This year’s Televisual Factual Festival will take place on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd November at BAFTA.

Fifteen sessions across two days will include panels with the UK’s leading Factual commissioners. Filmmaker Stacey Dooley will also give a keynote interview.

Leading producers and broadcasters will ask where funding will come from in the future and how how far budgets will move out of London and will explore the potential of branded content. While commissioners, distributors, agents and indies with experience of growing their business in the US and internationally will reveal  opportunities that lie beyond the UK.  

Commissioners confirmed so far include David Brindley Head of Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment Commissioning, BBC; Jo Clinton-Davis Controller, Factual, ITV Guy Davies Commissioning Editor, Factual, Channel 5; Dan Korn VP Programming A+E Networks Alf Lawrie Head of Factual Entertainment, Channel 4; Clare Laycock Head of Brands, Discovery; Tom MacDonald Head of Specialist Factual Formats, BBC; Hamish Mykura Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, NGGN; Adrian Padmore Commissioning Editor, Channel 5; Hilary Rosen Deputy Director of Commissioning, UKTV; Clare Sillery Head of Documentary Commissioning, BBC; Richard Watsham Director of Commissioning, UKTV; Lucy Willis Commissioning Editor, Channel 5.

There are also speakers from the top factual indies with many more to come.

There will 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, ITV, Channel 5, Discovery, UKTV, A+E and National Geographic.

The Festival website is being updated with new speakers every day. To find out more and to book tickets, go to

Pippa Considine

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