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Summit ’14: CNN, HBO, PBS to explore risk taking in doc-making

Senior commissioners from CNN, HBO and PBS are to join Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jehane Noujaim and two-time Sundance-winner Ondi Timoner for an anticipated 'Risk-takers and Trouble-makers' panel session at the 2014 Realscreen Summit.
January 16, 2014

Senior commissioners from CNN, HBO and PBS are to join Oscar-nominated filmmaker Jehane Noujaim and two-time Sundance-winner Ondi Timoner for an anticipated ‘Risk-takers and Trouble-makers’ panel session at the 2014 Realscreen Summit.

With documentary filmmaking frequently being hailed as “the new investigative journalism,” the panel will examine the ways that doc-makers are tackling big subjects and taking big risks to get to the heart of the story.

Speaking at the session (and pictured above from left to right) will be Vinnie Malhotra, senior VP of development and acquisitions at CNN Worldwide; Ondi Timoner, director of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning docs Dig! and We Live in Public; Sara Bernstein, VP of HBO Documentary Films; Simon Kilmurry, exec director and producer for PBS’s ‘POV’; and Jehane Noujaim, the director of Oscar-nominated doc The Square.

The panel session will take place on January 28 at the Washington Hilton, and will be moderated by realscreen associate editor Adam Benzine.

The news comes as the Summit solidifies a program that also features senior execs from networks including: A&E, Al Jazeera America, AMC, American Heroes Channel, Animal Planet, ARTV, the BBC, BET Networks, Bravo, the CBC, CMT, Condé Nast Entertainment Group, Cooking Channel, Crime & Investigation Network, The CW, Destination America, Discovery Channel, Discovery Fit & Health, Discovery Networks Canada, Discovery Networks International, DIY Network, E! Entertainment, Esquire Network, Food Network, Fox Sports Media, FYI, Great American Country, GSN, H2, HGTV, History, HLN, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, LMN, Maryland Public TV, MSNBC, MTV, MTV2, Mun2, Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Channels International, NBC, OWN, Oxygen, Pivot, ReelzChannel, RLTV, Science Channel, Shaw Media, Smithsonian, Spike TV, Sundance Channel, Syfy, TBS, TLC, TNT, Travel Channel, TruTV, TVGN, USA Network, Velocity, Veria Living TV, VH1, The Weather Channel, WE tv and Xbox.

The 2014 Realscreen Summit takes place from January 26-29 in Washington DC. For more information or to book a ticket, click here.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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