realscreen Out & About

What happened to half a year? Seems like just a few weeks ago that I moved into this seat. And yet, here we are.
January 1, 2009

What happened to half a year? Seems like just a few weeks ago that I moved into this seat. And yet, here we are. The Realscreen Summit and NATPE have arrived and plans are well underway for MIPDOC and MIPTV.

The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers was a huge success and sold out with over 600 delegates. I must say the backdrop of Florence didn’t hurt, but the sessions were very well produced and the networking was great. Social highlights included a private concert for delegates at the Palazzo Vecchio and a private tour of the Vasari Corridor.

Of course, our entire team will be attending the Summit and we’re looking forward to meeting and reconnecting with many of you. Despite the seemingly never-ending predictions of doom and gloom, I’m happy to note that our registration numbers are trending up, and that most of the people I’ve spoken to in the past couple of months are not reporting a downturn in their businesses.

We’ve attracted some incredible speakers and introduced some new sessions that pay particular attention to media consumption and technology shifts. While our main goal is to foster community and identify the best ideas and top talent in the world of non-fiction, it’s vital to stay abreast of the current trends. I think you’ll find we’ve delivered another great blend of networking, learning and inspiration. Special thanks to all of our sponsors. Your continued support helps elevate the event year over year.

Melissa and Kelly will be attending NATPE in Vegas before the Summit. If you’re going to either event, send us a note and we’ll make some time to connect.

‘Til next time, go well

Claire Macdonald


About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.