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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


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.

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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 →

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Erin Cumming

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.
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Kate Green

Executive 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 →
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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


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.

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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 →
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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 →
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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


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.

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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 →
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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


The Changing State of Documentary and Factual Financing
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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.

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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 →


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


Case Study of a Netflix Show: The Keepers
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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.

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Cheryl Binning

Showrunner, Freelance
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 →

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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