2007 World Congress of Science & Factual Producers

November 26-29 2007 at the Roosevelt Hotel, Manhattan New York.

Welcome to WCSFP 2007


Six hundred international delegates from 25 countries gathered this week in New York City for the 2007 World Congress of Science & Factual Producers. Selling out weeks in advance, this year’s Congress shattered last year’s attendance record while still maintaining a remarkable 2-to-1 producer-to-broadcaster ratio. Offering a full slate of cutting-edge sessions, high-profile guest speakers and numerous memorable social events, the Congress was an overwhelming success for all involved.

Session highlights included: Warm Bath Telly - Killing You Softly (Or Just Boring You To Death), a debate on the impact of formats on science and history programming; The Green Wave, a discussion of program-makers’ treatments of global warming; and Creationism: Intelligence Response, an examination of television’s role in the Evolution-Intelligent Design debate. Guest speakers included acclaimed historian Nell Irvin Painter, eminent psychologist Steven Pinker, renowned intellectual Lawrence Krauss and industry powerhouse Nancy Dubuc.

Producers also had many valuable opportunities to meet with international commissioning editors through such special programming strands as Speed Dating and Meet the Commissioning Editors.

In addition to these important professional opportunities, the 2007 Congress boasted lively social events throughout the Big Apple, including receptions at the New York Public Library and the Guggenheim Museum and a wildly successful dance party featuring live Motown sounds.

The Congress also boasted professionals from respected international broadcasters including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ARTE France, BBC, BBC Scotland, BBC Worldwide, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Channel 4, Channel 4 International, Five, Cineflix International Distribution, Danish Broadcasting Corporation, Discovery Channel Canada, Discovery Communications, European Broadcasting Union, Exploration Production /CTV, France 5, Fremantle Media, German United Distributors, Granada, Media International Corporation, NDR-Norddeuthscher Rundfunk, National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Channels International, National Geographic Television, National Geographic Television International, NHK, NOVA WGBH, NRK, ProSieben Television, RTBF, RTE - Ireland Public Service Broadcaster, RTI SpA, SBS Independent, Smithsonian Networks, Société Radio-Canada, SVT, Swiss National Public TV, SWR TV, The History Channel, Thirteen/WNET New York, Twin Cities Public Television, UKTV, UR, WDR, WGBH, WGBH International, YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company, ZDF and more!

It was also announced that the 2008 Congress will be held in Italy with RAI generously acting as Host Broadcaster for the event.

The WCSFP 2008 Steering Committee

  • André Barro, Producer, Factual & Co-production, Cirrus (Canada)
  • Ann Julienne, Head of Acquisitions and International Co-productions, France 5, (France)
  • Daryl Karp CEO, Film Australia, (Australia)
  • Ralph Lee, Head of Factual, Five (USA)
  • Jared Lipworth Director of Science Programs, Thirteen/WNET New York, (USA)
  • Wally Longul President JKJ-TV International (Canada)
  • John Lynch, Head of Science and History, BBC (UK)
  • Stuart Mullin Finance Director, Wall To Wall (UK)
  • Sonya Pemberton Executive Producer and Managing Director, Pemberton Films (Australia)
  • Lorenzo Pinna, Broadcaster, RAI (Italy)
  • Thomas Schreiber, Controller, NDR Television (Germany)
  • Susan Werbe, Vice President, Historical Programming. The History Channel (USA)
  • Bridget Whalen, Executive Director of Development, National Geographic Channel (USA)
  • Ellen Windemuth, Managing Director, Off The Fence (Netherlands)
  • Marco Visalberghi, Managing Director, DocLab Srl (Italy)

"National Geographic recognizes the WCSFP as a terrific venue for meeting the best and brightest in the field and debating the issues that matter most to the non-fiction community.”

Michael Rosenfeld
National Geographic Television

“We’re looking forward to participating in a stimulating and provocative conference with producers and networks involved in non-fiction programming that integrates a variety of subject areas and disciplines.”

Nancy Dubuc
Executive VP and General Manager
The History Channel

“The WCSFP is an important venue for broadcasters because it not only brings together the best talent from around the world, but also provides a forum for broadcasters to share their needs in the fields of science, history and factual television. ”

Jane Root
President and GM
Discovery Channel and The Science Channel

“The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers is such a revitalizing event for industry professionals, and the heart of New York City in November is the perfect spot for such a lively gathering. We’re thrilled to be the Host Broadcaster, and look forward to welcoming WCSFP members from all over the world.”

Jared Lipworth
Director of Science Programs
Thirteen/WNET New York

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