In 2018, EITF is putting the international TV industry at the heart of the festival, as it expands its website to include ConnectED, an international hub that connects broadcasters, distributors and agents with like-minded producers and content creators from across the UK, Europe, the US, China and beyond. ConnectED is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

The hub will give key commissioners, distributors and agents across these territories the opportunity to communicate their tastes, wishlists and showcase their hits via personalised information zones containing clips, interviews and concise ‘flash cards’. It aims to make businesses more effective by helping them source ideas that fit their model, editorial and commercial needs more effectively.

The hub will be available exclusively to past and present EITF delegates, with around 2000 global senior industry professionals attending the TV Festival each year. Users will be able to use the hub to research international markets and trends and request speed meetings with relevant participants at the Festival, which runs from 22-24th August in 2018.

Face-to-face meetings will be arranged by the Festival with participants matched according to genres or specific briefs. Around 800 speed meetings took place over three days during the 2017 Festival with many leading on to new business opportunities and direct commissions.

“ConnectED’s aim is to break down barriers to creativity by sharing information that will enable the international TV community to flourish. Being a part of EITF’s international ConnectED Hub will help commissioners, distributors and agents connect with the most relevant, top flight content creators in their field regardless of their location.”

Lisa Campbell - Festival Director

Jane Marlow, writer and journalist, has been appointed as Director of ConnectED and will be the main point of contact. To be featured in the database and submit details contact

Key highlights:

  • The objective of ConnectED is to create stronger working ties between the European and International television industries to overcome some of the structural weaknesses that restricts the European/UK industries’ ability to grow and compete internationally. It will do this through the online portal and speed meetings
  • ConnectED and the TV Festival speed meetings are free and accessible to all delegates. The only arbiter will be the creative and commercial potential of the producer’s ideas.
  • The aim of ConnectED is to specifically target and help these groups through the portal and speed meetings:
    – UK Nations and Regions based producers who face the same structural barriers of distance
    – European producers who have hitherto not produced or co-produced a programme or series beyond their national borders
    – European producers from Low Audiovisual Production Capacity countries.

Feedback on 2017 speed meetings:

  • 15 minutes worked well and the organization was impeccable: ensuring that we didn’t overrun.  Of my 4 meetings I will almost certainly make 1 commission with 1 other possible, so that’s a pretty good hit-rate!  I think it’s a great initiative and I made some great key new contacts that I will follow up on.  Heather Jones, general manager UK A+E Networks
  • I thoroughly enjoyed it, and thought it ran smoothly and efficiently, with lots of good connections formed. Daniel Korn, VP, Programming + Head Of History & H2
  • I really enjoyed the speed meetings this year – they definitely felt more targeted and I’ve already started some interesting conversations off the back of themMorwenna Gordon, Commissioning Editor, Comedy, Sky
  • The slots worked really well. I met great people and would definitely take part again.  Dorothy Byrne, head of news and current affairs, C4

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