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11 April 2018


14:00 Williamsburg Cinemas
217 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
Registration of Delegates

17:00 Weylin (downstairs), 175 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA
About six blocks from the Williamsburg Cinemas.


09:00 to 12:00 Orange Room
Opening Session: Getting Started: A Pledge for Public Service Media
INPUT President Judy Tam and the Hosting Team of INPUT 2018 welcome the Delegates to Brooklyn.

13:00 - 15:30 Orange Room
Was it Good for You? Sleeping With the Enemy
Public service broadcasters are in a Catch-22 situation when using third-party platforms. This session looks at the upsides and downsides of ‘sleeping with the enemy’. The dilemma is obvious: If we only concentrate on our own digital platforms, how will the majority of the audience find us?

15:40 – 17:50 Orange Room
Coproduce or Die?
The hyper-dynamics of the media landscape, huge competition from internationally
acclaimed fiction with towering budgets, leaves public service broadcasters (PSB) with a big challenge. How can we face the competition? Could coproduction be the solution?

13:00 - 15:30 Blue Room
Parental Guidance Suggested
The role of public broadcasters in the area of Children’s Programming
Public service media are given the role of the safe heaven when it comes to children’s programming. In many parts of the world we are the only source of educational content.

15:40 - 18:20 Blue Room
Let’s Make Our Political Programming Great Again
Forget the late-night talk shows and check out four totally different formats to engage audiences in political stories.
In the era of Trump and fake news, Brexit and a global refugee crisis, meaningful political programming is more important than ever. Public broadcasters have an important role when it comes to informing audiences about civic issues and holding politicians to account. There are plenty of late night talk show hosts, mocking the people in power. But is that all there is? How do you keep viewers engaged and interested in political stories?

13:00 - 15:40 White Room
Freshly Crafted With Traditional Tools
Craft and the concept of ‘home’ informs these unique programs with everything from stop motion animation to observational vérité. Each filmmaker has a found fresh way of using traditional techniques to make their storytelling powerful. Some charming, others political, and all with layers and challenges.

15:45 - 17:40 White Room
#metoo – Looking Back … in Admiration. To Those Who Paved the Way
Thanks to the #metoo and Time’s Up movements we are reminded once again of the danger of being silenced and made invisible. And obviously the fight cannot stop with successful hashtags.

17:45 - 19:00 White Room
Special Screening: Breaking the Cycle
Join us for a screening of one of the most successful Nordic documentaries on the international market ever.


09:00 - 11:30 Orange Room
Who the Hell Is Interested In Older People?
Every broadcaster is preoccupied with the notion of age. How can we reach a young audience without alienating our fanbase, the old people?

11:45 - 14:30 Orange Room
Inside Stories – Public TV Points the Camera at Itself
Public TV employees sharing personal stories that matter to them.
As employees of public service media, where do we draw the line between professional and private? When the stories we want to tell are deeply embedded in our personal life, can we maintain journalistic integrity?

15:30 - 18:00 Orange Room
Under the Influence - Youtubers for a Change
Social Influencers are taking over the world. In this session we will try to find out how we as public broadcasters can ‘use’ those influencers for our programs.

09:00 - 11:40 Blue Room
Dedicated to the Moms of the World: Images of Motherhood
Mothers - a society does not exist without them. Their roles vary in different countries and continents, so do the projected images and role models. What images of motherhood do we as public service broadcasters project in our programs:
Motherhood in the glow of ultimate fulfillment or as the most stressful job there is? What effects do these images have? Are we instead of providing a service to mothers inadvertently giving motherhood a bad name?

13:00 - 15:40 Blue Room
Changing Society, One Program at a Time
Why are public broadcasters falling behind when it comes to difficult and necessary discussions? Around the world, topics that were once taboo are now becoming part of the mainstream conversation. Thanks in part to the #metoo movement, people are talking about sexual harassment and sexual assault more openly than ever before. But there are still plenty of subjects - like illness, misogyny and race - that people struggle to talk about in public.

16:00 - 17:15 Blue Room
Making Bacteria Attractive to the Audience
Science and technology can offer earth-shattering discoveries with massive implications for humankind. But how do you tell a television audience these stories if your protagonist is a microbe and not visible to the human eye?

