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From Duck Dynasty to Honey Boo Boo, the trend towards “comedy reality” is accelerating, and more and more unscripted series are amping up the humor element in their programming – ...
December 5, 2012

From Duck Dynasty to Honey Boo Boo, the trend towards “comedy reality” is accelerating, and more and more unscripted series are amping up the humor element in their programming – in some cases, resulting in serious ratings. And there are many ways to approach humor in unscripted entertainment, ranging from “real life sitcoms” to comical competitions. In a high-octane panel at the 15th edition of the Realscreen Summit producers and networks behind the humorous hits let us know what works in comedic reality and why.

MODERATOR:
Sharon Levy

EVP Original Series
SPIKE TV

 

Elaine Frontain Bryant

SVP Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming

A&E Network and BIO Channel

Deirdre Gurney
Owner

Gurney Productions

Marissa Ronca

VP, Program Development

truTV

Lauren Lexton

Co-Founder & Executive Producer

Authentic Entertainment

Natalka Znak

CEO

Zodiak USA

 

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About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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