Day 1

The 2018 Televisual Factual Festival schedule follows. The event takes place in November so there are some spaces in the schedule left open to allow for us to be reactive to any movements and timely topics that evolve during the course of the year.

1

FACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT: THE COMMISSIONER'S WORD

09:30am - 10:30am

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From social experiment to sheer amusement, the commissioners on this panel are looking for a huge range of inspiring ideas. Find out what they want from their blockbuster brands and entertaining one-offs.

Chaired by: Celia Taylor, Managing Director, Mentorn Media

Speakers: Adrian Padmore, Commissioning Editor, Channel 5
Alf Lawrie, Head of Factual Entertainment, Channel 4
David Brindley, Head of Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment Commissioning, BBC
Hilary Rosen, Head of Factual & Factual Entertainment, UKTV

2

THE CHANNEL 4 INTERVIEW

10:30am - 11:10am

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In the last year Channel 4 has seen widespread changes in its programming teams, with a new Head of Factual promising an era of risk taking and driving an energetic and ambitious rethink of the schedules. Hear from Danny Horan about the new regime and how factual is changing at the channel.

Chaired by: Sanjay Singhal, Chief Executive, Voltage TV

Speakers: Danny Horan, Head of Factual, Channel 4

3

PITCHING YOUR SHOW US STYLE

11:30am - 12:30pm

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Selling shows to US channels is a must for any ambitious production company. Hear from producers who understand how the US market can work for UK talent and the different ways you can set out your stall and appeal to a variety of platforms.

Chaired by: Dan Korn, VP Programming, A+E Networks

Speakers: Danny Fenton, Chief Executive Officer, Zig Zag Productions
Dimitri Doganis, Founder, Raw TV
Justine Kershaw, Co-founder and Creative Director, Blink

4

DIRECTOR OF COMMISSIONING: UKTV

12:30pm - 13:10pm

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In 2019, the total commissioned output at UKTV is expected to be 500 episodes, with around 50% - 60% coming from Factual and Fact Ent genres, to play on five channels. Find out more from UKTV's director of commissioning Richard Watsham about the network's programming needs and its original approaches to funding.

Chaired by: Laura Mansfield, Managing Director, Outline Productions

Speakers: Richard Watsham, Director of Commissioning, UKTV

5

THE BIG DEBATE: WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM?

14:10pm - 15:10pm

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Independent production is an increasingly crowded market and production companies need to be dynamic, constantly re-examining their business model and aware of trends in commissioning and funding for their content and for their own business. This panel will explore the challenges and opportunities that indies must consider if they want to survive and thrive.

Chaired by: Sara Geater, COO, All3Media & Chair, Pact Council

Speakers: Alison Kirkham, Controller, Factual Commissioning, BBC
David Abraham, CEO, Wonderhood Studios
Sam Barcroft, CEO, Barcroft Media

6

WHERE'S HOT AND WHERE'S NOT

15:30pm - 16:20pm

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This panel of experienced distributors who work with the broad spectrum of factual TV to find funding and understand markets across the globe will guide you through the territories and broadcasters beyond the UK who are looking to invest.

Chaired by: Maartje Horchner, EVP Content, All3Media International

Speakers: Lilla Hurst, Joint Managing Director, Drive
Mark Reynolds, Unscripted Portfolio Director, BBC Studios
Paul Heaney, CEO, TCB Media Rights

7

HEAD TO HEAD: HEATHER JONES

16:20pm - 17:00pm

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Heather Jones heads up the content and creative units for A+E Networks UK, which broadcasts into 56 million homes across 102 countries. She will be talking about what she thinks makes great TV and the opportunities across A+E's channels, History, Lifetime, Crime+ Investigation, H2 and free-to-air entertainment channel Blaze.

Chaired by: Lisa Campbell, Festival Director, Edinburgh Television Festival

Speakers: Heather Jones, General Manager, UK & SVP Content and Creative EMEA, A+E Networks

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