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Your take on 2018: 44 Blue’s Rasha Drachkovitch, Woodcut’s Adam Jacobs

It’s that time of year again, to look back at the past 12 months and assess the highs and the lows. Look for more from our year-end survey here at ...
December 18, 2018

It’s that time of year again, to look back at the past 12 months and assess the highs and the lows. Look for more from our year-end survey here at Realscreen.com and in our upcoming January/February issue.

Rasha Drachkovitch, CEO and co-founder, 44 Blue Productions

My favorite factual program/series (or feature documentary) of 2018 was:
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

I never thought they’d make a program about:
Dr. Pimple Popper

The program/series/doc people will be talking about in five years is:
Live PD.

In 18 months, no one will be talking about:
Snapchat face filters.

The best factual content I’ve seen online this year was:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Wendoverproductions – minimum two hour rabbit hole.

The most positive development in the non-fiction/unscripted content industry this past year was:
More buyers, creative new deals.

The most troubling development in the non-fiction/unscripted content industry this past year was:
Cable viewers – where’d you go?

The idea I wish I thought of was:
How to have “AI” fill out this survey.

The idea I’m happiest to have had this year was:
Starting “Bagel Monday” and “Wine Friday” traditions at 44 Blue.

If 2018 taught me one thing it was:
Watch more ESPN, less cable news.

The buzzword I don’t want to hear in 2019 is:
The show needs to look “premium”.

My New Year’s resolution for 2019 is:
Learn to play New Orleans Blues on the piano like Dr. John.

Adam Jacobs, executive producer, Woodcut Media

Adam-Jacobs
My favorite factual program/series (or feature documentary) of 2018 was:
Basquiat: Rage to Riches – BBC2′s fantastic feature doc on the legendary New York artist. Expertly directed and featuring Basquiat’s sisters talking about him on screen for the very first time, this was essential viewing for anyone remotely interested in the downtown New York scene of the late ’70s and ’80s.

I never thought they’d make a program about:
Working from home… which sounds quite dull until you put The Sex Business in front of it and voila, you have one of the most talked about shows of the year. Bravo to Channel 5 for tackling something taboo but in such unflinching detail.

The program/series/doc people will be talking about in five years is:
Dynasties – BBC. Just when you thought natural history couldn’t get any more epic, the BBC go and do it all over again with a survival of the fittest struggle that raised the bar once more.

In 18 months, no one will be talking about:
Scripted Reality – The Only Way Is….. if they run out of fame hungry people to be part of them…

The best factual content I’ve seen online this year was:
Wild Wild Country – Netflix. Extraordinary documentary series about the Bhagwan Rajneesh that more than justified its six episode run-time. Gripping and eye-opening in every sense.

The most positive development in the non-fiction/unscripted content industry this past year was:
The number of opportunities to produce content without restrictions on length of program, number of episodes or indeed subject matter – anything goes and we’ll find a home for it somewhere!

The most troubling development in the non-fiction/unscripted content industry this past year was:
The scarily supreme superiority of the feature doc and the high-bar set by Netflix in the documentary series space – Evil Genius, The Staircase, Wild Wild Country, the list goes on…

The idea I wish I thought of was:
The Art of Drumming – Sky Arts. Even if you aren’t a drummer or thought you had any interest in drumming, this show changed your mind very quickly – a true artform indeed.

The idea I’m happiest to have had this year was:
A secret that I’ll still be trying to get away next year!

If 2018 taught me one thing it was:
That a production can change quite dramatically even when it is deep in the edit.

The buzzword I don’t want to hear in 2019 is:
Authentic – the very best non-scripted ideas shouldn’t need to have this in the pitch.

My New Year’s resolution for 2019 is:
To strive and create something unique, resonant and memorable that will be on this list for someone else next year, hopefully for the right reasons!

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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