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Your take on 2017: David George, ITV America

As 2017 drew to a close, realscreen offered industry professionals from around the globe the chance to sound off about the year that was by taking part in our annual ...
January 5, 2018

As 2017 drew to a close, realscreen offered industry professionals from around the globe the chance to sound off about the year that was by taking part in our annual year-end reader’s survey. Over the next week, and in the upcoming print edition of realscreen, we’ll be featuring some of your responses.

We kick off this year’s responses with David George, president, ITV America.

My favorite factual program/series (or feature documentary) of 2017 was:
Live PD on A&E. Also loved The Defiant Ones on HBO.

I never thought they’d make a program about:
The Jersey Shore. Again.

The program/series/doc people will be talking about in five years is:
Another big re-boot — the value of known IP in a sea of content can never be understated.

In 18 months, no one will be talking about:
The difference between selling to cable vs. OTT.

The best factual content I’ve seen online this year:
Mind Field on YouTube Red.

The most positive development in the non-fiction content industry this past year was:
OTT’s emergence — Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Amazon, YouTube/Google all becoming major buyers and creating a new ecosystem.

The most troubling development in the non-fiction content industry this past year was:
The growing distance between networks and production companies, when they should be working hand in hand to weather the storm. Contracts are becoming meaningless — there needs to be greater partnership and transparency on both sides.

The idea I wish I thought of was:
HQ Trivia. It’s a game show [app] that is so simple but utilizes social media to create real life interaction. Social media on its own can be a strangely isolating experience, but this game is the best thing I’ve seen in a while. Simplicity rules the world.

The idea I’m happiest to have had this year was:
Building ITV Creative, which essentially serves as the production studio for all of our companies. We’re a big company and having this studio is a unique asset for supporting and executing shows properly — and it helps us partner with smaller companies that are increasingly in danger of going under due to the changing economics of the business.

If 2017 taught me one thing it was:
Stop fearing the future of content and embrace it. Learn every style of content and master it.

The buzzword I don’t want to hear in 2018 is:
Skinny bundle.

My New Year’s resolution for 2018 is:
Find people who understand that the business they work in now is not the business they worked in last year.

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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