Channel controller of BBC Two Patrick Holland will take to the stage at this year’s Televisual Factual Festival.

As head of the UK’s biggest factual channel, Holland will describe his vision for the channel, the shows and the people that are taking this vision forward and plans for the future.

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

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

Sessions designed to help build your business will include a bang up to date overview of channels that are commissioning factual in the UK, with sessions focused on key digital platforms. Dedicated panels will explore the real opportunities in the nations and regions and the latest on the US market for UK producers. And with programme funding becoming an ever-increasing challenge, experts in financing will ask where to find the next investment.

With key commissioning executives from all the core factual channels for UK producers, speakers will include leading fact ent commissioners: David Brindley, head 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.

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, Channel 4, Tom McDonald, head of commissioning, Natural History & Specialist Factual at the BBC and Victoria Noble, senior director and executive producer, Production & Development, Factual Discovery Networks International

Steve Carson, head of multiplatform commissioning, BBC Scotland will talk with Nick Curwin, chairman, Matisse Media about the shows that he’s looking for North of the border.

And with spend up 85% across its 18 domestic channels, find out more from the heads of UK commissioning at leading factual broadcaster Discovery, with Clare Laycock, head of Brands, Discovery UK and Simon Downing, svp channel head Factual and Sport at Discovery Networks UK.

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

Staff Reporter

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