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FactualWEST is a one-of-a-kind, one day conference for mid-career and senior creators, producers and crew working in factual, lifestyle, reality and documentary television. We bring together top showrunners, broadcasters, creators and producers for a day of workshops designed to help you increase your skills, learn practical tips and get useful insights you can use move your career and your projects forward.

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Saturday, October 21
 

8:30am

Broadcaster Panel
Limited Capacity seats available

Hear the latest in programming trends, network needs and the best way to work with broadcasters, when it comes to pitching, financing, and production.

 


Moderators
avatar for John Ritchie

John Ritchie

President, John Ritchie Productions
With over 25 years of experience in television, John has overseen more than 400 hours of production in various genres, including documentary, factual entertainment, and reality, as well as television movies and scripted drama and comedy series. He was Chief Creative Officer and partner... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Murray Battle

Murray Battle

Director Original Documentaries, Knowledge Network
Murray Battle is the Director of Original Content and Brand at British Columbia’s Knowledge Network.Recent documentary commissions include the series Paramedics: Life on the Line, Living in Hope and the award-winning, Emergency Room: Life and Death at Vancouver General Hospital... Read More →
avatar for Robin Johnston

Robin Johnston

Director, Independent Production, Factual and Reality, Bell Media
As Director, Original Programming, Factual & Reality at Bell Media, Robin Johnston works with Canadian production companies to develop and oversee production of unscripted projects for CTV, CraveTV, and Bell Media’s slate of specialty and digital channels.Based in Halifax, Johnston... Read More →
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Larissa Laycock

Production Executive, Original Factual Content, Corus Entertainment
As a Production Executive for Factual Originals at Corus Entertainment, Larissa oversees programs on History Canada and Global TV including the runaway hit Ice Road Truckers, Bud Dynasty: a series in production that explores the growing marijuana industry in Canada and The World WithoutCanada... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 8:30am - 9:30am
Asia Pacific Hall 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

9:45am

Shooting in S-Log
Limited Capacity seats available

Shooting in S-Log can offer an exceptional look to every show, so come learn everything you need to know about Sony S-log and its workflow. Veteran Production Manager & Producer Janet Kendrick, DOP Carly Plett and Senior Online Editor Larry Di Stephano walk through examples of the work flow used on the hit Discovery series Jade Fever.

Speakers
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Janet Kendrick

Post Production Supervisor, Freelance
avatar for Carly Plett

Carly Plett

Camera Operator, Cosmic Tree Productions Inc.
Carly has been working on Reality/lifestyle documentary programs since graduating BCIT in 2009. After assisting for 5 years she began shooting and found her niche in northern adventure/heavy machinery tv shows such as Yukon Gold, Klondike Trappers, Cabin truckers and Jade Fever.
avatar for Larry Di Stefano

Larry Di Stefano

Senior Online Editor/Colourist, Omnifilm Post
Working as a colourist for over a decade, in post for two, making films for three and fascinated with visual storytelling for four, this is a part of who he’s always been.  From documentary, to animation, to features and series Larry brings his enthusiasm and skill to every project... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
370 HSBC Executive Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

9:45am

The First Cut is the Deepest: Making Strong Edit Choices
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Story editors and editors working on doc series with high footage ratios face a tough challenge cutting hours of tape down to make a solid assembly. Andy Bely offers practical tips on how to make strong edit choices.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Bely

Andy Bely

Editor, Omni
Andy is an editor with 14 years experience editing factual entertainment, documentaries and dramatic films. He has also taught editing workshops for over 10 years. Andy has an MFA in film from American University and has studied film at FAMU, Prague.


Saturday October 21, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
470 Hamber Foundation Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

9:45am

STORYHIVE presents Doing More for Less: Making A Champagne Show on a Beer Budget
Limited Capacity seats available

Budgets are shrinking but broadcasters still expect production values on factual, doc and lifestyle series to stay high. So producers and crew alike need to find savvy ways to cut spending while putting a lot on screen. This session offers tangible tips on budgeting and running a production to make every cent count. Hear first-hand from independent producers on how they are creating content that is broadcast ready, engages audiences and doesn’t break the budget.

