WCSFP Appoints Paul Lewis as Conference Director
The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) is pleased to announce that Paul Lewis has been named to the new full-time position of Conference Director. A founding board member for the organization and the former president and general manager of Discovery Canada, Paul will assume
leadership of the editorial direction and business management of the organization’s annual Congress. In collaboration with the WCSFP Board and Hot Docs, the event organizers, he will also help shape the vision and strategic direction for the event. Paul will be attending the upcoming Congress ’18 in Brisbane, Australia, from November 27-30.
"As a long-standing colleague and director on the WCSFP Board, Paul has been integral to the strategic development of Congress. I am delighted, therefore, that he will bring his deep knowledge of the event and his passion for its unique values, together with his editorial and creative wit and flair, his business skills and his understanding of the international market—on all platforms—to this critical new role," said John Lynch, WCSFP chairman. "In Paul we have the right person at the right time to embrace the challenges and surprises that lie ahead, so that Congress will always be, for members old and new, that unmissable creative gathering, where smart content matters."
"Since my earliest days in factual programming, I've always attended each Congress with anticipation and excitement— knowing that I will come away feeling inspired and energized about the future of the industry,” said Paul Lewis. “With its emphasis on creativity and content, Congress has played a unique role in my own career development, and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to continue that wonderful tradition. As the industry adapts and changes at lightning speed, I look forward to increasing the impact, relevance and influence of Congress for the next generation of content makers."
Paul Lewis is a television executive and consultant with more than three decades of broadcasting and production experience. As president and general manager of the Discovery business in Canada, Paul created, developed and commissioned some of the world's most ambitious and successful factual television and digital content. He launched the world's first daily science program, Daily Planet, executive produced documentary series and live specials and partnered with international broadcasters during Discovery Canada's most significant period of growth and expansion—leading it to become the most watched factual channel in the country. Paul oversaw the launch of five television networks and was also responsible for their related websites and social media platforms, an in-house production company and a distribution business. Most recently Paul was president of Strategic Growth at Great Pacific Media (GPM)—an award-winning production company with a strong reputation for storytelling and ratings success.
Paul's television career began as a journalist at Canada's public broadcaster, CBC, working on news and current affairs programs. He's a founding Board member of the Canadian Science Media Centre of Canada and he's also the consultant in-chief for the Guangzhou International Documentary Festival, China's biggest and most established documentary festival. He's a regular speaker, judge and panelist at international markets and festivals.