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  • THANKS FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SUMMIT

    One more Realscreen Summit has come and gone, with the 16th edition of the world's foremost conference and market for the non-fiction and unscripted content industry wrapping up on January 29. This year, we welcomed 2,553 international delegates to our new venue, The Washington Hilton. But the realscreen team couldn't have done it without the commitment and participation of our 200+ speakers from various facets of the industry, our supporting sponsors, and of course, those of you who braved a polar vortex to be part of the event. Much thanks to all of you, and take note of the new dates for the 2015 Realscreen Summit - the fun begins on Tuesday, January 27 and wraps on Friday, January 30. Be sure to save the date, and see you in sunny Santa Monica in June for Realscreen West!

  • New 30 Minutes With Sessions Added

    We're excited to announce that we've added the following new 30 Mins With sessions.

    Monday 4:00 - 4:30pm

    Brad Holcman
    Senior Director, Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming
    A&E Television Networks

    Tuesday 11:45am - 12:15pm

    Ross Babbit
    SVP, Programming Travel Channel

    Tuesday 12:30pm - 1:00pm

    Endyia Kinney-Sterns
    VP, Programming and Development OWN

  • Thom Beers Meet a Mentor session added on Tuesday

    We're excited to announce that FremantleMedia North America CEO Thom Beers will be hosting a Meet a Mentor session on Tuesday, January 28 from 2:30-3:00 PM.

    Thom Beers
    CEO FremantleMedia North America

  • Casting Call. Online registration closes January 24

    If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times – when it comes to unscripted programming, the onus is on finding "big characters" who also happen to be "authentic" and "pop off the screen." So where, and how, can you find these folks? And how can you tell which characters are going to click? This session will bring together top producers, casting company and network execs, and other experts to shine the spotlight on crafting the perfect cast.

    Mike Duffy
    Co-Bro
    Ugly Brother Studios

    MODERATOR

    Diahnna Baxter
    General Manager
    eTribez North America

    Sheila Conlin
    President & CEO
    The Conlin Company

    Eli Lehrer
    SVP, Non-Fiction Programming
    Lifetime

    Lauren Lexton
    Co-Founder & Executive Producer
    Authentic Entertainment

    Kristi Russell
    President
    Metal Flowers Media

    Click here to register online or contact Joel Pinto at 416-408-2300 x650.

  • Realscreen names "So You Think You Can Pitch" finalists

    Four projects have been chosen as finalists to face off against each other at the upcoming "So You Think You Can Pitch?" competition at the 2014 Realscreen Summit, taking place on January 28 and presented in association with Vanacore Music.

    Producers of the final four will present the projects in pitches before a panel of industry judges, including Cori Abraham, SVP, development and international for Oxygen; Lauren Gellert, SVP, original production and development for WE tv; Matt Hanna, head of original programming for Esquire Network; and Debbie Myers, GM and EVP, Science Channel. The pitch competition will be hosted by Jack Osbourne, executive producer at Schweet Entertainment and television host (Syfy's Haunted Highway).

    The four projects chosen to compete were selected in an initial round of judging by members of the production team behind the Realscreen Summit in which scores of submissions were viewed. Prizes for the winning pitch will include a pass to the 2015 Realscreen Summit, and from Vanacore Music, a Grand Prize package of custom music and scoring for the winner's show, including scoring for a sizzle reel and pilot, music supervision, 10 custom tracks and full access to Vanacore's music library.

    The four projects are:

    Psychic Surprise from Hatch Entertainment (Sydney, AUS)

    Fansanity from Sota Pop Productions (Eden Prairie, MN)

    Hot Spots: The Race to Save the Planet from Lunchbox Communications (Philadelphia, PA)

    The Misfit Economy from Daydream Reels (Arlington, VA)

    Good luck to all of the finalists.

  • Slot Machines: Masters of Scheduling. Online registration open until January 24th

    The process of scheduling programming is an art form unto itself, and one that is perhaps shrouded in mystery for content creators and producers. What goes into the decisions behind slotting shows? What strategies work for which networks? And what does it take to survive and thrive in a "death slot"? This session, featuring scheduling vets from cable and broadcast, will uncover the mysteries behind the methodology.

