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Realscreen’s year-end survey: Jes Wilkins, Firecracker Films

As the year draws to a close, realscreen has quizzed figures from across the unscripted spectrum for their 2014 highlights, lowlights, reflections and future aspirations. Firecracker Films chief creative officer, Jes Wilkins (pictured), kicks things off.
December 16, 2014

As the year draws to a close, realscreen has quizzed figures from across the unscripted spectrum for their 2014 highlights, lowlights, reflections and future aspirations. Firecracker Films chief creative officer, Jes Wilkins (pictured), kicks things off.

My favorite factual or unscripted program of the past year was:
The Paedophile Hunter: a stand-out Channel 4 documentary in every sense of the word. Makes other things I’ve seen this year feel bland and insignificant.

I never thought they’d make a program about:
What goes on in nightclub toilets (Up All Night: The Nightclub Toilet), but luckily Channel 4 did – because we made it!

In 18 months, no one will be talking about:
Poverty porn / benefits shows. There has been too much in the UK over the last 12 months.

The most troubling development in the non-fiction content industry in 2014 was:
People watching too much boxed set drama. Are people falling out of love with factual?

The idea I wish I thought of from this past year was:
Gogglebox (aka The People’s Couch).

The idea I’m most glad that I had this year was:
Quiz Nights – a very exciting, new, hybrid fact ent game show format launching on Sky1 in the UK early in 2015.

If 2014 taught me one thing, it was:
The viewing landscape is changing faster than any of us can imagine.

My New Year’s resolution for 2015 is:
To come up with big new ideas that no one else has thought of yet.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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