Summit ’16 preview: Keynotes and unscripted

In this, our second preview of what's happening at Realscreen Summit '16, we look at the event's keynote conversations and unscripted-oriented content.
January 31, 2016

The Realscreen Summit, kicking off today in Washington DC from and running until February 3, will feature panel discussions that cover the wide spectrum of non-fiction content: from unscripted and reality to documentary and specialist factual. In this, our second preview of what’s happening at Summit ’16, we look at the event’s keynote conversations and unscripted-oriented content.

During her keynote conversation on Monday, National Geographic Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe will discuss the evolution of National Geographic Channel’s programming strategy; how NGC’s content is now more closely aligned with the National Geographic Society’s mission and builds upon the legacy of the global brand; and how content creators can – and should – attempt to cut through the clutter of the media landscape with big, bold and global ideas.

In her Tuesday morning keynote conversation at the Realscreen Summit, Discovery Networks International content chief Marjorie Kaplan will discuss her thoughts on current trends in the linear, non-linear and factual/unscripted content space, the depth of her new role at Discovery Networks International, her vision and philosophy on creator-led content, and her plans for bringing entertaining, inspiring and game-changing content to audiences worldwide, across a variety of platforms.

In her Tuesday afternoon keynote conversation, History president Jana Bennett will discuss the importance of creativity in driving innovation within the content industry, and reveal her thoughts on where she’d like to take one of cable television’s most watched brands in the immediate future.

Veteran WME agent Mark Itkin, one of the key figures in the explosion of the unscripted industry over the past 30 years, will join Bunim/Murray co-founder Jon Murray for a one-on-one conversation on Tuesday in which he will share his thoughts on over three decades in television, the evolution of the unscripted genre and the business behind it, and perhaps cast a glimpse towards its future, and his next plans.

Another influential figure in the unscripted world, former Endemol Shine and FremantleMedia senior executive Gary Carter, will on Monday present his thoughts on “Disruption as Catalyst”, looking at the changes sweeping the industry and how to use them as inspiration to innovate.

The Summit will also dive deeply into myriad topics and trends impacting the unscripted content industry today, ranging from the rise of new platforms, the quest for innovation in the formats world, working with the “new normal” of unscripted production, diversity in unscripted programming and production, emerging business opportunities in Asia, and new developments in branded content.

The Realscreen Summit runs from January 31-February 3, in Washington DC. For the complete agenda, click here.

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.