Realscreen Summit update: hotel sold out, new venue for 2014

The 2013 Realscreen Summit is on track to sell out, with accommodation at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel (pictured) already fully booked, and a new venue lined up for 2014.
December 17, 2012

The 2013 Realscreen Summit is on track to sell out, with accommodation at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel (pictured) already fully booked, and a new venue lined up for 2014.

Earlier this year, the 2012 Realscreen Summit broke all previous attendance records, selling out for the first time in its 14-year history a week before its January 29 kick off. Registrations increased 33% on 2011′s final attendance numbers, with some 2,000 delegates attending.

Currently, the 2013 Realscreen Summit – which takes place January 27-30 – is on track to sell out even earlier than the 2012 event, and those interested in attending are advised to register this side of the festive break, to guarantee attendance. Once the event is sold out, realscreen will be unable to issue more delegate passes.

As with the 2012 event, next month’s Summit will see realscreen taking over the entire Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, meaning that only those registered to attend the event will be able to access the venue. Non-delegates will be turned away by hotel security.

Accommodation at the Renaissance Washington has already sold out; however, realscreen has secured a secondary room block for registered attendees at the nearby JW Marriott Washington DC hotel.

For full details on secondary room block accommodation, click here.

Those planning to attend from the UK should also note that realscreen has partnered with Virgin Atlantic to offer a 10% discount for those booking flights through the airline.

New venue for 2014

With the 2012 Summit having sold out and the 2013 event on track to sell out as well, the Realscreen Summit will be moving to a new, much larger venue in January 2014.

The Washington Hilton (pictured below) offers 110,000 sq. ft of function space – offering nearly twice as much capacity as the Renaissance – and is situated on the fashionable upper Connecticut Avenue, near Embassy Row and the Adams Morgan neighborhood.

The Washington Hilton

As with 2012 and 2013, realscreen will be securing total access to the hotel, meaning that all hotel rooms will be for Summit delegates and those without delegate passes will not be able to access the venue.

Realscreen VP and publisher Claire Macdonald said: “While the Renaissance has served us faithfully for many years, our move to the Washington Hilton serves as an acknowledgment of the size and scope the Realscreen Summit has now grown to.

“The Summit is now the most important market for many delegates working in non-fiction, and the Hilton is the perfect solution for our continued growth. We are delighted to have secured it exclusively for 2014.”

Many speakers and panels now locked in

In parallel with today’s news, realscreen has also finalized and confirmed a number of panel sessions for the 2013 Summit.

The event will see CAA agent Alan Braun host an ‘in conversation’ session with Eileen O’Neill,  group president of Discovery, TLC and Discovery Fit & Health Networks; while as previously reported, BBC ‘Storyville’ series editor Nick Fraser will host a head-to-head conversation with Oscar-winner Alex Gibney.

In The 10 Per Cent Solution, execs from ICM, UTA, Lifetime, Atlas Media and T Group Productions will discuss the ins and outs of getting an agent; while You’re Trending: So What? will look at the relationship and occasional disparity between the metrics of Nielsen numbers and social media buzz.

Elsewhere, the Make ‘em Laugh session will see network execs from Spike TV, TruTV and A&E Network discussing the trend towards “comedy reality” shows such as Duck Dynasty and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo; while the Hunt for the Next Big Thing focuses on the genres, sub-genres and hybrids that networks and prodcos are betting on for 2013 and beyond.

Also confirmed is the Real Business of Housewives session, which looks at the explosion of the Real Housewives franchise; and The “Constructed” Conundrum, which will look at the blurring of the lines between reality and drama.

Finally, Global Production: The Pros and Cons will examine the issue of feeding the appetite for global content from the prodco, network, and distributor perspectives, with panelists from Discovery Networks International, National Geographic Channels International, A+E Networks, Leftfield Pictures and Passion Distribution.

  • To register for the 2013 Realscreen Summit, click here.
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.