Welcome to WCSFP 2008
WCSFP JOURNEYS DOWN UNDER FOR 2009 EDITION
The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) is pleased to announce that the 17th annual Congress is set for December 1-4, 2009, in Melbourne, Australia. This year’s Congress is made possible with the incredible support of Host Broadcaster Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Host State of Victoria.
Following a string of sold-out successes in Manchester (2006), New York (2007) and Florence (2008), this year’s Congress again promises to be a must-attend event for industry professionals working in specialist factual television. Last year’s record-breaking Congress, which sold out weeks prior to opening, welcomed more than 600 international broadcasters, producers and distributors from 26 countries. Exit surveys indicate that 89% of delegates were able to advance their projects at the Congress and 88% were able to find new production partners. The 2009 Congress promises more in-depth panels, valuable networking opportunities and once-in-a-lifetime social events all happening in Australia’s cultural centre.
This year’s WCSFP will feature an outstanding three-day program of workshops, networking events, pitch sessions, and panels that will reveal emerging content trends and highlight important industry issues. Last year, more than 200 broadcast representatives attended from such broadcasters as: ARTE, BBC, CBC, Channel 4, FIVE, Discovery Channel U.S., Discovery Channel Canada, Discovery Science, France 5, National Geographic Int., NDR, NHK, ABC TV, Rai, WGBH and Thirteen/WNET. The 2008 Congress achieved a better than two-to-one ratio of independent producers to broadcasters, ensuring plenty of valuable time for networking and deal-making.
The WCSFP will also feature the return of popular services including Meet the Commissioning Editor sessions, an on-demand video library of delegates’ productions, as well as evening networking events and special social activities that will take advantage of Melbourne’s many historic and cultural attractions.
2008 CONGRESS A RESOUNDING SUCCESS
With over 600 delegates from 25 countries in attendance, the 2008 World Congress of Science and Factual Producers in Florence, Italy, was a resounding success. This year’s Congress was particularly enriched by a strong presence from the host country: close to 100 Italian delegates attended, including representatives from RAI, Mediaset, Fox Channels Italy and numerous independent producers from across the country.
The three day event featured blockbuster panels, such at the BATTLE OF THE BRANDS with Steve Burns (Executive Vice President, Content, National Geographic) and John Ford (President and General Manager, Discovery Channel), the always informative opening plenary WHAT’S THE BUZZ, and CLEVER PLEASURE: IN CONVERSATION WITH JANICE HADLOW (Controller, BBC Two). Additionally, hundreds of one-on-one Speed Dating meetings were arranged between independent producers and broadcasters and robust Meet the Network and Meet the CE/Funders strands facilitated over 40 intimate sessions with key decision makers.
The better than 2-to-1 producer-to-broadcaster ratio allowed for invaluable networking to take place both during the day and at the fantastic social events in the evenings. Delegates were treated to a private concert at the landmark Palazzo Vecchio during the opening reception, and a private tour of the Vasari Corridor overlooking the Ponte Vecchio on the closing night. Receptions and dinners at stunning palazzos - as well as a rousing evening of karaoke - helped make a memorable Congress for all.
NEW WCSFP STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ANNOUNCED
The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers is a non-profit, member-run organization. In registering for the event, delegates also become members and are entitled to vote in the organization’s elections. During this year’s Congress, steering committee nominations and elections took place and, at the closing plenary session on December 4, the successful candidates were announced.
Newly elected WCSFP Steering Committee members are:
- Amanda Evans, Screen Pacific (New Zealand)
- Uwe Kersken, Gruppe 5 (Germany)
- Beth Hoppe, Optomen Productions (USA)
- Margie Bryant, Serendipity Productions (Australia)
- Stuart Menzies, ABC Television (Australia)