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More from our year-end questionnaire

You may recall that as 2009 wound down to a close and 2010 crept into view, we issued a year-end questionnaire to find out what you liked (and didn't like) about the past year and the past decade. Here are a couple more responses, paired with some input from the realscreen editorial team.
February 8, 2010

You may recall that as 2009 wound down to a close and 2010 crept into view, we issued a year-end questionnaire to find out what you liked (and didn’t like) about the past year and the past decade. Here are a couple more responses, paired with some input from the realscreen editorial team.

Vincent Kralyevich, executive vice president and chief creative officer, KPI Productions, New York

What was your favorite documentary film of 2009?

Food, Inc.

What are your top three documentaries of the past decade?

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Waltz with Bashir and Man on Wire.

What was your favorite non-fiction/fact ent series of the past year?

This Emotional Life (PBS).

What has been your favorite film and/or TV ‘guilty pleasure’ from the past year (non-fiction or scripted)?

Mad Men.

What major trend in the non-fiction content industry do you see continuing and strengthening in 2010?

Talent-based programming.

What major trend in the non-fiction content industry would you like to kiss goodbye to in 2010?

Small series orders from networks (3-6) as opposed to 13.

Bruce David Klein, president and executive producer, Atlas Media Corp., New York

What was your favorite documentary film of 2009?

Other than Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead (an Atlas Media production!) I’d have to say Anvil: The Story of Anvil.

What are your top three documentaries of the past decade?

Supersize Me, Man on a Wire, Spellbound.

What was your favorite non-fiction/fact ent series of the past year?

1000 Ways to Die (Spike).

What are your top three favorite non-fiction/fact ent series of the past 10 years?

American Idol, Survivorman, Locked Up Abroad.

What was the top news story of the year, and of the decade, in terms of the industry?

Year: Comcast/NBC deal. Decade: Cable outrates broadcast TV.

What has been your favorite film and/or TV ‘guilty pleasure’ from the past year (non-fiction or scripted)?

24 and Tabitha’s Salon Takeover.

What major trend in the non-fiction content industry do you see continuing and strengthening in 2010?

Branded entertainment deals.

What major trend in the non-fiction content industry would you like to kiss goodbye to in 2010?

Series of 6 episodes, instead of 10 or 13.

Kelly Anderson, Staff Writer, realscreen

What was your favorite doc of 2009?

For me, it was a tie between the buzz-worthy fashion docs of 2009. The September Issue gave me the pleasure of seeing that Vogue‘s offices (with the exception of editor Anna Wintour’s carefully decorated workspace) aren’t that much glitzier than realscreen‘s. The film even inspired me to buy my first issue of Vogue. Meanwhile, Valentino: The Last Emperor was a beautifully shot look at the last year of Valentino’s reign. It had glamour, couture, bickering and pugs… you can’t go wrong with any of that in my books.

Lindsay Gibb, Senior Writer, realscreen

What was your favorite doc of 2009?

I couldn’t choose between Old Partner and The Way We Get By; both intimate looks at life and mortality, though on opposite sides of the world. On the surface the subject of Old Partner sounded somewhat dull – the relationship between an elderly couple in South Korea and their 40-year-old ox – but once inside I was completely caught up in the connection and parallels between man and animal. I was also surprised by The Way We Get By, the story of three elderly troop greeters who welcome American troops home from the Iraq war. The film avoids politics and rather focuses on the kind-hearted greeters as they brighten the days of the troops while they secretly ponder their own utility in the world.

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