2014 World Congress of Science & Factual Producers : Dresden, Germany November 30 — December 3

Programming Update: TV on Trial

For more than half a century, the prevailing mission of television has been to educate, inform and entertain. Critics say that factual television has lost focus—that there is no education, little information and that the Internet is the place for serious intellectual fodder. In this trial, we will examine evidence of TV’s worst excesses and the “authentic” factual TV that seems to be enjoying a renaissance. The honourable judge Sara Ramsden (Channel 4) will preside over the trial, with Stephen Hunter (National Geographic Channels International) as the prosecuting barrister and Phil Fairclough (Earth Touch USA) as the defending barrister. Session produced by Charlotte Hunt-Grubbe (Windfall Films).


WCSFP 2014 Emerging Producers Bursary Recipients Announced

The Congress is pleased to announce nine participants in the 2014 bursary programs. All of the bursary recipients will attend GZDOC in Guangzhou from November 11 to 14, and WCSFP in Hong Kong from November 18 to 21. The WCSFP looks forward to welcoming all the participants to Congress and helping foster the next generation of science and factual producers.

Emerging Producers Bursary Program sponsored by WDR mediagroup

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Editorial Committee Online Nominations Now Open

Nominations for the 2015 WCSFP Editorial Committee are now open. Your WCSFP membership allows you to nominate yourself and any other member attending the 2014 Congress in Hong Kong. This year’s vacancies include two broadcasters from the Asia/Pacific region, one independent producer from the UK, one broadcaster from Europe, one independent producer from North America, one broadcaster from North America, and an independent producer from the 2015 host country, Austria. The Committee may also co-opt additional members to ensure appropriate international representation. If you would like to nominate someone from a region not listed, please contact nominations@wcsfp.com.


View 2014 Congress Schedule

A number of key Congress sessions and events are now listed in the 2014 WCSFP online schedule. Additional information, sessions and speakers will be added in the coming weeks.


Join Your Colleagues: A Look at Who’s Coming to Congress

An initial list of who is coming to this year’s Congress is now available online. The list will continue to be updated as more members register so stay tuned.


Lunch With… France Télévisions - Hong Kong French Kiss

On Wednesday, November 19, from 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., join France Télévisions as they present their upcoming “haute couture” projects. Learn more about potential co-production opportunities, their exciting prime time events, the evolution of the editorial line at FTV and their future plans for international co-productions. Pre-registration is required, and seating is limited. RVSP by November 11, 2014.


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Breakfast With… CICC

On Wednesday, November 19, from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., join us for an interactive breakfast session with CICC. Meet the production team of the co-produced documentary China from Above, including representatives from NHNZ, BHP, National Geographic Channel and NDR, as they discuss their experiences collaborating with CICC. Learn how you too can explore China by partnering with CICC. Not to be missed! Pre-registration is required, and seating is limited. RVSP by November 11, 2014.


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Networking Breakfast With… Discovery Canada and EPI

On Thursday, November 20, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m, join President and General Manager Paul Lewis for a networking breakfast and a sneak peek of some of Discovery Canada and EPI’s exciting original content. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity! Pre-registration is required, and seating is limited. RVSP by November 11, 2014.


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WCSFP Welcomes WDR mediagroup as Sponsor

The WCSFP is pleased to welcome WDR mediagroup (WDRmg) as a sponsor of the Emerging Producers Bursary program. WDR mediagroup is the commercial subsidiary of the West German Broadcasting Corporation (WDR) in Cologne.

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WCSFP Welcomes Bonne Pioche and Lucky You as Sponsors

The WCSFP is pleased to welcome new sponsors Bonne Pioche and Lucky You to the 2014 Congress.

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WCSFP Welcomes National Geographic Studios as Sponsor

The WCSFP is pleased to welcome National Geographic Studios (Studios) as a sponsor of the 2014 event.

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