    Abby Greensfelder Owner and Executive Produce Half Yard Productions

    MODERATOR

    David Brewer
    VP, Program Strategy and Acquisitions
    44 Blue Productions

    Brad Dancer
    SVP, Programming, Planning and Research
    National Geographic Channels

    Christian Drobnyk
    SVP, Scheduling and Acquisitions Lifetime Networks

    Scott Lewers
    SVP, Programming Discovery Channel

    Click here to register online or contact Joel Pinto at 416-408-2300 x650.

  • The Best of Times, The Worst of Times?

    There are more networks needing more original programming than ever before. But in the production community landscape, there's a troubling disparity; some prodcos are thriving, while others are barely holding on. This session will examine the reasons for this divide, featuring input from a range of production companies who are each facing the challenges inherent in the process of developing and producing content today in their own ways, and offering tips and takeaway on how to manage through the rough times, keep the lights on, and maybe even enjoy the ride.

    Michael Cascio Television & Programming Executive

    MODERATOR

    Stephanie Drachkovitch
    Co-Founder & Executive Vice President
    44 Blue Productions

    Jonathan Murray Chairman Bunim/Murray Productions

    Erik Nelson
    President
    Creative Differences

    Banks Tarver
    Co-Founder/Co-President
    Left/Right

    Jonathan Towersr President & Senior Executive Producer Towers Productions

    Click here to register online or contact Joel Pinto at 416-408-2300 x650.

  • America 101

    The land of the free and the home of the brave is increasingly becoming the land of milk and honey for British prodcos, as U.S. cable and broadcast nets look across the Atlantic for top production talent. But as many U.K. producers find out, when it comes to making a mark in America, one needs to learn how differences in culture and in ways of working can impact the partnership. In this entertaining and enlightening session, hear from British producers who have taken on the challenge and won, and maybe learn a bit more about your potential partners from across the pond.

    David Lyle
    CEO
    National Geographic Channels MODERATOR

    Danny Fenton
    CEO
    Zig Zag Productions

    Debbie Manners Managing Director Keo Films

    John McVay
    Chief Executive
    PACT

    Jane Root
    CEO
    Nutopia

    Mark Soldinger
    CEO
    Firecracker Films

    Click here to register online or contact Joel Pinto at 416-408-2300 x650.

  • Risk-takers and Trouble-makers. Just over a week left to register

    With documentary frequently being hailed as "the new investigative journalism," doc-makers are tackling big subjects and taking big risks in getting to the heart of the story. But how do they assess the risks versus the reward? And how do they find partners willing to distribute those stories? This session will feature doc-makers who have made waves with their work, and the networks that bring their work to audiences.

    Sara Bernstein
    VP
    HBO Documentary Films

    Simon Kilmurry Executive Director and Producer
    American Documentary | POV

    Vinnie Malhotra
    SVP, Development & Acquisitions
    CNN Worldwide

    Jehane Noujaim Filmmaker
    Noujaim Films

    Ondi Timoner Director
    Interloper Films

    Click here to register online or contact Joel Pinto at 416-408-2300 x650.

  • The Digital Report Card

    Two years on from the unveiling of 100 niche channels on YouTube, which saw pundits proclaiming it would become "the new cable," is the move into original content working for digital platforms? Have there been any successes in terms of hit programming? How has the "revolution" benefited producers, and how do producers who have entered the space measure success and ROI? Conversely, for those who've staked their claim in the digital content realm, how does it impact their brands to make moves to linear TV?

    Mark Koops Founder & CEO Trium Entertainment MODERATOR

    Gayle Gilman
    EVP, Digital Content FremantleMedia North America

    Will Keenan President
    Endemol Beyond USA

    Michael Klein
    EVP, Programming and Content Strategy, Digital Channels
    Condé Nast Entertainment Group

    Ari Mark
    Head of Unscripted Programming Xbox Entertainment Studios

    Chris Vivion Executive Producer Upwave

    Click here to register online or contact Joel Pinto at 416-408-2300 x650.

  • Producing Off the Grid

    Reality TV is increasingly taking us out of the cushy, posh environs of Real Housewives and assorted Kardashians; in favor of gold digs in Alaska or rigs fighting the waves off shore in the Bering Sea, or numerous other exotic, challenging locales. This session will provide valuable tips from production pros regarding shooting "off the grid" and insight from network execs about how far afield the trend is headed.

