In our never-ending quest to deliver invaluable business intel and networking opportunities to stakeholders in the realm of factual entertainment, the realscreen team is hard at work developing the program of the Factual Entertainment Forum.
With the input of our advisory board helmed by Thom Beers, CEO & executive producer, Original Productions and including SPIKE TV’s SVP original series, Sharon Levy, the second edition of this conference is certain to provide producers in the fact ent/reality space with an abundance of dynamic, practical advice geared towards their business success.
The conference takes place at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows in beautiful Santa Monica, CA, June 2 and 3. This year, we wanted to provide even more networking opportunities for delegates and to this end have borrowed some of the most popular networking sessions from the Realscreen Summit. Producers will be given an intimate opportunity to hear from network execs during our signature ’30 Minutes With…’ sessions spread over the course of both days. Additionally we’ll be hosting Speed Pitching sessions where programming execs will take three-minute pitches from producers. Some of the broadcasters already committed to these sessions include Cori Abraham, VP development and original programming, Bravo Media; Nicole DeFusco, VP original programming and development, Sundance Channel; Christian Drobnyk, director of entertainment, UKTV; Tim Duffy, VP non-scripted programming, SPIKE TV; Marc Etkind, VP development, Animal Planet and David McKillop, SVP development and programming, History. For agenda updates and keynote announcements, please visit http://www.factualentertainment.com/
The Factual Entertainment Forum culminates in the presentation of the Factual Entertainment Awards in a high-profile ceremony at the Fairmont on June 2. Our incredible judges are hard at work sifting through the high volume of entries received for the premier global celebration of fact ent/reality excellence. I’d like to offer a heartfelt thank you to the selfless broadcasters, producers and distributors for giving their time and their talent for spotting ‘winners’ to the proceedings. Details around the awards process and a comprehensive list of judges can be found at awards.realscreen.com.
We’re also very excited to announce the launch of a brand new Global Pitch Guide for the factual entertainment industry. This guide will spell out the buying priorities for key international broadcasters of factual programming across all genres. This comprehensive tool will offer buyers and distributors inside information that will help in zeroing in on the most likely buyers of their programs. The print edition has a street date of August 31 and will be mailed to the entire realscreen subscriber list of over 6,000 and then distributed at MIPCOM in October. For information on advertising in this year-round reference guide, please send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
’til next time, go well