Media release: Titan of documentaries, Louis Theroux, to appear at Edinburgh TV festival


BAFTA-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist and broadcaster, Louis Theroux, will join writer and journalist, Dawn O’Porter, in discussion about his pioneering career-to-date, at this year’s Edinburgh TV Festival, it was announced today (MON).

In When Dawn Met Louis… Dawn O’Porter asks Theroux to reflect back on a career that has spanned two decades at the forefront of documentary-making.

He will consider the genre of authored documentaries – from Michael Moore, Nick Broomfield and Ruby Wax – alongside documentaries fronted by popular figures such as Stacey Dooley and Reggie Yates, through to the new wave of self-publishers on platforms such as YouTube.

As part of the session, Theroux will reveal a selection of his current favourite clips.

As long-term friend and interviewer, O’Porter has an unique ability to push the right buttons to hear how Theroux approaches access, how he chooses his subjects and who he thinks is the ‘new Louis Theroux’.

Delegates will also gain an insight into what motivates Theroux and the diverse people he has met along the way.

Dawn O’Porter said: “So excited for this. Louis continues to be the master of factual TV and I have endless questions to ask him about it all.”

Louis Theroux said: “It’s been 18 years since I was at Edinburgh TV Festival! I’m thrilled to be coming back and talking to Dawn about my favourite films and shows and opening up about my own process.”

CEO and festival director, Lisa Campbell, said: “Louis Theroux is a hero to many in TV. He consistently tops our Talent Schemes’ poll of names who’ve inspired them to enter the industry. His name is synonymous with high quality, globally-renowned and ground-breaking documentary-making. With Dawn’s journalistic questioning and good humour, When Dawn Met Louis promises to be both enlightening and entertaining.”

Louis Theroux and Dawn O’Porter were booked by Ian Lamarra, the festival’s head of talent and creative director at Alaska TV. Lamarra will executive produce the session with development executive, Toby Smith, producing.

As a festival and a charity, the Edinburgh Television Festival is committed to helping young people from all backgrounds gain access to the TV Industry. It runs two young talent schemes, Ones to Watch and The Network.

Both schemes aim to ensure that the people working in television are as diverse as the audience watching it.

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Notes for editors:

The Edinburgh TV Festival is further expanding its remit as the foremost charity dedicated to supporting the television industry with the launch of a new division – The TV Foundation – ushered in by a living wage campaign.

The TV Foundation has tied with the Living Wage Foundation to substantially increase the number of employers in the industry which pay staff the real living wage.

As part of the launch, The TV Foundation has also unlocked a £150k dedicated development funding pot, which it expects to be matched by funding grants and industry support.

This includes the launch of nationwide talent labs, alongside TV Foundation Bursaries for industry schemes, including writing initiatives backed by Thousand Films, Kudos and Hartswood West.

The TV Foundation will also take control of long-running talent schemes The Network and Ones ToWatch, supported by YouTube, as well as more recent year-round initiatives including the Social Mobility Summit and New Voice Awards.

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