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NBC’s Paul Telegdy to keynote Edinburgh Int’l TV Festival

Paul Telegdy, president of NBC Entertainment’s alternative and reality group, is slated to provide a keynote address at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. Telegdy will discuss the evolving television landscape, the ...
July 23, 2018

Paul Telegdy, president of NBC Entertainment’s alternative and reality group, is slated to provide a keynote address at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.

Telegdy will discuss the evolving television landscape, the current content arms race and its impact on creativity and storytelling on a global scale.

The speech, which is scheduled to take place on Aug. 24 at 10, will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.

As president for NBC Entertainment’s Alternative and Reality Group, Telegdy oversees the company’s unscripted slate, including The VoiceAmerica’s Got TalentAmerican Ninja WarriorLittle Big Shots, and Running Wild with Bear Grylls, as well as dance competition World of Dance – currently in production in Poland, Thailand and the Philippines – and The Titan Games.

In addition, Telegdy’s group includes oversight of Meredith Ahr‘s Universal Television Alternative Studio, which is quickly becoming a major supplier of hit franchises, including World of Dance, The Wall – currently airing in 22 countries – and Hollywood Game Night – which has been sold internationally in 17 countries.

Telegdy took on his elevated role in June 2016, with the official announcement coming from NBC just as the executive was taking part in a keynote interview at Realscreen West in Santa Monica, and accepting his induction into the Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame.

Prior to NBC, Telegdy served as EVP of sales, content and production at BBC Worldwide America in Los Angeles.

The Edinburgh International Television Festival runs August 22-24 in Scotland. For more information, click here.

“It is a real coup to have Paul at this year’s TV Festival offering delegates an insight into his views on the current media landscape,” said Phil Edgar-Jones, festival advisory chair, in a statement. “The sheer scale and breadth of the programming he oversees is phenomenal, and following a hugely successful career, this session promises to be both inspiring and informative.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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