Edinburgh TV Festival chief Lisa Campbell is joining UK-headquartered ITN in January as director of corporate communications following a six-year stint at the UK media event.
Campbell (pictured) has provided strategic and editorial direction of the festival in her tenure as CEO and director, the organization stated in a release.
“I’ve endeavored to make the Festival a highlight in the TV calendar, a place to celebrate the best shows, interrogate the biggest issues and remind all those working in TV why they love this challenging yet incredible industry,” Campbell said in a statement. “It’s been a privilege to work with some of the best creative brains in the business but it’s time to take on a new challenge.”
Campbell increased the festival’s global scale with 2000 delegates from 26 countries, bringing on board digital players such as Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Facebook and Quibi.
She secured high-profile cultural players such as Dorothy Byrne and Sir David Attenborough, and launched the TV Foundation, which houses a year-round program of events and charitable activity including the talent schemes Ones to Watch and The Network.
The executive also introduced year-round events such as a Social Mobility Summit, the live-streamed Fake News debate and the New Voice Awards, which identify and support new creative talent.
Prior to the festival, Campbell was the editor of UK industry trade Broadcast for seven years. Now, she’s “looking forward to returning to the world of journalism,” the Edinburgh TV Festival stated in a release.
“The inspired leadership of Lisa Campbell has helped build the Edinburgh Television Festival into one of the world’s best media events. Every one of our thousands of delegates owes her so much and will miss her even more,” Graham Stuart, executive chair of the festival, said in a statement.