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Friday, November 5
 

1:00pm PDT

Buyer Panel

Join moderator Deb Wainwright for a candid discussion with some of Canada's broadcasters on how they are now developing Canadian IP.  

Moderators
avatar for Rob Hardy

Rob Hardy

President, Fireworks Media Group
Robert Hardy is President, Canada of Fireworks Media Group. A seasoned television writer andproducer, he is also the producer and showrunner of Fireworks’ hit History Channel / Netflixdocumentary series Big Timber; producer and executive producer of HGTV’s The PamelaAnderson Home... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Heather Williamson

Heather Williamson

Production Executive, Original Programming, Factual & Reality, Bell Media
As Production Executive for Bell Media’s Original Programming, Factual and Reality,  Heather Williamson oversees a production and development slate that includes the Discovery Canada hit series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: SECRET HISTORY, as well... Read More →
avatar for Christina Willings

Christina Willings

Producer, TELUS STORYHIVE
Christina is Snr Production Executive with the TELUS original team, which funds independently produced mid-length and long form documentaries and doc series for TELUS Optik VOD and web platforms.Recent TELUS original titles include Dark Cloud:  The High Cost of Cyberbullying... Read More →
avatar for Brad Danks

Brad Danks

OUTtv Media Global Inc.
Since 2016, Brad Danks, J.D, has been the CEO of OUTtv Media Global Inc., ("OMG") theworld's largest producer and aggregator of original LGBTQ+ film and television content.Brad began his career as an entertainment lawyer with a distinguished practice thatincluded working for many US and International Studios, Broadcasters and Financiers ofentertainment content. He joined... Read More →
avatar for Kathleen Meek

Kathleen Meek

Manager, Original Content, Scripted and Factual, Corus
Kathleen Meek is Manager, Original Content, Scripted and Factual for Corus Entertainment. Inthis capacity, she is responsible for a portfolio of original scripted and factual series for GlobalTelevision, History® Canada, Showcase, Adult Swim and W. She is Production Executive onGlobal’s... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Asia Pacific Hall Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

2:00pm PDT

Master Class: Ethics in Writing & Documentary Storytelling

*Note this class requires a separate ticket that must be booked through Eventbrite and will be delivered by Zoom.

Join writting instructor at Kings University Wanda Taylor on this deep dive into the ethics of writting. In this master class you will be examining real life dilemmas with examples pulled from Wanda's own film career. You will be engaged with interactive discussion around experiences and evaluating solutions. Topics will include- Whose voice is missing from the narractive, Apprpriation vs Creative Freedom, ethical considerations that impact communities, what are the short and long term effects of documentary storytelling on under-represented communities.

Speakers
avatar for Wanda Taylor Diggs

Wanda Taylor Diggs

Wanda Taylor is an Author, Screenwriter, Educator, and Journalist with credits in front of and behind the camera. Wanda has worked in the industry over the past 15 years, with roles that span across film, television, and documentary. She has also crossed into the literary field, as... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 420 Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

2:00pm PDT

Master Class: YouTube - How to Leverage Social Media to get Big Results

*Note this class requires a separate ticket that can be purchased via Eventbrite.

Over 300 hours of content is uploaded to Youtube every minute, with most of it never reaching more than a few hundred people. How do you stand out against the infinite options people have when they are scrolling through the abyss? This talk will outline the tangible things you can do as a video producer, media company or Youtube creator to stand out, increase your chances of success and get VIEWS.  




Key Takeaways
  • Basics of Youtube’s Algorithm
  • Importance of Thumbnails and Core Design Tips
  • Provide Tools for Targeted Keywords
  • Pre-Production Strategies for Getting Views
  • Leveraging Other Social Media Outlets  
  • How to Use Google Adwords effectively



Speakers
avatar for Stephen Robinson

Stephen Robinson

YouTube Creator, Producer, Writer
Stephen Robinson is a Youtube Creator, Producer and Writer with expertise in creating high quality, comedic, educational content for digital platforms. In the past 6 years, he has produced, written and edited over 200 super great (trust me) videos for VOD services and YouTube other... Read More →


Friday November 5, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Room 470 Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

2:30pm PDT

Pitch Sessions

Have a project you'd like to pitch? Sign up for this pitch session and then complete this google form by October 28th. Accepted pitch applicants will be notified on November 1st with their slot time. Please note* there are limited spots available. You can apply to pitch to more than one broadcaster. Current broadcasters include Corus, Bell, Knowledge Network, Outtv and TELUS Originals.


