A collection of quotes from former international speakers at Copenhagen TV Festival
Ben Davis, Vice President, Scripted programming, AMC, US:
“The Copenhagen TV festival offers a unique opportunity to bring together some of the most talented and diverse individuals working in television. I couldn't have been treated any better by the fine folks at the festival and enjoyed spending time with both the other participates as well as the local talent."
Avi Nir, CEO, Keshet, Israel:
"I am a serial refusenik to taking the stage and giving speeches in conventions. I was intrigued by the Copenhagen festival invite and decided to go out of my way. Well, it turned out to be a very very good decision from all aspects. First and foremost, the festival was a great professional and personal experience. I was amazed on the level of thoroughness in preparations to my talk by my moderator Thomas and the collaboration of the festival people.
Secondly, the warm and attentive hospitality, combined with the wonderful Copenhagen, allowed to me to have an exceptionally great time."
Scott Dikkers, Vicepresident of creative content, The Onion, US:
"This was an extremely well-organized festival put together with great care. Great people and extremely gracious hosts. I was treated like the king of Denmark."
Linda Green, Leader, BBC's Creative Leadership Programme, UK:
"Although I have attended and spoken at many festivals, Copenhagen stands out as a place where creative boundaries are pushed, speakers have genuinely new angles on TV Production and this sits comfortably alongside our industry's standard Panel discussions. The festival team are incredible hosts, with attention to detail and a supportive attitude. Well done and thank you for your invitation!"
Shed Simove, performer, author, speaker and product designer, UK (www.MotivationalUKSpeaker.com):
"What a Festival! From start to finish the meticulous organisation, thoughtful planning and carefully chosen schedule of speakers delivers over and over. This is a must-attend event for anyone in the TV industry."
Justin Gayner, Co-Founder, ChannelFlip Media, UK:
"Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience at the festival. The event was magnificently produced from start to finish and it was an honour to join you. I hugely enjoyed it and cannot thank you enough for the warmth of your hospitality".
Tim Samuels, award-winning documentary maker, UK:
"The Danes make fantastic TV - The Killing, Bridge, Borgen - but they also know how to throw a hell of a TV festival. Fascinating sessions, food to die for, and people are very polite to you even if they don't like your work"
Alan Poul, Executive producer eg. "The Newsroom" (HBO), US:
"I had a terrific time at the Festival. The sessions were thought-provoking, and level of the participants impressive. All the questions in my session were thoughtful and informed, and the enthusiasm for the potential of the medium was palpable."
Jeff Jenkins, Executive Producer, Bunim/Murray Productions, US:
“This was my first opportunity to attend and speak at the Danish TV Festival and I could not have been more pleased with the experience. The event was incredibly well run, I felt taken care of from the moment I arrived, and I met some truly amazing people.”
Robert Thirkell, Producer at BBC, UK:
"A place to hear and meet some of the movers and shakers in TV, catch up on the latest trends, and drink (and eat) a lot in very fine company."
Joseph Bullman, Independent Documentary Director, UK:
"With its open attitude to both new ideas and new people, Copenhagen's TvFestival is the most lively, stimulating and fun of all the European TV Fests. Danish Film and TV continues to punch way above its weight, and the TV Fest is one of the key reasons behind the industry's success."
David Javerbaum, Executive Producer of ”The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”, US:
"I had an hour-long Q-and-A session with Martin Krasnik, followed by a two-hour private mini-course with a dozen or so writers, comedians and producers. I found the whole experience incredibly friendly and satisfying. Martin led me through an unusually intelligent and incisive discussion of The Daily Show and satire in general, and the students in the mini-course were very eager and friendly. The whole thing was done with an air of casual professionalism and sincere friendliness. I would absolutely recommend that anybody who has a chance to speak at the Danish Television Festival take advantage of the opportunity. It was awesome!"
Chris Vogler, Author of "The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure For Writers", US:
"I go to a lot of these and this one was unusually well-run and happy. I'm glad my part of it went well and I hope there are more chances to work with people one-to-one. I like being helpful. Denmark has been very open to me and easy. I like the people, they like me. Easy."
Nina Davenport, Independent Documentary Director & Producer, US:
"I will say that I was treated with incredible hospitality while I was there and met wonderful people and am in love with Copenhagen and the Danes!"
Paul Jackson, CEO Eyeworks, UK:
"I loved joining the Festival. Copenhagen is a great city to visit and the Danish TV community is very sophisticated and tapped into what is happening around the world in Entertainment and Comedy. I was very well looked after and enjoyed not only making my presentation but the discussion from the floor afterwards."
Vivian McGrath, TV Documentary Producer, UK:
"Being part of the Danish Film Festival was a great experience. The range of people taking part lead to some fascinating and inspiring sessions and the intimacy of the Festival allowed for great networking. As Speakers, we were looked after exceptionally well (both professionally and socially) and had a great time in one of Europe's most beautiful cities!"