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Final countdown: Realscreen West ’17 kicks off tomorrow

Realscreen West, the West Coast’s most important and valuable unscripted entertainment conference, opens tomorrow, June 6 in Santa Monica. The annual conference, now in its ninth year, runs June 6-8 and ...
June 5, 2017

Realscreen West, the West Coast’s most important and valuable unscripted entertainment conference, opens tomorrow, June 6 in Santa Monica.

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.

Tuesday’s sessions include speed pitching, where attendees can get coveted time with executives from a wide range of networks across the U.S. and beyond, and “30 Minutes With…” sessions, where attendees participate in intimate and interactive sessions featuring some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners.

Participants in tomorrow’s “30 Minutes With…” sessions include Courtney White, SVP Programming, Travel Channel, Food Network and Cooking Channel; Mioshi Hill, VP non-fiction programming, Lifetime; Michael Bloom, SVP, unscripted series & specials, TBS/TNT, John Feld, SVP, original programming and production, HGTV, DIY, and Great American Country; Damla Dogan, SVP, original programming and series development, E! Entertainment; Kurt Tondorf, SVP, development, Animal Planet & Science Channel; Chris Rantamaki, SVP production and development, Discovery Channel; and Chachi Senior, SVP, original series, Paramount Network.

Also on the agenda is Realscreen’s “Meet a Mentor” series, which is designed to give delegates rare access to the top producers in unscripted programming. Much like “30 Minutes With…” sessions, delegates will be able to glean information from A-list producers in an “off the record” setting and have the opportunity to ask questions. Tomorrow’s two sessions will focus on distributors and agents, respectively.

Panel topics being addressed tomorrow include “Amping Up Unscripted: New Buyers Showcase,” “Trendwatch: All Access Unscripted,” and “Let’s Make a (New) Deal.”

Realscreen West also feature all the additional sessions and networking opportunities the conference is known for.

The remaining days will be chock-full of informative and entertaining sessions, including the 2017 Realscreen Awards, luncheon roundtables, panels that tackle top-of-mind issues, and keynote conversations with Conrad Riggs (pictured left), head of unscripted programming at Amazon Prime Video; and Mike Darnell (right), president, unscripted and alternative television, Warner Bros.

The realscreen team in onsite all week and we encourage you to check 0ur website regularly for up to-date coverage from the conference.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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