28-30 NOVEMBER 2023

The world’s leading development market and conference.

Searching for authenticity in the next generation of sports docs

Date: Thursday 30 November
Start time: 10.30am |
Venue: Hansom Hall,
St Pancras Hotel
Sports docs focusing on star names or professional clubs are proving such subscriber drivers for streamers that private equity firms are now investing in projects without a broadcaster attached knowing access will likely equal profit. But as the genre proliferates it’s becoming rare to find a football club without it’s own ride-along obs doc, and star names like Michael Jordan and David Beckham are seeking to tell their stories on their terms. What makes a good and bad sports doc? What terms and conditions are being attached to access? And are traditional documentary ideals of impartiality, journalistic rigour and critique being sacrificed in order to get cameras into somebody’s life, career or dressing room?

Session recording

Speaking in this session

Warren Smith

Warren Smith

Head of sports and factual
Box To Box Films
Myriam Weil

Myriam Weil

Head of documentary
Federation Studios
Tom Barry

Tom Barry

Commissioning editor, documentaries and factual
Sky
Claire McArdle

Claire McArdle

Co-CEO
Collective Media Group
John McKenna

John McKenna

Co-founder and CEO
Noah Media Group
Moderator Danny Fenton
MODERATOR

Moderator Danny Fenton

Founder and CEO
Zig Zag Productions