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Conrad Black to Open World History Congress, Toronto October 27-30

5 October 2004

Take advantage of the rare opportunity to meet the key decision-makers and network with the best in international history and biography program production, distribution and broadcasting at the World Congress of History Producers 2004, October 27-30 at Toronto’s Sutton Place Hotel.

In a must-attend conference of 15 jam-packed sessions, from “The New Challenges of Drama Documentary” to “The Great Debate: History is But a Fable Agreed Upon” and a showcase of the world’s finest historical, biographical, factual, and documentary programs called “Around the World in 80 Minutes”, the fourth annual World Congress of History Producers promises to be an exciting, compelling and newsworthy event.

Among many of the globe’s leading and well-known participants and attendees are: A&E, BBC, Channel 4, Discovery Channel, History Television Canada, National Geographic Television, RAI International, and many more.

If you are a producer, you won’t want to miss your chance to pitch projects in the World Congress of History Producer’s first-ever Face to Face meetings with such international Commissioning Editors as Christoph Jorg of Arte France, Thomas Schreiber of NDR German TV, Marc Etkind of A&E, John Gill of History Television Canada, Sydney Suissa of National Geographic Channels International, Jill Offman of Canada’s Discovery Channel and Claudia Schreiner of ARD, Germany.

The World Congress of History Producers is book ended by two inspiring, controversial, and colourful keynote speakers – media mogul Conrad Black as opening keynote and Harper Magazine’s editor, Lewis Lapham, who gives the closing keynote address just three days before the U.S. Presidential election.

The most successful and important meeting of history and biography program creators, the World Congress of History Producers is presenting a forum where great minds can make history!

Space for this one-of-a-kind forum is limited and we ask you to visit our site today at to register. We look forward to seeing you at the event.

Karen Gruson

Event Director

World Congress of History Producers 2004


Arab and Israeli Program Producers Lead Historic Hot Topic Panel
Spotlighting the issues and concerns of history and news programmers in the Middle East are Hassan Ibrahim from Al-Jazeera, star of The Control Room and one of the region's most respected war correspondents; Liran Atzmor, Manager of Israel's Belfilms, one of the country's leading history program production houses; Marc Etkind, Director of Historical Programming for the U.S. based The History Channel; U.K. filmmaker Brian Lapping; and Jihan El-Tahri, the Franco-Egyptian author and director of The House of Saud. Don't miss this hot topic session History TV and the Middle East on Thursday, October 28.

Get Face-to-Face with Commissioning Editors
Registration opens October 12
Don't miss your chance to meet Face-to-Face with top international commissioning editors. Available to all registered delegates on a first-come-first-served basis, sign-ups for these key meetings start on Tuesday, October 12 @ 12:00 EST in the secured delegates area of our website.

Join Us For Exclusive Social Events
This year's impressive event venues take delegates to some of the most inspiring locations in the city. Housed in architect Raymond Moriyama's award-winning structure, the Kick-Off reception will take place at North America's finest shoe museum. Toronto's newest arts and entertainment centre and Canadian Historical Site, the Distillery District is home to the internationally-renowned Artcore Gallery - venue for the Thursday, October 28th event. Don't miss the closing party on Friday at the high-tech NFB Mediatheque. Details

Who's Making History?
Delegate List Publication Deadline:
October 11
Register by October 11 to ensure your name and company appears in the History 2004 published Delegates List - the most important annual resource for those in the business of History & Biography programming. Register Now!

Now Accepting Video Tape Library Submissions
Start promoting your projects today! All registered delegates are invited to bring video tapes of recently completed productions that will be placed in the Library for viewing at video stations throughout the event. Submit your Program information for inclusion in the online and on-site Video Tape Library Catalogue. Video Tape Submissions

Visit Spectacular Niagara Falls
On October 31, visit the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls before enjoying a gourmet lunch, wine-tasting and vineyard tour at the award-winning Peller Estates. Reserve your spot today!