Moderators
avatar for Heather Hawthorn Doyle

Heather Hawthorn Doyle

Director/Producer, HHDTV Productions Inc
Heather Hawthorn Doyle is an award-winning producer and director with experience in single and multi-camera television in multiple genres including variety, factual entertainment, news, talk shows, kids and documentaryprogramming.HHD’s producing credits span multiple broadcasters... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Erin Cumming

Erin Cumming

Editor
Erin Cumming has worked as an editor in factual television and film for over ten years. Her work on Ice Pilots garnered her a Canadian Cinema Editors Award for Best Editing. She recently stepped out of the suite and onto set to direct two short documentary films.
avatar for Kate Green

Kate Green

Producer, KGP Films
Kate has been an active content creator for over 17 years working mostly in Lifestyle and factual television as a producer, story producer and director. Her work has aired on various networks such as HGTV, W Network, CBC, History, Fuel TV, and Slice. Kate’s first documentary short... Read More →
avatar for Tony Hrynchuck

Tony Hrynchuck

Producer, Farenheit Films
Since quitting his M.A. is psychology to pursue a career in film, Antonio Hrynchuk has produced and directed many television commercials, music videos, one-off docs and 2 documentary series. Hrynchuk has collaborated with such diverse groups as CMT, The Comedy Network, & Amnesty... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
320 Strategy Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

9:45am

Finding Your Story Engine
Limited Capacity seats available

“We all have ideas.  We all have stories to tell.  But how do we turn that spark of creativity into the creation of an enjoyable, watchable, profitable television (or new media) series?  Is it the characters?  The location?  The story engine?  Or is it simply a matter of timing, relationships, and opportunity?

Most pitches fail.  But a few take flight.  What separates the winners from the losers?  Why do networks embrace some ideas while turning their backs on others.

Don Young has pitched with the best of them.  He’s taken pitches.  He’s given pitches.  He’s spent millions of dollars as a network commissioning editor.  And most remarkable of all, he’s stayed in business as an independent producer for 30 years.

This seminar discusses how story sense and common sense combine with business sense … to earn dollars and cents.

Speakers
avatar for Don Young

Don Young

President, Those Canadians Media Group
President of ‘Those Canadians Media Group’.   We produce music docs, lifestyle, sports, and Virtual Reality content.  Facebook is our most active client. Executive Producer London Olympic Games.  2012 Executive Producer Vancouver Winter Games. 2010. Writer/director for... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 9:45am - 10:45am
420 Strategy Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

10:45am

Break
Saturday October 21, 2017 10:45am - 11:00am
3rd and 4th Floor Foyers

11:00am

The Art of Interviewing
Limited Capacity seats available

Interviewing is harder than it looks, so Kelly McClughan will offer her insights on some of the most common questions on how to conduct a focused interview. How do you gain trust and get the story? What are the tricks of the trade when it comes to getting a great interview? If you ever find yourself interacting with on camera talent then this is a great session for you.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly McClughan

Kelly McClughan

VP Production, Great Pacific Media
As a producer, director, writer and show runner, Kelly has filmed in challenging circumstances and locations. Her work has chiefly involved documentary, factual series, and lifestyle programming. Before embarking on an independent career, she was a news and current affairs journalist... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
420 Strategy Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

11:00am

Vancouver Post Alliance presents Exploring Similarities & Differences in Factual and Drama Post Production Workflow
Limited Capacity filling up

Moderators
avatar for Suzanne Thompson

Suzanne Thompson

VP, Sales Deluxe Entertainment, Deluxe Entertainment
Suzanne Thompson has over 20 years’ experience as a post-production & VFX sales executive for film, television, and commercials. Over the years, she has been a very active industry leader. She sits as an executive board member of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jenypher Fisher

Jenypher Fisher

Editor / Writer, Field & Post Board Member
Jenypher is a Vancouver based editor & story editor, working mainly in factual and documentary storytelling.  Recent series include WILD BEAR RESCUE (Animal Planet / Discovery), THIS IS HIGH SCHOOL (CBC Television), EXPECTING! (UPtv), YUKON GOLD (History), ER: Life & Death... Read More →
avatar for James Ilecic

