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  • Date and time: Wednesday 7 December 2011, 5.15pm
  • Location: The Screening Room (TFTV/116), the Department of Theatre, Film and Television
  • Admission: There is no advance booking for this guest lecture, which is open to all.

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A guest lecture from one of Britain’s leading entertainment producers and television executives, Alan Boyd.

How are great entertainment shows made? What are the engines that drive them and the moments that define their success? Where did Pop Idol come from? And The X-Factor? And how are documentaries and entertainment shows combining to create the factual entertainment that will dominate the schedules in the future?

Alan Boyd’s career spans nearly fifty years in television entertainment, from directing The Royal Variety Performance to overseeing  Pop Idol, X-Factor and American Idol. He’s run a major ITV franchise holder, managed one of Britain’s biggest Indies and is a former Channel 3 network scheduler. Few people know more about how TV entertainment is made – and few can provide you with a better insight into where TV entertainment is going in the future.

Alan Boyd