In my opinion…

Every RealScreen Plus poses a topical poll question to our readers. Here are some of your thoughts:
June 1, 2001

Where would you draw the line at attempting/accepting a pitch?

In an elevator – 18.5%

At a party – 3.7%

In the bathroom – 22.2%

Over the urinal/under the stall* – 27.8%

There is no line – 27.8%

Digital channels will be the salvation of factual programming.

Yes – 47.5%

No – 25.0%

You must be joking – 27.5%

International partnerships are essential to success.

Yes – 44.5%

No – 33.3%

You must be joking – 22.2%

Is the doc boom over?

Yes – 13.1%

No – 56.5%

Did it ever start? – 30.4%

Is arts programming a dying breed?

Yes – 53.5%

No – 46.5%

Mid-size distribs are headed the way of the dodo.

Agree – 45.8%

Disagree – 54.2%

Can public television still afford to have a public service mandate?

Yes – 82.8%

No – 17.2%

Reality TV’s popularity is good for all doc genres.

Agree – 31.9%

Disagree – 68.1%

Would you include news in your definition of doc programming?

Yes – 17.4%

No – 82.6%

What’s your opinion of pitching forums?

Love ‘em – 42.4%

Hate ‘em – 12.1%

Don’t make a difference – 45.5%

*Actually happens

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About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.