Who We Are
The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers is a member-run organization that represents science and other factual producers and broadcasters around the world. Administered by an elected steering committee and board of directors, the primary function of the WCSFP is the management of the annual conference. Delegates are able to nominate and vote for steering committee members in elections that take place each year during the Congress.
The primary role of the committee is the co-ordination and management of the annual Congress conference. To achieve this, the committee has sign-off powers on conference content and endorsement of the selection of the Board of Directors.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
As designated by the steering committee, the board of directors administers the affairs of the company including, but not limited to, the efficient expenditure of members’ funds, budgets and annual conference fees.
2008 STEERING COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEMBERS
- André Barro, Producer, Factual & Co-production, Cirrus (Canada)
- Ann Julienne, Head of Acquisitions and International Co-productions, France 5 (France)*
- Daryl Karp, Managing Director, Tattooed Media (Australia)*
- Ralph Lee, Head of Specialist Factual, Channel Four (UK)
- Jared Lipworth, Director of Science Programs, Thirteen/WNET New York (USA)
- Wally Longul, President JKJ-TV International (Canada)*
- John Lynch, Head of Science, BBC Vision Productions (UK)*
- Stuart Mullin, Finance and Operations Director, Simon & Schuster (UK)*
- Sonya Pemberton, Executive Producer and Managing Director, Pemberton Films (Australia)
- Lorenzo Pinna, Broadcaster, RAI (Italy)
- Marco Visalberghi, Managing Director, DocLab Srl (Italy)
- Thomas von Hennet, Head of Documentaries and International Co-Productions, ProSieben Television*
- Susan Werbe, Vice President, Historical Programming. The History Channel (USA)
- Bridget Whalen, Executive Director of Development, National Geographic Channel (USA)
- Ellen Windemuth, Managing Director, Off The Fence (Netherlands)
The vacancies for the 2009 Steering Committee will be posted in this space in the fall of 2008.
Alison Leigh, independent producer, Leigh Brown Productions, Australia is the Editorial Director for the WCSFP.
EVENT MANAGEMENT TEAM
The Congress is managed by Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival under the leadership of Executive Director Chris McDonald and Managing Director Brett Hendrie. The Event Manager is Nancy MacDougall.
STEERING COMMITTEE ELECTION GUIDELINES
Steering Committee Voting Procedure
Nominations are drawn from conference delegates and voted on at the conference plenary session. Any delegate may nominate himself or herself. Preferences will be given to nominees that ensure a spread of producers and broadcasters from each of Europe, North America and the Asia/Pacific region, as determined by the serving steering committee at the time.
Steering Committee Vacancies for 2009
We thank outgoing members André Barro, Jared Lipworth, Sonya Pemberton and Susan Werbe, as well as host country representatives Lorenzo Pinna and Marco Visalberghi.
There will be an election for four Steering Committee positions for 2009.
Three representatives will be for two-year terms, specifically:
- a representative (broadcaster or independent producer) from Asia or New Zealand
- an independent producer representative from North America
- an independent producer representative from Europe
One representative for a one year term, specifically:
- an independent producer, representing Australia (host country for 2009)
They will join existing steering committee members Ralph Lee (Channel 4, UK), Bridget Whalen (National Geographic Channel, USA), Ellen Windemuth (Off the Fence, Netherlands); six new and returning Board members; and a representative of the Host Broadcaster for 2009 (ABC).
Upon check in at the Registration and Information Desk, each delegate will receive a nomination sheet as well as an individually numbered ballot with which to cast their final vote.
Nominations for the Steering Committee are handed in to the Registration and Information Desk on the first full day of the Congress, Tuesday, December 2. Nominations close at 6:00 pm. A box will be provided in which to place nominations.
The board secretary will inform nominated delegates and confirm that they agree to stand.
Candidates who wish to stand for election will have the opportunity to make a short presentation to the members at a session on the day of the ballot, Wednesday, December 3, at 11:00 am.
At this time delegates will be provided with a list of candidates. In addition, a list of candidates will also be posted at the Registration and Information Desk.
To avoid any irregularities, each ballot paper provided upon check in at the Registration and Information Desk will be numbered. The number will correspond to the delegate’s badge number. If a ballot paper is lost during the Congress, a delegate may apply to the board secretary who will issue a replacement. Votes can only be cast in the sealed ballot box that will be placed at the Registration and Information Desk.
The vote closes at noon on Thursday, December 4. The ballots are counted and the result is checked by a Steering Committee member. Election results are announced at the final session, the Members Plenary, on Thursday, December 4, at 2:30 pm.