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Saturday, 31st March 2012 from 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm

Conference Gare Maritime, Innovation Alley

If funding is the problem, collaboration and innovation are the solution.

With old business models crumbling, documentary and factual producers are turning to co-production in order to make things happen. We present two ingenious case studies of international co-production.

Pat Ferns, President/Executive Producer, Ferns Productions Inc., Canada

Apocalypse, The First World War
CC & C and Ideacom International come together for another great historical program drawing on cinematographic archives and the latest technology for colorization. A unique team of researchers uncovers unseen footage and images  to cast new light on the war to end all wars. With the support of France Televisions and TV5 Quebec.

Suzanne Gouin, President Chief Operating Officer, TV5, Canada
Ann Julienne, France Télévisions, France
Josette D. Normandeau, President & Producer, Ideacom International, Canada
Louis Vaudeville, Producer, CC&C, France

Life Force
Life Force is a major factual series exploring the mysteries of evolution.
This co-production between NHNZ, NHK, France Televisions, Science Channel and Animal Planet, unravels the origins of how and why some animals in extraordinary environments evolved to be so strange and unique. CCTV will join a planned second series.

Neil Harraway, EVP Marketing and Development, NHNZ, New Zealand
Shin Murata, Executive Producer, Natural History Programs, NHK Enterprises, Inc., Japan

Followed by Meet the Speakers
This brand new opportunity to benefit from one-on-one meetings with the MIPDoc speakers is a unique chance to network with top industry professionals and ask the questions only they can answer. Don’t forget your business cards!


Suzanne GOUIN Suzanne GOUIN
TV5 | President Chief Operating Officer

Madam Suzanne Gouin has been working in the media sector for more than 20 years. She has been CEO of TV5 Québec Canada since August 2002, and prior to that held the position of Vice President of Business Publications at Transcontinental Media. Madam Gouin began her career at Radio-Canada (Canadian public broadcaster) and rapidly progressed from the position of content analyst in the News department to that of Executive producer. She has also acted as Executive Producer at Pixcom and was Vice President of News at CFCF12, before undertaking a mandate as Director General for the Montreal ethnic television station, CJNT. Madam Gouin seat on different boards of company in the health, education, energy and telecommunications.

About TV5
TV5 is a French-language, Canadian television station that has been on the air since 1988, and whose headquarters are in Montreal. Through its high-quality programing combining European and Canadian content, TV5 reinforces the social, cultural and linguistic diversity of the French-speaking community in Canada and abroad. TV5 reaches nearly 7 million subscribers across Canada and offers an interactive experience through its cross platform,

CC&C | Producteur
NHNZ | EVP Marketing and Development
IDEACOM INTERNATIONAL | President & Producer

has been creating, producing and co-producing television shows for almost 30 years. Its programs have been broadcast around the world via Canadian, American and European networks. (SRC, CBC, Arte, Discovery, National Geographic. NHK, etc.) More than 300 programs : documentary one-off and series, that explore today's important issues in science, history and sociology. Ideacom International, based in Montreal, Canada is the recipient of many national and international prizes.

NHK ENTERPRISES | Executive Producer, Natural History Programs

Shin Murata is an executive producer of NHK Enterprises, an arm of the Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation).  After studying forestry, he joined NHK in 1981 and since produced numerous documentaries especially in natural history.  He has extensive experience in fieldwork, and also has been involved in various international co-productions including “Wild Asia” “Equator” and “Life Force”, an award-winning HD series produced by NHK, NHNZ and Discovery Channel.  He is currently working as executive producer for “Life Force 2” series, another HD co-production with NHNZ.  One of his famous production “Satoyama: Japan’s Secret Water garden” won “Best of Festival” at the 29th International Wildlife Film Festival, 2005 and also Prix Italia 2005.

Other awards (e.g.)
Awards for Equator series
・  Best Photography, Best Sound mix, Best Educational Value
 / 29th International Wildlife Film Festival @USA May.2006
・  Finalist /25th WildScreen @UKOct. 2006

Awards for Satoyama3:Japan’sSecretForest
・  Children EARTH VISION Grand Prize/The18thEARTH VISION Tokyo Global Environmental Film Festival @JAPAN Mar.2010
・   Best of Climate Change and Sustainable Technologies/5th CMS VATAVARAN Environment and Wildlife Film Festival @India Oct.2009

Awards for Life Force series
・  Finalist / Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2011 @USA Sep.2011
・  Highly CommendedBEST DOCUMENTARY SERIES/The Asian Television Awards 2011@Singapole Dec.2011

#Madagascar(Director /Mr. Masahiro Hayakawa)
・  Best Scientific Content / 34th International Wildlife Film Festival @USA May.2011

Best NATURAL HISTORY OR WILDLIFE PROGRAMME / The Asian Television Awards 2011@Singapole Dec.2011


FERNS PRODUCTIONS INC. | President / Executive Producer

Pat is President of FERNS PRODUCTIONS INC. specializing in blue-chip documentary-drama mini-series, working with his son Andrew, President of Ferns Entertainment Inc. whose principal focus is drama. Major series Pat and Andrew have produced together include the award-winning Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery and Darwin’s Brave New World, both Australia-Canada co-productions.
Pat Ferns has produced some of Canada’s finest award-winning programming and the world’s leading media events. He presents his signature pitching sessions worldwide.
Called in his native land “the father of independent production”, Pat was awarded The Order of Canada in 2005 for his services to the industry.

FERNS PRODUCTIONS INC. is an award-winning content creator bringing high definition value to media, regardless of a screen’s size. One of Realscreen’s top 100 factual producers worldwide and in Playback’s top 100 production companies by volume in Canada, Ferns specializes in blue chip docu-drama mini-series. Recent focus has been on investigative history revealing new worlds in old stories.
Producing and packaging innovative talent and creative projects, co-production and co-venture specialist Ferns Productions Inc. secures pre-sales and commissions in all territories. Previous mini-series include the multi-award-winning docu-drama mini-series Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery and Darwin’s Brave New World.