This month’s Televisual Factual Festival will bring factual TV makers up to speed with a focused look at what the new technologies of AR, VR and AI mean for the genre.

Factual is ahead of the game with immersive technologies and is already beginning to be deployed to great effect, while AI offers auto tagging of footage, as well as a whole new world of understanding what audiences want.

Adviser on new technology Muki Kulhan and Sky VR Studios technical director Richard Mills will give a low-down at the Festival’s Future Tech for Factual session which takes place on Wednesday 15th of November at BAFTA, on the second day of the two-day event.

The Festival programme also includes the BBC’s controller of Factual Commissioning Alison Kirkham in conversation with ITV Studios managing director Julian Bellamy, followed by a panel including speakers from Facebook Watch and Vice talking about the demands for a new generation of TV viewers.

Across the two days of sessions and networking, top TV commissioners in Documentary, Specialist Factual and Factual Entertainment will be bringing delegates bang up to date with what they want and how they work.

Figs Jackman head of development at Spring Films, will present the anatomy of a Netflix commission.

The Festival’s Development Masterclass follows a conversation between Studio Lambert ceo Stephen Lambert and presenter and producer Anna Richardson.

Double Oscar winner John Battsek will talk about Creating Compelling Stories in documentary, with 24 Hours in Custody mastermind Simon Ford and ITV Studios Entertainment md Angela Jain.

Top names in factual will debate how producers should handle the power that they hold in their hand and this year is the first time at the Festival that delegates will hear from the heads of Daytime commissioning, at the BBC and Channel 4.

There will also be the opportunity to book one-to-one meetings with commissioners. Broadcasters already confirmed to be part of the Festival include the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, UKTV, ITV, Discovery, A+E and National Geographic.

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