


Monday, 6 August 2012

Indie heavyweights join panel line-up

One of five indies is set to scoop a sought after £30k investment from Pinewood Studios in the culmination of the Pinewood Pitching competition; those in the running are today confirmed as:

1.   RDF’s Neale Simpson, presenting Unbeatable
2.   Markthree media’s Adam Hunt, presenting Story:Time, STV’s
3.   STV’s Gary Chippington & Amy Maher, presenting The Lie
4.   Pirate Productions’ Jenny Williams & Avalon’s Toby Stevens, co-presenting Bid for Brains
5.   Zebra Crossing’s Nev Pitty-Rose, presenting Table 10

Each of the indies will one by one present their TV format idea in front of an audience and panel of experienced commissioning figures. The panel comprises Elaine Bedell (Director of Entertainment and Comedy, ITV), Zai Bennett (Controller, BBC Three), Emma Tennant (Controller, UKTV) and Phil Edgar-Jones (Head of Entertainment, Sky). The prize package will include studio time, crew and post-production towards a pilot.

Meanwhile, help will be at hand for aspiring or struggling Indies as the Festival plays host to The Indie Surgery, a Q and A with some of the biggest and most influential figures in independent TV production. Eileen Gallagher (CEO, Shed Productions), Magnus Temple (Founder, The Garden), Tom Manwaring (Managing Director, Mediatique) and Andy Harries (Chief Executive, Left Bank Pictures) will answer all of prevalent questions on buying, launching, sustaining success and selling, as well as addressing topics such as setting up in the USA and how crucial having an agent really is in long term expansion…


Only 16 days to go!! See you there.

Festival Team