Day One – Scripted

In conversation with Piers Wenger

The BBC’s new controller of drama Piers Wenger, shares his vision across the corporation’s channels and reveals what his first impressions are of the challenges and opportunities that come with one of the highest profile roles in TV. Get the inside track on what he is looking for.

Piers Wenger
controller, Drama

Scripted at Channel 4

Channel 4’s head of drama, Beth Willis and head of comedy, Fiona McDermott both new to their roles but already making their mark, discuss how they intend to keep the channel edgy, provocative and at the top of its game.

Beth Willis
head of drama
Channel 4

Fiona McDermott
head of comedy
Channel 4

Children’s drama & comedy

CBBC’s controller, Cheryl Taylor discusses the challenges and possibilities when creating content for younger audiences and reveals how producers can take advantage of this to win children’s business for the first time.

Cheryl Taylor

Keep it short

Short form is described as the wild west – there are just no rules. In a rapidly changing world, how can you win commissions at Sky, BBC and Channel 4.

True life drama

Hear from the writers, producers and commissioners behind some of the most headline grabbing dramas of the past year including, Three Girls, The Moorside and Little Boy Blue.

Day Two – Non – Scripted

Let them entertain you

Entertainment supremos from Channel 4, BBC and Sky discuss whether current reality TV singing competitions, talent shows, games shows and quizzes are hitting the right notes. Hear how the key entertainment genre can be reinvigorated, what slots are up for grabs and how to win them.

Ed Havard
head of entertainment
TV Events and Sport
Channel 4

Rachel Ashdown
commissioning editor

Phil Edgar Jones
director of Sky Arts and head of entertainment

Meet the BBC specialist factual team

The BBC’s specialist factual team lift the lid on their ambitions for stand out programming across science, religion, history, business and natural history. Learn about their strategy for future projects and what’s on their shopping lists.

Tom McDonald
head of natural history and specialist factual

Breathing new life into lifestyle

Channel 4’s head of features, Gill Wilson and UKTV’s deputy director of commissioning, Hilary Rosen discuss their schedules and what’s next for cookery, health, property and travel – Discover where the new killer strands and brands will come from and what is selling around the globe

Gill Wilson
head of features
Channel 4

Hilary Rosen
deputy director of commissioning

Keep it popular

In his first major interview since taking the helm as the BBC’s head of popular factual and factual entertainment, David Brindley reveals what’s on his shopping list for new series and formats.

David Brindley
head of popular factual & fact ent