Kelly Webb-Lamb, Channel 4′s deputy director of programs and head of popular factual, has been appointed as the advisory chair of the 2019 Edinburgh Television Festival.
Webb-Lamb takes over the one-year position from Phil Edgar-Jones, head of Sky Arts and Sky Entertainment, and will work closely with festival director Lisa Campbell to manage a team of industry execs in order to curate the 2019 program and lead the advisory committee.
This year’s festival theme centers on ‘What is TV for?’ as the industry strives to remain relevant in an ever-changing world.
“In what promises to be a momentous year for the industry and as we race to keep up with the way viewers watch content, I’m really looking forward to interrogating and questioning what and who we’re all doing this for,” remarked Webb-Lamb in a statement.
As part of the annual festival, now heading into its 44th season, Webb-Lamb will concentrate on four key areas to focus sessions and debate on. These areas include young audiences; representation; truth, trust and transparency; and the globalization of television.
This year’s advisory committee will feature dedicated genre and talent heads made up of David Brindley, BBC head of popular factual and factual entertainment, heading up factual; Jane Featherstone, founder Sister Pictures, and Kwadjo Dajan, drama creative director for Sugar Films, heading up drama; Morwenna Gordon, comedy commissioning editor for Sky, and Sohail Shah, former BBC entertainment commissioner, leading comedy and entertainment; Ian Lamarra, creative director for Alaska, heading up talent; Rachel Corp, acting editor of ITV News, heading up the news category; and Jita Mitra, YouTube executive for BBC3, leading the Younger Audiences strand.
The group will also be joined by Webb-Lamb’s C4 working group who will help curate and develop the festival along with the advisory committee, to be announced in 2019.
The 2019 Edinburgh Television Festival runs Aug. 21 to 23 in Scotland.