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Realscreen’s year-end survey: Fenton Bailey, World of Wonder

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. World of Wonder's co-founder, Fenton Bailey (pictured), offers his take.
December 19, 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. World of Wonder’s co-founder, Fenton Bailey (pictured), offers his take.

My favorite feature documentary of 2013 was:
Stories We Tell.

I never thought they’d make a program about:
I actually think that they’ll make a program about everything. Everything is destined to end up on television. It’s just a matter of time.

The program people will be talking about in five years is:
We won’ t be talking about anything. It’ll all be texts, tweets and instagrams. This is the Screen Age. Whether you are five years old or 95, we’re all ‘screenagers.’

The most positive development in the non-fiction content industry this past year:
It’s a tie between the revitalized IDA and Netflix Original programming.

The idea I really wish I thought of was:
There’s so many: Slow TV, Gogglebox, Talking Dead.

The idea I’m happiest to have had this year was:
It wasn’t mine but it was WOW’s executive in charge of development, Tom Campbell’s idea to launch our own home shopping show on our YouTube channel, WOW Presents. The Greeks had oratory. We have home shopping.

If 2013 taught me one thing it was:
The kids are watching YouTube.

The buzzword I don’t want to hear in 2014 is:
Authentic. Aspirational. Buckets to fill.

My New Year’s resolution for 2014 is:
Really learn how to twerk.

 

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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