ED CRICK, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, TLC:
Rupert Murdoch or John Malone have the biggest hands in influencing the world of non-fiction across a variety of platforms in every territory. On the micro scale, it’s still the case that any one individual has the potential to shift perceptions with the right message delivered powerfully at the right time.
JONATHAN HEWES, DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE, WALL TO WALL TELEVISION (UK):
I would say that Mark Burnett is still probably the most influential person in non-fiction, partly because he’s the most successful producer of reality for US network TV and because of the different financial and production models he’s explored, as well as the shows he’s produced.
CHRIS PALMER, PRODUCER IN RESiDENCE & DIRECTOR, AMERICAN UNIVERSITY (US):
Al Gore showed that you can take what seems at first glance like a dry and academic subject, and transform it into an influential and commercially successful film. Who knew conservation could be so interesting?