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The realscreen team has been fortunate to find many fantastic opportunities to meet a diverse cross-section of the global factual community over the past few months.
July 1, 2009

The realscreen team has been fortunate to find many fantastic opportunities to meet a diverse cross-section of the global factual community over the past few months.

First, there was our very own Factual Entertainment Forum: The Real Deal, in Santa Monica. By all accounts this inaugural conference focusing on reality programming was an enormous success and attracted a veritable who’s who of the genre. (See photo spread on pages 38 and 39). Thanks again to all of the speakers, sponsors and delegates who contributed to a great day of idea-sharing and networking. We’re already exploring expanding the event and introducing some exciting new elements, so watch this space (and realscreen.com) for details as they unfold.

At this year’s Silverdocs, Lindsay seized the opportunity to check out some much talked about documentaries including Convention, Crude, Facing Ali and The September Issue. She also felt fortunate to hear the wise and inspiring words of Albert Maysles during the Guggenheim Symposium in his honor. But the true highlight of the doc festival and conference was a beard and moustache competition that accompanied the short doc Splitting Hairs.

Barry & I were happy to attend Sunny Side of the Doc in June. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the market managed to buck industry trends by posting an increase in attendance and a generally positive mood prevailed. A green-themed party hosted by Yves Jeanneau saw exhibitors and delegates transform into karaoke rock stars and dancers fit to appear on an international talent show. To read about who won what in the Best International Projects Showcase, click here.

We’re now fully engaged in Realscreen Summit preparations (check out our advisory board on page 7). The three-day conference takes place in Washington, D.C. February 1 to 3 and there’s a special preview rate in effect. Be sure to book early to save some significant cash. If you’re enquiring about speaking opportunities, please feel free to contact Heidi Rotter at hrotter@brunico.com. If you’re interested in sponsorship information, please contact me.

‘Til next time, go well
Claire Macdonald
Publisher

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 HMV.com. 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.

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