Cheers to you

The fifth annual RealScreen Summit, held February 5 to 7 in Washington, D.C., was an unqualified success, attracting 776 attendees from 18 countries.
March 1, 2003

The fifth annual RealScreen Summit, held February 5 to 7 in Washington, D.C., was an unqualified success, attracting 776 attendees from 18 countries. For many, networking has become one of the key purposes of going to the summit, as it’s an opportunity to reconnect with peers, feel the solidarity of the independents’ plight, and voice opinions about issues that are critical to the craft of doc-making.

Even with nearly 800 delegates, there is an intimacy to the summit you won’t find at larger events like NATP or MIP. Yet, independent producers still had plenty of opportunities to schmooze with program executives and commissioning editors from Discovery, HGTV, HBO, The History Channel, National Geographic and France 5, to name but a few. Feedback was the best we’ve ever had, with over 95% of survey respondents indicating their expectations were met and they would recommend the conference to others.

A sincere thanks to all our sponsors, speakers and other attendees for making the summit a success. It was our pleasure to host you, and we hope to see you again next year. We’ll be announcing in early April the dates for the 2004 RealScreen Summit in Washington, D.C. Also, watch for news of our first RealScreen conference in Los Angeles, coming this fall.

If you weren’t with us in February, but would like to hear what industry leaders from around the world have to say about the latest trends and issues that matter most to the non-fiction industry, you can order a full set of conference audio tapes at  A sampling of some popular sessions includes the Programmers Showcase sessions for pbs and National Geographic, ‘The Rise and Fall of International Distribution’, and overviews of the U.K. and U.S. landscapes, led by Alex Graham, CEO of Wall to Wall, and Thom Beers, president of Original Productions, respectively.

Coming up, we’ll be publishing our second annual RealScreen Distributor’s Guide. The guide gives distributors a cost-effective way to brand and highlight their expertise and key products. Organized by country and genre, this booklet will be distributed with the July issue. With our worldwide distribution to producers and programmers, there are always potential clients and partners out there needing your services and advice. Don’t be left out…call your sales representative to be included!

For those of you reading this at MIPTV, you can find RealScreen editor Susan Zeller, account manager Sarah Selhi, executive publisher Jim Shenkman and myself at the Palais, as well as VP and general manager Diane Rankin from our conference team.

See you on the Croisette!


Fatima Chai

Associate Publisher

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.