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Your take on 2017: Dan Cesareo, Big Fish Entertainment

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 9, 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 course of this week, and in the upcoming print edition of realscreen, we’ll be featuring some of your responses.

Next up: Dan Cesareo, founder and president of Big Fish Entertainment.

My favorite factual program/series/feature documentary of 2017 was:
The latest season of Chef’s Table or Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond on Netflix.

I never thought they’d make a program about:
Sending people undercover to prison for 60 days, or finding people that would want to go in the first place.

The program/series/doc people will be talking about in five years is:
I can’t say my own show…so, Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

The best factual content I’ve seen online this year was:
Vice’s Charlottesville: Race and Terror.

The most positive development in the non-fiction content industry this past year was:
Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Apple and other digital players buying more non-fiction programming than ever.

The most troubling development in the non-fiction content industry this past year was:
The decline of cable ratings and development cycles getting longer and longer.

The idea I wish I thought of:
Shark Tank. I watch it every week with my daughter.

The idea I’m happiest to have had this year was:
Pushing deeper into the live space.

If 2017 taught me one thing it was:
Patience pays off.

The buzzword I don’t want to hear in 2018 is:
“Breakthrough.”

My New Year’s resolution for 2018 is:
To continue to have patience.

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