The 2014 Realscreen Summit has kicked off at the Washington Hilton (pictured) in the U.S. capitol, with leading producers, distributors and execs from almost every major U.S. network slated to attend over the event’s four days.
In all, more than 2,500 delegates are set to attend the DC event, setting a new Realscreen Summit record.
Proceedings begin today (January 26) with masterclasses focusing on Creating and Protecting your Format, Music Matters, How Audience Research can Make or Break your Pitch and Sizzling Voices: What a Difference a Voice Talent Can Make. There are also three sessions of Speed Pitching and several Summit tours for first-timers.
CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker delivers his opening keynote tomorrow at 9.45 a.m. EST, kicking off a day of sessions that includes Making Waves with Live, Where Have All the Indies Gone?, Climate Change? The State of the Natural History Nation, Casting Call and Producing Off the Grid.
The winners will also be named for the previously announced H2 Development Lab.
As previously reported, this year’s Summit is set to host senior execs from A&E, Al Jazeera America, AMC, American Heroes Channel, Animal Planet, ARTV, the BBC, BET Networks, Bravo, the CBC, CMT, CNN, 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, HBO, 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, PBS, 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, WE tv, The Weather Channel and Xbox.
The event is also set to host a large number of evening parties, with A+E Networks, Audio Networks, ITV Studios, National Geographic and Asylum Entertainment among the firms throwing bashes on-site and off-site.