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Master classes to tackle storytelling, casting and doc budgeting

After an epic boom at the beginning of this decade, the unscripted entertainment industry, like the television business in general, is experiencing change, filled with new opportunities, as well as ...
December 2, 2016

After an epic boom at the beginning of this decade, the unscripted entertainment industry, like the television business in general, is experiencing change, filled with new opportunities, as well as challenges. There is no better place to examine the state of unscripted’s new realities and to meet future partners with bold new ideas, willing to take a chance to capture and challenge an audience, than at the Realscreen Summit.

In addition to the general conference agenda, we also assemble a slate of high-value Master Classes as an optional add-on to your conference package. The classroom-style, practical presentations are scheduled for Monday, January 23, 2017. We’re pleased to reveal this year’s Master Class agenda below.

Storytelling Decoded

Everybody talks about “Storytelling” but very few people really understand the mechanics. They drive the car, but they can’t fix the engine. In this master class, accomplished veteran producer/director/writer Michael Hoff and a panel of selected industry executives break down the key components to successful, ratings-driven factual television. From setting the stakes, to heightening the conflict, to creating an irresistible pay-off, our experts will reveal their secrets and the tricks behind the magic.

Talking About Talent

Join Insomnia TV’s Andrea Allen as she directs a master class about that all-important component of unscripted production – talent. This wide-ranging discussion will touch on such topics as the best ways to find talent, what makes for good talent, getting the most out of a Skype pitch, signing a deal memo, bringing on a legal team, and much more. Learn how to get the most out of who’s in front of, or behind, the camera for your next project.

Budget Building

Is your production budget at the expert level that channels expect before they greenlight projects? Networks want to know that you can deliver what you promise on time and on budget. Your budget proposal can either build or erode their confidence. This interactive workshop from DocumentaryTelevision.com’s Peter Hamilton and “budget whisperer” Elizabeth Ventura will give you a wealth of practical takeaways, ranging from basic steps to creating a budget and determining the real cost of your project, to protecting yourself from the unknown and using your budget to uncover the things that need fixing in your production plan… and much more!

Don’t miss being part of the 19th edition of the Realscreen Summit in Washington DC, taking place Monday, January 23 – Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis.

Almost 10000 delegates are already registered to take advantage of our unmatched pitching, networking and learning opportunities.

Register online or email Maggie Wilkins at mwilkins@brunico.com to secure your spot.

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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.

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