Howie Mandel to host Summit pitch competition

The Realscreen Summit's highly anticipated live pitch competition, "So You Think You Can Pitch," will be hosted this year by the multi-talented Howie Mandel.
November 1, 2011

The Realscreen Summit’s highly anticipated live pitch competition, “So You Think You Can Pitch,” will be hosted this year by the multi-talented Howie Mandel.

Mandel, who has been in showbiz for more than 30 years, is currently the host and executive producer of the Fox series Mobbed, an unscripted show that puts a hidden-camera spin on the flashmob phenomenon. Also known for his hosting of Deal or No Deal and judging on America’s Got Talent, Mandel will emcee “So You Think You Can Pitch,” a high-octane competition that sees brave producers pitch their concepts to a diverse panel of discerning industry judges, including Gary Lico, president and CEO of CABLEready, and Bridget Whalen Hunnicutt, senior VP of global development and production at National Geographic Channel.

“So You Think You Can Pitch” always brings in a standing room only crowd at the Summit and provides an invaluable experience for those selected to deliver their pitches, as well as great learning and entertainment for the audience. This year’s session takes place on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, and entries are encouraged across all categories of non-scripted – from serious documentary fare to lighter reality programming. The deadline to enter is December 9, 2011, and the entry form can be found at

We’ve also just launched the call for entries for the third edition of realscreen‘s Factual Entertainment Awards, the winners of which will be announced during a high-profile ceremony at the realscreen Factual Entertainment Forum, at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, May 30, 2012.

Entries are being accepted in the following categories: competition programming, lifestyle programming, reality programming and non-fiction programming. To find out more about the categories and the sub-categories within each, please visit the official site, Winners in each category will be determined by juries comprised of industry heavyweights, who will also single out projects that merit special Creative Talent & Craft Awards for directing, cinematography, music, hosting/presenting, editing, casting, most compelling character, and most original concept.

New inductees will join Mark Burnett and Jon Murray in the Factual Entertainment Awards Hall of Fame and the 2011 Personality of the Year will also be announced. Who will follow in Gene Simmons’ footsteps?

It’s hard to believe another year is coming to a close. On behalf of the entire team at realscreen, I wish you the best of the holiday season and a happy and prosperous 2012.

’til next time, go well

Claire Macdonald

VP & Publisher


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.