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Screen Tasmania's Factual Entertainment Seminar

Screen Tasmania's Factual Entertainment Seminar

Screen Tasmania presents its Factual Entertainment Seminar for Tasmanian screen practitioners.

Screen Tasmania's Factual Entertainment Seminar

The Screen Tasmania Factual Entertainment Seminar

5 and 6 March 2012 - Register Now! Boasting some of the biggest names in local, national and international factual programming, Screen Tasmania’s Factual Entertainment Seminar has been designed to give Tasmanian screen content creators a broad introduction into what has arguably become the most popular television genre over the last decade: Factual Entertainment.

The insights and information imparted over this two-day intensive seminar are specifically designed to assist local content creators in the development of their project applications for Screen Tasmania’s Factual Entertainment Fund, which closes 19 March 2012.

Click here for the list of presenters.

Click here for the the two day schedule.



1. Marketplace Consultations:

As part of the seminar, one-on-one sessions lasting 20 minutes each will be available with the following presenters:

Anita Brown (ABC), Emma Westcott (Lifestyle Channel) and Bernadette O’Mahony (Australian Children's Television Foundation)

Because slots are limited and the presenters want to be prepared for the sessions, please download the Market Place Consultations (MS Word) document, fill it in and send it to  before COB Thursday, 1 March 2012 to allow for allocation of slots. You can nominate more than one Preferred Presenter, but more than one meeting will only be possible if there are available slots. If there are more applications for consultations than available slots, preference will be given to projects which are more developed.

2. Producer Quick Pitches

A series of 10 minute pitch sessions with producers will be available on each day of the seminar.  Each session consists of a 5 minute pitch and a 5 minute response from the producer.  Attendees can nominate a producer to whom they would like to pitch each morning of the seminar.


The Factual Entertainment Fund was created to reflect one of the key objectives contained within Screen Tasmania’s recent 5 Year Strategic Plan: to increase production activity within the state. While Screen Tasmania is committed to supporting the development of feature films, documentary programmes and long-form drama series, the comparatively low production costs involved in creating factual entertainment programmes for television make them a strong and economically viable addition.

This is already a form of television programming that Tasmania and Tasmanians have proven adept at creating: The Collectors enjoyed a record 6 seasons with the ABC while Gourmet Farmer is currently in pre-production for its third series.

Screen Tasmania’s Factual Entertainment Seminar, in conjunction with the Factual Entertainment Fund, aims to ensure that the next factual entertainment programme to come out of this state is created and produced by local, independent screen producers with the support of Screen Tasmania.

To register for the seminar, please email our new events-specific mailbox:

When: 5 and 6 March, 2012 from 8:45 am to 5:00 pm

Where: Level 4 Training Room, 22 Elizabeth St, Hobart

Cost: Free