Day 2

Day Two of The 2017 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.


DOCUMENTARY - WHAT NEXT: Meet the Commissioners

09:30am - 10:35am

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The last year has seen seismic political shifts and the emergence of new agendas for the audience. Hear how the top UK commissioners plan to keep up with the fast-changing world and hold the attention of an increasingly demanding audience, as they steer into 2018.

Chaired by: Simon Dickson, Creative Director and Co-Founder, Label 1

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


GEN X, Y and Z - How to make sure your shows get watched: New Opportunities

10:40am - 11:30am

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TV is being turned on its head, with more and more viewers coming to shows through clips, downloads and social media. But what is it that producers should know about the new world of TV viewing? This session will tell you.

Chaired by: Jon Watts, Co-founding Managing Partner, MTM London

Speakers: Derren Lawford, Creative director, Woodcut Media
Eloise King, Digital Programming Executive, Vice UK
Glenn Miller, Head of Entertainment Media Partnerships, EMEA, Facebook
Kat Hebden, Head of Digital, Fremantle Media UK



11:50am - 12:30pm

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When it comes to factual at the BBC, all roads lead to Alison Kirkham. Since she stepped into the role in 2015 she has overseen a period of change, with new roles and new faces. Find out her vision for the genre on BBC channels going forward.

Chaired by: Julian Bellamy, Managing Director, ITV Studios

Speakers: Alison Kirkham, Controller, Factual Commissioning, BBC



12:30pm - 13:00pm

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Creative Europe is the European Union’s funding programme for the audiovisual industry. Grants from €25,000 – €300,000 are available to support the development and production of creative documentaries aimed at the international market. Recently supported projects including Mosaic Films’ Out of Thin Air, Brook Lapping’s Inside Obama’s White House and Thank You for the Rain from Banyak Films.

Creative Europe Desk UK provides advice and application assistance to UK-based independent production companies working on projects with international potential. In this session you’ll hear about the relevant funding available through Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme as well details on the wide range of documentary specific training courses and industry events supported by programme.

Speakers: Agnieszka Moody, Director, Creative Europe Desk UK



14:00pm - 14:45pm

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Factual shows need to have their own story arc, any bit as much as a drama. This session looks at powerful ways of framing a show with masters of the art. From the familiar true crime puzzle and the dream comes true, through to make-over and life swap. This is where you learn how the experts are doing it.

Chaired by: Diederick Santer, Chief Executive Officer, Kudos

Speakers: Angela Jain, Managing Director, ITV Studios Entertainment
John Battsek, Producer/MD Passion Pictures
Simon Ford, Freelance Executive Producer


AS CLEAR AS DAY: Meet the Commissioners

14:45pm - 15:20pm

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With potential for volume commissions and much-loved shows that can run and run, Daytime offers a huge opportunity for makers of factual programming. Find out more about what works when the sun is out from executives at the heart of the business.

Chaired by: Richard Bradley, Managing Director, Lion Television

Speakers: Dan McGolpin, Controller, Daytime, BBC
David Sayer, Head of Daytime, Channel 4



15:40pm - 16:30pm

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With the whole gamut of specialist programming in the picture, and some generalist as well, specialist factual accounts for a big chunk of TV. Discover what the biggest commissioners in the genre are thinking and which direction their schedules are heading.

Chaired by: Laura Marshall, Joint founder, Managing Director, Executive Producer, Icon Films

Speakers: Ed Sayer, Head of Original Commissioning, Discovery Networks International
Hamish Mykura, Executive Vice President, Programming & Development, NGGN
Rob Coldstream, Acting Head of Specialist Factual, Channel 4
Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual, BBC


AR, VR, AI: Future Tech for Factual: New Opportunities

16:30pm - 17:10pm

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If you want to know how the latest VR, AR and AI can make a difference in factual production, then this session will bring you up to speed with the most recent and most relevant developments in TV technology, to boost creativity as well as improve efficiency.

Chaired by: Muki Kulhan, Independent Executive Digital Producer and Advisor on New Technology

Speakers: Richard Mills, Technical Director, Sky VR Studios, Sky UK

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