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Your take on 2018: BSTV’s Beth Burke

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 20, 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.

Beth Burke, owner/executive producer, BSTV Entertainment

My favorite factual program/series (or feature documentary) of 2018 was:
Dancing Queen on Netflix. No tea, no shade.

I never thought they’d make a program about:
Arts & crafts. Making It was a delight. When the ousted maker would come out in the end scene with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman that was genius.

The program/series/doc people will be talking about in five years is:
Nailed It! Nicole & Jacques, BFFs.

In 18 months, no one will be talking about:
Reboots.

The best factual content I’ve seen online this year was:
RBG. She needs to live forever.

The most positive development in the non-fiction/unscripted content industry this past year was:
Women speaking up.

The most troubling development in the non-fiction/unscripted content industry this past year was:
The length of time it takes to get something on the air.

The idea I wish I thought of was:
The Fixer Upper Network.

The idea I’m happiest to have had this year was:
My business partner Blake Swerdloff-Helms and I produced content for a non-profit supporting LGBTQ teens called Live Out Loud. It’s so important now, more than ever, to use our voice in media to support those who need one.

If 2018 taught me one thing it was:
You gotta step away from the Twitter from time to time.

The buzzword I don’t want to hear in 2019 is:
Organic and/or Authentic.

My New Year’s resolution for 2019 is:
More water, less tequila.

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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