The Amazon Prime Video UK unscripted exec who has worked on the likes of Clarkson’s Farm and 007: Road to a Million has been appointed Edinburgh TV Festival Advisory Chair for this year.
Harjeet Chhokar will shape the festival’s program and general themes with new Creative Director Rowan Woods. His post is a rotating annual role that was held last year by Channel 4’s Kiran Nataraja.
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Chhokar is an Unscripted Executive at Prime Video where he has worked across the likes of Clarkson’s Farm, Bond gameshow 007: Road to a Million and All or Nothing: Arsenal. Prior to Amazon he worked at Channel 4, delivering shows including Murder Island, 999: On the Frontline and Sex Actually with Alice Levine.
“Television is the most powerful cultural force in the world,” said Chhokar. “You only have to see its impact in the first few weeks of the year so far to witness its ability to touch our lives. There will be a lot to discuss, debate and discover this year and I am excited about not only delivering a festival that sets the agenda for the following 12 months, but also celebrates the creativity and passion that drives our industry.”
The festival, which takes place 20 to 23 August, also unveiled its advisory board today, featuring execs and commissioners from the industry “across a broad spectrum,” according to Edinburgh. The board will work with Chhokar and Woods to shape the program.
Last year’s fest featured the likes of Jesse Armstrong, Pearlena Igbokwe and all major UK broadcasting bosses.
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