Friday November 5, 2021 2:30pm - 3:45pm PDT
ICBC Concourse Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

4:00pm PDT

In Conversation with FactualWEST Impact Award Winner

Moderators
Speakers

Friday November 5, 2021 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Asia Pacific Hall Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

5:00pm PDT

Friday Kick Off Reception with FactualWEST Impact Award Winner

TGIF! Join us for our kick-off reception and start your weekend off on the right note!
Sponsored by Fireworks Media Group


Friday November 5, 2021 5:00pm - 6:00pm PDT
ICBC Concourse Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue
 
Saturday, November 6
 

9:30am PDT

Keynote

Speakers
avatar for Robin Esrock

Robin Esrock

Travel Writer and TV Host
Robin Esrock’s success as a global adventurer, travel writer, bestselling author, and international TV personality is no accident — although it did start with one. After a bike accident left him with a modest insurance settlement, Esrock quit his job to set off on a one-year... Read More →


Saturday November 6, 2021 9:30am - 10:15am PDT
Asia Pacific Hall Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

10:15am PDT

Break

Saturday November 6, 2021 10:15am - 10:30am PDT

10:30am PDT

"Real" Casting

Join us for a live streamed conversation with multi-Emmy award winning casting director- Executive Vice President, Casting & Talent | ITV America, Danielle Gervais. With more than a decade of experience developing and packaging talent for unscripted television, Gervais’s credits for ITV America include CBS’s Love Island, FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen and The Four, HISTORY’s Pawn Stars and Forged in Fire, and FYI’s Tiny House Nation, among many more. Gervais oversees the largest in house casting department in unscripted. Join us for this candid talk about her career path, her approach in finding the next big reality star and what you need to think about when packaging the next hit show. Guest will be joining via Zoom.

Moderators
avatar for Ed de Rivaz

Ed de Rivaz

SVP Development, Great Pacific Media
Ed has over a decade of broad experience developing and producing factual content in Canada and the United States. As an executive producer at History Channel US he developed original series and oversaw legacy shows including Ax Men, Doomsday: 10 Ways The World Will End, Milwaukee... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Gervais

Danielle Gervais

Executive Vice President, Casting & Talent, ITV America
Danielle Gervais is executive vice president of casting and talent at ITV America, servicing current series and development across the company’s six vertical production labels – ITV Entertainment, Leftfield Pictures, Sirens Media, Thinkfactory Media, High Noon Entertainment and... Read More →


Saturday November 6, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Asia Pacific Hall Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

10:30am PDT

Case Study: Deadman's Curse - Indigenous Access/Storytelling

Join the cast and producers of Deadman's Curse (new, History Channel) APTN’s Queen of the Oil Patch, and Dr. Savannah: Wild Rose Vet (new, APTN/Blue Ant) along with Cultural Heritage Consultant Gail Starr, as they discuss the right way to approach telling Indigenous stories and gaining access to traditional lands. The importance of building trust and partnerships for these productions and others is pivotal in the storytelling and this session will give insight into the behind the scenes work done by both the cultural monitors, cast and the producers, as well as lessons learned. 



Moderators
avatar for Dana Johl

Dana Johl

Great Pacific Media

Speakers
avatar for Neil Zyderduyn

Neil Zyderduyn

Line Producer, Great Pacific Media
Neil Zuyderduyn has 15+ years experience in the television industry. He is currently the Line Producer of Deadman’s Curse for History Canada and Supervising Producer of Mud Mountain Haulers for Discovery Canada. Early in his career, he spent a year and a half in Central America... Read More →
avatar for Don Froese

Don Froese

Cast, Deadman's Curse
avatar for Taylor Starr

Taylor Starr

Cast, Deadman's Curse
avatar for Adam Palmer

Adam Palmer

Cast, Deadman's Curse
avatar for Gail Starr

Gail Starr

Cultural Heritage Consultant


Saturday November 6, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Room 420 Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

10:30am PDT

Writing for Different Mediums

Are you thinking ahead about what platforms or mediums your story could land on? What are the elements that you should be gathering along the way as you write or create your project. Join Wanda Taylor as she helps you get the most from your project and stretch it's reach.

