50 top level speakers, including the UK’s leading factual commissioners, are confirmed for this year’s Televisual Factual Festival which will take place on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd November at BAFTA.
Delegates will hear about the latest demands for factual programming across the two days of talks and presentations.
Filmmaker Stacey Dooley will give a keynote interview, chaired by True Vision co-founder Brian Woods.
Delegates will hear about the new brief from Channel 4, with Channel 4’s Head of Factual Danny Horan, interviewed by Sanjay Singhal, chief executive of Voltage TV. And with Channel 4 set to announce its new regional HQ, deputy director of programmes Kelly Webb-Lamb will be updating on the channel’s regional push.
There will be close-ups with top factual commissioners, including Richard Watsham, Director of Commissioning, UKTV, which is increasing its spend on factual. Heather Jones, General Manager UK and SVP, Content and Creative A+E Networks will outline opportunities for producers, while Luke Hyams who heads up YouTube Originals in Europe will be in conversation with Johnny Webb, CEO of Sundog.
Alison Kirkham, Head of Factual at the BBC, will be joining David Abraham, CEO of Wonderhood Studios to explore the future funding for TV production in the UK, together with Sam Barcroft, ceo Barcroft Media and Sara Geater, Chair of the Pact Council.
Commissioners, distributors, agents and indies with experience of growing their business in the US and internationally will reveal opportunities that lie beyond the UK and in the hands of the SVODs.
Speakers are also drawn from the top factual indies include Lisa Opie, Director of Factual, BBC Studios, Grant Mansfield, Founder Plimsoll Productions, Laura Mansfield, MD Outline Productions, Celia Taylor, MD Mentorn, Sanjay Singhal, Chief Executive, Voltage TV and Dimitri Doganis, Founder Raw TV and many more.
Commissioners speaking include David Brindley Head of Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment Commissioning, BBC, Clare Laycock, Head of Brands, Discovery, Jo Clinton-Davis Controller, Factual, ITV, Guy Davies Commissioning Editor, Factual, Channel 5, Alf Lawrie Head of Factual Entertainment, Channel 4, Tom MacDonald Head of Specialist Factual Formats, BBC, Adrian Padmore Commissioning Editor, Channel 5, Clare Sillery Head of Documentary Commissioning, BBC and Jules Oldroyd, SVP Global programming &Acquisitions, National Geographic Partners.
There will also be the opportunity to book one to one meetings with commissioners from the BBC, Channel 4, A+E, UKTV, Nat Geo, Discovery and Channel 5.
The Festival website is being updated with new speakers every day. To find out more and to book tickets, go to www.televisual.com/festival
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