09:00 - 12:00 White Room
People, History and Racial Perspectives
Stories about people, their origin and identities have been a worrying issue for decades. Dealing with these real life issues and events on primetime television can be insightful - but also intimidating. The central question here is, as broadcasters with such a powerful cultural tool are we well placed to overcome disciplinary and ethical boundaries?

13:00 - 17:10 White Room
How to Get the Audience to Discuss Difficult Topics
A German and a Dutch approach topped off with some Polish inspiration.
One of the most essential, but not very sexy tasks of public service broadcasters is to initiate public debate. How do you bring up difficult and sensitive topics in the right way? What will cause the nation to, indeed, discuss these topics? Or is it just simply ‘luck’ if it does happen?


09:00 - 12:30 Orange Room
History as You Have Never Seen it Before
Innovative ways of using historic archive material to tell new stories.
PSB archives are national treasures: they contain pieces of a nation’s history, evidence what really happened, and iconic images that form our collective memory.

14:00 - 16:00 Orange Room
The Vertical Canvas: Making Programs for Phones
No piece of modern consumer technology has been adopted as rapidly by as many people as the smart phone. Handheld devices - with their vertical-oriented screens and thousands of apps - have fundamentally changed the way we communicate, produce and consume media.

09:00 - 12:20 Blue Room
Let’s Go One Step Further!
Looking closer and closer - at LGBT history, rights and lives.
In some countries LGBT stories are still an utter taboo. In other countries LGBT programs have been present on public service broadcasting networks for a long time and audiences might feel they have seen it all. But how have these stories been told and who has been telling them? Has the audience really already seen all the important stories?

13:30 - 16:00 Blue Room
I’m a Person not a Disability
The collateral damage of inclusion.
Developing formats around the topic of disability is often double-edged. While we need these formats to inform the viewers and to touch upon social injustices, aren’t we at the same time marginalizing them by building ‘special’ programming for and/or with them? Is this a session that actually should not exist in the first place?

09:00 - 12:45 White Room
Creating the Past
The connection between truth and history is not a straight line. Truth is elusive, it changes and can be manipulated by time and perspective. The record of history is set by the stories we choose to carry forward, revisit or discover. When we look to the past, sometimes we seek to right the wrongs of a previous generation, set the record straight or provide perspective for those that will follow in our footsteps.

13:30 - 16:00 White Room
Real(ity) Drama
Real life drama can very often be hard to watch – in the world as such as well as on television. Some topics are barely digestible. Some seem plainly unbelievable, other fates are just too dire to want to see on television. However, public broadcasters find themselves in the situation where they are obliged to render service to the society that feeds it, to reflect and educate as well as entertain and find an audience. How can we meet this challenge?


09:00 - 11:00 Orange Room
Presentation: Output for INPUT – A Very Personal Selection
There is a limit to how many projects, shows, formats, broadcasts INPUT can feature. But of course there is so much more out there worth watching. From ‘nice to know’ to ‘essentially important to have a look at’, there is content worth spreading the word about.

11:30 - 13:00 Orange Room
Presentation: A Typology of Digital Narratives in Public Service Media
Have you ever wondered what it actually means when your boss looks at you bewildered, and demands that you must be ‘just more digital’?
There is a wide range of definitions and languages that belong under the umbrella ‘digital’.

09:00 - 12:20 Blue Room
Telling War Stories, Far From the Front Lines
Stories of war often focus on the fighters, the battles, the generals and their strategies. How often have we seen the story of war told through accounts of victory and loss, survival and death on the battlefield?

09:00 - 12:30 White Room
Visual Storytelling
How to sharpen the visual aspects of our stories
In this session we will explore how visual choices can provide the space for the audience to draw their own conclusions. How do these visual choices represent or misrepresent reality? Add poetic resonance? How do the directors, cinematographers, and editors work together to find the hidden moments to move the narrative forward? What are the challenges of cutting back on narration?

14:00 - 16:00 Orange Room
Closing Session: Bye bye Brooklyn - Hello Bangkok!
Time to say good bye and express our gratitude to our hosts in Brooklyn and to all the INPUT 2018 Delegates who made the past days an inspiring experience and an invitation to carry on making innovative, stimulating programs providing independent information.