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  • Session 1: Stepping Up The Ladder

    Time: 10:00 – 11:00

    The recent growth in the volume of factual production in Scotland has brought challenges as well as opportunities. It highlights the need for developing entry level TV talent, and also making sure that those already in the industry can be supported into more senior roles. Our panel brings together industry, education and training organisations to discuss the best ways to develop talent for 21st century production.

    Chair

    Aasmah Mir

    Panellists

    Seetha Kumar, ScreenSkills
    Jeanott Hutcheson, Raise the Roof
    Claire Scally, TRC Media
    Dario Sinforiani, Stirling University
    Scott Donaldson, Creative Scotland

  • Session 2: Shoot for the Credit

    Time:  11:00 – 12:00

    Scotland has seen major growth in the factual production sector, as existing companies expand and significant new players enter the scene. Can this be the moment where Scotland grows companies of scale with long term ambitions to develop as major forces at UK and international level? What are the barriers to achieving this? Join our powerhouse panel of senior executives as they ponder possible futures.​

    Chair

    Aasmah Mir

    Panellists

    Nick Curwin, Matisse Media
    Natalie Humphreys, Storyboard Studios
    Nicole Kleeman, Firecrest Films
    David Mortimer, STV Productions
    Michael McAvoy, Two Rivers Media

  • Session 3: Telling Our Stories

    Time: 12:00 – 13:00

    The rise of Netflix has seen blockbuster documentaries draw both audiences and headlines with true crime series such as The Jinx, Making a Murderer and The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann. The new BBC Scotland channel has provided a platform for emerging talent with a range of single doc commissions.

    But what about the space in between? What are the new directions of travel for documentary, and are UK broadcasters prepared to be bold about form and content? And can docs on digital platforms attract audiences and make money? Join our panel of producers and commissioners across broadcast and digital to find out.

    Chair

    Harry Bell

    Panellists

    Hamish Ferguson, BBC Documentaries
    Adam Gee, Red Bull Media House
    Georgina Cammallari, Freelance
    Louise Thornton, BBC Scotland

  • Network Lunch

    Time: 13:00 – 14:00

  • Focus on Factual Awards

    Time: 14:00 – 14:45

    Awards ceremony for our student short film competition, Focus on Factual.  Find out who will take home the winning award in the Short and Ultra-Short categories.

  • Session 4: Peak Performance

    Time: 14:45 – 15:45

    For the Scottish factual industry to grow, companies need to win the lucrative prime time commissions that gain revenue and raise profile. STV Productions’ Celebrity Antiques Road Trip and IWC’s Location, Location, Location are long running Scottish success stories in peak, but what are the new ideas that will win more business, and are commissioners prepared to make bold decisions in the crucial battleground of evening viewing? With the inexorable rise in on demand viewing, how much does peak matter? Two of Scotland’s biggest hitters join fresh commissioning talent to discuss.

    Chair

    Muslim Alim

    Panellists

    Mark Downie, IWC Media
    Craig Hunter, STV Productions
    Beejal-Maya Patel, BBC Documentaries
    Will Rowson, Channel 4
    Kate Morey, Channel 5

  • Refreshments

    Time: 15:45 – 16:15

  • Session 5: What’s the Creative Hub 4?

    Time: 16:15 – 17-15

    Session info:  As Channel 4’s Glasgow Creative Hub opens its doors, we talk to the duo leading the Glasgow team, and explore their priorities and approach in the Hub’s first year.

    Chair

    Aasmah Mir

    Panellists

    Jo Street, Channel 4
    Deborah Dunnett, Channel 4

  • After show drinks reception

    Time: 17:15 – 18:00

    Raise a glass to Focus on Scotland 2019.

Alternative programme

  • Masterclass 1: Pitching: Shoot or Kill?

    Time and Location: 11:00 – 12:00, Workhouse

    Presented by: Nicola Lees

    Do you want to know how factual TV/documentary ideas are developed? Do you want to give your idea the best chance of getting commissioned? Nicola Lees has developed hundreds of factual TV proposals, and has been involved in successfully developing and pitching to channels such as BBC, Sky Arts, TLC, Science Channel, Discovery and Real Stories on YouTube.

    In this intensive masterclass you will learn how to: interpret a brief, generate ideas, develop an idea, write a proposal and pitch an idea in a fast-paced, interactive workshop. Bring pens,  paper and get ready to brainstorm ideas in response to a real commissioning brief.

    *Pre-registration required for this masterclass

  • Masterclass 2: Documentary Storytelling

    12:00 – 13:00, Playhouse

    Presented by:  Peter Dale

    Documentaries come in all shapes and sizes; but they all have a set of organising principles that are fundamental, easy to grasp and vital in helping you make sense of your idea.  If you know what they are and how to use them, the problems you encounter throughout the film-making process will be more easily solved.

    In this talk Peter explains the key elements of a good documentary story, how they work and why they matter – from the moment you start production to the final day of the edit.

  • Commissioner Speed Dating

    Workhouse, 13:00 – 13:30

    *Pre-registration required for this session

  • Perfect Pitch

    Workhouse, 14:45 – 16:00

    Students from all over Scotland pitch their ideas for 30 minute documentaries aimed at the BBC Scotland channel.  After impressing our panel of industry judges, the student with the best pitch will win a development session with one of the panel, who will advise on how to take the idea further.

  • Masterclass 3: Seeing the Light

    14:45 – 16:15, Playhouse

    Presented by:  Jonathan Harrison

    This lighting masterclass features the latest and greatest, innovative and creative LED lighting tools to make your documentary and drama shooting experience fast, efficient and high quality driven.  With a live model on stage you will see how to utilise these tools in a way that will help you understand how you can create high quality moody and textured images fast and efficiently as well as learn many important core lighting skills, tricks and tips that will last you a life time.

  • Masterclass 4: Pitching: Shoot or Kill?

    16:15 – 17:15, Workhouse

    Presented by: Nicola Lees

    Do you want to know how factual TV/documentary ideas are developed? Do you want to give your idea the best chance of getting commissioned? Nicola Lees has developed hundreds of factual TV proposals, and has been involved in successfully developing and pitching to channels such as BBC, Sky Arts, TLC, Science Channel, Discovery and Real Stories on YouTube.

    In this intensive masterclass you will learn how to: interpret a brief, generate ideas, develop an idea, write a proposal and pitch an idea in a fast-paced, interactive workshop. Bring pens,  paper and get ready to brainstorm ideas in response to a real commissioning brief.

    *Pre-registration required for this masterclass

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