    Pierre Brogan
    Agent
    Creative Artists Agency MODERATOR

    Jim Berger
    CEO
    High Noon Entertainment

    Alan Eyres
    SVP, Programming and Development
    National Geographic Channel

    David Garfinkle
    Executive Producer
    Renegade 83

    Dolores Gavin
    EVP, Development & Production, East
    Discovery Channel

    Philip Segal
    CEO & Executive Producer
    Original Productions

     
    Click here to register online or contact Joel Pinto at 416-408-2300 x650.

  • Meet the New Boss

    This session brings newly-appointed network heads from assorted networks together to discuss their visions for their nets, how they want to evolve their particular brands and the role unscripted programming will play in that evolution. Find out from these TV vets what lies ahead for their new networks in the non-fiction space, and get their take on where the genre is headed in the immediate future.

    Bruce David Klein
    President & Executive Producer
    Atlas Media Corp MODERATOR

    Nancy Daniels General Manager, TLC
    Discovery Communications

    Chris Linn President, Head of Programming
    truTV

    Allison Page
    General Manager, Home Category HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country

    Click here to register online or contact Joel Pinto at 416-408-2300 x650.

  • Format Focus

    Formats continue to make their ratings-dominating presence felt in the global content industry, and broadcasters around the world are always on the look-out for the next big idea. But how can content producers and programmers alike develop, nurture and successfully exploit the next big idea in an era of fragmented media? And how can established world-beating formats be successfully reinvigorated after years on the air?

    Format Focus will explore the latest innovations in the format space - from multi-platform competitions to formatted reality, and cast an eye towards hotbeds of creativity making their mark, and the trends worth tapping into.

    Brant Pinvidic
    President
    Eyeworks USA MODERATOR

    Avi Armoza
    CEO
    Armoza Formats

    Marc Graboff
    President
    CORE Media Group

    Jonathan Hewes
    Head of International
    Wall to Wall

    Alon Shtruzman
    Managing Director
    Keshet International

    Tony Yates
    CEO
    Zodiak Los Angeless

     
    Click here to register online or contact Joel Pinto at 416-408-2300 x650.

  • Brain Games' Jason Silva probes the Millennial Mind

    The millennial generation – those born after 1980 and including the extremely attractive 18-to-34 demo – is the prime target of an increasing number of cable networks. But to grab the eyeballs of those in America's largest generation, content programmers and creators have to learn where and how to reach them, and increasingly, give them what they want, when they want it. This session, moderated by Brain Games host Jason Silva, will present the collected wisdom of three execs deeply knowledgeable in matters millennial, and explore the viewing and media consumption habits, likes and dislikes of the millennial set, as well as the new ways networks are endeavoring to attract them.

    Jason Silva
    Host
    Brain Games MODERATOR

    Robyn DeMarco EVP, Programming & Content Strategy MTV

    Jamie Gutfreund Chief Strategy Officer
    The Intelligence Group

    Nick Shore
    Chief Creative Strategist Astronauts Wanted

  • So You Think You Can Pitch deadline extended... but only until Jan. 10th

    Our highly anticipated and dynamic live pitch competition is back again this year. Pitching hopefuls who have made it through a rigorous adjudication round compete to impress our host of distinguished judges in this interactive session. The Grand Prize package includes custom music and scoring for the winning show by Vanacore Music, a pass to the 2015 Realscreen Summit and an iPad Mini. This year's competition is hosted by unscripted television personality (Haunted Highway, Adrenaline Junkie, Dancing with the Stars), and executive producer Jack Osbourne.

    In addition to the scoring and sizzle reel for the pilot, this Grand Prize package includes music supervision along with 10 custom tracks and full access to Vanacore's 10,000+ track music library. Vanacore is proud to provide the music that helps you tell a great story. See who is left standing!

    Click here to get started on your submission. Deadline is January 10, 2014.

  • View From the Top

    For those who might think that in 2013 it was business as usual in the unscripted/non-fiction television world, let's recap: millions watched on TV and online as a dude jumped out of a capsule hovering 24 miles above the earth; social media buzz about a program featuring a prehistoric mega-shark practically broke the Internet; and a few fellows with big, big beards (no, not ZZ Top) are now the stars of the biggest non-fiction series on cable to date. And that's all just the tip of the iceberg. This session brings together top network execs and producers to discuss and dissect the top trends in unscripted/non-fiction content as well as offer some insight into what might be in store for the year ahead. And in the spirit of the interactive age, delegates will be able to email or Tweet questions, comments and observations to our illustrious panel and add their voices (or up to 140 well-chosen characters) to the conversation.

