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
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty