Leach appointed Edinburgh TV Festival advisory chair

THE exec producer of TV programmes such as Harry’s Arctic Heroes and Cornwall with Caroline Quentin has been named the new advisory chair of next year’s Edinburgh International Television Festival.

Melanie Leach is managing director of Twofour Broadcast. She takes up her post at the festival – approaching its 39th year and currently sponsored by The Guardian – on the 16th of this month.

Says a festival media release about Leach’s appointment, where she succeeds Karl Warner: “The festival advisory chair is responsible for the editorial direction of the TV festival’s programme – from commissioning session ideas to overseeing final production. Working closely with the festival office, the advisory chair brings together a committee from across the entire industry to advise and produce festival sessions.”

The festival takes place annually, towards the end of August and is attended by an estimated 1,500 delegates, including chief executives, controllers, commissioners, producers, directors, marketers, writers, new media companies, distributors and the Press.