James Ilecic

Editor, Freelance
James Ilecic has been working in post production for over 25 years in Canada and the US. His body of work includes editing drama, comedy, action and music. He's an original member of the Canadian Cinema Editors association, and is currently working on season 3 of the comedy series... Read More →
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Rehan Khokhar

Assistant Editor
avatar for Kerry McDowall

Kerry McDowall

Kerry McDowall has been working in Vancouver’s post-production sector for the past 15 years.  She has been working primarily for production companies as an Associate Producer/Post Production Supervisor, though she had also spent two years working at CG/VFX House as an Executive... Read More →
avatar for Chris McIntosh

Chris McIntosh

Audio architect/President, Postal Audio
Chris McIntosh is an award-winning Sound Re-Recording Mixer and Sound Supervisor for film, television, virtual reality, and music productions. As well, he is the owner and audio director of Postal Audio, an audio design and mix facility in Vancouver.  Chris has worked on such projects... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
470 Hamber Foundation Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

11:00am

Getting Access to Difficult Worlds
Limited Capacity seats available

Getting a factual show greenlight can often depend on access to a new unseen world. But gaining and keeping access to these environments can be an exercise in dealing with red tape, politics and risk-aversion. Join executive producer Rob Bromley (Border Security, Keeping Canada Alive) and entertaiment lawyer Kyle Fogden (Chandler Fogden Aldus) as they discuss their experiences of gaining trust and access to difficult worlds.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Bromley

Rob Bromley

Vice-Chair, Creative BC
As President and Partner of Force Four Entertainment, Rob was an Executive Producer of more than 400 hours of factual and scripted television.Many of those series including Border Security - Canada and America; Keeping Canada Alive and Keeping Canada Safe relied on gaining access... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Fogden

Kyle Fogden

Lawyer, Chandler Fogden Aldous Entertainment Law
Kyle Fogden is a founding partner of Chandler Fogden Aldous Entertainment Law. He advises independent television and film production companies in development, financing, production, distribution, and intellectual property matters. Kyle has acted as production counsel on a variety... Read More →
avatar for Marlene Rodgers

Marlene Rodgers

Story Editor, Writer, Producer
Marlene Rodgers is a writer, producer and story editor who has worked in factual, documentary and drama.  She has story edited on numerous series including KEEPING CANADA ALIVE and MURDER SHE SOLVED.  As a senior story producer on KEEPING CANADA SAFE, she was part of a team that... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
320 Strategy Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

11:00am

Notes: The Art of Giving Them and Taking Them
Limited Capacity full
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Notes are a critical part of making great TV. But they can be hard to get and challenging to give. Using scenes as examples, CTV’s Robin Johnston and Trish Dolman from Screen Siren, will walk through the notes process, touching on why networks and senior producers give the notes they do; the secrets of giving great notes; how to deal with notes you don’t like or agree with; and how the notes process can make TV better.

Speakers
avatar for Trish Dolman

Trish Dolman

Founder and President, Screen Siren Pictures
Trish Dolman, Screen Siren Pictures As the founder and president of Screen Siren Pictures, Trish Dolman has over twenty-five years experience in professional filmmaking and has collaborated with some of Canada’s foremost producers, directors, screenwriters, editors and production... Read More →
avatar for Robin Johnston

Robin Johnston

Director, Independent Production, Factual and Reality, Bell Media
As Director, Original Programming, Factual & Reality at Bell Media, Robin Johnston works with Canadian production companies to develop and oversee production of unscripted projects for CTV, CraveTV, and Bell Media’s slate of specialty and digital channels.Based in Halifax, Johnston... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
370 HSBC Executive Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

12:00pm

Lunch
Saturday October 21, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
ICBC Concourse

1:00pm

Augmented Reality: Shooting and Telling Stories in VR
Limited Capacity seats available

Factual and documentary stories are being told in many different formats and immersing yourself in the worlds they explore can have lasting impact on your audiences. Join Senior Vice President of Content from Secret Location, Eric Shamlin as he discusses the in’s and out’s of three recent documentary VR projects from Secret Location. How do you serve the story in VR? What are some of the obstacles in the technology and production?

