Niall Byrne niall at scienceinpublic.com.au
Tue Feb 17 22:07:59 UTC 2009

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
<http://www.abc.net.au/tv>  (ABC TV) and the Host State of Victoria
<http://film.vic.gov.au> .

"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

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
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2009 HOST STATE: Film Victoria




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