What makes a great Pop Doc?

As 20ft from Stardom wins the Oscar in 2014, and many other pop docs scooping awards across the world, this panel brings together award-winning pop doc filmmakers and producers to discuss the essential ingredients of the perfect music documentary. The panel will discuss their insights into working with the world’s most outstanding musicians, handling exclusive archive and share their experience of how to approach the defining stories of our popular music history. Performance is also a key ingredient of these films, so the panel will include a discussion of capturing live performance and creating performance for the camera. The session will include clips from the panel’s choice of the outstanding films of recent years.


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Jan Younghusband

Jan Younghusband / Host

IMZ Vice-President - Head of Commissioning, Music & Events TV (In-house independent production), BBC Music

Commissioning docs & acquiring concerts for BBC since 2009, she also delivers the pan-BBC music strategy alongside Director of Music Bob Shennan. Prior to this, Jan was Head of Arts & Performance at Channel Four (Bafta Best Film 2009 "Hunger", Oscar Winner 2009 "Peter and the Wolf"). Also a producer & writer (Emmy winner "Concerto!").

Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper

Head of Music, London In-house Productions, BBC Music Television

Cooper’s department produces coverage of popular & classical music events like Glastonbury & the BBC Proms for the BBC. He co-created and is executive producer of BBCTWO’s flagship live music series ‘Later…with Jools Holland’, as well as most of the department’s music docs (the Britannia strand „From Folk to Metal“, series („Folk America“) & single titles („Hotel California“, „The Joy of the Guitar Riff“) on BBCFOUR. Forthcoming documentaries: BBCTWO’s series Reginald D. Hunter’s Songs of the South, BBCFOUR’s series Rock & Roll America & classical titles for BBCFOUR (The Duke and the Composer: Monteverdi in Mantua, The Joy of Mozart, Sir Simon Rattle: Maestro).

Jean-Alexander Ntivyihabwa

Jean-Alexander Ntivyihabwa

Producer / Managing Director, Signed Media Produktion

Prior to his work at production company Signed Media, Ntivyihabwa was Executive Producer for various TV Formats at MME TV (e.g. ZDF's "Sunday Night Classics", ZDF/Arte's "Body Talk") from 2002 until 2008. Author of documentary films for series such as "Sex'n'Pop" and "Pop/bsession".

Julien Temple

Julien Temple

Music Documentary & Video Director

Julien Temple is a British music documentary & video director who has worked with artists such as the Rolling Stones, David Bowie or the Sex Pistols. Temple's projects include the Kinks' biopic You Really Got Me, rockumentary Glastonbury and London: the Modern Babylon, among many others.

Ben Whalley

Ben Whalley

Producer, BBC Music Television

Ben Whalley is a Series Producer at BBC Music Television currently working on a documentary series with comedian Reginald D Hunter on music and landscape of the American South. His work includes films on subjects such as Krautrock, British synth music, disco, flamenco, rock&roll, hip hop & Neil Young.

Andrew Winter

Andrew Winter

Managing Director of TV Sales & Music Aquisition , Eagle Rock Entertainment Ltd.

Award winning producer of music documentary film (International Emmy Award and Rose D’Or Winner Freddie Mercury - The Great Pretender, The Rolling Stones – Crossfire Hurricane, Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here, Genesis – Sum Of The Parts and The Story Of The Who’s Tommy) with 20 years of production and distribution experience. Previously worked for Warner Music and an independent music distribution company.

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