Speakers
avatar for Wanda Taylor Diggs

Wanda Taylor Diggs

Wanda Taylor is an Author, Screenwriter, Educator, and Journalist with credits in front of and behind the camera. Wanda has worked in the industry over the past 15 years, with roles that span across film, television, and documentary. She has also crossed into the literary field, as... Read More →


Saturday November 6, 2021 10:30am - 11:30am PDT
Room 320 Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

11:30am PDT

Break

Saturday November 6, 2021 11:30am - 11:45am PDT

11:45am PDT

Case Study: To Catch & Kill with Fenton Bailey

Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes is 6 x 30-minute docuseries will focus on Farrow’s interviews with whistleblowers, journalists, private investigators and others. It is billed as an expansion of the book and podcast series, the former of which played a major role in the downfall of disgraced film mogul Harvey Weinstein. Hear first hand from Emmy award-winning director Fenton Bailey on how this show came together and landed in your ears and on screen. Guest will be joining via Zoom.

Moderators
avatar for Sheona McDonald

Sheona McDonald

Sheona has worked in the Canadian film & television industry as a writer, producer and director, for over two decades. Recent films include Into Light, Dead Man’s Switch a crypto mystery, Candice, A Short Essay on Men, and Inside Her Sex. She is currently working on a new draft... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Francy Kachler

Francy Kachler

Producer & Writer
Francisca Kachler is a Los Angeles based documentary film and television editor and producer with over 15 years of experience. Her latest project "Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes" marks her 9th collaboration with award winning documentary filmmakers Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey... Read More →
avatar for Fenton Bailey

Fenton Bailey

Co-Founder, World of Wonder
Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato are the co-founders of the innovative and Emmy® Award winning production company, World of Wonder Productions.Together, they have produced and directed award-winning films and documentaries such as Catch and Kill: the Podcast Tapes with Ronan Farrow... Read More →


Saturday November 6, 2021 11:45am - 1:00pm PDT
Asia Pacific Hall Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

11:45am PDT

Short form Storytelling in Factual

Case Study of the award-winning factual series "Frick, I Love Nature" with Stephen Robinson (Creator/Writer/Producer) & Gordie Lucius (Creator/Writer/Host).

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Chow

Sarah Chow

Producer, Story Editor
Sarah Chow is a Scientist turned Story Editor and Producer, who has worked in all roles of television, from battling the winter months in the field for Discovery Channel's Highway Thru Hell to telling stories of dream homes come true in HGTV's Save My Reno. She is passionate about... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Robinson

Stephen Robinson

YouTube Creator, Producer, Writer
Stephen Robinson is a Youtube Creator, Producer and Writer with expertise in creating high quality, comedic, educational content for digital platforms. In the past 6 years, he has produced, written and edited over 200 super great (trust me) videos for VOD services and YouTube other... Read More →
avatar for Gordie Lucius

Gordie Lucius

Creator, Comedian, Writer
Gordie Lucius is a creator, comedian, writer and most recently has become the host of thetotally wild and out there comedic natural history webseries Frick, I Love Nature which is inproduction with CBC Gem. In the series Gordie uses jokes, puppetry, and blind enthusiasm toeducate... Read More →


Saturday November 6, 2021 11:45am - 1:00pm PDT
Room 320 Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

11:45am PDT

How Streaming is Changing Production

Speakers
avatar for Brad Danks

Brad Danks

OUTtv Media Global Inc.
Since 2016, Brad Danks, J.D, has been the CEO of OUTtv Media Global Inc., ("OMG") theworld's largest producer and aggregator of original LGBTQ+ film and television content.Brad began his career as an entertainment lawyer with a distinguished practice thatincluded working for many US and International Studios, Broadcasters and Financiers ofentertainment content. He joined... Read More →
avatar for Jesse Fawcett

Jesse Fawcett

CEO & Executive Producer, Fireworks Media Group
Founded in 2021 by CEO and Executive Producer Jesse Fawcett, Fireworks Media Group is anaward-winning independent North American production company with more than 25 years ofexperience in creating and producing premium content spanning blue chip documentaries,television dramas, animation... Read More →


