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Examining the “Hatfields & McCoys effect”

With significant input from this year’s advisory board helmed by Robert DeBitetto, President & General Manager, A&E Network and BIO Channel, and Eileen O’Neill, Group President, Discovery, TLC and Discovery ...
November 9, 2012

With significant input from this year’s advisory board helmed by Robert DeBitetto, President & General Manager, A&E Network and BIO Channel, and Eileen O’Neill, Group President, Discovery, TLC and Discovery Fit & Health Networks, the agenda promises to deliver a combination of relevant, practical and inspirational content as well as ample time to take meetings and get deals done.

In Factual Drama: Fusing Fact and Fiction, senior execs will examine what could be called the “Hatfields & McCoys effect.” While factually-based drama is not a new phenomenon, the massive success of History’s miniseries starring Kevin Costner (averaging close to 14 million viewers over three nights) put the genre back on the programming radar in a major way for networks around the world. How can factual producers take advantage of this trend, what do they need to know before taking a stab at the genre, and what are networks looking for in factual drama?

MODERATOR:
Howard T. Owens
President
National Geographic Channels

Leslie Greif
Founder and CEO
Thinkfactory Media

Dirk Hoogstra
SVP Development and Programming
History

Jane Root
Founder & Chief Executive
Nutopia

John Smithson
Creative Director
Arrow Media

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About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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