Greatest Hits, Misses & Controversies

Find out how and why documentaries get commissioned and funded by top international decision makers, and see examples of some of their surprise hits, misses, and greatest controversies. A selection of decision makers will provide information about specific documentaries they have invested in as well as providing information about what they are looking for at DocsBarcelona.

The panel will be moderated by Catherine Olsen, International Documentary Consultant and Executive Producer of Passionate 4 Docs.

It’s a panel for accredited professionals who wish to get information on finance sources and current programming needs.

Mandy Chang 

Mandy Chang is the Commissioning Editor of Storyville, the BBC’s acclaimed global documentary strand and Heads up Documentary Acquisitions at the BBC. She was a filmmaker for many years working in the UK and for international broadcasters across many documentary disciplines. She has produced and directed award-winning films such as feature documentary, The Mona Lisa Curse, which won an International Emmy, a Grierson, Rose D’Or and the Banff Grand Jury Prize. She worked as a Commissioning Editor and then as Head of Arts at the ABC in Australia, responsible for for a broad slate of arts and culture programming

Sabine Bubeck

Sabine Bubeck-Paaz is a commissioning editor at ZDF (German public broadcaster) for various documentary slots on ARTE, the European Culture Channel.
The TV department “Thema”, where she is deputy head of, is dealing with One Offs, Season programming, Theme Evenings, the documentary series “ARTE Discovery” and Cross Media Projects.
The investigative and creative documentary projects, she is involved in are mostly international coproductions.

Catherine le Clef 

Le Clef set up the Paris based documentary sales company in November 2009 after leaving Fortissimo Films where she was head of TV and Ancillary Sales. Following stints at Films Transit and Doc & Co.



Yoshihiko Ichiya

Yoshihiko Ichiya is currently working for “NHK World Documentary”, developing, commissioning and co-producing more than 100 titles every year.He has worked as NHK documentary director since 1990, covered European and Middle Eastern affairs as correspondent & producer based at NHK Paris Bureau in the 2000s. His current responsibilities include managing NHK’s factual acquisition portfolio outside of the “World Documentary” strand.


Marie Nelson

Marie Nelson is a seasoned media executive and content developer with experience across all media platforms at public media, commercial broadcast and cable organizations. As the Vice President for News, Public Affairs & Independent Film at PBS, she leads programming strategy for PBS news and documentary film series, including PBS NewsHour, PBS NewsHour Weekend, Frontline, Washington Week, Independent Lens and POV.


Wednesday, May 23th, at 16.00 p.m at the Auditori CCCB.

This activity will be in English language.
Access with Accreditation only.
*Seats are limited.
Greatest Hits, Misses & Controversies