Close-up sessions on Netflix series Killer Ratings and the BBC’s Race Across the World will feature on this year’s Televisual Factual Festival agenda.

This year’s Factual Festival will take place on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th November at The Curzon, Soho. 

On Thursday afternoon, delegates will hear the story of how factual indies Quicksilver and Caravan worked with Netflix to produce the true-crime original Killer Ratings. Speakers Kate Townsend, Director, Original Documentary, Netflix, Dinah Lord, co-founder/ managing Director of Caravan and Eamonn Matthews, managing director/ ceo, Quicksilver Media will explore how the Emmy and BAFTA-winning team behind the show uncovered the story of Brazilian TV host-turned-politician Wallace Souza, from the programming pitch to seven-part series.

On the same day at the Festival we will follow the journey of Studio Lambert’s hit format Race Across the World for BBC Two, from concept to screen. Chaired by entertainment journalist Emma Bullimore, the panel will include series producer Lucy Curtis, commissioning editor, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment for the BBC Michael Jochnowitz, and Tim Harcourt, creative director at Studio Lambert.

Across the two days, 50 top level speakers will include three big interviews and panels featuring the UK’s key commissioners for Documentary, Factual Entertainment and Specialist Factual.

On the Wednesday, controller of BBC Two Patrick Holland will be in conversation with Sanjay Singhal, chief executive of Voltage TV. Later on the same day, Howard Swartz, senior vice president of Production and Development, Documentaries and Specials for Discovery Channel in the US will be talking with Arrow co-founder Tom Brisley about the opportunities for UK producers.

While on day two, we have a Discovery UK update, looking at the detail behind its increased spend of 85 per cent across 18 domestic channels, with Clare Laycock, head of Entertainment and Lifestyle Brands and Simon Downing, svp channel head Factual and Sport, Discovery UK & Ireland.

Channel 4 deputy director of Programmes Kelly Webb-Lamb will give critical insight into the major changes at the broadcaster on day two of the Festival.

Following her inspirational MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh TV Festival in August, Dorothy Byrne, Channel 4’s head of News and Current Affairs, will join our Where’s the Big Doc? panel to interrogate whether and why we have fewer, in- depth TV productions that take to task the most important and difficult issues of our day.

Sessions designed to help build your business will include a bang up to date overview of services that are commissioning factual in the UK and with programme funding becoming an ever-increasing challenge, experts in financing will ask where to find the next investment.

Our nations and regions panel, chaired by chairman of Matisse Media will hear from Channel 4’s new head of Daytime Jo Street and head of multiplatform commissioning for BBC Scotland Steve Carson, alongside executives from Pact and from Skillset.

Chaired by Liesel Evans, creative director of UK Factual, Raw TV, the Festival’s specialist factual panel will hear from Bernadette McDaid, commissioning editor, National Geographic, Fatima Salaria, head of Specialist Factual for Channel 4, BBC commissioning editor Abi Priddle and Victoria Noble, vp Original Content, Factual, Discovery UK & Ireland.

With key commissioning executives from all the core factual channels for UK producers, speakers will include leading fact ent commissioners: David Brindley, shead of Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment commissioning, BBC, Greg Barnett, commissioning editor, Factual Entertainment, Channel 5, Hilary Rosen, head of Factual & Factual Entertainment, UKTV and Sarah Lazenby, head of features and formats, Channel 4.

The Festival’s Documentary commissioning panel will see Clare Sillery, head of commissioning, Documentaries, BBC and Danny Horan, head of Factual, Channel 4 joined by Guy Davies, commissioning editor, Factual, Channel 5 and Jo Clinton-Davis, Controller of Factual at ITV.

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

Staff Reporter

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