BFC welcomes US Gamechangers to Edinburgh International Television Festival

The BFC and Creative Scotland have joined forces to sponsor the ‘US Gamechangers’ strand at this year’s Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, which has brought top US television execs from HBO, ABC and Amazon to the prestigious event.

Having a presence at the Festival and capitalising on this new US Gamechangers strand links directly to the BFC’s core aim of promoting the UK’s as a world-class production destination for high-end television. It ensures key decision-makers know what the UK can offer in terms of first-class facilities, crews, talent and locations, alongside its generous Creative Sector Tax Reliefs.

The US Gamechangers strand serves to expand the international content on offer while highlighting the current ‘golden age of television’ and what innovations might come next.

Influential executives including Showtime President David Nevins, Executive Vice-President of HBO Programming Michael Ellenberg, Group President of Discovery US Rich Ross, CEO of FX John Landgraf, and Director of Amazon Studios Roy Price will be in conversation with their UK counterparts. Discussions will focus on the changes in international television-making over the last 15 years and what the industry can expect for global television now that the game has changed.

From expert insight to VIP networking

In addition to sponsoring the programme of insightful talks and discussions, the BFC and Creative Scotland were joined by Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey MP, in hosting an intimate networking event, which gave the US Gamechangers the opportunity to meet representatives from the UK industry, including BFC Chairman and film and television Producer Iain Smith.

Supporting international television production

The BFC is proud to promote opportunities for international television production in the UK and ensure global industry decision-makers are aware of the wealth of world-class locations, production facilities, and expertise the UK has to offer.

Top-rated international television shows to have reaped the benefits of filming in the UK include Outlander (Scotland), Game of Thrones (Northern Ireland), The Bastard Executioner (Wales), Galavant (England) and 24: Live Another Day (London).