Finalists chosen for Summit Showdown

Four projects will go head-to-head before a panel of unscripted programming execs in a live pitch competition at the Realscreen Summit, to be hosted by Jack Osbourne (pictured).
January 20, 2015

The four projects that will be presented before a panel of unscripted programming execs at the Realscreen Summit’s live pitch competition have been selected.

The upcoming Summit Showdown, taking place on Thursday, January 29 at 5 p.m. EST, will feature an international array of projects vying for a grand prize package including custom music for the winning show by Vanacore Music, a pass to the 2016 Realscreen Summit, and an iPad Mini.

The finalists, in alphabetical order, are:
For a Few Degrees Less – Lucky You/Bonne Pioche
Hustler’s Den – Daydream Reels
I Want Your Vote – Gun Lake Pictures
Operation Resurrection – Infield Fly Productions

This year’s Summit Showdown will see a judging line-up that includes Ross Babbit, senior VP of programming and development for Travel Channel; Mary Donahue, senior VP of non-fiction programming for Lifetime; Alan Eyres, senior VP of programming and development for National Geographic Channel; and Marissa Ronca, senior VP of development and original programming for TruTV.

Pitching hopefuls who have made it through a rigorous adjudication round go head-to-head to impress our host of distinguished judges with their new concept for an unscripted/non-fiction series or non-fiction documentary/one-off in this interactive competition, always a standing-room only favorite at the Summit.

Live participants will be judged on the creativity and marketability of their concept in addition to the quality and execution of their pitch. This year, unscripted producer and television host Jack Osbourne (pictured above) returns to host the competition.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.