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New panel sessions highlight Realscreen West 2017

Realscreen West is on the horizon, so close we can almost feel the Santa Monica sun on our faces. The annual conference, now in its ninth year, runs June 6-8 and attracts ...
May 30, 2017

Realscreen West is on the horizon, so close we can almost feel the Santa Monica sun on our faces.

The annual conference, now in its ninth year, runs June 6-8 and attracts delegates from around the world for three days of pitching, panels and networking.

And this year will be no exception. Realscreen West 2017 will feature all the sessions and networking opportunities the conference is known for, as well as new panels and series that address issues that are top-of-mind for industry execs.

New to this year’s conference are two panels that tackle important industry topics: “Diversity: The Bigger Picture” and “Let’s Make A (New) Deal”.

“Diversity: The Bigger Picture” features execs shaping TV schedules with diversity as a priority. In order to craft authentic TV about and for the real world, talent is needed at an executive level. What can be done to ensure there is more diverse talent behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera?

The panel opens Thursday’s session at 10 a.m. and features Carlos King, executive producer, founder of Kingdom Reign Entertainment; Jon Sinclair, EVP, programming and development, OWN Oprah Winfrey Network; Adam Reed, president, Thinkfactory Media and Rachel Tung, VP development, MTV + VH1. The panel will be moderated by D’Angela Proctor (pictured), SVP, programming and production at TV One.

“Let’s Make A (New) Deal” is a follow-up to a discussion at January’s Realscreen Summit titled “Under Pressure: The State of the Unscripted Nation”. This panel will aim to bring together various perspectives on how to tackle common industry challenges, including reducing hoop-jumping in development and production practices, and forging deals that effectively incentivize producers, while protecting profits for parties.

Participating panelists include Thom Beers; partner with BoBCat; Howard Lee, EVP development and production, TLC/GM, Discovery Life Channel; Gena McCarthy, EVP programming and development, FYI, A+E Networks; Brent Montgomery, CEO, ITV America and SallyAnn Salsano, founder, executive producer and CEO, 295 Productions. The session will be moderated by Michael O’Connell, senior writer with The Hollywood Reporter.

Realscreen West takes place at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel from June 6 to 8. To look at the full programming agenda or learn more about the event, please click here.

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