History Makers 2008 Summit wraps in New York City

    TORONTO, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - Last week's History Makers 2008 Summit, was the
place to be for anyone interested in rubbing shoulders with the who's who of
the history and current affairs broadcasting and production communities. The
two and a half day event brought together the top movers and shakers in the
international broadcasting industry while delivering a solid program of
presentations, panels, in-depth case studies, and networking opportunities.
    Master Classes included acclaimed directors Chris Eyre and Ric Burns in
conversation with Executive Producer Sharon Grimberg discussing the
provocative PBS series We Shall Remain; Emmy and Peabody award winning
director, Antony Thomas exploring the message of the Qur'an and history;
Author, journalist and political commentator, Andrew Marr one of the most
respected and popular personalities on the BBC in conversation with BBC
Director, Chris Granlund and BBC Timewatch Editor, John Farren on Contemporary
History; Bernard Gershon, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Corporate
Strategy, Business Development and Technology at The Walt Disney Company, and
Herbert A. (Herb) Granath, Chairman Emeritus of ESPN, Co-Chairman of The
Hallmark Channel and Vice Chairman of Central European Media (CME) in a
"pitch-like" Strategies for Success session; and Richard Melman, Channel
Director of the History Channel UK, sharing "The Ten Things You Need to Know"
to make a top rating history documentary on $50,000 or less.
    Commissioning Editors from around the world presented the latest trends
in history programming in their specific territory. Delegates got the benefit
of first-hand information from industry experts from the UK, Ireland, France,
Germany, Italy, Netherlands/Austria, USA, Japan, Nordic Europe and Spain/Latin
America. Some participants included: Stephen Hunter, National Geographic, USA;
Tom Koch, WGBH, USA; Charlie Maday, A&E Television, USA; Stephen Segaller,
WNET, USA; Piero A Corsini, RAI Educational, Italy; Ralf-Peter Piechowiak,
ZDF, Germany; Alex Sutherland, FIVE, UK; Richard Melman, History Channel UK.
    Plenary Sessions included luminaries from the world of journalism and
broadcasting such as: Sir David Frost discussing the question: Can a TV
Interview Make History?; Former Editor of Harper's Magazine and founder and
Editor of Lapham's Quarterly Lewis Lapham in Conversation with journalist,
author and editor of BBC Storyville Nick Fraser; and for the first time at any
media conference, commissioners from the world's only global history-themed
channel, The History Channel gathered on one stage for an informative and
candid inside look at how, why and what they program around the globe.
    Decision Makers Lunches provided a prime opportunity for independent
producers to meet with key international Commissioning Editors in an intimate
    For the first time History Maker's Summit honoured history and current
affairs' best with a Lifetime Achievement and a Best Program Award. The
Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Walter Cronkite by Sir David Frost.
The History Makers Board, composed of producers and broadcasters from around
the World and chaired by Michael Katz of AETN, voted to give The War the Best
Program Award for making the greatest contribution to furthering the History
program genre. The War, is produced and directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.
    Along with the industry luminaries that participated there was a plethora
of key executives in attendance from: 2B Productions; 4 Square Entertainment
Ltd.; 4 Square Productions Canada Ltd.; 90th Parallel Productions Ltd.;
Achilles Media Ltd.; AETN International; Al Jazeera English; Alliance
Atlantis; Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting; Alliance Atlantis Communications;
Arte France; Arte GEIE; Associated Producers; Ballinran Productions Limited;
BBC; BBC Magazines; Bluimage Productions; Breakthrough Films & Television;
BSkyB; Cache Film & Television; Caledonia TV Productions Ltd.;
CBC/Radio-Canada; Change Focus Media; Channel Five; CNN; CNN Productions;
Creative Anarchy Inc.; CTVC; daCapo Productions; Danish broadcasting Corp;
doc.station; DR - Danish Broadcasting Corporation; DR Media; DR - Danish
Broadcasting Corporation; E Klinck Research; eFootage, llc; Espresso TV;
Evangelical Broadcasting Organisation; Everett Collection; Facts & Files -
Historical Research Institute Berlin; Faith & Values Media; Film Australia;
Florentine Films; FOCAL International; Forest Creatures Entertainment; Frame
30 Productions Ltd; Framepool AG; France 5 - Groupe FranceTélévisions;
FulcrumTV; Galafilm Inc.; Great Projects Film Company, Inc.; Green Bay Media
Ltd.; History Makers 2008; JTN Productions; Kaleidoscope; Kangaroo Films; Kirk
Documentary Group; KPI/Lightworks Producing Group; Kyriakos Bouyouris / XFNYS;
Les Films d'Ici; Lightworks Pictures; Lightworks Producing Group; Lion
Television; Lou Reda Productions; louredaproductions; Luanne Paul Productions;
MDF Productions Inc.; MDR-TV; Moore Huntley Productions; National Endowment
for the Humanities; National Film Board of Canada; National Geographic;
National Geographic Channels International; NBC Universal; Nikki Carter &
Associates Inc; None; O3 productions; One on One Productions; ORTV
International Ltd; Parallax Film Productions Inc.; Parthenon Entertainment;
Partners in Motion; PTV Productions Inc.; Radio Televisione Italiana; RAI;
Real To Reel Productions Inc.; RTI SpA - Mediaset Group; Shirley Road
Productions; Stardust Communications; Steeplechase Films; Stornoway
Productions; StoryCentric; Svea Television; Temps Noir; The Gardner
Documentary Group; The History Channel; Thirteen/WNET New York; TILE FILMS;
TPF Telemaco srl; TVP SA; Up Front Entertainment; US Independents; US
Independents/Conference Director, SILVERDOCS; Viasat Broadcasting UK Ltd.;
Vidicom Media Productions; West Park Pictures; WestWind Pictures Ltd.; WGBH;
WGBH Educational Foundation; WGBH International; ZDF Enterprises; ZDF
Enterprises - German Television; ZDF German Public Television Network.
    "We are thrilled with the success of this year's Summit," says Bill
Nemtin, Executive Director. "The amount of talent and experience that has been
showcased over the last few days was truly inspiring. We look forward to
continuing on this year's achievements."
    AETN's The History Channel played host to this years' Summit, with
partners from key international companies from around the world including,
History Television Canada, ZDF, Focal, WGBH, Faith and Values, CBC, NBC
Universal, WNET and RAI . For more information on History Makers 2008
including a full schedule of sessions and partnership opportunities, visit our
website at www.HistoryMakers2008.com.

    Achilles Media Ltd. is an international events management company serving
the television and digital media industries. Achilles Media Ltd. events
include: The Banff World Television Festival (June 8-11, 2008); nextMEDIA:
Monetizing Digital Media (November 27 - 28, 2007); nextMEDIA: The Future of
Digital Content (June 6 - 8, 2008); and NATPE Mobile++ (January 28, 2008).

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For further information: Nuria Bronfman: nuria_bronfman@rogers.com,
(416) 434-7431

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