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The Golden Age of Non-Fiction

In 1997, when realscreen magazine launched, it billed itself as the source for info “about the business of docs, infomags and lifestyle programming.” Today, what falls under the non-fiction umbrella ...
January 5, 2012

In 1997, when realscreen magazine launched, it billed itself as the source for info “about the business of docs, infomags and lifestyle programming.” Today, what falls under the non-fiction umbrella is a much wider scope of programming, ranging from factual entertainment formats to “capital D”  documentary and a lot of captivating content in-between.

Non-fiction programming is becoming more of a staple for broadcasters and cable nets internationally, and it’s not only a TV phenomenon - a majority of the new niche channels coming to YouTube will be delivering non-fiction content. So now that we’re in this “golden age,” what next? What created this wave, and how long will it last?

The Golden Age of Non-Fiction promises a frank discussion on how non-fiction found its groove, and how producers and programmers can keep it hot.

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Barry Walsh
Editor
Realscreen Magazine
Tony DiSanto
Co-Owner & Founder
DiGa
David McKillop

EVP Programming
A+E Networks
Jane Root
Founder & Chief Executive
Nutopia
Luis Silberwasser
EVP & Chief Content Officer
Discovery Networks International
Bertram van Munster
Executive Producer
Profiles Television
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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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