As I write this, the realscreen team is putting the finishing touches on the program for the Factual Entertainment Forum and checking the inscriptions on the awards to be handed out at the Factual Entertainment Awards on June 1.
These events have certainly come into their own and in three short years they have found their places in a crowded calendar of industry conferences, pitch fests and networking events. What sets them apart is a very clear focus on reality and fact-ent programming. The genre has exploded, as is evident in the slew of new shows and re-ups ordered in both the cable and broadcast network Upfronts (see Biz).
The agenda for the Forum is solid, featuring a compelling combination of top-level speakers, provocative topics and networking and pitching opportunities, thanks in no small part to this year’s advisory board members, who have somehow managed to eke the time out of their crazy schedules to offer their counsel and wrangle speakers. To Chris Coelen, CEO, Kinetic Content; Sharon Levy, EVP original series and animation, Spike TV and Rob Sharenow, EVP programming, Lifetime Networks – sincere thanks. Thanks also to our sponsors – A&E, History & Lifetime, and truTV – for your tremendous support.
Congratulations go out to this year’s Factual Entertainment Hall of Fame inductees: Jonathan Murray, CEO, Bunim/Murray and the inimitable Gene Simmons, this year’s “Personality of the Year.” The awards program can be found starting on Page F1 in the center of this issue.
We also have a couple more important dates for you to commit to your calendar. The realscreen Branded Entertainment Forum returns to New York City on October 20, 2011. And the 14th edition of the Realscreen Summit once again takes place at the Renaissance DC Hotel in Washington DC, from January 29 to February 1, 2012.
‘Til next time, go well
VP & publisher, realscreen