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Factual Content Workshop

Note that this workshop is now a webinar. Participants will be emails more information on how to join.

This webinar addresses challenges to public service broadcasting around non-current affairs factual commissioning (including inter alia arts, culture, history, science, religion, ethics, food, travel etc.), a genre which has seen significant new investment from commercial SVOD platforms in recent months. This trend appears likely to continue as digital media companies seek to expand into markets beyond their core fiction genre.

The webinar begins with an overview of recent successes, challenges and learnings from case-study commissions from both EBU members and SVOD platforms.

  • What are the key takeaways from recent productions and commissions?
  • How can we expect the landscape to evolve over the coming months?
  • Is factual content a key means for PSM to remain in contact with young (18-35) audiences? If so, which formats and platforms are most effective? Specifically, how can PSM content stand out on the open internet?
  • Which types of content – specialist knowledge or ‘trivia’ and presentation styles – work?
  • Which ‘big themes’ are becoming prevalent in the zeitgeist (environment, or other big topics)?
  • Can PSM leverage ‘fact checking’ credentials against unregulated digital markets? Can ‘box set culture’ be reproduced within this genre?
  • Can EBU broadcasters benefit from a collaborative or coordinated approach?


Target audience

EBU Members working in factual programming (factual commissioners, Head of factual, Senior programme developers)