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Realscreen retains Walsh, ups Benzine in editorial restructuring

The new editorial structure for the non-fiction entertainment industry's leading trade will see editor and content director Barry Walsh remain in his role, as Adam Benzine is upped to associate editor and online editor for the brand.
July 22, 2014

Realscreen, the leading trade publication for the non-fiction and unscripted entertainment industry and the team behind such market-leading events as the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, has restructured its editorial department and is retaining editor and content director Barry Walsh, and promoting associate editor Adam Benzine, to associate editor and online editor.

The announcement follows news in May¬†that Walsh would be leaving his post after five and a half years to spend more time with his family. However, while he will be working on a reduced schedule until early 2015, when he will return on a full-time basis, he is now staying on to oversee editorial content for the brand, as well as content devised for Realscreen’s assorted conferences and markets, including the upcoming Realscreen London.

Benzine, who joined realscreen in 2011 as associate editor, will add online editor to his title and will have oversight of the brand’s trusted newsletter, the Realscreen Daily, a leading source of news and industry perspective for the global non-fiction and unscripted entertainment community.

He will also have a broader role in further developing realscreen.com as the industry’s primary destination for news and views regarding factual and unscripted content.

“This restructuring of the team allows us to keep our standing in the global unscripted and non-fiction entertainment community as both its dominant and most trusted source of information, and as organizers and producers of the most important international markets and events for our industry,” said Claire Macdonald, realscreen‘s VP & publisher.

“Both Barry and Adam have played integral roles in the brand’s development in recent years, and I couldn’t be more pleased to see the team remain intact.”

Realscreen‘s sales team has also been bolstered, with the promotion of Lisa Faktor to senior account manager and the addition of Chris Vin as account manager. Both report to associate publisher Melissa Giddens.¬†Vin is familiar to many on the realscreen brand, as he was most recently a sales representative on the events team.

The expansion of the sales team comes in answer to the brand’s growth, with a view to maintaining excellent client service, Macdonald added.

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