People/Biz

Realscreen’s year-end survey: Eden Gaha, Shine America

As the year draws to a close, realscreen has quizzed figures from across the factual spectrum for their 2013 highlights, lowlights, reflections and future aspirations. Shine America's president, Eden Gaha (pictured), kicks things off.
December 13, 2013

As the year draws to a close, realscreen has quizzed figures from across the factual spectrum for their 2013 highlights, lowlights, reflections and future aspirations. Shine America’s president, Eden Gaha (pictured), kicks things off.

My favorite factual program/series of 2013 was:
Vice on HBO.

I never thought they’d make a program about:
Celebrity ski jumping. I don’t believe it’s made it to the U.S. yet, but I saw a billboard for it at a European market. So I guess we are now officially trying to kill celebrities.

The program people will be talking about in five years is:
I hope it will be Slide Show on Fox.

The best factual content I’ve seen online this year was:
Appetite for Life with Andrew Zimmern on Yahoo! (And yes, we make that show here…)

The most positive development in the non-fiction content industry this past year:
Seems like every day we are seeing new buyers coming to the market and, as a seller, that’s thrilling.

The idea I really wish I thought of was:
The spinning red chair.

The idea I’m happiest to have had this year was:
Adding Anne V and Lydia Hearst to The Face for its second season.

If 2013 taught me one thing it was:
The right content can get families back around the TV together as we saw with MasterChef Junior.

The question I don’t want to hear in 2014 is:
“What’s the spinning red chair?”

My New Year’s resolution for 2014 is:
Hit shows. Hit shows. Hit shows.

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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