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Steve Coogan Among Talent Set for Edinburgh TV Festival


The 2018 Edinburgh TV Festival is slated to feature a variety of talent, including Steve Coogan, actor/writer/comedian and co-founder of Baby Cow, as well as Christine Langan, who serves as the production company’s CEO.

Phil Edgar-Jones, advisory chair, commented: “As well as creating arguably the most enduring comic character in TV history in Alan Partridge, Steve Coogan is an acclaimed writer, producer and actor, and a truly inspirational figure in comedy. We are delighted that Steve will be joining us alongside Christine Langan for a glimpse into his career and the-inner workings of Baby Cow. It’ll be an hour of pure Knowing-Her-Knowing-Him joy.”

The talent lineup also includes Brandon Riegg, the director of unscripted programming at Netflix, who will discuss the platform’s non-scripted content.

Lisa Campbell, festival director, noted: “As a festival we pride ourselves on giving delegates access to the most prominent creative voices in our industry. In our first Gamechanger session to be announced, the inspirational Netflix leads the way in the production of high-end content and this is sure to be a must-see session.”

Additional talent speakers on the roster are YouTube gamer Dan TDM, television writer Jed Mercurio, and broadcasters Lauren Laverne and Alice Levine.

Campbell added: “Bringing new and insightful voices to the conversation is something that the TV Festival works hard to achieve. Dan TDM will offer us a fresh look at how we can better harness influencers, and in our Nordic drama session [featuring Mercurio], we’ll find out how we too can ride the wave created by Nordic Noir. The new controller strand format introduced last year returns, giving us a rounded view of the channel’s inner workings—as always, a session not to be missed!”

This year’s Edinburgh TV Festival is scheduled to take place in the U.K. city from August 22 to 24.

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