Charles SCHUERHOFF PBS INTERNATIONAL
| Director of Acquisitions & Sales
Charles Schuerhoff has had more than 30 years experience in the field of international program marketing. He founded the distribution office of WGBH TV/Boston, and later headed CS Associates, a documentary specialist. In 2006 the CSA catalogue was acquired by WGBH International, and he joined them as Director of Acquisitions & Sales. In January, 2009, WGBH International became PBS International. The PBS International catalogue now comprises over 400 hours including titles from producers such as Alex Gibney, Ken Burns, Stanley Nelson, Martin Scorcese, Ric Burns and Jon Else. Mr. Schuerhoff seeks high-quality titles for international sales, pre-sales and co-production, as well as US video/educational (in partnership with PBS Video).
About PBS International
PBS International, widely recognized for bringing high-quality programming to the international marketplace, is the worldwide co-production and distribution division of PBS Distribution. PBS International licenses programs produced by public television organizations and by independent producers from the US and abroad such as Alex Gibney, Jon Else, David Grubin, Ken Burns, Folke Rydén, Anne Makepeace, Faris Kermani, Martin Scorcese, Ric Burns and long-running series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE among others. The PBSi catalogue includes science, social issues, history, current affairs, art & culture, human interest, lifestyle and children; single hours, mini-series, series and theatrical-length.
Barbara TRUYEN VPRO
| Head of Documentaries
Barbara Truyen has worked in the industry since 1990 as a producer, festival organizer, distributor, manager of a cinema, policy make and a crisis manager. She established BT Agency in 1998 to raise finance and arrange international co-productions for documentaries in development. For 8 years BT Agency ran the European office of Films Transit International as sales agents of quality documentaries. In May 2007 Barbara was appointed as Commissioning Editor creative documentaries at pub-caster VPRO in the Netherlands. She is a member of the editorial group of WHY POVERTY. She also gives workshops about international co-production, pitching and marketing.
VPRO is one of the public broadcasters in the Netherlands. Enthusiasm, curiosity, intelligent programming and quality are its main objectives. The VPRO aims to surprise, inspire, enrage and inform, as well as touch people, make them think, laugh and put things into perspective. It provides people with the opportunity to explore and see the world around them, the VPRO is in continuous dialogue with its articulate and critical target group: the creative class.
Axel ARNO SVT - SVERIGES TELEVISION AB
| Commissioning Editor
Axel Arnö has been commissioning editor at Sveriges Television (SVT) since 1998. He was previousy a newspaper reporter, working in news, feature and current affairs. Since his move to national television, Axel has been reporter, editor and editoral excecutive. After a short break for music studies in London, Axel was appointed as the managing editor of SVT:s flagship current affairs magazine Striptease. Later he created and managed the investigative documentary strand Dokument inifrån.
Since 2004, Axel works at SVT’s documentary department where he deals with current affairs, special series and creative documentaries. He has commissioned numerous award winning international co-productions.
In 2006, Axel was elected chairman of the EBU Documentary Group. He is a regular at the big documentary festivals and forums where he is frequently seen as moderator.
Axel is 48, married, has three kids, two cats, four bikes and lives just outside Stockholm.