MONDAY, JANUARY 27 - THURSDAY, JANUARY 30
SHERATON NEW ORLEANS
Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC | Sunday, January 28 – Wednesday, January 31, 2020

Agenda

Agenda is subject to change.

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Keynotes and Conversations

Monday, January 27

10:00am

Keynote Conversation: Dan Cutforth & Jane Lipsitz (10:00am - 10:45am)

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom A/B

Kicking off this year’s edition of the Realscreen Summit is a special live taping of Jimmy Fox’s “Unscripted and Unprepared” podcast, featuring dynamic producing duo Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, the team behind such iconic unscripted franchises as Bravo’s Top Chef and Project Runway, and 2020 inductees to the Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame.

 


Featuring:


Dan Cutforth

Co-Founder

Alfred Street Industries

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Interviewer

Jimmy Fox

President

Main Event Media

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Jane Lipsitz

CEO

Alfred Street Industries

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3:30pm

State of the Nation: Foresight is 2020 (3:30pm - 4:30pm)

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom A/B

Gigantic content conglomerates entering the streaming fray, the pull towards direct-to-consumer for top broadcasters, more major mergers and acquisitions set to redraw the global production landscape… to quote Penny Lane from Almost Famous, “it’s all happening!” But what does all of this activity mean for the unscripted and non-fiction content community and its stakeholders? And what are the changes on the horizon that are set to shake up the status quo even further? Our annual “state of the nation” exploration brings together top execs from across the industry to discuss and debate what’s happening now, what’s coming next, and why it will matter to you and your business.


Featuring:


Shade Grant

Partner and Co-Head, Non-Scripted

ICM Partners

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Eli Lehrer

EVP & General Manager

History

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Allison Page

President

Magnolia Network

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Tim Pastore

Media Executive

All3Media America

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Edward Simpson

Chief Strategy Officer

Wheelhouse

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Tuesday, January 28

9:30am

Keynote Conversation: Kathleen Finch, Discovery Inc. (9:30am - 10:30am)

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom C/D/E

Kathleen Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer for Discovery, Inc. oversees the management oversight of HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, Travel Channel, DIY Network, Cooking Channel, Discovery Life, American Heroes Channel, Destination America, Great American Country and the company's Digital Studios Group in the U.S. During her keynote conversation at the Summit, Finch will share her thoughts on how her role has evolved following the Discovery/Scripps merger, how the company itself has evolved and her take on the trends impacting the non-fiction screen content industry, and the television industry at large.


Featuring:


Keynote

Kathleen Finch

Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer

Discovery, Inc.

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Interviewer

Michael O'Connell

Senior Writer

The Hollywood Reporter

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1:15pm

Food for Thought: Making Diversity and Inclusion a Priority (1:15pm - 2:30pm)

Rhythms I

In this special interview session, you’ll hear from Deborah Williams, executive director of the UK-based Creative Diversity Network, or CDN. The organization is funded by the UK’s main broadcasters and coordinates the ground-breaking Diamond diversity monitoring and reporting project, and while Williams oversees the implementation of all of CDN’s current projects, she also meets and consults with network and production executives in North America concerning diversity and inclusion initiatives. Here, you’ll learn about how the Diamond project has educated and inspired broadcasters in the UK to make diversity and inclusion a top priority, and how North American networks and producers can follow suit.

*Advance sign-up is required. A three-course plated lunch will be provided.

Sign-up closes on Friday, January 17 at 5:00 PM EST.


Moderating:


Mioshi Hill

President

Lifetime

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Featuring:


Deborah Williams

Executive Director

Creative Diversity Network

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3:45pm

Keynote Conversation: Paula Kerger, PBS (3:45pm - 4:45pm)

Sponsored by

Grand Ballroom A/B

In a one-on-one keynote conversation at the Realscreen Summit, PBS president and CEO and Realscreen Hall of Fame 2020 inductee Paula Kerger will discuss her career and achievements to date, as well as her views on the present and future state of public broadcasting, and non-fiction programming.


Featuring:


Interviewer

Eric Deggans

TV Critic

National Public Radio (NPR)

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Keynote

Paula Kerger

President & CEO

PBS

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Wednesday, January 29

9:30am

Linear: Alive and Well (9:30am - 10:30am)

Grand Ballroom C/D/E

As SVOD, and increasingly, AVOD platforms proliferate and vie for market share, the current refrain regarding linear networks — and specifically linear cable nets — is that the future won’t be kind. Ratings declines, cord-cutting and commissioning challenges all contribute to that narrative. However, just as the advent of cable networks didn’t decimate the broadcast TV giants but rather forced them to both evolve and capitalize on their strengths, cable networks can also turn disruption into opportunity. Here, several top cable network execs will discuss how they’re “fighting back” through honing their offerings, maximizing their franchises, commissioning “on brand” content and more. 

Moderating:


Bruce David Klein

President & Executive Producer

Atlas Media Corp

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Featuring:


Rob Bagshaw

Showrunner

Nickelodeon

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Dolores Gavin

Senior Executive Production & Development

A&E Network

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Lauren Gellert

EVP, Development & Original Programming

WE TV

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Howard Swartz

Senior Vice President Docs and Specials, Factual Networks & Streaming

Discovery Channel

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