Discovery, Showtime, FX and HBO Top Brass Heading to Edinburgh TV Festival

Christopher Patey
The Discovery Channel's new boss Rich Ross is among those in a new strand called "U.S. Gamechangers."

The 40th edition of the festival will also see keynotes from Google and Amazon Studios.

The 40th edition of the Edinburgh International Television Festival will feature a strong contingent from U.S. cable networks.

Announced Tuesday, the event’s guests will include Showtime president David Nevins, FX president John Landgraf, new Discovery Channel president Rich Ross and HBO exec vp Michael Ellenberg. Under a new strand called "U.S. Gamechangers," these four are set to be interviewed by key U.K. counterparts including Channel 4’s chief creative office Jay Hunt and Sky1 head Stuart Murphy.

Other sessions include two major keynote interviews with Google UK vp Matt Brittin and Amazon Studios director Roy Price. Amazon will also be offering the UK premiere of its new TV drama Hand of God, directed by Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, World War Z), who will also be attending.

As previously announced, Sherlock exec producer and TV veteran Beryl Vertue will receive the festival’s inaugural lifetime achievement award.

The Edinburgh International Television Festival will run Aug. 26-28 in the Scottish capital.