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.

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.

This year's Congress is made possible with the incredible support of Host Broadcaster the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC TV) and the Host State of Victoria.

"ABC TV looks forward to playing host to bold and provocative discussion at the Congress this year, providing delegates with a unique opportunity to share ideas, foster knowledge, forge partnerships and ultimately drive the creation of leading edge specialist factual programs and content," says Courtney Gibson, Executive Head of Content Creation for ABC TV.

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.

"As Australia's fastest growing factual production sector, Victoria makes the ideal destination for the next World Congress of Science and Factual Producers," says Gavin Jennings, Minister for Innovation, Industry and Regional Development for Victoria. "We are thrilled with the opportunity to host a peak international event which will see the world's leading broadcasters and producers of science and factual television meet with the nation's top academic, journalistic, scientific and research communities. We anticipate great outcomes for both Australian and overseas industry practitioners and look forward to welcoming delegates to Melbourne later this year."

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.

Registration for this year's Congress opens in May. The Host Hotel is the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne.


2009 HOST BROADCASTER: ABC TV

2009 HOST STATE: Film Victoria

 

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