The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) is making its move into factual television and formats, slotting National Geographic Channels CEO David Lyle as the event’s keynote speaker.
The new factual division, announced in September, will be overseen by AIDC executive director, Joost den Hartog, and market and international relationships manager, Caroline Man.
Lyle’s keynote address, meanwhile, will kick off the AIDC and spotlight the healthy state of the factual content industry.
Lyle oversees all of the National Geographic channels, including Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo, and National Geographic Channel, which are jointly owned by Fox Networks Group and the National Geographic Society. He previously served as the president of Fox Look, and the Fox Reality Channel, and has held senior executive positions at FremantleMedia.
“David is a highly celebrated television executive with a great track record in Australia and overseas,” said Joost den Hartog. “David’s keynote coincides with AIDC’s expansion into broader factual content genres and highlights AIDC’s ambition to stimulate Australia.”
Lyle added: “I am delighted to talk at AIDC in Adelaide about the world of unscripted television. From one-off specials and documentaries, to factual entertainment series, it is the most vibrant and rapidly changing part of the TV landscape, and one of the most lucrative.”
AIDC has also secured participation from Germany’s ProSiebenSat1, Dutch format agency Absolutely Independent and Australia’s The Nine Network for its new factual market program.