CEO of Kudos, Diederick Santer is to take up the position of Advisory Chair for the 2017 Edinburgh International Television Festival, it was announced today (MON).

Santer takes over the role from BBC Current Affairs Head Fiona Campbell from this month, and will be responsible for selecting and chairing the advisory committee and curating the TV Festival which will run from Wednesday 23rd to Friday 25th August 2017.

Santer became Chief Executive of Kudos in February 2016, having previously formed Lovely Day Productions with Kudos in 2010. Lovely Day has been responsible for one-off’s including My First Brassiere and The Daltons for Sky 1, Kitten Chic for Sky Living and Grantchester for ITV/PBS, and became absorbed within Kudos in 2015. From 2006 Santer served as Executive Producer of EastEnders, creating numerous characters and stories, earning awards recognition and delivering the live 25th anniversary episode.

Joining BBC Drama in 2000, Santer went on to develop and produce a variety of series including Cutting It and the Emmy-nominated Jane Eyre.

Executive Chair Chris Shaw, who appointed Santer to the position said: “Diederick's passion for the industry and his track record in drama will make him a brilliant and exciting curator of next year's festival.”

Festival Director Lisa Campbell, said: “The global demand for scripted content shows no signs of slowing so having the respected boss of Kudos, Edinburgh's Indie of the Year, at the helm is a perfect appointment.”

Regarding his appointment Diederick Santer said: "I'm honoured to have been asked to chair the advisory committee.  I've been coming up to the festival for years, and am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Lisa Campbell, Chris Shaw and the team on curating a fantastic festival for 2017.

“In my day job I tell stories. We all do in television. At Kudos, we try to take chances and experiment, and in doing so bring illumination to familiar ideas, settings and questions.  I want to approach the festival in the same way, with a programme which is stimulating, entertaining, and surprising, and which gives us fresh insights into what we do."

Santer retains a hands-on production role at Kudos, which is responsible for award-winning dramas including Humans and Broadchurch, and as well as heading up the indie, he has executive produced a number of series including Flowers for Channel 4. 

As a Festival and a charity, the Edinburgh International 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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