Broadcasters say boom and bust

Discovery's Justin Albert says the doc boom may be over, but La Cinq's Ann Julienne sees a bright future for factual in France.
December 20, 2000

Justin Albert, VP of production and executive producer, digital networks and advanced television, Discovery Networks U.S.

Predictions: The doc boom may be over! We will now see a greater emphasis on quality rather than quantity.

Wish list: A beach, an umbrella and a long, cold drink!

Ann Julienne, head of acquisitions and coproductions for French pubcaster La Cinquieme

Predictions: I see the future for documentaries in a healthy light in France. La Cinquieme (one of the three France Television channels) is definitely strengthening its commitment to documentaries and I believe that international coproductions of documentaries will continue to be on the rise.

Wish list: I’d like to see more projects for really strong documentary half-hours. The format still works here in France.

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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 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.