Conference Overview

The annual World Congress of Science and Factual Producers features an outstanding program of panels, networking events and pitch sessions that illuminate industry trends and showcase excellence in factual programming. It is a must-attend event for industry professionals working in specialist factual television.

This year’s event will take place November 29 to December 1, 2017, in San Francisco, California, USA.

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Attending Broadcasters

More than 200 broadcast representatives attend each year, including such broadcasters as Discovery Canada, Science Channel, ABC, ARTE, BBC, CBC, Channel 4, Explora, France Télévisions, MDR, National Geographic, NDR, NHK, PBS, Radio-Canada, Rai, SBS, YLE and ZDF.

With a two-to-one ratio of independent producers to broadcasters, over 90 per cent of members report advancing projects and finding new production partners at each event.

Market Events

The WCSFP will also feature popular market events Close Encounters of the Funding Kind and Speed Dating, as well as evening networking events and special social activities.

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Testimonals

  • 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