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Realscreen’s year-end survey: Sarah Davies, Discovery Networks Int’l

With a new year in bloom, realscreen continues to quiz figures from across the factual spectrum for their 2013 highlights, lowlights, reflections and future aspirations. Discovery Networks International's VP of factual production and development, Sarah Davies, (pictured), continues the series.
January 2, 2014

With a new year in bloom, realscreen continues to quiz figures from across the factual spectrum for their 2013 highlights, lowlights, reflections and future aspirations.┬áDiscovery Networks International’s VP of factual production and development, Sarah Davies, (pictured), continues the series.

My favorite factual program of 2013 was:

Nik Wallenda Skywire Live.

I never thought they’d make a program about:

Treehouses [Treehouse Masters]… and it was brilliant.

In 18 months no-one will be talking about:

The mockumentary debate.

The most positive development in the non-fiction content industry this past year was:

How much most creative teams are trying to be non-derivative and are developing new ideas, whether it is live, scripted, interactive or just plain brave.

The most troubling development in the non-fiction content industry this past year was:

Thinking it is OK to be derivative. It isn’t.

The idea I really wish I thought of was:

Brain Games.

The idea I’m happiest to have had this year was:

To do paranormal. Well… to not go gothic and over the top, but make a series like The Unexplained Files that is built on great journalism and very real evidence.

If 2013 taught me one thing it was:

A good show and a sticky show are not always the same. They can be very different.

The buzzword I don’t want to hear in 2014:

‘Authentic.’ We get it. Let’s keep pushing the boundaries of how we do things… even ‘authentic’ will be reinvented.

My New Year’s resolution for 2014 is:

To try and develop more, have fun and watch more TV… and get my U.S. driver’s license.

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.

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