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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


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.

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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


Notes: The Art of Giving Them and Taking Them
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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.

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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 →
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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


Storytelling in the Field
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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.

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Sean White

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


What Does It Mean To Be A Storyteller
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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.

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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