Realscreen editor Barry Walsh (pictured) has been promoted to editor and content director, a new position that recognizes his increasing involvement in the non-fiction publisher’s market-leading conferences.
The role sees Walsh taking the lead on content for realscreen‘s flagship event, the Realscreen Summit, along with the brand’s west coast event, Realscreen West, and its New York-based event, the Branded Entertainment Forum.
The news comes as Realscreen West, which takes place June 5-6 in Santa Monica, is on the cusp of selling out, with less than 35 tickets left.
In taking on the additional responsibility, Walsh’s promotion will free up realscreen‘s VP and publisher Claire Macdonald to focus on the brand’s business development.
In a statement, Macdonald said: “In the past five years realscreen has evolved at light speed, essentially mirroring the growth of the unscripted entertainment business globally.
“I’ve played a very active role in content development, but the time has come to pass that baton so that I can focus on business development. Barry has already made an enormous contribution to our events and awards program, so it gives me great pleasure to announce his promotion.”
Walsh’s promotion comes as realscreen‘s events have grown considerably over the past four years. In January this year, the Realscreen Summit hosted 2,300 attendees – a 109% increase on 2009′s figure of 1,100 attendees. Next year, the event will relocate to the Washington Hilton hotel, which offers increased capacity.
In a statement, Walsh said: “It’s been an amazing thrill to see the huge growth of our market-leading events and, under the leadership of Claire Macdonald and with the organizational wizardry of conference producer Heidi Rotter, to be part of their evolution.
“I think I can speak for the entire realscreen team when I say that we’re looking forward to evolving them further in the immediate future, and we’re excited to create more inspiring, educational and opportunity-filled events and initiatives for the non-fiction and unscripted content communities.”