A collection of quotes from former international speakers at Copenhagen TV Festival

Speakers 2017
Richard Price, creator and screenwriter, 'The Night of', 'The Wire' etc.:
'As a guest speaker at CPH last year, I found the audiences to be crisply intelligent and highly committed to the subjects at hand, which personally added greatly to the intensity of my sessions. As far as our hosts, the festival organizers and staff were all warmly supportive, generous and just great at pulling together the numerous events and venues without a hitch. And, as an extra bonus, Copenhagen itself is a remarkable city; at once stately and magical. Overall, this was one of the most delightful and engaging teaching/talking events I've ever experienced.' 
David Shing, Digital Prophet, AOL:
'I was honored to participate at Copenhagen TV Festival 2017. I thoroughly enjoy presenting to such a large and engaged audience who were hungry for the balance of both knowledge and inspiration. I would be thrilled to participate again in the future, the people really are awesome.' 
Jennifer Flanz, Executive Producer, The Daily Show:
'I was thrilled to have been included in the Copenhagen TV Festival. The event was run by a very warm and welcoming staff who made the experience an enjoyable and seamless one. The festival highlighted a diverse array of panelists and shows, facilitating discussions I feel are important in today's media culture.'
Max Gogarty, editor, BBC3
'It was a real pleasure being invited to Copenhagen TV Festival. The panel was really well run, with a packed audience who had lots of great questions and then an amazing dinner where I met lots of interesting people. Even better, it takes place in one of the coolest cities I've been to!'
Firas Fayyad, Filmdirector, “Last men in Aleppo”
'It's good opportunity to meet special people who were behind chronicle that spotted on the most essential subjects at our planet, for me it's take me deeply to discuss the stories behind making my film last men in Aleppo and left me with more inspired questions for my next project.'
Laurie Hutzler, Story and characterconsultant
'The Copenhagen TV Festival was filled with fascinating topics and excellent speakers.  I enjoyed attending many sessions beyond the lecture and workshop I presented.  The staff was extremely professional and well organized.  They made it easy to participate. Copenhagen is a truly lovely city.  And the festival location was spectacular. My greatest hope is they invite me back one day!'
Mark Joseph, Managing Director Europe, Awesomenesstv
'It was both an honor and a pleasure participating in the recent 2017 Copenhagen TV Festival. The festival was extremely well organized, the audience were fully engaged and the event agenda thoughtfully curated with speakers and topics that were both relevant and interesting.'
Marina Kosareva, correspondent, Documentary Channel RTD
'The Copenhagen TV Festival is an excellent opportunity to meet industry professionals from around the world to discuss and share the challenges as well as the success stories we’ve all experienced to help us grow in our field. It’s a place where we not only established some great connections but also got to explore the beauty of Copenhagen. A personal highlight was definitely the boat ride to the speakers’ dinner so if you have a chance to attend any planned events make sure you don’t miss them. A massive thank you and well done to the organizers for such a warm and thoughtful welcoming'. 
Nicholas Walters, CEO,
'I had a great time at the Copenhagen TV Festival. It's rare to find an event where the organisers let creativity and culture speak for themselves - rather than panels of sponsors rehearsing their talking points the festival was crammed with an eclectic and thought provoking schedule across every aspect of storytelling on screens. Smoothly organised and with a friendly, approachable feel - highly recommended.' 
Mike Beale, Managing Director Nordics & Global Creative Network, ITV
'I returned to Copenhagen for the TV Festival after a 5 year gap and it is great to see how it has expanded, includes English language sessions and globally relevant content. I look forward to attending again in the future.'
Andy Cadman, Executive Producer, ITV
'2017 was my first visit to the Copenhagen TV Festival and it was a great experience. I attended many excellent sessions and I look forward to attending again in the future.'
Speakers from past year:
Meredith Bennett, Executive Producer, The Colbert Report, US:"The Copenhagen TV Festival is brilliantly run and a great opportunity to share experiences and expertise with other television professionals from around the world. I recommend it highly to anyone in the industry looking to be treated like a Danish king or queen!"

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 (
"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!"