Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC | Sunday, January 28 – Wednesday, January 31, 2021


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  • Wayne Brady: Bringing inclusivity, improv and inspiration to your business


    Entrepreneur, award-winning actor, singer, improv comedian, producer, host, television personality, presenter and advocate -- Wayne Brady's career path, and personal life journey, has helped him see the world in a unique way. With this life and professional experience, he is now building a truly diversified business under his Makin' It Up Productions banner, working alongside some of the biggest names in entertainment along with some of the world's top corporations. In this candid keynote conversation, Brady discusses his approach to diversifying his portfolio in the entertainment business, the myriad projects he'll have on the way for 2021, and the importance of putting inclusivity at the core of his professional endeavors.

    In this candid keynote conversation, Brady discusses with Aisha Tyler, his approach to diversifying his portfolio in the entertainment business, the myriad projects he'll have on the way for 2021, and the importance of putting inclusivity at the core of his professional endeavors.

  • In conversation with Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton

    l15ZpcO1SLSWZcx4O0Gt_HRC Realscreen is thrilled to announce that former U.S. Secretary of State, First Lady and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton and author and global health advocate Chelsea Clinton will take part in a special keynote interview at the Realscreen Summit on January 28, 2021 to discuss their newly established production company, HiddenLight Productions, founded with filmmaker and entrepreneur Sam Branson.

  • What to expect from Discovery+

    Now it can be told -- Discovery, one of the giants in non-fiction programming, is staking its claim in the streaming sweepstakes and launching its own service. But how will it differ from Discovery's myriad linear offerings, and what will be its unique selling point in the increasingly crowded streaming space? And what opportunities exist for content creators as the service kicks into gear? In this session, you'll hear from top executives behind the endeavor and learn more about what to expect from Discovery+. Screen Shot 2020-12-08 at 4.13.56 PM

  • What’s the State of the Unscripted Nation?

    While many of our past Summit sessions over recent years have focused on adapting to, and thriving within change, it's fair to say that no one could have predicted the upheaval facing this industry -- and the world -- in 2020. But how can we move beyond this unprecedented disruption into 2021, and beyond? In a high-octane keynote panel on January 25, 2021, top executives across the non-fiction and unscripted screen content business will talk about how they met change and challenge head-on, the lessons learned and the new strategies adapted, and their thoughts on the opportunities that can be explored in the months and years ahead. Screen Shot 2020-12-07 at 5.46.56 PM

  • From a villa in Fiji, to a rooftop in Las Vegas

    As well as offering delegates inimitable networking opportunities to pitch, sell and buy shows, the Realscreen Summit delivers practical and timely learnings via expertly curated panels featuring some of the brightest minds in the business.

    How "Love Island" Became "Love Inland" will reveal how, when it became necessary to rethink how to shoot one of unscripted's biggest series in the midst of a pandemic, reinvention saved the day. You'll learn how the production team behind the format's U.S. version pivoted to bring viewers an unprecedented season of the global phenomenon (which topped Season 1 in viewership and week-to-week growth) – partnering with Caesars Entertainment and taking over an entire hotel in Las Vegas to create a giant "production bubble" and recreate the Love Island "villa" on the roof of The Cromwell.Screen Shot 2020-12-07 at 5.29.49 PM

  • Leading you to the biggest names in the unscripted industry

    We strive to provide our delegates with unprecedented access to the most influential players in the business of non-fiction and unscripted entertainment.

    The virtual marketplace brings together leading creators, buyers and distributors from all corners of the world to interact, network and make meaningful connections like never before. We are excited to share with you a snapshot of just a few of companies that will be attending Realscreen Summit virtually:

    Companies at the Summit

    This is your opportunity to get your foot in the door to build on business prospects with companies that you have always dreamed of partnering or working with.

  • A Virtual Marketplace Walkthrough

    To learn more about what the Realscreen Summit Virtual Marketplace and realXchange will offer you as a delegate, please view our walk-through video. Walkthrough

  • Pitch. Sell. Buy. Develop. Learn. Connect. Be inspired.

    Let's face it, we're all tired of looking at screens for hours on end and are aching to actually engage with our partners and peers. That's where the Realscreen Summit's purpose-built platform - the new, revamped realXchange - comes into play.

    Yes, you'll have access to high-level keynotes and panels with all of the information you need to navigate the new challenges and opportunities in the world of unscripted and non-fiction entertainment. And you'll have the option of catching the conversations live, as they happen, and taking part in Q&As with decision-makers and creators, or catching up on the session later through realXchange.

    But there's much, much more. Now, with the new realXchange platform, you'll be immersed fully in an experience that allows you to actually connect, and have meaningful pitches and discussions with your partners. Replicating and enhancing the networking sessions that set our events apart, and maximizing the interactive opportunities to meet and make contact with potential business partners, have been our priorities. Speed PitchingSpeed NetworkingCoffee and Cocktails WithMeet an Expert and 30 Minutes With dominate the agenda.

    That's it! The ability to schedule meetings, meet and pitch, take in content and network, all through one central platform. We're making it easy for you.

  • Meet with leading distributors and agents

    Structured networking, and an abundance of it, defines Realscreen's events. Along with topical keynotes and panels we take immense pride in helping our delegates make meaningful industry connections at all of our events.

    For the upcoming edition of the Summit we have made every effort to provide you with all the opportunities you have come to expect from us when you attend a live event. The Marketplace+ pass offers a series of productive networking sessions that are a significant part of our latest agenda.

    Among the many networking opportunities designed to grow your connections are the Meet an Expert sessions, where we deliver representatives from some of the top agencies and distributors in the unscripted and non-fiction entertainment industry to you.

    Our confirmed list of Distributors so far for Meet an Expert include: Screen Shot 2020-12-07 at 5.52.04 PM

    Our confirmed list of Agents so far for Meet an Expert include:

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  • Get ready for a content packed Summit

    The agenda for Realscreen Summit is now live! The lineup features premium content including insightful panels and keynotes and all the networking opportunities that are part of the live Summit experience. Over 40 speakers are already confirmed.

    Our first wave of keynotes includes acclaimed documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, and A+E Networks president of programming Robert Sharenow.


    Headshots JANUARY 29, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will discuss their upcoming film 'Hemingway', a three-part series on the life and art of the writer that will air on PBS in April, 2021. The filmmakers will also discuss the role of documentary filmmaking in our current sociopolitical climate, and the interrelationship between documentary and non-fiction content, and the mandate of public television.



    FEBRUARY 2, 2021 | 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

    In this keynote interview, Sharenow will discuss current trends in unscripted and non-fiction programming, as well as his thoughts on the challenges of creating and slating content in the midst of the current pandemic. He will be interviewed by the host of A&E's upcoming new series, 'I Survived a Crime', award-winning ABC News reporter Gio Benitez.

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