    Phil Fairclough
    EVP, Development & Production
    NHNZ MODERATOR

    Thom Beers
    CEO FremantleMedia North America

    Majorie Kaplan Group President Animal Planet, Science Channel & Velocity

    Brent Montgomery CEO
    Leftfield Entertainment

    Jonathan Murray Chairman Bunim/Murray Productions

    Howard T. Owens President
    National Geographic Channels

    Robert Sharenow EVP & General Manager
    Lifetime

    Click here to register online or contact Joel Pinto at 416-408-2300 x483.

  • So You Think You Can Pitch

    Our highly anticipated and dynamic live pitch competition is back again this year. Pitching hopefuls who have made it through a rigorous adjudication round compete to impress our host of distinguished judges in this interactive session. The Grand Prize package includes custom music and scoring for the winning show by Vanacore Music, a pass to the 2015 Realscreen Summit and an iPad Mini. This year's competition is hosted by unscripted television personality (Haunted Highway, Adrenaline Junkie, Dancing with the Stars), and executive producer Jack Osbourne.

    In addition to the scoring and sizzle reel for the pilot, this Grand Prize package includes music supervision along with 10 custom tracks and full access to Vanacore's 10,000+ track music library. Vanacore is proud to provide the music that helps you tell a great story. See who is left standing!

    Click here to get started on your submission. Deadline is January 3, 2014.

    Jack Osbourne Executive Producer Schweet Entertainment HOST

    Cori Abraham
    SVP, Development and International Oxygen

    Lauren Gellert
    SVP, Original Production and Development WE tv

    Matt Hanna
    Head of Original Programming
    Esquire Network

    Debbie Myers
    GM and EVPx
    Science Channel

    Click here to register online or contact Joel Pinto at 416-408-2300 x483.

  • Learn the finer points of shopping agreements at the Summit

    Now that you have interest from a production company to move forward on the project you just pitched them, before a single network meeting can be set, a shopping agreement must first be negotiated and signed between the parties. During Shop Talk, a panel discussion with agents, lawyers, and producers at this year's Realscreen Summit will walk you through the major deal points of the shopping agreement. How long will the shopping period last? How much compensation can you expect to receive? What is a reasonable credit to ask for even though you have never produced a show before? What will your back end participation look like? This panel will give you a clear understanding of what to ask for, and how not to over-play your hand!

    Phil Irven
    SVP, TV Agent
    Rebel Entertainment Partners MODERATOR

    Lauren Bishow Director, Business & Legal Affairs
    Shine America

    Tom Forman
    CEO
    Relativity Television

    Leslie Greif
    CEO
    Thinkfactory Media

    Hans Schiff
    Agent
    Creative Artists Agency

  • H2 launches H2 Development Lab Contest

    It has been an incredible two years for A+E Networks' H2, growing more than 75% in its key A25-54 demo since History launched the spin-off network. Currently, H2 is the number one emerging network in ad-supported cable among all key demographics (A25-54, A18-49, M25-54, M18-49 and total viewers).

    And, as the top emerging brand in cable, H2 is now on the lookout for emerging producers.

    H2, along with realscreen, is launching the H2 Development Lab Contest, awarding a series of development deals of up to US$20,000 each for up-and-coming producers.

    Producers MUST submit a 2-5 minute video pitch, or a series paper pitch along with a 2-5 minute video sample of their company's work.

    Submissions should be uploaded here. Entry guidelines and content criteria are also available at that link.

    The deadline for submissions is January 16, 2014.

    Five winners will be selected and then revealed at a special session at the Realscreen Summit on January 27, 2014.

    "I've had an incredible experience finding new producers and shows for H2 through the Realscreen Summit," says Paul Cabana, senior VP and head of programming for H2. "Two years ago, Committee Films, a small Minneapolis-based production company, that had never produced a TV series showed me a pitch tape. We bought 13 episodes on the spot and now America Unearthed is our #1 new series, and is now in its second season. A year before that, I saw the tape from Stephen David Entertainment that became The Men Who Built America, which would go on to become a huge Emmy-winning hit for both History and H2.

    "We are thrilled to be working with realscreen to develop this initiative and find new partners for the brand, and our next crop of hits."

    Only registered delegates to the Realscreen Summit, who are permanent legal residents of the US and are 18 years or older, are eligible to submit.

