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World History Congress Wraps in Rome Before Moving to London in 2006

1 December 2005

Event Organizer Achilles Media Announces UK as Site for 2006 Event

The 2005 World Congress of History Producers wrapped last week in Rome to the resounding applause of over 400 delegates from the history and biography programming industry.

“I am absolutely thrilled with the level of support and participation we received for this year’s event. It was our largest History Congress to date with 23 countries taking part,” said Craig Thompson, Executive Producer of the event.

While summing up the event, Thompson also announced that the 2006 World Congress of History Producers will take place in the United Kingdom. “The feedback from our delegates has been extremely positive and it confirms just how important this event is for both producers and program commissioners in this genre. We are looking forward to building on our successes here in Rome as we move forward with our planning for the 2006 event in the UK.”

Hosted by Italy’s Rai Educational, the 2005 World Congress of History Producers was headquartered at the Rome Cavalieri Hilton Hotel. This year’s highlights included an opening keynote address from the prestigious Italian journalist and writer Piero Angela. Next up was the popular History 2005 Town Hall. Moderated by Stephen Hunter, Cineflix Productions Inc. Canada, and Barbara Barde, Up Front Entertainment Canada, this session established a new perspective on the challenges of commissioning, making, selling and broadcasting history television.

Other Congress highlights included: Around the World in 80 Minutes a brilliantly presented session showcasing clips from the most innovative history productions of the past year; The Rules discussed, deliberated and ultimately had delegates vote upon various guidelines for the production of history programming; and The Ethics of Access: Getting Organizations to Open Up provided an in-depth look into the ethical considerations of granting access and the final affect this has on the historical facts being examined.

Delegates were given the chance to meet Face-to-Face with programming decision-makers in a fast-paced forum made up of ten minute pitching slots or to reserve space at the popular Decision Maker Lunches. In addition to the many content-oriented seminars, workshops, and screenings, delegates enjoyed many opportunities to meet with programming decision-makers and each other at the social events: the kick-off reception and jazz recital in one of Europe’s finest concert halls, the Auditorium Della Musica, a gala reception at the breathtaking and historically significant Galleria Colonna housed in the Palazzo Colonna, and a final closing dinner and excursion to the Etruscan Museum located at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cerveteri.

Following a final morning of well-attended sessions, the History Congress drew to a close on Sunday, December 4th on a particularly high note with a much-anticipated and riveting keynote address by bestselling author Ronald Wright who discussed the principles presented in his latest work A Short History of Progress.

At an all-delegates meeting, the World Congress of History Producers renewed its call for nominations for the History Congress Board of Directors annual election. Attendees of the 2004 and 2005 History Congresses will be eligible to cast their ballots at www.history2005.com between December 20 and December 27, 2005.

The World Congress of History Producers is produced annually by Achilles Media, with the support of the top international players in history and biography programming. The Board of Directors, Editorial Committee and Advisory Council for the History Congress are international in scope and represent the crème de la crème of producers and broadcasters in the genre.

For complete details on the 2005 History Congress go to www.history2005.com

HISTORY 2006 Heads to the UK

The 2006 World Congress of History Producers will take place in the United Kingdom. Building on the momentum established in Rome, the Board of Directors along with various advisory committees are already making plans to ensure the 2006 History Congress will be another exciting, significant, and inspiring event. Stay tuned for more details!

About Achilles Media

Achilles Media is a management organization for some of the world's leading television and new media industry events including the Banff World Television Festival (June 11 – 14, 2006, Banff, Canada), nextMEDIA – The International New Media Festival (June 9 – 11, 2006, Banff, Canada) and the World Congress of History Producers.
For Information:
Sarah Pearson
Communications Manager
403-678-1216 ext 102
spearson@achillesmedia.com