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Latin Amercia and Asia under the spotlight at the Festival

Latin Amercia and Asia under the spotlight at the Festival
Pippa Considine
28 October 2015

Key international commissioners from Discovery, Scripps and BBC Worldwide will speak at this year’s Televisual Factual Festival (BAFTA 11th,12th November). On the Festival’s first afternoon, a series of sessions with an international focus will also include a panel of experts in the US market, while Latin America and Asia are in the spotlight for the Festival’s International Hotspots panel.

Commissioners from Discovery Networks International, Scripps Networks International and BBC Worldwide will bring delegates up to date with their channel plans and discuss what they are looking for from UK producers.

Discovery’s London hub is critical to its international operations, which now include plans to extend beyond its traditional programming. BBC Worldwide has been expanding its commissioning teams and is in production on a number of shows across its international BBC Earth and BBC Brit channels. And Scripps has recently created a new strategic and editorial role to oversee content on Travel Channel, Food Network and Fine Living in the UK & EMEA.

With the US representing 39 % of total export revenue for UK producers, The Festival’s US session will get advice on how to navigate the market from leading media lawyer Russell Smith and head of TV, London for US talent agency ICM Partners. They will be joined by Nutopia producer Ben Goold, who recently executive produced CNN landmark Finding Jesus, and chaired by Martin Durkin, ceo of Wag TV, which has worked extensively in the US.

According to Pact, sales of UK TV to Mexico and Brazil jumped last year by 46 per cent and 30 per cent respectively and across Asia demand continues to grow. The Festival’s International Hotspots session will feature broadcast executives from Mexican-based giant Televisa and formats director Summer Zheng from Zhejiang Satellite TV, one of the biggest channels in China.

Chaired by pact director of international development Dawn McCarthy Simpson, the Hotspots panel will include Kirstie McLure, md of Pioneer Productions, who is behind Korean joint venture Buzz Media, and David Notman-Watt, md of back2back Productions, who has an inside track on the Latin American market.

To find out more and to buy tickets, go to the Festival website

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