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Get a first glimpse at the conference programme!

21 March 2017


14:00 to 18:30 PIER 1, Warehouse 1
Registration of Delegates

18:30 Roman Forum – Ancient Agora
Welcome to INPUT 2017
Just a few blocks away from the Pier 1 lies the roman heart of the ancient city, the Roman Forum, also known as “Ancient Agora”.


09:00 to 12:30 Orange Room
Opening Session: Getting Started!
To acquire the taste for the typical INPUT feel join us when they take the first steps into INPUT 2017.
Screened Programmes:
Next Stop: Utopia (Greece) 52 min - Documentary
One Million Birdhouses (Finland) 8 min - Cross platform campaign
True Lies: Thomas Hobbes, Leviatan (Argentina) 29 min - Educational reality format
Infantilio (The Netherlands) 21 min - Black comedy series

14:30 - 16:00 Orange Room
Bring Your Own Content.
Being a catalyst and host for the users’ creativity has delicate implications for all involved: Are broadcasters taking advantage of an eager crowd out there? Who are they doing it for? Will they empower the voices of people who are rarely listened to? Or is it just cheap content and clever marketing? Meet four producers who managed to build nice, warm and well-working venues for their audiences’ own creations.

16:15 - 18:15 Orange Room
The Cat and the Mouse: Do you let your protagonist get away with murder?
Doctors have a standard to first do no harm. Scientists must remain objective. Those in the justice system must maintain innocence until guilt can be proven in a court of law. To what standards are filmmakers held?
When public media play the role of judge and jury, the stakes to ‘get it right’ are high. What are the consequences of ‘whistle-blowing’ on television?

14:30 - 17:30 Blue Room
On the look-out for new source of inspiration in the world drama arena
Why do some stories work in certain territories but not in another? How do you make stories travel across cultural borders? What are the factors, which will enable dramas to be internationally successful? Is there a universal story element that could be applied to cultural subjects?

14:30 - 18:15 White Room
Visions of a Young Audience
Young creators, young formats, young hosts: Public broadcasters worldwide are looking for the hottest talents or topics which capture the attention of ‘Gen Y/Z’. But does it really work? And if so, is there an overall strategy behind it?
We look at very different formats and approaches to these questions.

14:30 – 16:00 Greek Room
Public or State TV? Exploring the Greek Singularity in the Wider EU Context.
Panel debate, organized by TV100, Moderation: Filios Stangos

16:15 – 18:30 Greek Room
Greek Room Special:
The Black Panthers, documentary, US, followed by discussion


09:00 - 11:30 Orange Room
Public Broadcasters and The Super-Platforms
As premium content makers and social platforms join forces to increase their audience reach and engagement - how do public broadcasters maintain the public’s trust when they distribute content on private social platforms? Should public broadcasters keep their own VOD, Web and social platforms or join forces with Facebook and YouTube? What are the audience potentials and what are the pitfalls of public/private social partnerships?

11:30 - 13:30 Orange Room
FUNK – or How to Fight PBS’ Digital Drought of Young Audiences
Since October 2016 FUNK, a digital joint venture of German pubcasters ARD and ZDF, has amassed a variety of more than 60 formats and channels which cover all traditional and new genres, from fiction to factual, from comedy to news. Produced by respectable digital media outlets or entertainingly witty youtube stars. Funk’s MD Florian Hager is open to discuss the challenges, successes and failures and his approach to foster creativity, forward thinking and radical renunnciation of traditional production processes and genre conventions.

09:00 - 13:00 Blue Room
Drama as Enemy of the State
How to produce drama amid threats of lawsuits and censorship
Fiction can be a fantastic way to deal with controversial subjects. But what if the subject is so delicate it forces you to tiptoe around politics, the army, and the risk of lawsuits? How do you strike a balance between facts and fiction? Are there limits to your artistic freedom? And besides, why are you taking on these subjects if they are so difficult? Are you on a personal mission? Are you on a hunt for viewers?

09:00 - 13:00 White Room
New Formats – New Insights?
The boundaries of genres and of issues are being broken down like never before, the new generation of formats does not seem to care about genre traditions. Everything is possible; everything is hybrid. Is it a history documentary or an adventure computer game? Is it a dating show or a documentary on cultural change? Is it a programme on economy or just another reality show?

09:00 – 11:00 Greek Room
Screenings of TV100 documentaries

11:15 – 13:00 Greek Room
Screenings of ERT3 documentaries

14:30 - 16:40 Orange Room
Interactivity?! Drama Beyond Broadcast
How do we keep drama fresh? How can we use digital to extend our stories beyond the TV audience so they spark conversations, find younger audiences, even effect change?
Interactivity was the key for these five innovative programmes. Each sought to make the audience an active participant in the storytelling process, before, during and after broadcast - and in one case, completely off broadcast.

14:30 – 18:00 Blue Room
The Biographer’s Dilemma
Is there such a thing as a definitive portrait of an individual? What are the pitfalls of relying on the public record or opinion to create a narrative?
Two approaches to presenting an influential and a powerful person.

14:30 - 16:25 White Room
Using Public Footage and the Shady Boundaries of Revealing the Truth
Many dramatic and shocking events are now recorded by the solemn and steady eye of surveillance cameras and eye witnesses with their mobile phones. Footage can be sourced from a variety of cameras providing material for programme-makers to reconstruct and at times manipulate the facts. But how are these sources used to show what happened in a crime scene? What are the ethics and boundaries for using public footage to reveal the truth? How likely is it that our audiences are being misled or the footage is being used to produce fake news?

