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Realscreen’s year-end survey: Emily Elisha, Zodiak Rights

As realscreen continues to quiz figures from across the factual spectrum for their 2013 highlights, lowlights, reflections and future aspirations, Zodiak Rights' head of factual programming, Emily Elisha, (pictured), offers her two cents.
January 3, 2014

As realscreen continues to quiz figures from across the factual spectrum for their 2013 highlights, lowlights, reflections and future aspirations, Zodiak Rights’ head of factual programming, Emily Elisha (pictured), offers her two cents.

My favorite factual program/series (or feature documentary) of 2013 was:
It aired towards the end of last year, but Inside Claridges on the BBC was pure joy. More recently it has to be Channel 4′s Gogglebox – hilarious and extremely useful as the TV exec’s ‘duffer’s guide’ to the week in TV.

I never thought they’d make a program about:
Live knitting or a log-fire burning, but ‘Slow TV’ from Scandinavia sounds like the perfect antidote to the ever-increasing, fast-and-furious cutting pace, and over-egged dramatic moments of some shows.

The program/series/doc people will be talking about in five years is:
28 Up South Africa.

In 18 months, no-one will be talking about:
The X Factor?

The best factual content I’ve seen online this year was:
Getting Rich in the Recession: The Man Who Buys – what an insight, and Steve Elwis [the subject of the program] made for great viewing.

The most positive development in the non-fiction content industry this past year:
That big players in the digital and SVoD space are commissioning original factual content.

The most troubling development in the non-fiction content industry this past year:
Trial by Twitter, especially in the case of new on-screen talent.

If 2013 taught me one thing it was:
That apparently one in 10 Brits now owns an outdoor hot-tub (according to an ITV show on the subject). And I am clearly socialising in the wrong circles.

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

My New Year’s resolution for 2014 is:
Don’t be a slave to email and use the phone more.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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