A bleak socio-economic worldview among younger viewers is making true crime one of the most popular – and lucrative – genres in TV, according to programmers and researchers speaking at the Realscreen Summit. (Pictured L-R: Laura Fleury, Valerie Haselton)
With ratings in a slump, a group of top producers and network execs gathered at the Realscreen Summit to discuss storytelling devices that could breathe new life into unscripted – and make money in the process.
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Actor Gillian Jacobs (pictured) talks to realscreen about making her directorial debut with short doc The Queens of Code, on late computing pioneer Grace Hopper, for ESPN and FiveThirtyEight’s ‘Signals’ series.
During the closing panel at the 2015 Realscreen Summit, a group of producers and one network exec considered how short attention spans, lower budgets, and the rise of digital platforms will shape their business five years from now.
In one of the Realscreen Summit’s signature sessions, execs from U.S. nets Discovery Family Channel, WGN America, Game Show Network and Pop converged to discuss their plans for unscripted programming. (Pictured: WGN America senior VP of unscripted Tom Huffman)
At the Realscreen Summit’s ‘Documentary 2.0′ panel, feature doc veterans said they are heartened by signals that Nat Geo and Discovery plan to return to their doc roots, but continue to explore digital options.
The Independent Television Service (ITVS) and the MacArthur Foundation have formed a partnership to encourage collaboration between journalists and indie filmmakers.
Director Amy Berg (pictured) discussed using a variety of tools – including drones – to tell the story of convicted cult leader Warren Jeffs during a Sundance Q&A. for her Showtime doc Prophet’s Prey.
What, exactly, does specialist factual mean any more? The field’s blurred definition was the focus of a Realscreen Summit session (pictured) entitled “Putting the ‘Special’ in Specialist Factual,” which debated what lay ahead for the field.
Directors Bryan Carberry and Clay Tweel discuss their Sundance doc Finders Keepers (pictured), which focuses on a bizarre legal tug-of-war between two men, over one of the men’s severed leg.
During the Realscreen Summit panel “The Next Wave,” producers making inroads in digital video discussed the ways they are monetizing original online content, and whether or not a hit on YouTube will translate to linear TV.