Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC | Sunday, January 28 – Wednesday, January 31, 2020


  • Safe Sets: Best Practices for Duty of Care

    Part of the attraction for audiences, when it comes to unscripted entertainment, is seeing ordinary people experiencing extraordinary situations. When it comes to starring in, or even producing or crewing such programming, ensuring the psychological welfare of those in front of and behind the camera should be of paramount concern. Here, you'll learn from producers, network executives, and others in the field about their efforts to establish and maintain duty of care protocol that will keep their sets, and shows, safe.

    The 'Safe Sets: Best Practices for Duty of Care' session explores how the well being of a team is of utmost concern for any business in the entertainment industry.

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  • Summit Showdown is back with two $20K development deals from A&E and HGTV. Let the pitching begin!

    Realscreen Summit's highly-anticipated live international pitch competition is back with two US $20,000 development deals up for grabs at the 2020 competition.

    Our supporting networks, A&E and HGTV, will each provide a US $20,000 development deal to a winning project for their network. One winner for each network will be crowned at the live pitch competition taking place on Monday, January 27, 2020 at the Realscreen Summit.

    The 2020 Summit Showdown is presented in partnership with West One Music Group, who will provide the Grand Prize winners an exclusive custom theme song and blanket library package for their show. In addition to creating the title track for the pilot, West One will also provide music direction and full access to their award-winning library of more than 55,000 tracks.


  • Cooking up Copros: What's Working, Where

    Facing ever-declining budgets and licensing fees, producers across myriad genres of non-fiction have had to get creative to fund their projects. But factoring in a growing number of potential international buyers, copros are no longer strictly the domain of big-budget, blue chip content, and creative partnerships are ensuring that various segments of the industry have skin in the game. The 'Cooking Up Copros: What's Working, Where' session navigates the coproduction landscape in 2020, and deciphers what's working now, how it's working, and where it's working. heads

  • More speakers added to the 2020 program

    Every year we aspire to expand the boundaries for our attendees by exposing them to an array of inspirational and topical content presented through a range of formats, from structured networking to one-on-one pitching opportunities, keynotes and panel discussions.

    We are excited to introduce additional speakers from various sectors of the global non-fiction content industry to the lineup, all set to contribute their time and expertise to the Realscreen Summit 2020 program:


  • Talking Talent

    Conventional wisdom within the industry states that having the right talent attached to a project on-screen and behind the scenes is of the utmost importance when it comes to giving your project a fighting chance. But with content platforms multiplying at a feverish rate, so too are the opportunities for talent, making exclusivity harder to negotiate and changing the game considerably. And talent can come from practically every corner of culture today, with influencers being the experts for a generation of content consumers.

    You will have the chance to dive into this and more when you join us for the 'Talking Talent' panel, as we bring together execs from across the industry to examine the evolving role of talent in the unscripted content equation.



  • What's Hot, What's Not

    Development execs at networks and prodcos always need to be in tune with - and preferably one step ahead of - the cultural zeitgeist in order to tap into what could be the next big TV trend. What might have been hot a month or two ago could cool off considerably by the time your project is ready to pitch. What are the big new development areas for 2020 and 2021, and what's on the way out? Top producers and buyers offer their views on where the unscripted market is heading and why.

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  • Get ‘30 Minutes With’ top network execs

    The '30 Minutes With' sessions are designed to help you make the connections you need at the Realscreen Summit. These intimate and interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking candidly about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. Seating will be limited to 40 delegates to maintain an up-close-and-personal vibe. Some of the companies that have hosted '30 Minutes With' sessions include: 30 Minutes With

  • Amplify your networking opportunities!

    We pride ourselves on making it easy to develop meaningful industry connections. Meet face to face, listen and ask questions in intimate sessions, enjoy breakfast or lunch with executives, or even pitch your project. We make it all possible with our range of signature networking opportunities. untitled  

  • Discovery's Kathleen Finch to keynote

    Realscreen is happy to reveal that Kathleen Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer for Discovery Inc. will be featured in a keynote conversation at Realscreen Summit in New Orleans on January 28. Finch 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.Kathleen Finch

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