Unscripted

Beers to be honored at Banff

Veteran reality TV producer Thom Beers is to receive an excellence in non-fiction award at the upcoming Banff World Media Festival, and Magical Elves will provide the event's non-fiction keynote.
April 29, 2011

Veteran reality TV producer Thom Beers is to receive an excellence in non-fiction award at the upcoming Banff World Media Festival, organizers said Thursday.

Beers, CEO and executive producer of Original Productions, a FremantleMedia subsidiary, is best known for his Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, IRT: Deadliest Roads and Black Gold series.

In all, Beers has developed around 40 series for cable channels, including History, Discovery, Spike TV, The National Geographic Channel, truTV and A&E.

“Since founding Original Productions, Thom Beers has continually reinvented reality television with one international hit after another,” Ferne Cohen, Banff executive director, said in explaining the festival’s choice for the unscripted TV award tribute.

While in Banff, Beers will be interviewed on June 13 as part of the festival’s non-fiction stream.

Banff organizers also announced that Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, founding partners of Magical Elves Productions, will provide the non-fiction keynote. Like Original Productions, Magical Elves, producers of the original Project Runway, Top Chef and Work of Art, have made frequent appearances on realscreen‘s Global 100 listing of top production companies from around the world.

(From Playback Daily, with files from Barry Walsh)

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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