The 2007 WCSFP took place in New York City, from November 26 to 29, and was presented by host broadcaster Thirteen/WNET New York, and presenting platinum partners Discovery Communications, The History Channel and National Geographic.
Industry leader Nancy Dubuc, Executive Vice President and General Manager of The History Channel, headlined the event with a special one hour “In Conversation….” session moderated by Abby Greensfelder, Owner & Managing Member, Half Yard Productions LLC, and produced by Tug Yourgrau, President, Powderhouse Productions.
Industry overview sessions, “What’s the Buzz?” moderated by Simon Andreae, President, The Incubator, Fox TV Studios, and “The Green Wave” moderated by Geoffrey Daniels, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, National Geographic Channels International, draw high delegate interest and high ratings.
Steven Pinker, Department of Psychology, Harvard University, and Nell Painter, Edwards Professor of American History Emerita, Princeton University, were invited guest speakers.
The WCSFP sees record-level attendance with 602 delegates from 24 different countries.
Three weeks prior to the start of Congress, the event is announced as sold out with a waiting list with over 60 names.
Delegate composition is comprised of a 2:1 ratio of producers to broadcasters.
94% of delegates report advancing projects or finding potential new production partners as a result of attending Congress.
29 international companies sponsor the Congress, namely, Thirteen/WNET New York, Discovery Communications, The History Channel, National Geographic, Channel 4 International, France 5, Realscreen, UKTV, Wellcome Trust, Discovery Channel Canada/Exploration Production Inc, Channel 5, NHK, Wall to Wall, BBC, CBC/The Nature of Things, Cineflix, Darlow Smithson and Pioneer Productions.
The Congress hosts 14 social events with highlights including evening receptions at the New York Public Library and the Guggenheim Museum.
Soul Sound Revue, a fifteen-musician strong group, plays hours of Motown music to the delight of Congress delegates at an evening party at the Roosevelt Hotel.
Of all the gatherings of TV people throughout the year, Congress feels the friendliest. It's stimulating but supportive, small enough to allow proper conversations but broad enough in its reach to give you a new perspective on your own patch. And I always leave full of new ideas.— John Hay, Head of Specialist Factual, Channel 4
Ah, Congress. You have captured a place in my heart! Every year I juggle my daft diary to allow time for you, to see you in your stunning new location, to bathe in your sea of grand ideas alongside the clever folks who are also drawn to you. You are a splendid creation, a crafty mix of business and pleasure, challenge and inspiration. No matter my role you bring gifts, including friendships most prized. Thank you, dear Congress. I shall see you soon.— Sonya Pemberton, Creative Director, Genepool Productions
Science Congress is a great opportunity to meet the world’s factual producers and broadcasters, and get the true story out of them like nowhere else!— Thomas Viner, Creative Director, Pioneer
The WCSP is always a mark in my time line. A strategic moment, a great opportunity to discover the trends of the year on an international scale, and have some passionate discussions with colleagues and international broadcasters. Can't wait for the next one!— Alexandre Soullier, Producer, Bonne Pioche Television
WCSFP is simply the best, cutting-edge, ultimate, extraordinary, top notch, outstanding, ground-breaking, trend-setting, expert-driven factual congress in the world. I can’t wait to see all friends and peers again to set up for our pre-x-mas family style binge-watching meeting. No way to miss the buzz and fun out there every year.— Ralf Rückauer, Vice President ZDFE.factual, ZDF Enterprises GmbH
I had been told by my Chinese friends about the fascinating Congress sessions and that was what profoundly impressed me during the Hong Kong edition. The themes of advancing with the times, the experts and producers who really focused on them, the engrossing debate and comprehensive exchange at social events, all made me enjoy the veritably family atmosphere of Congress.— Mike Ning, Content Operation Director, GZDOC