Day 2

The 2019 Televisual Factual Festival takes place on 27-28th November at The Curzon Soho

1

DOCUMENTARY: THE COMMISSIONERS' WORD

09:45am - 10:40am

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Given that documentary underpins so much of factual programming, this session is indispensable to all factual producers. The Festival audience will hear the latest strategy and tactics of leading documentary commissioners from the core UK channels. Find out what they're looking for in 2020 and beyond.

Speakers: Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries, BBC
Danny Horan, Head of Factual, Channel 4
Guy Davies, Commissioning Editor, Factual, Channel 5
Jo Clinton-Davis, Controller, Factual, ITV

2

THE CHANNEL 4 INTERVIEW: KELLY WEBB-LAMB

10:40am - 11:20am

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Channel 4 is going through the biggest structural change in its history, with a new HQ and new faces. Deputy Director of Programmes and directly across Factual Entertainment, Features and Daytime, Kelly Webb-Lamb is at the heart of this restructure. At such a critical juncture for the broadcaster, this interview will bring delegates bang up to date.

Speakers: Kelly Webb-Lamb, Deputy Director of Programmes, Channel 4

3

CHANNEL UPDATE: DISCOVERY UK

11:40am - 12:20pm

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With spend up 85% across its 18 domestic channels, find out more from the heads of UK commissioning at world-leading factual broadcaster Discovery.

Chaired by: Rob Carey, CEO Curve Media

Speakers: Clare Laycock, Head of Brands, Discovery UK
Simon Downing, SVP Channel Head Factual and Sport at Discovery Networks UK

4

ANATOMY OF A HIT: RACE ACROSS THE WORLD

12:20pm - 13:10pm

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This session will follow the journey of Studio Lambert’s hit format for BBC Two, from concept to screen. The series represents everything the BBC wants from a big fact ent format: it’s entertaining, says something about the world and is escapist and aspirational. Find out about the finance, the development and the realisation of a hit.

Chaired by: Emma Bullimore, TV and radio host

Speakers: Lucy Curtis, Series producer, Race Across the World
Michael Jochnowitz, Commissioning editor, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment, BBC
Tim Harcourt, Creative director, Studio Lambert

5

WHERE'S THE BIG DOC?

14:00pm - 15:00pm

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Following this year’s MacTaggart lecture, this panel will interrogate whether and why we have fewer, in- depth TV productions that take to task the most important and difficult issues of our day. The session will tackle the question of what's needed to bring more of this important content to the TV screen and other platforms.

Chaired by: Janine Gibson, Assistant editor, Financial Times

Speakers: Brian Woods, Filmmaker and co-founder, True Vision
Dorothy Byrne, Head of News & Current Affairs, Channel Four
Sarah Macdonald, Founder Director, MAKE Waves Media

6

INTERNATIONAL SESSION

15:20pm - 16:10pm

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7

THE SPECIALIST FACTUAL COMMISSIONERS

16:10pm - 17:00pm

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With huge remits - from business to natural history - the specialist factual commissioners represent an unmissable range of opportunity for factual producers. Finishing the Festival on a high, this panel will hear the latest from the BBC, Channel 4 and the international specialist factual channels.

Chaired by: Liesel Evans, Creative Director of UK Factual, Raw TV

Speakers: Abi Priddle, Commissioning editor, Specialist Factual, BBC
Bernadette McDaid, Commissioning editor, National Geographic
Fatima Salaria, Head of Specialist Factual, Channel 4
Victoria Noble, VP, Head of Original Content, Factual, Discovery UK

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