It’s merely a month after the close of the biggest and most successful Realscreen Summit to date, and the realscreen team is hard at work, putting together the third annual Factual Entertainment Forum coming up in June.
The “lucky 13th” edition of the Summit attracted a record-breaking 1,500 delegates from around the world – an 18% increase over 2010. Highlights from this year’s Summit included an inspirational opening day keynote from Mark Burnett; an exclusive interview with Lisa Erspamer, chief creative officer of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network by Lisa Ling; and an interactive Big Picture Town Hall event with Peter Liguori, COO of Discovery Communications, and Nancy Dubuc, president and general manager of History and Lifetime Networks. Huge thanks are due to our advisory board, sponsors and delegates for contributing to the success of the event.
The Factual Entertainment Forum and Factual Entertainment Awards presentation take place in Santa Monica on June 1 and 2 and even at this early stage, we’re already seeing an uptick in numbers. Hosted at the beautiful Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, the conference expands on the networking and learning time made available last year and is on track to bring together well over 400 producers, broadcasters and distributors of reality programming. Our advisory board, comprised of Rob Sharenow, SVP, non-fiction & alternative programming, A&E Network; Chris Coelen, CEO, Kinetic Content and Spike TV’s EVP original series and animation, Sharon Levy, is helping to form a program geared towards offering unprecedented insight into what it takes to break through in the genre.
We’re also working on the second edition of realscreen’s Global Pitch Guide. This guide will spell out the buying priorities for key international broadcasters of factual programming across all genres, and will offer buyers and distributors inside info that will help in zeroing in on the most likely buyers for their programs. The print edition has a street date of August 2 and will be mailed to the entire realscreen subscriber list of over 6,000, and will 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,
VP & Publisher, realscreen