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Factual Drama: Fusing Fact and Fiction

Monday, January 28, 2013
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

Call it the "Hatfields & McCoys effect." While factually-based drama is not a new phenomenon, the massive success of History's miniseries starring Kevin Costner (averaging close to 14 million viewers over three nights) put the genre back on the programming radar in a major way for networks around the world. How can factual producers take advantage of this trend, what do they need to know before taking a stab at the genre, and what are networks looking for in factual drama?


Debbie Myers
GM and EVP
Science Channel


Michael Cascio
CEO & President
National Geographic Channel

Dolores Gavin
Senior Executive for Development and Production
Discovery Channel

Leslie Greif
Founder & CEO
Thinkfactory Media

Dirk Hoogstra
Chief Creative Officer

Jane Root

John Smithson
Creative Director
Arrow Media

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