    Click here to register online or contact Chris Vin at 416-408-2300 x483.

  • Master classes tackle voice-overs, music, audience research and format protection

    The Summit is known for provocative and timely content presented in an interesting variety of formats ranging from structured networking, to panel discussions, debates and keynotes. In addition to the general conference agenda, we also assemble a slate of high-value Master Classes as an optional add-on. The classroom-style, practical presentations are scheduled for Sunday, January 26, 2014. We're pleased to reveal this year's Master Class agenda below.

     

    Creating and Protecting Your Format:

    Everybody has an idea, and some of them are good ideas. But there is an art and a craft to turning those ideas into workable formats. The first part of the workshop is led by "The Format Doctor" and The Format People CCO Justin Scroggie who focuses on TFP's unique development system, showing you how to grow your original idea into a structured 'cleverly simple' narrative without losing its essence. In the next part of the workshop, TFP CEO and FRAPA founder Michel Rodrigue shows you how to protect your IP, including original and identifiable format points built into the narrative structure, a well-written production Bible, strong style and branding, and the registration of your format from the get-go.

    Michel Rodrigue Formats Adviser & Broker
    The Format People

    Justin Scroggie CCO & Partner
    The Format People

    Music Matters:

    Join Vanacore Music's CEO David Vanacore and COO George Macias, and Jingle Punks CEO, CCO and co-founder Jared Gutstadt as they provide a comprehensive, inside look at how music makes a difference in each stage of production, and how to better utilize music in each stage. From the development stage to the point where your show is greenlit, to the stage of giving your production its own sonic branding, learn from Jared, David and George as well as network and production execs about the creative collaboration necessary to bring your show to life with music.

    Jared Gutstadt CEO, CCO and Co-Founder
    Jingle Punks

    George Macias COO
    Vanacore Music

    David Vanacore President & CEO
    Vanacore Music

    Sizzling Voices: What a Difference a Voice Talent Can Make:

    From inception to sizzle, from launch to longevity, this first time ever, hands-on, real time session presented by ACM's Marc Guss and Phil Suftin with Tobias Entertainment Global's Marice Tobias, offers producers and creative teams the opportunity to delve more deeply into the art, the craft, the mechanics and ultimately, the value-added aspects of the narrative component of unscripted projects and productions.

    Marc Guss
    Co-Founder
    ACM

    Phil Sutfin
    Co-Founder
    ACM

    Marice Tobias Founder
    Tobias Entertainment Global

    How Audience Research Can Make or Break Your Pitch:

    This workshop will take you step by step through the program approvals process for typical channels highlighting the array of research tools that network executives use to help green light – or renew – your shows; outlining the research data that producers should have at their fingertips before they pitch network development teams; and analyzing how much the 'gut feel' of network programmers, producers and agents will give way to an approvals process that relies more heavily on consumer research input.

    Brad Dancer
    SVP, Programming, Planning and Research
    National Geographic Channel

    Peter Hamilton Founder, Publisher and Editor DocumentaryTelevision.com

    Brent Stinski Founder and CEO Media Predict

  • Making Sense of Marketing

    We've seen it happen before – the shows that have come out of nowhere to win their nights, and the shows that have been hyped to the hilt that fizzle out like damp squibs. How do networks decide upon the shows that deserve big marketing money? What goes into a successful campaign, and how do marketing teams arrive at the right "sell" for a show? And how can networks and producers take advantage of social media to not only spread the word but create conversation and start trending? Meet marketers behind several top shows and series for what's bound to be "the panel session of the century" (or, at least, an entertaining, informative and practical discussion).

    Jenny Daly President
    T Group Productions
    MODERATOR

    Tina Exarhos
    EVP, Marketing and Multiplatform Creative
    MTV and MTV2

    Courteney Monroe Chief Marketing Officer
    National Geographic Channel

    Lara Richardson SVP, Marketing Discovery Channel

    Guy Slattery
    EVP, Marketing
    A&E Network, BIO Channel and Crime & Investigation Network

    Vivi Zigler President, Shine 360 & Digital
    Shine America

  • CNN Worldwide's Jeff Zucker to keynote Realscreen Summit

    The 2014 Realscreen Summit kicks off with a special opening keynote conversation featuring veteran news producer and television executive Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide. As president of CNN Worldwide, Zucker has executive oversight of a portfolio of 23 branded news and information businesses that includes CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com and HLN and reaches more than 2 billion people in some 200 countries around the world.