Saturday November 6, 2021 11:45am - 1:00pm PDT
Room 420 Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

1:00pm PDT

Networking Lunch

Saturday November 6, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
ICBC Concourse Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

2:00pm PDT

Between Two Showrunners

Join two showrunners as they discuss their jobs, biggest successes and failures, learn what they want in a team and how they got their big break. Ever want to be a fly on the wall? This is your chance to listen in.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Tomlinson

Nicole Tomlinson

Showrunner, Great Pacific Media
Nicole Tomlinson has worked in factual television for 15 years, in production and post-production, on unscripted and scripted shows. Her focus is character-driven entertainment with technical elements, including Yukon Gold, Airshow, Hell Below and Battle Castle. On Highway Thru... Read More →
avatar for Geoffrey Sharp

Geoffrey Sharp

Showrunner
Geoffrey Sharp has more than thirty-five years of experience in the entertainment business. Hehas worked as a director, writer, producer and showrunner. His original training was as anactor, appearing in the original Broadway and National Tours of Brighton Beach Memoirs andBiloxi... Read More →


Saturday November 6, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Asia Pacific Hall Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

2:00pm PDT

Landscape of Canadian Podcasting

Lauren Bercovitch from Kelly & Kelly, one of Canada's most successful podcast companies, will take you through the basics of podcasting: from development to distribution, how to get a podcast financed, and why podcasts should be used for IP development.        

Speakers
avatar for Lauren Bercovitch

Lauren Bercovitch

Head of Production, Kelly & Kelly
Head of Production at beloved creative studio Kelly&Kelly, Lauren Bercovitch has over 15 years of production experience across television, film, web and podcasts. In addition to producing Indiewire Best of 2019 podcast This Sounds Serious, Lauren leads audio productions featuring... Read More →


Saturday November 6, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 420 Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

2:00pm PDT

Optioning IP- Business Affairs

Someone wants to option your IP, or you have found a book or podcast you want to develop. Now what? What are the deal points you should be aware of? Join Lawyer Heather Watts as she outlines some of the things you should be aware of as you develop or pitch the next big hit show!  

Speakers
avatar for Heather Watt

Heather Watt

Lawyer
Heather received her JD from the University of Victoria in 2012 and began practicing entertainment law in Vancouver in 2013, assisting clients with all aspects of the production process, including drafting agreements and negotiating the hiring of actors, writers, and directors, preparing... Read More →


Saturday November 6, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Room 320 Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

3:00pm PDT

Break

Saturday November 6, 2021 3:00pm - 3:15pm PDT

3:15pm PDT

Case Study: Up & Vanished with Donald Albright & Payne Lindsey

Join us on the main stage at the end of the day for an intimate conversation with Executive Producers Donald Albright and Payne Lindsey from the Atlanta based creative content company, Tenderfoot TV. They will discuss the rise of their pod cast company and the various series such as the hit show Up & Vanished which started the trajectory of the company. Recently, Up and Vanished was produced for the Oxygen network. If you've ever wanted to be inspired to just take a chance and tell your story, this is the session for you. 

Speakers
avatar for Kate Green

Kate Green

Executive Producer, Kate Green Productions
avatar for Payne Lindsey

Payne Lindsey

Co-founder, Tenderfoot TV
Payne Lindsey is an Atlanta-based director, award-winning documentary filmmaker, and the co-creator and host of the hit podcasts “Up and Vanished”, “Atlanta Monster, “ “Dead and Gone” and “Radio Rental”. In 2016, Lindsey launched Atlanta-based content creation co... Read More →
avatar for Donald Albright

Donald Albright

President and Co-Founder, Tenderfoot TV
California native Donald Albright is an entrepreneur, producer and co-founder of Atlanta-based content creation company, Tenderfoot TV.In 2016, Albright joined friend and music video director Payne Lindsey to launch Tenderfoot TV, a content creation company that works with fellow creators to bring stories to life through an array of entertainment media -- including podcasts, live shows, television, film, and other digi... Read More →


Saturday November 6, 2021 3:15pm - 4:30pm PDT
Asia Pacific Hall Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue

4:30pm PDT

FactualWEST Mixer

Saturday November 6, 2021 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
ICBC Concourse Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue