Patrick Holland, Sue Murphy and Marjorie Kaplan will be headline speakers at this year’s Televisual Factual Festival, which is being held at BAFTA on 9th and 10th November.

Holland, newly appointed as editor of BBC Two, will reveal his plans for the UK’s biggest factual channel. ITV’s new head of factual entertainment Sue Murphy will talk about her vision for factual at the channel. Marjorie Kaplan, the president of content at Discovery Networks International will discuss what is working on the international factual stage.

Factual continues to grow as a genre and the UK’s leading commissioners from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Discovery and more will bring festival delegates bang up to date with the needs of their channels for 2017 and beyond. Commissioner interviews will cover serious documentary, through to specialist factual, popular factual, features and formats.

Some of the best film-makers, producers and executives in the business will discuss where factual TV is heading and where the growth in the industry is coming from.  Sessions across the two days will cover the opportunities coming from new online broadcasters, from branded content and from the US market in 2016. Debate will take in the impact of a sea-change in the way people view factual, the future of new technologies, such as virtual reality, as well as the pros and cons of Brexit.

There will be inspiration to get your next ideas into the best shape for developing and pitching. Former Fox TV executive Simon Andreae, now heading up his own UK indie Naked Entertainment, will give a formats masterclass. World class producers and film-makers will share insight into getting the very best outcome for your project.

This year will see the Festival join together with Directors UK to produce a session featuring brilliant directors shedding light on how their work has reached another level, entertaining and informing audiences.

The Festival, now in its eleventh year, is a focal point for gathering inspiration and business know-how.

To book to attend the Festival, to find out more and to get regular updates on speakers at the Festival, go to

Pippa Considine

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