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Speed Dating


Speed Dating is a great way for independent producers to connect one-on-one with decision makers. Congress staff conduct some preliminary matchmaking to make the encounters more rewarding for both parties; however, in the spirit of building networks and contacts, we ask the participating decision makers to pre-select the projects that they find interesting—but they don't know who or where they came from until their face-to-face meeting.

Applications close: October 19
You must be registered to apply. You may apply with a maximum of three separate project submissions per production company.


Speed Dating Decision Makers

  • Steve Bibb, Head of Factual, ABC (Australia)
  • Anne Olzmann, Managing Director, Albatross World Sales GmbH (Germany)
  • Marita Huebinger, Senior Commissioning Editor for Science, Arte/ZDF (Germany)
  • Patrick Hörl, Managing Director, Autentic GmbH (Germany)
  • Simon Young, Commissioning Editor, History, BBC (UK)
  • Justina Hemperek, Head of Acquisitions, Beyond Distribution (UK)
  • Nick Solowski, Director, International Sales and Acquisitions, Blue Ant Media (Canada)
  • Sue Dando, Executive in Charge of Production, The Nature Of Things, CBC (Canada)
  • Kate Laffey, VP of Acquisitions, Cineflix Rights (UK)
  • Fiona Gilroy, Content Sales & Acquisitions Director, Flame Distribution (Australia)
  • Catherine Alvaresse, Director of Documentary Unit, France Télévisions (France)
  • Nha-Uyen Chau, Founder/CEO, Looking Glass International (Australia)
  • Meghan Cassin, Senior Director of Development, National Geographic (USA)
  • Tetsunori Kikuchi, Executive producer of Science Programs, NHK (Japan)
  • Melanie Wallace, Senior Series Producer, NOVA (USA)
  • Loren Syer-Willoughby, Head of Acquisitions, Off the Fence (UK)
  • Stella Briley, Head of Acquisitions, Orange Smarty (UK)
  • Shirley Bowers, VP, Sales & Acquisitions, Red Arrow Studios International, (USA)
  • Patrice Goldberg, Head Of Sciences Department/Editor In Chief, RTBF (Belgium)
  • Llion Iwan, Factual Content Commissioner, S4C (UK)
  • Joseph Maxwell, Head of Documentaries, SBS (Australia)
  • Susie Jones, Commissioning Editor, SBS (Australia)
  • Andrew Bowers, Acquisitions Manager, Sky Vision (UK)
  • Henrik Ekman, Acquisitions Executive, Natural History, SVT (Sweden)
  • Stephanie Sun, Penguin Pictures Exec, Tencent (China)
  • Harriet Armston-Clarke, Sales Manager, TVF International (UK)
  • Edwina Thring, Managing Director, Wild Thring Media (UK)
  • Nikolas Huelbusch, Project Manager Co-Production and Development Factual, ZDF Enterprises GmbH (Germany)
  • Jens Monath, Editor Department Terra X, ZDF (Germany)


Close Encounters of the Funding Kind

The popular Close Encounters of the Funding Kind offers small group meetings with individual broadcasters, platforms and funders, all of whom either commission science and history programs from independent producers outside their own territories or who provide significant funding or support. Designed to be intimate and interactive, the numbers are strictly limited and access is given on a first-come, first-served basis.