Location: Victor Salvi Room, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay
08.30am - 09.00am Registration / Complimentary breakfast – tea, coffee, pastries
09.00am – 11.00am Panel event
Documentary is one of TV’s evergreen genres. Its inescapably frank and brutally honest storytelling has been challenging, educating and shocking viewers since the dawn of television.
In this breakfast session, documentary commissioners from the major broadcasters talk shop, using their expertise to tell us where they think the future of doc programming lies. They will lay out a vision for each of their respective channels; share a commissioning shopping-list; and offer hints and tips on what does and doesn’t work for them and their audiences.
Clare Paterson - Commissioning Editor, Documentaries and all Knowledge programmes from Indies in Wales - BBC
Richard Klein - Director of Factual – ITV
Nick Mirsky – Deputy Head of Factual – Channel 4
Llion Iwan – Factual Commissioner – S4C
Emma Westcott - Commissioning Editor News, Current Affairs & Documentaries – Channel 5
Siobhan Mulholland - Commissioning Editor - Sky
Tim is a media consultant and journalist and a regular contributor on television and radio. He has recently worked for NRK, the Norwegian public broadcaster and his reports have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent and on the World Service. He is also a contributor to Planet, the Western Mail, South Wales Echo, Golwg and Barn.
Tim was a journalist and editor for the BBC for 17 years working for Radio 5 Live, the 6 O'clock news and Wales Today. In 2001 he was appointed Head of News at the National Assembly and acted as the First Minister's Official Spokesman. Tim was also Director of Corporate Affairs at S4C.
He has worked in Central Asia and Africa with the British Council, the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and the United Nations Development Programme. Tim is a magistrate sitting on the Cardiff bench, is Chair of the Royal Television Society in Wales and Chair of the Cardiff City Supporters Trust.
This strand gathers together key commissioners across each of the major channels and engages them in a discussion about the future direction of their genre. Driven by an expert host, it’s a chance for indies to find out what they should be making for each channel and why. Ticket-holders will also have the chance to quiz commissioners on what matters to them, in a quick-fire Q and A session. Join us, as we unpick a genre, identify the opportunities and explore its possibilities, all before the day begins. This strand complements our TV Controller breakfasts, getting to grips with specific genres.
Get up close and personal with a range of documentary commissioners to increase your understanding of each channel’s roster of programming and future commissioning opportunities.