    Jeff Zucker President
    CNN Worldwide

    Prior to joining CNN earlier this year, Zucker spent 25 years with NBC Universal. He began there as a researcher for NBC Sports' coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games and rose to President and Chief Executive Officer of global media company. He was named executive producer of NBC News' Today in January 1992; under his eight-year leadership, the program was the most-watched morning news show and the most profitable program on television. Zucker went on to executive-produce NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and the network's coverage of the Persian Gulf War, the 1993 and 1997 presidential inaugurations and the 2000 elections. He was promoted to president of NBC Entertainment, president of the NBC Entertainment, News & Cable group, and then CEO of the NBC Universal Television Group before being named CEO of the entire company in 2007.

    In this opening keynote conversation, Zucker will discuss his passion for journalism and share his vision for informing, inspiring and enlightening audiences through compelling storytelling.

    Don't miss Zucker in conversation, kicking off the Realscreen Summit, on Monday, January 27 at 9:45 a.m.

    Click here to register online or contact Joel Pinto at 416-408-2300 x650.

  • Making Waves with Live

    Spectacular event programming can prove to be an incredible draw, and live content can be even bigger and more compelling. From Red Bull's amazing Stratos project to Discovery's Skywire with Nik Wallenda and NBC's groundbreaking Million Second Quiz, audacious live event and strip programming is making waves on networks in North America and abroad. Here, you'll hear from producers and network executives who have "gone live" and lived to tell the tale - learn about the challenges in pulling off live TV, and the potential payoff.

    John Smithson Creative Director Arrow Media MODERATOR

    Michael Davies President
    Embassy Row

    Eli Holzman President
    All3Media America

    Greg Jacobs
    Head of Distribution
    Red Bull Media House North America

    Heather Moran EVP, Programming & Strategy
    National Geographic Channel

    Brandon Riegg
    SVP, Alternative Programming & Development
    NBC and Universal Television

    Howard Swartz
    VP Production & Development Discovery Channel

    Register by this Friday, November 8, to take advantage of our final early bird rate of $1550*. Click here to register online or contact Joel Pinto at 416-408-2300 x650 by Friday November 8th.

  • In Conversation With... Scripps Networks Interactive

    With its Food Network having celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013, HGTV and DIY Network celebrating anniversary milestones in 2014, and the success of its Travel Channel brand - acquired in late 2009 - Scripps Networks Interactive has proven that there's a long life to be had in lifestyle programming.

    Join HGTV and DIY Network GM Kathleen Finch, Travel Channel GM Andy Singer, and Food Network GM Bob Tuschman as they share their thoughts on how the lifestyle genre has evolved, where it's headed and their winning recipe for pushing lifestyle content across platforms.

     

    Rob Miller
    President Peleton Entertainment

    MODERATOR

    Kathleen Finch President
    HGTV & DIY Network

    Andy Singer General Manager Travel Channel

    Bob Tuschman
    SVP & GM
    Food Network

    Registration for the 16th edition of the Realscreen Summit is at an all-time high with over 1000 delegates already signed up to attend the most important non-fiction market and conference on the international circuit. Our agenda is also live, so stop by to review all the great sessions that are being added daily.

    Register by this Friday, November 8, to take advantage of our final early bird rate of $1550.* What are you waiting for? Sign up now and start connecting with delegates through, designed to help you get the most out of your Summit experience.

    Click here to register online or contact Joel Pinto at 416-408-2300 x650 by Friday November 8th.

  • Reeling in the Eyeballs

    While some scripted hits certainly make big waves and get big numbers to boot (Breaking Bad, anyone?) networks and producers dealing in factual and unscripted programming are also creating trending TV in myriad ways. Whether it's examining true stories through factual drama, applying documentary techniques to fictionalized stories that tackle a subject, marrying cinematic approaches to factual content or lining up top-notch doc talent to tackle an issue in special series, this session will look at how to craft "can't miss" television in the unscripted and non-fiction space. Panelists will include:  

    Mary Lisio
    EVP Non-Fiction
    Scott Free Productions
    MODERATOR

    Stephen David
    President
    Stephen David Entertainment

    Dimitri Doganis
    Founder and Managing Director
    Raw TV

    Charlie Foley
    Executive Vice President, Original Content Group
    Discovery Communications

    Elaine Frontain Bryant
    SVP, Programming and Development
    History

    Beth Hoppe
    Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming
    PBS

    Register by November 8 to take advantage of our final early bird rate of $1550.*  Click here to register online or contact Joel Pinto at 416-408-2300 x650.

