Programming Update: Catch Them If You Can
How do you capture the attention of digital natives in the age of multiple devices, apps, games and social media? The use of multiple devices while watching television allows for a completely new level of interaction and the opportunity for audiences to be part of the action. With contributions from seasoned producers like NHK, WDR, and WGBH, session producer Stefanie Fischer (WDR) and moderator Patrick Hörl (Autentic) will look at new projects and discuss what’s good and what might be taking it too far.
Programming Update: Phil Agland at Congress
WCSFP is pleased to welcome renowned director, producer and cameraman Phil Agland as a guest speaker at the 2014 Congress. Phil is currently in production on a major observational documentary series for CCTV, which will explore how the Chinese people are adjusting to changes happening in their country. He’s also known for making a string of critically acclaimed natural history documentaries in the 80s; his work on the multi-award-winning Channel 4 series Beyond the Clouds (1994) about life in a small Chinese town; and Shanghai Vice (1999) about urban life in China. Phil will take us through his experiences of filming in China then and now.
Emerging Producers Bursary Program Deadline October 2
The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers is pleased to announce the Emerging Producers Bursary Program, developed to provide attendance support for emerging producers working in science, history, and factual media and encourage a new generation of Congress members.
Book Your Stay at Host Hotel Kowloon Shangri-La
Bookings for the 2014 host hotel, the Kowloon Shangri-La, are now open. Located in the heart of the shopping, entertainment and commercial district of Tsim Shaw Tsui East, the Kowloon Shangri-La features sweeping views of the world famous Victoria Harbour, the Hong Kong city skyline and the stunning city lights.
Programming Update: Navigating the New with Kurt Kratchman
How do you stay relevant in the changing digital media landscape? Congress 2014 guest speaker Kurt Kratchman believes that, “factual content is more relevant than ever in this brave world of big data, social, cloud and mobile.” In his session, produced by DRIVE’s Lilla Hurst, Kurt will show us how to leverage the disruptions, establish a position in this new environment and, ultimately, navigate the new.
Delegations at 2014 Congress
The Congress is pleased to host four official delegations, from France, Italy, South Africa and the United Kingdom, at the 2014 event.
WCSFP Welcomes Great Pacific Media as New Sponsor
WCSFP is pleased to welcome new sponsor Great Pacific Media (GPM) to the 2014 Congress. Established by veteran producers Mark Miller and Blair Reekie, GPM is a leader in rich storytelling. This full-service content and production services company has office, post-production and studio facilities in Vancouver, Canada. They specialize in development, production, co-production and financing of factual, documentary, game show and reality television. The hit series Highway Thru Hell is now in its fourth season and is sold in more than 170 countries. In January, GPM will launch Airshow, an adrenaline-filled, character-driven series that will take viewers deep into the lives and struggles of four airshow performers chasing their dreams and striving to make ends meet in the most dangerous job in the entertainment industry.
WCSFP Welcomes Pact as Sponsor
The WCSFP is pleased to welcome new sponsor Pact, the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television, to the 2014 Congress. Pact is a trade association based in the UK that represents the commercial interests of UK independent television, film, digital, children’s and animation media companies. Pact helps to shape the best possible regulatory, legislative and business environment for the independent production sector to grow domestically and internationally while giving independent UK producers their intellectual property rights.
WCSFP Welcomes Tangled Bank Studios as Sponsor
The WCSFP is pleased to welcome back Tangled Bank Studios as a sponsor of the 2014 Congress. Tangled Bank Studios is a production company dedicated to the creation of original science documentaries for broadcast, theatrical, and digital distribution. Founded in 2012 by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as an extension of its long-standing science education mission, the company aims to produce programs that capture compelling stories of discovery across all branches of scientific inquiry.