The INPUT 2022 Conference in Barcelona is hosted by 13 Moderators who are TV professionals appointed by the Board. They also put together the programme of the annual conference sessions based on the programme submissions by the National Coordinators. They are a diverse group who come from different corners of the world and have an equally diverse range of perspectives on the television landscape.
Akiko Murai, Senior Producer at NHK, Japan
Akiko Murai began her career at NHK as a director in 1996. With a particular interest in giving voice to children and social minority who would otherwise struggle to be heard, she has made numerous documentaries, and has won many awards. Since becoming a producer in 2016, Akiko broadened the range of genres and styles of her work and nurtures young directors, creating documentaries and shows that educate & entertain. She currently serves as editor-in-chief for NHK’s flagship weekly documentary slot, which focuses on social issues, history, culture, and the arts.
Eren McGinnis, Independent Filmmaker, USA
Mexican American filmmaker Eren Isabella McGinnis has over 22 credits including POV’s Tobacco Blues, The Girl Next Door (shortlisted for an Oscar), Beyond the Border, The Spirituals, and IL’s Precious Knowledge. As a Fulbright scholar, she spent a year writing and filmmaking in Juchitán, México, while her film works shine a light on social justice and culture. Eren is one of the co-founders of Café Sisters Productions, an all-woman filmmaking collective dedicated to bringing a feminist edge to their creations and also to the creative Dos Vatos Productions team. Recent projects have brought her to Poland, Germany, South Korea, and Spain. She has joyfully served as a moderator for INPUT since the El Salvador conference and especially enjoys the learning and fun that comes from this mix of delegates and ideas.
“INPUT is like the Olympics or the UN, with cool creative people.”
Kåre V. Poulsen, Cross media manager in DR, Denmark
Kåre V. Poulsen works at DR in Denmark with cross media projects. He has moderated digital sessions of Input for many years and has a long history in DR of managing creative, interactive media projects. Kåre has an MA in Literature and Film, an Executive MBA from CBS Copenhagen and a degree in script writing. He is also in charge of the Nordvision Festival of Digital Narratives.
“To me, all beauty is made up of light and shadow (and something digital). Input proves this to be true every year, and I am super mega ultra happy to be part of this formidable event.”
Lefteris Fylaktos, HoD Culture, Education & Children's Programming ERT s.a., Greece
I am a documentary filmmaker living in Athens, Greece. Since 2020 I am Head of the Culture, Education and Children’s Programming Department for ERT, the Greek Public Broadcasting Corporation. I have been the National Coordinator for INPUT Greece since 2014, after Thessaloniki in 2017 and Brooklyn in 2018, this is my third time as moderator for INPUT.
I have been active since 1997 in the conception and production of audio-visual content as Television Director and Commissioning Editor for ERT and as Independent Documentary Filmmaker and Freelance Director/Producer.
Marika Kecskeméti, Head of Yle Teema, Finland
Is head of Yle Teema, TV channel with focus on culture, films and documentaries.
“I’ve been a lover of Input since 2003 when our documentary Looking for Mr. Juha participated in Århus. Input is a unique meeting point for programmes, ideas and people. We influence each other, we need each other. We public broadcasters are in the same boat.”
Mercè Oliva, Director of the BA programme in Audiovisual Communication (Film and Media), Department of Communication at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
She is an Associate Professor and Serra Húnter Fellow in Media Studies and Popular Culture at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, where she has been working as a lecturer and researcher for 15 years. Currently, she is the Director of the BA programme in Audiovisual Communication (Film and Media) and the Coordinator of the MEDIUM Research Group. She holds a PhD in Social Communication (UPF) and teaches and writes about public service media, television formats, factual entertainment and reality TV, celebrity culture and feminism. She has authored the book Reality TV, discipline and identity: Makeover shows in Spain and more than 40 articles, book chapters and reports.
Mirande de Jong, Senior Script Editor at BNNVARA, The Netherlands
She is a script editor at the Dutch public broadcaster BNNVARA. Since the early 90s she has been working on a wide range of TV drama series and feature films, from comedy series and format drama for a broad audience to smaller arthouse productions. She focuses on projects that offer both recognition and surprise and that inspire and inform by showing different perspectives.
She strongly believes in the fruitful exchange between the proven and the innovative.
“I am delighted to be part of INPUT, an invaluable conference for everyone who works in the industry. Not to be missed! “
Pilu Lydlow, Format Developer at SRF, Switzerland
Pilu Lydlow was born in London and raised in Frankfurt and Cologne. She studied drama at ZHdK in Zürich and recently accomplished a Master of Art in Digital Management at Hyper Island London. Pilu Lydlow worked in various roles at Swiss Radio and Television (SRF). She worked as an online journalist, VJ, project leader, and producer responsible e.g. for web projects, cross-channel coverage on focus topics, and fictional and non-fictional web series. In her current role as a format developer Pilu Lydlow supports, coaches, and leads interdisciplinary content development teams. She designs and facilitates content development processes and workshops.
“The international audience at INPUT promises diverse perspectives on PSM topics. With digital storytelling and the public interest at heart, I look forward to inspiring discussions and new perceptions.”
Riet De Prins, TV Producer Fiction at VRT, Public Broadcasting Belgium - Eén, Belgium
After finishing my studies at the film school in Brussels, I started my career in the eighties at VRT, the public broadcaster in the Flemish part of Belgium. Who would ever believe that I am still working there? Yes, I admit: I am so old fashioned. For several years I was part of a team and worked with formats as entertainment, live shows, music documentary. It was an opportunity getting to know all corners and borders of making television.
Sabine Eckhard, Executive & Creative Producer, Director for Fiction & Documentary, Germany
“I am delighted and eagerly looking forward to be part of the INPUT family.
With my longtime experience in fiction and documentary TV productions as a director, author and producer I am very curious to watch the film works from all over the world and meet all these wonderful colleagues.”
Sergi Vicente, Director at betevé, Spain
In 1999 I graduated in Journalism and for the last 22 years I have worked for three public televisions. I was a news reporter for Television of Spain, I served as a correspondent in China for Television of Catalonia between 2003 and 2014, and since 2015 I am leading betevé, the public media service of Barcelona.
“This 2022 Input comes to my city and besides being a member of the local organising committee, I will also be part of the moderators group for the second time, a double privilege in these (almost) post-pandemic times.”
Tarannum Kamlani, Senior Producer, CBC News, Canada
I love public broadcasting. Growing up in the United Arab Emirates in the 80s and 90s, the BBC’s World Service Radio is how I learned about what was happening in the world. Today I’m proud to say as a journalist and a citizen I still draw on public broadcasters at home and abroad to make sense of what’s going on.
“For the past 4 years INPUT has been the well from which I’ve drawn inspiration and ideas. Watching how some of our colleagues around the world push creative boundaries, and often the bounds of what’s traditionally considered journalism is hugely energising. I hope to always be a part of that community. “
Xavier Blake, Production Manager at South Carolina ETV, USA
Has worked at South Carolina ETV since 1999. His career in public media begin as a floor crew member and has since evolved into videographer, producer and now director. Throughout these transitions he has been a part of live productions, long and short from documentaries as well as multi platform and web first projects.
“Currently my focus is on finding and highlighting stories of diversity and marginalised groups in order to help tell a more full and complete history of America.”