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Too Real for Reality TV?

The second edition of Realscreen London is set to take place September 30 and October 1, at the fabulous London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square. The event builds on last year’s ...
July 23, 2015

The second edition of Realscreen London is set to take place September 30 and October 1, at the fabulous London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square. The event builds on last year’s launch event, which brought together over 400 UK and international producers and global buyers of unscripted and factual entertainment, and the program has expanded to a full two days.

The agenda is now online and we will have more speaker and session announcements on the way in the weeks ahead. Realscreen events are known for inspirational and timely content presented in an interesting variety of formats ranging from structured networking, to debates, keynotes and panel discussions including Too Real for Reality TV?

Probing documentary or “poverty porn”? Socially conscious or morally bankrupt? Recent unscripted series such as UK factual hits Benefits Street, Skint and the upcoming The Factory, as well as game show/social experiment The Briefcase in the U.S., have generated heated controversy for their explorations of social issues. While networks and producers will defend the noisy programming as “new ways in” for approaching serious subjects, vocal critics denounce the content as exploitative. Where is the line drawn in tackling the taboo? Are some subjects off limits, and why? Or can shining the spotlight on these issues lead to serious social change?

Register today to take advantage of the early bird rate of US$699; the offer expires Friday, July 31st. You can register online or by contacting Joel Pinto at 1-416-408-2300 ext. 650.

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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.

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