Darah Hansen (pictured, left), most recently editor of Brunico Communications’ StreamDaily, is joining realscreen as managing editor, as current editor Barry Walsh (right) prepares to step down after seven years, effective September 2.
Walsh, who is leaving the position in order to spend more time with his young family, will remain with realscreen in a freelance capacity as content director and editor at large. In this role, he will continue to curate realscreen‘s market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, while also handling aspects of editing the brand’s next two print publications.
Hansen most recently served as editor of realscreen sister brand StreamDaily, an international trade publication that covered the digital video and technology space. She 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. She had an overseas stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for Canada’s Global TV and print network and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.
“Barry has been instrumental in building the realscreen brand for the past seven years, and it’s been my pleasure to share in our success with him,” said realscreen vice president and publisher Claire Macdonald in a statement. “I’m delighted that he’s able to remain on as content director and curate sessions that tackle real industry issues at our flagship events.
“Darah brings with her a wealth of editorial experience and an understanding of the international entertainment industry, and I look forward to introducing her to our community and working with her to continue to meet the expectations of our audience,” Macdonald added.