Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC | Sunday, January 28 – Wednesday, January 31, 2018


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  • Congratulations to John Hesse, winner of our Realscreen Summit 2018 Contest!

    We want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in our contest and helped make it a success! And special congratulations to John Hesse, the winner of the Grand Prize in our Realscreen Summit Sweepstakes - winning registration to Realscreen Summit 2018, accommodations at the Marriott Marquis in Washington D.C. and $500. After 40+ years in the production and executive management arena, including producing and directing projects for Osmond Entertainment, Syndication, HBO, The Nashville Network, international distributors, and PBS, John Hesse re-established his former production company in 2012, John Hesse Productions LLC, to develop and produce content for national and international distribution. Recently Hesse served as the Executive Producer for the award-winning PBS documentary James Baker: The Man Who Made Washington Work (2015). Prior to that, he was the Executive Producer for two other award-winning PBS documentaries about the Berlin Wall, The Wall - A World Divided (2009), and After the Wall - A World United (2010). He currently has numerous projects in various stages of development for both domestic and international production and distribution. Hesse says "I am looking forward to attending Realscreen again, allowing me to reconnect and network with my colleagues in the factual arena. Thank you again Realscreen for the opportunity!"

    John Hesse

  • Nevins’ book signing follows keynote interview on Monday

    At 5 pm on Monday, January 29, immediately following her keynote session at Realscreen Summit, Sheila Nevins will sign a limited number of copies of her book, You Don't Look Your Age...and Other Fairy Tales.

    As president of HBO Documentary Films Nevins has produced over 1,000 documentaries for the premium cable network and has won 32 individual Primetime Emmy Awards — more than any other person.

    Last year she added 'author' to the list of her accomplishments, with the publication of her New York Times best-selling book. With characteristic candor she provides readers with what Meryl Streep calls "an honest excavation of the process of living."

    Your personally autographed copy of You Don't Look Your Age...and Other Fairy Tales will be available for USD$24.99 + tax. Cash and credit/debit card payments will be accepted for those looking to purchase on a first come, first served basis. A limited number of audiobooks — featuring an all-star cast including Alan Alda, Katie Couric, Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Steinem, Martha Stewart, Meryl Streep, Marlo Thomas, Lily Tomlin, Gloria Vanderbilt and many others — will also be available at the same price.

  • Have you booked your hotel stay for Realscreen Summit 2018?

    Deluxe Guestroom accommodation is available at the Marriott Marquis conference venue for registered Realscreen Summit 2018 attendees at a discounted rate of $266 per night (+ taxes and fees).These special rates will be offered based on availability, so book now to secure your stay.

    Marriott Marquis

  • Access value-added content with Realscreen Summit Master Classes

    We have assembled a slate of high-value Master Classes for Realscreen Summit 2018 to add to your conference package. The three classroom-style, practical presentations are scheduled for the first day of the conference on Sunday, January 28 and will touch on a range of topical subjects in the unscripted industry including…

    New Buyers, New Mandates – Upping Your Pitching Game The good news is that, with the ever-expanding amount of platforms moving into the unscripted and non-fiction space, there are more buyers to pitch to. But that means there are more buyers with specific programming needs and requirements that you'll need to research and more prep work necessary to make the pitch count. Join our panel of experts for a comprehensive overview of the development and pitching processes and how they've evolved, and learn the new parts of the equation necessary for a winning pitch.

    The More You Know – Structuring & Identifying Your Worker Relationships This master class will focus on several key areas and questions that any employer must consider in structuring its worker relationships including: the tests government entities apply to the independent contractor vs. employee question; determining if an employee is exempt or non-exempt from overtime; protection or liability factors when using staffing companies; the consequences of getting it wrong; and more. Come prepared to gain some practical answers and efficient solutions.

    Please note, advance sign-up for Master Classes is required at an additional cost of $325, and you must be a registered Master Class attendee in order to add these to your agenda. You can register online or by contacting Brian Boudreau at or (416)-408-2300 ext. 284.

  • Introducing a new networking experience

    Realscreen Summit is well known for providing unrivaled access to senior buyers through a variety of formal and informal networking opportunities. New this year is Cocktails With…. a brand-new format that aims to loosen up the networking vibe and help you make deeper connections at channels that buy unscripted and non-fiction programming. Chat over drinks with leading unscripted and non-fiction networks including:

    The first 25 folk to arrive ahead of each breakout will be able to enjoy this unique opportunity.

    Don't miss being part of the 20th anniversary edition of Realscreen Summit in Washington DC taking place Sunday, January 28 - Wednesday January 31 at the Marriott Marquis.

    Over 1000 delegates are already registered to take advantage of our unparalleled pitching, networking and learning opportunities. Join them today and start preparing now to maximize your experience.

  • Sheila Nevins to be honored with Realscreen Legacy Award

    Realscreen is thrilled to announce that Sheila Nevins, president of HBO Documentary Films, will be honored for her contribution to the documentary and television industries during a special keynote conversation at the upcoming 20th anniversary edition of Realscreen Summit.

    At the helm of HBO's hugely influential documentary team, and as an executive producer, Nevins has produced over 1,000 documentaries for the premium cable network, and, among her many accolades, has won 32 individual Primetime Emmy Awards, more than any other person.

    In 2017, she added "author" to her list of accomplishments, with the publication of her New York Times best-selling book, You Don't Look Your Age… and Other Fairy Tales (Flatiron Books). With characteristic candor, Nevins provides readers with what Meryl Streep (just one of the narrators in the audio books version) calls "an honest excavation of the process of living."

    Sheila Nevins will be presented with a special Realscreen Legacy Award during her keynote conversation at the 20th Anniversary edition of the Realscreen Summit, on Monday, January 29 at 4pm (ET). Here, she will discuss the process of penning her stories, and of course, her career as one of the most influential figures in documentary.

    The Realscreen Summit takes place from January 28-31 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington DC.

  • Celebrating 20 years of reinventing the real

    Registration is now open for the 20th edition of the Realscreen Summit in Washington DC, taking place January 28-31, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis.

    From its humble beginnings in 1999, the Realscreen Summit has, over the past 20 years, cemented its standing as the definitive global market and conference for the business of unscripted and non-fiction entertainment. For two decades, delegates from around the world have convened at the Summit to network with, and learn from the leading lights of the industry, making it a must-attend event for content creators, distributors, agents, commissioners and multi-platform broadcasters of unscripted and factual content.

    From Albert Maysles to David Zaslav, the Realscreen Summit has featured the best and brightest business and creative minds in non-fiction entertainment, and for its 20th anniversary milestone edition, delegates can expect to be educated and inspired by an incredible array of thought leaders, deal makers and disruptors from within the industry and beyond. In addition, the Realscreen team, in conjunction with the Summit's advisory board and a special 20th anniversary executive committee, is crafting new content and networking initiatives that will make the event a fresh and vital experience for return attendees and first-timers alike.

    The Realscreen Summit - helping you to "Reinvent the Real" for 20 years.

    Meet our 20th Anniversary Executive Committee!

    You can register now for the entire conference, with access to provided meals and social events, for just $1,399. Add Master Classes and the rate is $1,724. The full conference and Master Class rate is $2,075, so the savings are significant!

    Register online or contact Joel Pinto at 416-408-2300 ext 650 or Joel Pinto at 1-416-408-2300 ext. Please note that this rate is in effect only until September 8, 2017.

    Past Attendees can enjoy even lower prices. Contact Joel for more details!

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