2013 Board of Directors and Steering Committee


  • John Lynch, Words Make Pictures (UK) Chairman
  • Tessa James, Financial Director, Lion TV (UK) Secretary & Treasurer
  • Richard Bradley, Managing Director, Lion Television (UK)
  • Andrew Cohen, Head of Science, BBC Productions (UK)
  • Ann Julienne, Head of International Development, France Télévisions (France)
  • Paul Lewis, President and General Manager, Discovery Networks (Canada)
  • Wally Longul, President/Executive Producer, JKJ-TV International (Canada)
  • Thomas von Hennet, Vice President, International Co-Production and Documentaries, ProSiebenSat.1 TV Deutschland GmbH (Germany)
  • Thomas Zwiessler, General Manager, Story House Productions GmbH (Germany)


  • Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS (USA) Co-chair
  • Ken MacDonald, Vice President, Programming, Discovery Networks (Canada) Co-chair
  • Caroline Behar, Head of Documentaries, France 5/Head of Acquisitions, France Télévisions (France)
  • Alan Handel, President, Executive Producer, Handel Productions Inc. (Canada)
  • Jonathan Hewes, Head of International, Wall to Wall (UK)
  • Patrick Hörl, Founder and Managing Director, Autentic (Germany)
  • Kazuhiro Kitano, Senior Producer, Science Programs, NHK (Japan)
  • Joseph Maxwell, Commissioning Editor, SBS (Australia)
  • Debbie Myers, General Manager and EVP, Science Channel (USA)
  • Sonya Pemberton, Creative Director, Genepool Productions (Australia)
  • Sara Ramsden, Commissioning Editor, Science and Natural History, Channel 4 (UK)
  • Lynne Richardson, CEO/Executive Producer, Africa Wildlife Films/Southern Films (South Africa)
  • Robert Salvestrin, Producer and VP of Distribution, Kwanza (France)
  • Howard Swartz, VP Development and Production, Discovery Channel (USA)
  • Tony Tackaberry, Chief Executive Officer, Lion Television (USA)
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  • Hay John

    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
  • Pemberton  Sonya

    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
  • Viner Thomas Web

    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
  • Soullier Alex Web14

    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
  • Rueckauer Ralf Web14

    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
  • Ning Mike Web15

    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