Discovery Networks’ Dee Forbes to Deliver 2012 IFTA Annual Television Lecture


The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) have announced that DEE FORBES, President and Managing Director of Discovery Networks  Western Europe, will deliver the 2012 IFTA Annual Television Lecture in Dublin on Thursday, 27th of September. Forbes, who hails from Co. Cork, manages 17 factual and entertainment brands throughout Discovery Network’s stable of channels.

A highlight in IFTA’s series of learning and educational events, the Annual Television Lecture welcomes a leading representative from the international television industry to share their business and industry insight with Irish television producers, directors and broadcasters. Stuart Murphy, Director of Sky Entertainment Channels, delivered the inaugural IFTA Television Lecture in 2011.

In 2012, Dee Forbes is set to detail her career working within the arena of international broadcasting at Discovery Networks. Forbes will share expertise and discuss her experiences operating at the forefront of television in the UK and Europe.

Áine Moriarty, Chief Executive of IFTA, said:

“IFTA’s Annual Television Lecture is an important aspect of the Academy’s year-round learning programme of events and we’re delighted to welcome Dee Forbes, an absolute powerhouse of an Irish woman, who is driving one of the world’s most recognisable global television brands. Her reputation for understanding creativity and business excellence will no doubt inspire Irish television professionals in attendance who will gain invaluable insight first-hand from the lecture and discussion”.

Ahead of delivering the IFTA Television Lecture, Dee Forbes, said:

“I am delighted to be coming back to Dublin to share with you my media experiences and to talk to you about the vibrant TV industry inside and outside Ireland”.

Born in Drimoleague, Co. Cork, Dee Forbes is the President and Managing Director of Discovery Networks Western Europe. Discovery’s footprint reaches 331 million cumulative subscribers in 30 countries and territories across Europe including the UK, Italy, Germany, Norway and the Netherlands.

Forbes previously worked at Turner Broadcasting where she ran Turner’s business in the UK and Ireland which consisted of seven entertainment channels including Cartoon Network, Boomerang and TCM. She spent several years working at Turner in a variety of commercial roles including General Manager for the Nordic/Central and Eastern Europe and EMA regions and head of Advertising Sales for Europe before joining Discovery Networks in 2010 as head of the UK and Ireland. Within six months Dee was appointed President and Managing Director for the West European market.

Prior to joining Turner, Forbes was an Account Director at Media Audits, a media consultancy and began her career at Young and Rubicam Media in Europe. Forbes is also Chair of the Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA) in the UK and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in politics and history from University College, Dublin.

The Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) hosts over 30 learning and education events throughout the year for its Members. Highlights of 2012 – 2013 calendar include the Academy’s John Ford Ireland Film Symposium with Peter Bogdanovich, Joel Cox, Jim Sheridan, Kyle Eastwood, Stephen Frears and John Boorman; THE CRYING GAME 20th Anniversary celebration with Neil Jordan; “In Conversation …” events with French actress Isabelle Hubbert, ANNA KARENINA Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey and MY LEFT FOOT co-screenwriter Shane Connaughton; an exclusive preview and behind the scenes discussion with the makers of epic Irish-filmed drama TITANIC: BLOOD AND STEEL; and a Behind the Scenes look at TOTAL RECALL with director Len Wiseman.
The IFTA Annual Television Lecture with Dee Forbes takes place Thursday 27th of September at the Conrad Hotel in Dublin, Ireland.

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