In my opinion…

Every RealScreen Plus poses a topical poll question to our readers. Here are some of your thoughts:
June 1, 2001

Where would you draw the line at attempting/accepting a pitch?

In an elevator – 18.5%

At a party – 3.7%

In the bathroom – 22.2%

Over the urinal/under the stall* – 27.8%

There is no line – 27.8%

Digital channels will be the salvation of factual programming.

Yes – 47.5%

No – 25.0%

You must be joking – 27.5%

International partnerships are essential to success.

Yes – 44.5%

No – 33.3%

You must be joking – 22.2%

Is the doc boom over?

Yes – 13.1%

No – 56.5%

Did it ever start? – 30.4%

Is arts programming a dying breed?

Yes – 53.5%

No – 46.5%

Mid-size distribs are headed the way of the dodo.

Agree – 45.8%

Disagree – 54.2%

Can public television still afford to have a public service mandate?

Yes – 82.8%

No – 17.2%

Reality TV’s popularity is good for all doc genres.

Agree – 31.9%

Disagree – 68.1%

Would you include news in your definition of doc programming?

Yes – 17.4%

No – 82.6%

What’s your opinion of pitching forums?

Love ‘em – 42.4%

Hate ‘em – 12.1%

Don’t make a difference – 45.5%

*Actually happens

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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 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.