The World’s most inventive and pro-active television comes to town

The World’s most inventive and pro-active television comes to town May 7 – 11, 2012

INPUT, television industry’s most free thinking television event, [See From Zimbabwe to Australia: Stephen Chigorimbo on the International Public Television event] today announced the program for the 2012 conference, to be held in Australia in May for the first time in its 35 year history.

From May 7 – 11, at the Entertainment Quarter, Fox Studios, INPUT SYDNEY will screen and debate 90 hours of programming from more than 30 countries to around 800 delegates, including some 300 international guests, made up of acquisitions and commissioning executives, independent production companies and program makers from around the globe.

Abi Morgan. Britain's busiest writer (image by The Guardian)

The selected programs represent some of the most inventive and provocative television productions broadcast over the past year. They represent all genres – Cultural Entertainment and Arts, Current Affairs and Factual, Fiction including Single dramas, Series and Scripted Comedy and  Cross platform/Cross Media Projects.

The range of programs includes The Hour, a BBC period drama executive produced and written by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Shame); the controversial US production (PBS) Wham! Bam! Islam!  – is it propaganda, is it educational, is it supporting an honourable cause?; three high-end multi-platform projects from ARTE  (Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne), a Franco-German culture TV network; the hilarious South Korean environmental doco Toilets to the Rescue; and TV!TV!TV! from Denmark which looks at what happens  to a  television format when it travels to a completely different culture.

The screenings are scheduled into a variety of sessions such as Comedy!  Niche Is Coming And It’s Serious, Is The Web The Future Of Documentaries, The Art of Blending (or how might TV formats morph Arts programming into something new); Documentaries – When Do You Turn Off The Camera; Youth Quest: Can Public Television Ever Be Cool, The Thrill of TV Political Drama and Fresh Fiction – Join-In Dramas, Soap Noirs And Other Buzz Creators.

The program will feature six screenings daily, each followed by a discussion session with the program makers and/or commissioners.  Four of the six screenings will have a specific content focus. The remaining two screening s will be the traditional INPUT mixed genre sessions.

“INPUT really is unlike any other screen industry or event we’ve ever seen in Australia with a screening schedule that’s eclectic, challenging, exciting and original.  Screenings are followed by Q&A sessions and debates with the program makers who ‘tell it like it is’ – what inspired them, the challenges they faced, and the eternal quest to find the new,” says INPUT SYDNEY’s Julia Overton.

Julia’s fellow organiser Graeme Isaac points to the opportunity for independent program makers  to meet television acquisitions and commissioning executives who often don’t attend other international broadcasting conferences, and to get a better understanding of what drives the programming policies of both domestic and overseas networks.

Already confirmed to attend are Maren Niemeyer, Head of TV and radio-department at the Goethe Institute Headquarters in Munich; Stefano Semeria, Head of Programming TV, SRF, Zurich; Richard Saiz , Manager Open Call, Programming Department ITVS USA;  Alex Shprintzen, Producer current affairs and documentaries CBC Canada; Liselott Forsman, Commissioning Editor TV Drama YLE Finland and Chair of the Fiction Group of the European Broadcasting Union; Shigenori MizunoSenior Producer, NHK Japan’s News Features Production Centre; Cornelius Conrad, Germany, Commissioning Editor TV Drama ARD, Jennifer Collins, Australia, Head of Factual ABC; Yeong-seon Kim,  South Korea, Senior Producer, Investigative Reporting KBS South Korea; Ljiljana Preradovic, Bosnia Herzgovinia, Head of Youth Programs, Radio Television of Republic of Srpska, journalist and TV presenter at Radio Television of Republic of Srpska;  Marshall Heald,  Australia, Head of New Media Production SBS; Judy Tam Executive Vice President ITVS USA; Maurice Bresnahan,  USA,  President and CEO KCTS-Seattle (a PBS affiliate); Claudine Cyr, Head of Production – Fiction CBC Radio Canada; Andre De Margerie, Director of International Relations ARTE France; Jouko Salokorpi Finland, Producer YLE Finland;  Kyun-Hee Kim, Head & Director International Relations KBS Korea; Fumina Koike, International Project Development NHK Japan; Roek Lips, TV Controller NPO Netherlands; Hansruedi Schoch, Head of Information Programmes SF Switzerland and Claudia Schriener, Head of Programming Culture and Science MDR Germany.

“The program is designed to facilitate networking between content producers and these broadcast executives in an environment that’s stimulating, accessible and – importantly – entertaining.  The culture of the event is distinctive in that commissioners and program makers are all in the same space together making for an egalitarian, free-flow of information and intelligence – and all in one of the world’s most vibrant and beautiful cities – Sydney!”

INPUT SYDNEY’S host broadcasters are the ABC and SBS and several of their programs will screen, including The Straits, Angry Boys and Go Back to Where You Came From!

Registration is just €100 for the full five-day program.

Program details.


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