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Realscreen’s year-end survey: Kilmurry, Beal, Klein

With a new year underway, realscreen has reached out to individuals from across the factual spectrum for their reflections on the year that was. IDA's Simon Kilmurry (pictured), Woodcut's Kate Beal and Atlas Media's Bruce David Klein share their observations.
January 13, 2016

With the calendar pages turning on a new year, realscreen has reached out to individuals from across the factual spectrum for their thoughts and reflections on the year that was. Simon Kilmurry (pictured, above), the International Documentary Association’s executive director; Kate Beal, Woodcut Media CEO; and Bruce David Klein, Atlas Media Corp.’s president and executive producer, share their observations.

SIMON KILMURRY
Executive director, International Documentary Association

My favorite feature documentary of 2015 was:
Gosh, that is so hard in such a strong year! If pushed I would say The Look of Silence. But in another year I could easily pick Amy, Listen to Me Marlon, Heart of a Dog, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Something Better to Come… and the list goes on.

I never thought they’d make a program about:
A hermit family of boys living on New York’s Lower East Side who amuse themselves by acting out movies (The Wolfpack).

The program/series/doc people will be talking about in five years is:
Series: The Jinx; Doc: The Look of Silence.

The best factual content I’ve seen online this year was:
Chef’s Table. It is dangerously addictive, and it’s unfair to make me sit up all night watching it.

The most troubling development in the non-fiction content industry this past year was:
Same old, same old – $$. A resource that filmmakers still have to struggle hard to get.

The idea I wish I thought of was:
Cardboard VR goggles.

If 2015 taught me one thing it was:
Change is hard, change is good. (Wait, that’s two things…)

The buzzword I don’t want to hear in 2016 is:
Transmedia.

My New Year’s resolution for 2016:
Keep one day a week completely free from meetings, phone calls and email – for more thinking and writing.

 

kate beal

Kate Beal

KATE BEAL
CEO, Woodcut Media

My favorite factual program of 2015 was:
Reggie Yates: Extreme Russia (BBC3). Honest, authentic and gripping journalism.

I never thought they’d make a program about:
Katie Hopkins gaining two stone in weight and then losing it again. (TLC)

The program or doc people will be talking about in five years is:
Amy.

The most positive development in the non-fiction content industry this past year was:
4K becoming more accessible within the non-scripted world, with prices coming down to make it affordable for the non-scripted budget. The real world can look even more wonderful!

The most troubling development in the non-fiction content industry this past year was:
The review of the Terms of Trade and the discussions about selling Channel 4 in the UK. It is vital these systems remain in place to ensure creativity in the UK industry – and crucial for the viability of the independent production community from a business perspective.

The idea I wish I thought of was:
T Rex Autopsy.

The idea I’m happiest to have had this year was:
Combat Trains.

If 2015 taught me one thing it was:
To enjoy the ride and think big.

My New Year’s resolution for 2016 is:
To say ‘no’ occasionally.

Bruce David Klein

Bruce David Klein


BRUCE DAVID KLEIN

President, executive producer, Atlas Media Corp.

My favorite feature documentary of 2015 was:
The Jinx.

I never thought they’d make a program about:
A male Olympic superstar transforming into a woman.

The program/series/doc people will be talking about in five years is:
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.

In 18 months, no one will be talking about:
The Apple watch.

The best factual content I’ve seen online this year was:
Not to disparage the value of online content, but of the thousands of videos I’ve seen – many of which were fun, informative, entertaining and creative – I can’t remember a single one.

The most positive development in the non-fiction content industry this past year was:
The amazing growth of the Non-Fiction Producers Association (NPA) – which is now well positioned to actually address industry challenges. [Atlas Media Corp. is a member of the NPA]

The most troubling development in the non-fiction content industry this past year was:
Disruption has come home to roost – leading to lower budgets, smaller orders and fewer greenlights industry-wide.

The idea I wish I thought of was:
Snapchat.

The idea I’m happiest to have had this year was:
A breakthrough insight into our digital strategy that I expect to help transform that part of our business.

If 2015 taught me one thing it was:
The traditional TV model is dying, faster than we thought… But in the end, it will not completely die.

The buzzword I don’t want to hear in 2016 is:
Premium.

My New Year’s resolution for 2016 is:
To see the Broadway musical Hamilton a few more times.

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