The non-fiction industry’s leading trade publication is extending its market-leading events into the UK, with a launch date of October 8 and 9 confirmed for the inaugural Realscreen London.
Taking place the week before MIPCOM at the Congress Centre on Great Russell Street in the English capital, the two-day event will aim to strengthen partnerships between British and international producers, along with global buyers and distributors, via an array of panel sessions, networking opportunities and master classes.
A+E Networks has signed on as marquee sponsor and UK trade association PACT has signed on as industry partner, with an early bird rate of US$525 is now in effect, expiring August 8. Delegates can buy tickets at london.realscreen.com.
All-star line-up of international TV industry execs have been locked in for Realscreen London’s 2014 advisory board, which consists of A+E Networks’ exec VP of international Sean Cohan; Wall to Wall’s Head of International Jonathan Hewes; Discovery Networks Western Europe’s senior VP and head of programming Daniel Korn; former National Geographic Channels U.S. CEO David Lyle; Icon Films MD Laura Marshall; Sky Vision MD Jane Millichip; Nutopia CEO Jane Root; Lifetime Televison exec VP and general manager Robert Sharenow; Arrow Media creative director John Smithson; and Off the Fence CEO Ellen Windemuth.
Realscreen VP and publisher Claire Macdonald said the UK event was being launched as part of the brand’s “ongoing mandate to connect and inform the global unscripted entertainment community,” adding: “The goal is to foster collaborations between producers in the UK and networks within the region and internationally, and to strengthen the emerging transatlantic partnership paradigm that is a vital part of the unscripted and non-fiction industry today.”
The news comes as Realscreen’s Santa Monica-based event, Realscreen West, is set to achieve record attendance levels next month, with close to 1,000 delegates projected to attend. Meanwhile, the flagship Washington DC-based event, the Realscreen Summit, this year posted its highest attendance numbers to date.
The latter event, now in its 16th year, has been hailed as being “one of the most essential events in the international TV calendar for UK indies” by British trade magazine Broadcast.