The winners at the 2022 Edinburgh TV Festival Awards.

The Edinburgh International Television Festival is dedicated to recognising and rewarding creativity and talent. As a charity, they seek to guarantee that individuals who make television are as diverse as those who watch it. This year’s Edinburgh International Television Festival provided an opportunity to reflect and reconnect.

The PSB channel, which is celebrating its 40th birthday this year, took home six of the Festival’s 20 categories, including Channel of the Year, while The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan took home the Best Entertainment Series award. Along with AJ Odudu, the comedian received the Best Presenter Award for The Big Breakfast.

Merman, founded by Sharon Horgan and Clelia Mountford, was named Production Company of the Year for its hit comedy shows Motherland and This Way Up, while Firecrest Films, responsible for Michael Palin’s Travels of a Lifetime and Life: Behind Bars, was named Small Indie of the Year.

Other awards were Sky’s The Return: Life After ISIS (Best Documentary Programme), and the BBC’s Uprising (Best Popular Factual). The Responder, directed by Martin Freeman, won Best Drama.

Link here to see the full list of winners

Anne Mensah talks about television as “monoculture” at the Edinburgh TV Festival Awards.

Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, Netflix’s vice president of original series Anne Mensah referred to the TV industry as a “monoculture,” urging creators not to second-guess what Netflix is looking for based on their own viewing patterns.

She went on to say “The algorithm decides what you’re watching and recommends items it thinks you’ll like,” she said. “As a consequence, producers will come in thinking we want a lot of dark thrillers because that’s what people watch.” They forget that they haven’t watched everything on Netflix.”

She gently chided suppliers for being stuck in a “monoculture” and encouraged them to extend their views.

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BBC Studios is implementing a programme to combat bullying and “inappropriate behaviour” across all of its projects.

The BBC’s commercial arm has begun implementing The Pledge on select series this year, including Strictly Come Dancing, EastEnders, and Good Omens, and on its anniversary, the move will become required for all programmes, which includes thousands of hours of programming every year.

BBC Studios is also considering employing The Pledge for all of its owned indies, including Steve Coogan’s Baby Cow and Lookout Point, the producer of Gentleman Jack.

The Pledge, which is read by a senior executive at the outset of production, emphasises polite and inclusive behaviour on set and states that the executive will completely back colleagues who express “real concerns about improper behaviour.” It’s clearly displayed on call sheets and provides free services including the Bullying and Harassment Helpline and The Film & TV Charity’s helpline.

The Pledge was launched by BBC Studios Productions HR Director Lisa Hardy, who claimed it was “formed out of wanting production leads to accept responsibilities, but more crucially to enable the rest of the team to be able to call out and confront any type of inappropriate behaviour without fear of retribution.”

She stated that the feedback has been “overwhelmingly favourable” since it was used in select shows last August.

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This Saturday is National Cinema Day!

The event is being organised by Cinema First, the Film Distributors’ Association, and the UK Cinema Association. Hundreds of cinemas around the UK will offer £3 tickets this weekend as part of a new National Cinema Day event (September 3). To mark the occasion, over 600 cinemas throughout the country, including huge chains and smaller independents, will offer cheap tickets.

Find a full list of all cinemas participating in the first National Cinema Day here.