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Deaf Actress Rose Ayling-Ellis: “I Am Disabled Because I Live and Work in a World That Disables Me”

“My reality isn’t always nice,” Rose Ayling-Ellis told the Edinburgh TV Festival in the annual Alternative MacTaggart keynote on Friday. The deaf English actress (EastEnders, Dancing With the Stars) offered her perspective on the stark realities of life as a deaf person working in television via a 30-minute address and an interview with journalist and producer Afua Hirsch. […]

Brian Cox Says Receiving ‘Succession’ Scripts Is Like “Getting Gold,” But He Can’t Discuss Show Details Due to “Gestapo Element of HBO”

Brian Cox entertained attendees of the Edinburgh TV Festival on its third and final day on Friday with stories from throughout his career, while emphasizing that he couldn’t share much detail about Succession at a time when fans are eagerly anticipating season 4. “The Gestapo-element of HBO are present,” Cox said, “because they don’t want me to […]

‘His Dark Materials’ Star Dafne Keen on Taking on an ”Intricate, Complicated” Female Character

Cast and crew from BBC and HBO hit fantasy drama His Dark Materials took over the Edinburgh TV Festival on Thursday. In a special session entitled “His Dark Materials – Pushing Boundaries in New Worlds,” stars Dafne Keen and Amir Wilson, fellow cast member Simone Kirby, writer Jack Thorne, director Amit Gupta and executive producer […]

David Harewood on Sharing His Mental Health Struggles in BBC Doc: “It Was the Toughest Thing I Have Ever Done”

Making a BBC documentary, Psychosis and Me, about his experience with his mental health struggles made him confront his lowest lows, actor and author David Harewood (Homeland, The Night Manager, Supergirl) told a TV industry gathering on Thursday. “It scared the shit out of me,” he told the Edinburgh TV Festival. Asked about the overall experience of […]

Netflix Made Changes to Focus on the “Best Content” at “Tricky Time,” U.K. Exec Says: “We Are Here for the Long Run”

Netflix is focused on offering its subscribers great content and welcomes competition despite its recent user growth challenges, Anne Mensah, vp, original series at Netflix in London since early 2019, said at the Edinburgh TV Festival on Thursday. “This is a company that is founded on resilience and innovation,” she said when asked about recent […]

Paramount’s David Nevins Reveals Upcoming Louis C.K. Doc and Is “Interested” in What “Our Best Writers” Have to Say About Roe v. Wade Reversal

Paramount Global top executive David Nevins told a U.K. TV industry event on Thursday that he is interested to see what writers have to say about the Supreme Court’s overturning of abortion rights and revealed an upcoming Showtime documentary about comedian Louis CK and his return after a sexual harassment scandal. Louis C.K. is “a […]

Ewan McGregor to Star in Drama Series ‘A Gentleman in Moscow’ for Paramount+ Internationally, Showtime in U.S.

Ewan McGregor (Star Wars franchise, Halston, Trainspotting) will lead the cast of upcoming Paramount+ U.K. drama series A Gentleman in Moscow, an adaptation of Amor Towles’ best-selling novel, which is set to commence production later this year and will debut in the U.S. on Showtime and on Paramount+ internationally. The show, produced by eOne in […]

Edinburgh TV Fest Shines Spotlight on Diversity: “Good Shows Travel and Are Global”

Diversity and how to best ensure it in the British TV industry was a topic of debate on Wednesday, the opening day of the Edinburgh TV Festival. During a panel entitled “Insert (Diversity) Here,” for which The Hollywood Reporter served as media partner, writer-director and actor Adjani Salmon (Dreaming Whilst Black) signaled there aren’t enough diverse […]

Ex-BBC Anchor Emily Maitlis on Journalism in the Age of Trump: “We Have to Stop Normalizing the Absurd”

“We have to stop normalizing the absurd,” British journalist and author Emily Maitlis urged her colleagues on Wednesday at the Edinburgh TV Festival.  Delivering the fest’s prestigious James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture, the former BBC anchor and journalist said that when Donald Trump was elected as U.S. president, “we did not yet understand that it wasn’t replacing one […]

‘Veep’ Creator Armando Iannucci: U.K. Government Has “Weaponized” the Word Woke and “Doesn’t Listen to Us”

The conservative U.K. government has “weaponized” the word “woke,” Veep creator Armando Iannucci told the Edinburgh TV Festival on Wednesday. Events like the festival’s prestigious MacTaggart Lecture, which tend to focus on big issues that deserve attention, make “what we make better,” the writer and producer known for The Thick of It and The Death […]

ITV Content Boss on Rebooting ‘Big Brother’ and Launching Streamer ITVX: “You Have to Fight Ever Harder” to Attract Audiences

U.K. TV giant ITV will launch its new streaming service ITVX in November to attract more overall viewers for its content, the company’s managing director, media and entertainment Kevin Lygo told a TV industry event on Wednesday. He also credited the “extraordinary success” of fellow reality TV series Love Island as a key driver behind […]

BBC Chair Says Diversity Is “Existential,” U.K. Public Broadcaster Will “Weaponize Impartiality”

The BBC can succeed despite “significant” competition from global streamers, chairman Richard Sharp said on Wednesday. The U.K. public broadcaster may be “challenged,” but “benefits from not being in the capitalist model,” he argued at the Edinburgh TV Festival. It will also look to “weaponize impartiality” under incoming BBC News boss Deborah Turness, one of […]