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The Wildscreen Festival is the world’s leading international festival celebrating and advancing storytelling about the natural world. Held every two years, the Wildscreen Festival brings together the wildlife film, tv and photography community to transform the craft of natural world storytelling across platforms and across audiences. Through an unrivalled programme of events including workshops, masterclasses, screenings and sessions, it shares the inside track on emerging trends and is the most powerful platform for emerging talent to break into the industry.  It is also the home of the illustrious Wildscreen Panda Awards or ‘Green Oscars’ honouring the most remarkable achievement in the craft of natural world filmmaking and storytelling.

The Wildscreen Festival 2016 will take place 10-14 October 2016 in Bristol, UK. Further information is available at www.wildscreen.org and delegate tickets are on sale now from Eventbrite.

Please note that the programme is being updated daily as guest availability changes. Wildscreen reserves the right to make such updates to the programme and timings, and will endeavour to make those changes as quickly as possible.

The majority of events have a limited numbers of seats. Entrance is permitted on a first-come-first-served basis at the venue door. For particularly high-profile events, you may be asked to RSVP to secure your seat beforehand. Details will be sent to you in advance.

The programme include both industry events, which are included in the price of your day or week delegate pass, and public events that anyone is welcome to attend. 

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Wednesday, October 12 • 11:15 - 12:15
On the Couch: Tom McDonald LIMITED CAPACITY
Limited Capacity seats available

As commissioning head for BBC Natural History and Specialist Factual formats, Tom McDonald is the man responsible for bringing to our screens everything from blue-chip documentaries like The Hunt to popular factual shows like Six Puppies and Us. He’s famously called for more experimental events and greater emotional engagement in the content he commissions but how does that apply for natural history wildlife filmmaking? Tom talks candidly about everything from what’s next for Live programming to co-producing with PBS plus how to bring a sense of experimentation to this most traditional of subject matters. It’s your chance to get to know the man behind the job title.

On The Couch: Going deeper than the conventional commissioner panel session, this interview uncovers the personality behind the commissioner label, giving us a uniquely personal take on the psyche of a channel.

Host
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Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Senior Reporter, Broadcast
Hannah Gannagé-Stewart has been a journalist for eight years covering a range of areas including, the third sector, law and broadcasting. She specialises in business news reporting and joined Broadcast in March 2015 after more than two years on the news desk at The Lawyer. As senior reporter at Broadcast she focuses on the BBC, as well writing about independent production and broadcasting policy.

Participants
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Tom McDonald

Head of Commissioning, Natural History & Specialist Factual, BBC
Tom McDonald is the head of commissioning for Natural History and Specialist Factual. Recent highlights include the BAFTA winning Big Blue Live, the BAFTA nominated The Hunt and How To Stay Young on BBC ONE; Victorian Bakers, Choose The Right Puppy For You, World's Busiest Railway and Tribes, Predators & Me for BBC TWO and on FOUR the RTS winning Oak Tree. He also looks after some of the BBC's best loved returning shows including Trust Me, I'm... Read More →


Wednesday October 12, 2016 11:15 - 12:15
Watershed 1 Canon's Road, Bristol BS1 5TX