The honor will be in recognition of the impact she has made on the TV industry, both in the U.K. and around the world. It will form the centerpiece of the fest’s awards ceremony on Aug. 27. She will speak about her experiences and thoughts on the future for independent production companies in the Lifetime Achievement Keynote address.
Vertue is chairman of independent production company Hartswood Films, where she produces comedies, dramas and docus alongside daughters Debbie and Sue Vertue, and Elaine Cameron. As well as Steven Moffat’s “Sherlock,” the company’s credits include Simon Nye’s “Men Behaving Bad” and Moffat’s “Coupling.” Upcoming projects include Jed Mercurio’s adaptation of “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” for the BBC. The other exec producers on “Sherlock” are Mark Gatiss, Moffat and Bethan Jones.
The fest, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, runs Aug. 26-28.