Speakers
avatar for Eric Shamlin

Eric Shamlin

SVP Managing Director, Secret Location
Eric W. Shamlin is SVP Managing Director of Secret Location (an Entertainment One company).  Secret Location is a recognized pioneer in emerging mediums having recently won the first Emmy for VR, the first Peabody for VR and launching the first-ever VR/TV hybrid series.   Prior... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
420 Strategy Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

1:00pm

How To Make Your Sizzle Reel, Sizzle!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

If you have a great idea for a show one of the first things a production company or broadcaster will ask is to see tape. Join VPA member Alec Richardson as he dissects the all important sizzle reel. Learn how to make your sizzle reel…SIZZLE!

Speakers
avatar for Alec MacNeill Richardson

Alec MacNeill Richardson

Director, Eager Beaver Media Inc.
Alec has worked as an editor and director in Vancouver for the past 20 years. He is the owner of Eager Beaver Media Inc which specializes in the creation and editing of promos, sizzle reels and trailers. Recent credits include Director and Editor on Season 3 of Salt, Fresh and Field... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
470 Hamber Foundation Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

1:00pm

Telling Stories Across Multiple Platforms
Limited Capacity seats available

You have a great series but need to know how to extend your reach and craft compelling stories for various social media platforms. Learn how to plan for 360-degree content and social media, from prep through to distribution, including creating content for alternative platforms like Dotstudios.

Speakers
avatar for Selena Paskalidis

Selena Paskalidis

Co-Founder, CFO & Head of Content, dotstudioPRO
Selena Paskalidis has over 10 years of experience in film, television and digital production, as well as creating financial and operational business models in tech and entertainment. At dotstudioPRO, she deals with all aspects of the business and manages dotstudioPRO's financials... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Williamson

Andrew Williamson

Producer/Director, Off Island Media
Andrew Williamson is a seasoned producer and director who started OFF ISLAND in 1999 to create content with purpose. He executive produced the critically acclaimed doc-series Emergency Room: Life & Death at VGH for The Knowledge Network/Discovery and High Moon, a pilot co-venture... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
320 Strategy Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

1:00pm

Storytelling in the Field
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Shooters are increasingly being asked to direct, and more and more “one man bands” are covering story in the field. This session offers tips to help DOPs follow the puck in the field: making sure they have the stories covered, and that they’ve got the set-up and beginning and endings of scenes.

Speakers
avatar for Sean White

Sean White

Cinematographer
Sean F. White is an award-winning photographer, cinematographer and film director whose assignments and personal projects take him to all corners of the globe. He began his professional career in 1997 as a news photographer combining imagery and storytelling in a high-pressure environment... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
370 HSBC Executive Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

2:00pm

Break
Saturday October 21, 2017 2:00pm - 2:15pm
3rd and 4th Floor Foyers

2:15pm

Introduction to 360 Cameras and 360 Filming
Limited Capacity seats available

Two years ago Andrew Sims was a series director, DOP and showrunner in Toronto’s film and tv industry.  Today, he’s working in 360 filming and VR. In this session Andrew will explain how you too can transition from traditional 2D Media into 360 filming and what the future holds for the 360/VR/AR industries. He’ll also offer an overview of how 360 filming works, the lenses and camera systems involved, and post workflow. As an added bonus, he’s brought along Jonny6, the motion capture system his company Better Corners has created.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Sims

Andrew Sims

Co-Founder, Better Corners
Andrew Sims is an acclaimed Series Director, Producer and DOP with credits that span commercials, music videos, documentary, television programming, and virtual reality. Recent clients include HGTV,Food Network, Bravo, Vice, Samsung, BBDO and Lincoln Luxury Cars.In 2016 Andrew co-founded... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
470 Hamber Foundation Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

2:15pm

Finale Post Production presents 2018 – A Post Odyssey
Limited Capacity seats available

With ever-changing field production technology featuring higher resolution and high dynamic range driving new post workflows and changing network deliveries, how will editorial and finishing teams “fix it in post” for the future? Our panel will review some of the changes you can expect to see with new apps, workflows, and technology in post.