16:30 - 19:20 White Room
Creating Positive Change in Our Communities? Yes We Can!
This session provides inspiration for programme-makers who want to create change and document innovative and surprising solutions. Exploring tears and grief in a phone booth, the divergent needs of hunters and conservationists, and the smugglers of clandestine films featuring macho action stars. Chuck Norris does not sleep; he waits.

14:00 – 15:30 Greek Room
Public Media in Southeastern Europe Facing Political, Economic and Social Crisis. The recent Past and the Next Day of Public Media in the Region
Panel debate, organized by ERT3.

15:45 – 18:00 Greek Room
A Taste of INPUT for the General Audience
Let’s stick together – making TV with the public. Screenings and discussions.

18:10 – 19:45 Greek Room
Greek Room Specials:
By Stanley For Stanley, documentary, Poland
Zero, documentary, Russia
followed by discussion


09:00 - 11:30 Orange Room
Audience on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown
In this session we look at stories of human vulnerability, survival and anxiety in modern society. How much do we as the media contribute to the worldwide levels of anxiety suffered by people of all ages? Is a factual series with a clinical psychologist the solution? We screen both a thrilling television drama and an episode of an entertaining talk show to spark this conversation.

09:00 - 13:00 Blue Room
Us and Them
Part of the human experience is to divide society by us and them, insiders and outsiders, natives and newcomers. If a society values democracy - freedom of expression, religion, speech - how far do these rights extend? How do we – as public broadcasters – portray the “others” without falling into the traps of cliché or opinion? How far do you take political correctness and when do you have to start taking a stance?

09:00 - 13:00 White Room
Targeting Parents: Digital Puberty – the Media and Modern Parenthood
In an international comparison public broadcasting TV channels’ average viewer age is often around 60 years - or even above. And while younger audiences con-sume content more and more on digital platforms, the question arises: what does TV do for the parents of the Gen Y children? How is their life represented on TV?

14:30 - 17:30 Orange Room
Interactive Film Screenings of The Verdict and Late Shift - Your Decisions Are You
Join us for a special screening of two interactive dramas that give you control of the storyline.

14.30-17.00 Blue Room
Popping the Bubble - Building on Stereotypes and Identity
What is the smartest way to promote integration? Humour? Playing with stereo-types? Or is that only taking prejudices and division one step further? And who can make fun of whom? Five different approaches from documentaries, fiction and comedy with all different strategies for including minority groups in the programmes as well as in the making of them.

14:30 - 17:40 White Room
Netflix Originals Produced by Public Broadcasters
(Why) Are We Becoming Their Development Department?
This session will screen three PBS drama series bought by Netflix. We will examine what makes programmes sellable, what happens to our context when we sell it, and what it is like to co-produce with the streaming giant?
Importantly, we will also talk with Netflix to find out more about their strategy. How do they scout drama, co-produce and how much influence do they want?


09:00 - 13:00 Orange Room
Innovative Arts Programmes: Painter, Poet, and Papa
Captivating approaches to illustrating the craft and spirit of our beloved artists. Master painter Tung Pui-sun shows how good structure makes our art more lustrous or radiant. High court drama in Mexico explores the challenges of the creative process and how a poet ‘young, beautiful, and innocent’ can survive without paper and ink in 1695. And a marvellous music documentary shows how all that concert material can be skilfully combined with archival and vérité footage.

09:00 - 13:00 Blue Room
Let’s Stick Together - Making TV WITH the Public
In times of exploding online activity, broadcasters have the option of working with their audiences and protagonists to tell the stories that matter to them. Now is the time for Public Broadcasting Systems to share the responsibility of representing the underprivileged and marginalised.
In this session we present five programmes with various levels of audience participation. Is this new type of ‘co-production’ effective? Does producing with the audience guarantee authenticity? Is inclusion enough to guarantee respectful representation?

09:00 - 12:10 White Room
Playing with People: Experiments on TV
What happens if a four year old is used as a bait to observe behaviour in a kindergarten? What justifies the decision of programme makers to follow a woman for one month without her knowledge? When we revisit a classroom experiment on discrimination, are we inflating the value of our own work? Are these social experiments for subjects or the audience?

14:30 - 16:30 Orange Room
Simple Ideas
Sometimes simple is beautiful: We all love good, clear ideas that just work. And then we may think: Why didn’t I come up with this?
This session will work as a guide for anyone who wants to develop content from simple and smart ideas (in other words: all of us).

14:30 - 17:30 Blue Room
Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously – The Fun Session
Satire and fun - What are they good for and how seriously do social and political issues have to be taken?
When everything is said in news and documentaries – isn’t it time to educate by entertaining? How do you deal with this emotional approach, especially when the line between reporting and entertaining is crossed also by teaming up journalists with entertainment personalities or the persons concerned.

14:30 - 17:30 White Room
Too Perfect to Be Real?
Some documentaries that hook an audience are using Hollywood techniques with strong introductions, plot points, compelling conflict development, and even a happy ending. How do the filmmakers capture the key emotional moments and ‘performances’ that draw us in? Is this too perfect to be real? Are we watching reality with our documentary characters and observing their living or are we watching a performance for the camera? Are they delivering their emotions on demand?

17:30 – 19:00 Orange Room
Closing Session INPUT 2017
Something to take home:
BTV KIDS, a TV projext from Spain
Blackout, a TV event from Switzerland.

…and see you next year: One for the Road to Brooklyn!