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Factual programming at Banff

Television execs and producers the world over will be hitting the road and heading to Alberta, Canada this weekend for the Banff World Television Festival. Here, realscreen sums up the documentary and factual-based content to be found at the event.
June 3, 2009

Television execs and producers the world over will be hitting the road and heading to Alberta, Canada this weekend for the Banff World Television Festival. Here, realscreen sums up the documentary and factual-based content to be found at the event.

While the Banff World Television Festival offers a variety of sessions on dramatic and children’s programming, there are also a fair amount of talks that will be useful to reality and factual broadcasters and producers. For instance, on day two, three TV execs and one producer will be discussing the forecast for lifestyle and reality programming. Moderated by realscreen editor Barry Walsh, panelists such as Clare Laycock, head of UKTV channels Really & Home; Emily Morgan, VP content for Canwest’s Food Network, Fine Living and Discovery Health; Kent Takano, VP programming for Scripps’ Fine Living Network and Scott Sternberg, CEO and Founder of Scott Sternberg Productions, will discuss the next trends in lifestyle and reality programming and how the economy is affecting these types of shows.

Also in the reality vein, within a series of sessions called ‘The Craft’ focusing on the process behind the making of specific shows, Sam Mettler and Colleen Conway will go behind the scenes of their program Intervention. In this session the two creators will discuss the ethics, responsibilities and balance they must strike when working on a program about people with addictions, as well as how this show fits into the television landscape.

Mid-day on day three the NFB will host a lunch during which government film commissioner and NFB chairperson Tom Perlmutter, director general of NFB French program Monique Simard and assistant director of digital content and strategy for NFB English program Rob McLaughlin will talk about the future of documentary through two NFB docs made specifically for the web.

Also on the schedule are sessions looking at how broadcasters and producers can use online and digital to their advantage, making crossplatform productions and, as part of the sister conference nextMEDIA, a session on mastering the art of immersive entertainment.

During the festival, awards will be given out for the Interactive Awards and the Banff World Television Awards on June 6 and 7 respectively. During the latter, docs and factual specials will be awarded in the following categories: arts and performing arts docs, environmental programs, history and biography programs, investigative and current affairs programs, lifestyle and information programs, political documentaries, popular science and technology programs, reality format programs, social and humanitarian programs, sports documentaries and wildlife and natural history programs. For a full list of nominees visit http://www.banff2009.com/media.releases.php?mid=50

For the full schedule of events visit: http://www.banff2009.com/schedule.php

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