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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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