Moderators
avatar for Don Thompson

Don Thompson

President, Finale Post
Don Thompson is a seasoned Entrepreneur and Editor, and over the course of his successful career he’s also worked as a Producer, Director, Post Supervisor, Cameraman and Technical Director.Don launched FINALÉ during the late 1980s to provide a fresh creative alternative to traditional... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Boettcher

Chris Boettcher

Finishing Editor/Smoke Artist, Finale Post Production
Finishing editor Chris Boettcher got his start in the business 15 years ago shooting TV spots and music videos. He is a skilled Smoke, Lustre and DaVinci artist, and has worked at several Vancouver post facilities as Colourist, Editor, Compositor and VFX Supervisor. Exciting finishing... Read More →
avatar for Graham Kew

Graham Kew

Editor/Filmmaker
Graham Kew is a Vancouver based Editor. Recently, he wrapped up story producing and editing the new AMC docu-series, “Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics”. He cut his teeth on episodes of the critically-acclaimed, Knowledge Network docu-series "Emergency Room: Life + Death... Read More →
avatar for Julia Niendorf

Julia Niendorf

Sr. Project Manager, Finale Post
Julia is a talented Project Manager and Post Supervisor who has successfully battled through the world of post-production, whether it’s tight deadlines, unlocked cuts or render errors, for over 10 years. Her first job was in Los Angeles working late at night transcribing reality... Read More →

Sponsors


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
370 HSBC Executive Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

2:15pm

The Changing State of Documentary and Factual Financing
Limited Capacity filling up

CMF funding is a key ingredient to most Factual and documentary television shows. Join XXX as they give an overview of their programs and discuss some of the top mistakes producers make when filling out applications.

Speakers
avatar for Sasha Dryden

Sasha Dryden

Business Analyst, Telefilm Canada
Sasha Dryden is a Business Analyst in the Canada Media Fund – Program Administration department atTelefilm Canada where she has worked since 2001. Sasha has had the opportunity to work in several departments of the organization which has afforded her the ability to establish strong... Read More →

Sponsors

Saturday October 21, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
420 Strategy Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

2:15pm

What Does It Mean To Be A Storyteller
Limited Capacity filling up

We’re all in this business because we love to be storytellers. But what does that mean? Executive Producer Beth Wichterich’s - whose credits include Swamp People (History US), Yukon Gold (History Canada), Cold Water Cowboys (Discovery Canada) and First in Human (Discovery US) - discusses the art of storytelling.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Wichterich

Beth Wichterich

Executive Producer/ Show Runner
Emmy Award-winning Television Producer responsible for 100’s of hours of prime-time network television over the last 20 years. EP/showrunner responsible for all aspects of creating original TV series including envisioning the concept for the series, pitching and selling the concept... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
320 Strategy Room 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

3:15pm

Break
Saturday October 21, 2017 3:15pm - 3:30pm
3rd and 4th Floor Foyers

3:30pm

Case Study of a Netflix Show: The Keepers
Limited Capacity filling up

When the Netflix-original series The Keepers was released this May, it didn’t take long for the series to become a critically acclaimed hit. Emmy nominated Executive Producer Jessica Hargrave takes us through the process of developing and producing this unique true crimes series The Keepers, and talks about how creating the series for a streaming service influenced their creative and production choices.

Moderators
avatar for Cheryl Binning

Cheryl Binning

Showrunner, Anaid Productions
Cheryl Binning is a writer, showrunner, and producer with a background in journalism.Currently showrunning the new documentary series Move It! (working title) for AMI TV, Cheryl was Series Producer of Yukon Gold (History-Season 5), and Senior Story Editor/Top Writer on season 4 of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Hargrave

Jessica Hargrave

Producer, Tripod Media
Jessica Hargrave is a documentary producer based in Los Angeles. She is the executive producer of The Keepers (Netflix), producer/writer of Good Ol’ Freda (Magnolia), co-producer of The Case Against 8 (HBO), and producer of marketing and distribution for Pelada (PBS/Cinetic). She... Read More →


Saturday October 21, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Asia Pacific Hall 580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3

4:30pm

Networking Reception
Saturday October 21, 2017 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Samuel and Frances Belzberg Atrium