Highlights of the 2013 Conference

Following four days of lively and informative sessions, invaluable networking opportunities and unforgettable social events, the 2013 World Congress of Science and Factual Producers came to a close with over 600 members having congregated at Le Westin, Montreal for the sold out industry conference that brought together science and specialist factual producers and broadcasters from around the world.

  • Host Broadcaster Discovery Canada and EPI welcomed 674 members from 26 countries to Montreal, Canada, for the 21st annual WCSFP from December 3 to 6, 2013;

  • Leading Canadian broadcasters participated in the Congress, including Discovery Canada, CBC/Radio-Canada, Shaw Media and Blue Ant Media;

  • 87.7 per cent of members surveyed reported they were able to advance projects in development by attending Congress;

  • 86.5 per cent of members surveyed reported they were able to find new production partners by attending the Congress;

  • A total of 22 international companies sponsored the Congress;

  • The traditional Congress opening session, What’s the Buzz?, was delivered to an at capacity room of members, and was hosted by Richard Bradley (Managing Director, Lion Television; UK) and Beth Hoppe (Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS; USA), sponsored by Discovery Canada and EPI, and produced in collaboration with Darlow Smithson Productions;

  • 167 projects from a total of 89 difference producers applied for Speed Dating;

  • 22 intimate Close Encounters sessions were scheduled over three days;

  • The new Emerging Producers Bursary Program provided a range of financial support for accreditation, travel and accommodation to 10 emerging producers working in science, history and factual media;

  • Four emerging science communicators from the UK were provided mentoring and professional development opportunities through the Wellcome Trust Mentoring Program for Emerging Talent.

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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