  • 30 minutes with hosts announced

    Registration for the 16th edition of the Realscreen Summit is at an all-time high with over 800 delegates already signed up to attend the most important non-fiction market and conference on the international circuit. Register by this Friday, October 11, to take advantage of our early bird rate of $1450.* What are you waiting for? Sign up now and start connecting with delegates through , designed to help you get the most out of your Summit experience. Meet a few of the recently confirmed network execs who'll be on hand for our signature "30 Minutes With" sessions, designed to give you unprecedented access to decision-makers.  

    Brad Abramson
    VP, East Coast Production and Development
    VH1

    Sarah T. Davies
    VP, Factual Development Discovery Networks International

    Christian Drobnyk SVP, Scheduling and Acquisitions Lifetime Networks

    Click here to register online or contact Joel Pinto at 416-408-2300 x650 by Friday October 11th.

  • We mean business!

    Did you know that the Realscreen Summit is the place to get deals done if you are in the business of non-fiction entertainment? The event, now in its 16th year, has experienced significant growth in the past few years and is on track to surpass last year's record attendance.

    It's no secret that business is getting done! In consultation with our esteemed advisory boardrealscreen promises to deliver "can't miss" content that will help you in your business endeavors. In addition to providing you with inspiring, relevant content, every effort is in place to allow for ample time to take meetings and take advantage of unprecedented networking opportunities.

    Well over 200 global commissioning editors running the gamut of non-fiction content will be in attendance and delegates are afforded unique opportunities to pitch their program ideas, industry services and negotiate coproductions.

    Over 600 are already registered to attend. What are you waiting for? Remember, the Washington Hilton has been secured exclusively for use by delegates of the Realscreen Summit. Anyone not registered to attend the conference will be not admitted to the venue.

  • Signature Summit Sessions Confirmed!

    Don't miss being part of the 16th annual Realscreen Summit -- home of the largest and most relevant international gathering of content creators, distributors and broadcasters in today's unscripted entertainment industry.

    The agenda will be posted in the coming weeks, but in the meantime some of our much anticipated signature sessions designed to amp up your business have been confirmed and will be available for all registered delegates - 30 Minutes With, Speed Pitching, Speed Networking, Luncheon Roundtables and Master Classes ( *note - some sessions require advanced sign-up).

  • Registration now open

    Registration is now open for the 16th edition of the Realscreen Summit in Washington DC, taking place January 26-29, 2014 at the Washington Hilton. The Summit is the definitive global market and conference for the business of unscripted entertainment, and a must attend event for content creators, distributors, agents, commissioners and multi-platform broadcasters of unscripted and factual entertainment programming. This year's advisory board is helmed by Eileen O'Neill, Group President for Discovery, TLC and Discovery Fit & Health Networks and Jonathan Murray, Chairman, Bunim/Murray Productions. The board (pictured below), is committed to helping shape a program to inspire and deliver meaningful results for your business.

    CO-CHAIR

    Jonathan Murray Chairman

    Bunim/Murray Productions

    CO-CHAIR

    Eileen O'Neill

    Group President Discovery, TLC and Discovery Fit & Health Networks

     

    Julian Bellamy Creative Director, Head of Production & Development Discovery Networks International

    Michael Davies

    President
    Embassy Row

    Nick Fraser Commissioning Editor
    BBC 'Storyville'

    Eden Gaha President
    Shine America

    Carl Hall
    Managing Director
    Sky Vision

    Beth Hoppe
    Chief Programming Executive & General Manager, General Audience Programming
    PBS

    Lauren Lexton
    Co-Founder & Executive Producer
    Authentic Entertainment

    Greg Lipstone Partner
    ICM

    David Lyle
    CEO
    National Geographic Channels

    David McKillop
    EVP & General Manager
    A&E Network

    Andy Singer General Manager Travel Channel

    The Washington Hilton is open only to delegates of the Realscreen Summit during the conference dates. The hotel is not open to the general public, or anyone not displaying a delegate badge. This also means that there are plenty of rooms available to our delegates at our preferred rate. More will follow on the rates and room block in the coming weeks.

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