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Non-fiction trailblazers of the decade: We want your input

With the decade coming closer and closer to its close, we want you to tell us the following: Who were the producers, broadcasters, distributors, filmmakers and Web/technology types that brought non-fiction forward into the 21st century? And who are the people that will take non-fiction film and TV even further in the 10 years ahead?
November 8, 2010

With the decade coming closer and closer to its close, it’s time to look back at the past 10 years, and, as we in the journalism world are wont to do, assemble a list or two.

In this case, we want to take a page from realscreen‘s past and adapt it somewhat. Over the years, we’ve profiled what we’ve called ‘Broadcast Mavericks’ – reflections on risk-takers in the industry. For our End of the Decade overview, we want to extend that insight into other areas, and exchange the term ‘maverick’ for ‘trailblazer’ (thank you, John McCain, for making us have to give ‘maverick’ a rest). Who were the producers, broadcasters, distributors, filmmakers and Web/technology types that brought non-fiction forward into the 21st century? And who are the people that will take non-fiction film and television even further in the 10 years ahead?

We’d also like your input regarding what you thought the biggest issues impacting non-fiction film and TV were over the past 10 years, and what they will be going forward. Thus, please send your choices regarding the categories below and a concise blurb detailing your reasons behind them to editor Barry Walsh via bwalsh@brunico.com or editor@realscreen.com by December 10, 2010. We’d like to print some of your comments in our ‘Trailblazers of the Decade’ feature in our upcoming January/February issue (to be distributed at the Realscreen Summit and NATPE) so please let us know if you’d prefer your input to remain anonymous. Thanks in advance for your thoughts! And also keep in mind that we’ll be soliciting your input for our annual list of the top 100 non-fiction production companies in the world, the realscreen Global 100, in the days ahead.

BROADCAST TRAILBLAZER OF THE YEAR (PERSON OR COMPANY)

PRODUCTION TRAILBLAZER OF THE YEAR (PERSON OR COMPANY)

DISTRIBUTION TRAILBLAZER OF THE YEAR (PERSON OR COMPANY)

TECHNOLOGY TRAILBLAZER OF THE YEAR (PERSON OR COMPANY)

THE BIGGEST ISSUE IMPACTING NON-FICTION FILM AND TV IN THE PAST DECADE WAS:

THE BIGGEST ISSUE TO IMPACT NON-FICTION FILM AND TV IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS WILL BE:

We look forward to seeing what you have to say.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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