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From summer to Summit prep

It's hard to believe that summer's behind us already. One sure sign is that production of the Realscreen Summit is in full swing and we're well on our way to delivering a stellar line-up of stimulating sessions and the best networking opportunities of the year.
September 1, 2009

It’s hard to believe that summer’s behind us already. One sure sign is that production of the Realscreen Summit is in full swing and we’re well on our way to delivering a stellar line-up of stimulating sessions and the best networking opportunities of the year.

This is thanks in large part to the incredible input and counsel of our advisory panel. Helmed by History’s president & GM, Nancy Dubuc and Reveille’s managing director, co-head of domestic television and head of digital, Howard T. Owens, our panel is committed to ensuring that the content at this year’s Summit is provocative, practical and relevant. Our panel is rounded out by: Caroline Behar, head of acquisitions and international coproductions, France 5; Frances Berwick, executive vice president and general manager, Bravo Media; Chris Coelen, CEO, RDF Media USA; Tony DiSanto, president of programming, MTV; Carl Hall, CEO, Parthenon Entertainment; Jonathan Hewes, deputy chief executive, Wall to Wall; Stephen Hunter, VP of production, National Geographic Channels International; Lance Klein, agent, alternative television department, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment; Gena McCarthy, SVP development and production, Discovery Channel and John Saade, SVP alternative series, specials & late night programming, ABC Entertainment.

With those introductions out of the way, I’m delighted to announce the first of our keynotes for the 12th installment of the Realscreen Summit. Abbe Raven, president and CEO of A&E Television Networks (AETN) will be providing a keynote interview on Tuesday, February 2. Raven is one of the most distinguished leaders in cable television and will share her vision for AETN and her thoughts on the television industry – where it is and where it’s going.

I’m also very excited to announce that we’re going to be launching an onsite screening room at the Summit this year. Producers and distributors will now be able to showcase their programs to the industry’s top buyers and programmers at the most important non-fiction entertainment conference in the world. Even better, programs will be available online through Realscreen Connect to non-fiction broadcasters all year round. Stay tuned for updates.

This year we’ll also be stepping up the networking opps a notch by adding a third speed pitching session and even more ’30 minutes with…’ sessions, and delegates are already connecting with each other through our customized networking tool ‘MyEvent.’ The conference agenda will be posted at www.realscreensummit.com in the coming weeks and if you follow us on Twitter you can keep up to date as we finalize speakers and sessions.

Check this space for more updates in November.

’til next time, go well.

Claire Macdonald

Publisher, realscreen

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