Realscreen Summit preview: Survivorman & State of Non-Fiction Nation sessions

The Realscreen Summit starts this Sunday, February 1, and leading up to the event has been bringing you profiles of some of the top speakers appearing this year. Today we look at two new announcements for the Summit: Survivorman Les Stroud's Realscreen Interview and the closing night panel, State of the Non-Fiction Nation featuring Bob DeBitetto, John Ford, Jonathan Hewes and Jonathan Towers.
January 29, 2009

He may not have to struggle through the wilderness to get to the Realscreen Summit, but Les Stroud, star of the series Survivorman will be making his Summit debut in an interview session with realscreen columnist, and editor and publisher of Reality Blurred, Andy Dehnart. Stroud’s production company, Survivorman Productions Inc, made the realscreen Global 100 list in 2007 and 2008 and the show was the top pick of Wired‘s Top Ten list for February 2007. Stroud himself made Entertainment Weekly‘s list of the ‘Top 100 People We Love To Watch.’ On Tuesday, February 3 he will speak with Dehnart about writing, taping and hosting his show completely on his own and what he has up his sleeve for the future.

Also just announced is the closing panel at the Summit entitled, State of the Non-Fiction Nation. Panelists such as Bob DeBitetto, President & General Manager, A&E, the Bio Channel, Crime and Investigation; John Ford, President & General Manager, Discovery Channel; Jonathan Hewes, Deputy Chief Executive at Wall to Wall and Jonathan Towers, Chief Creative Officer, Towers Productions will discuss what they see as the challenges and opportunities ahead for both producers and programmers of factual content and what they’re doing to keep their companies ahead of the curve.

The Realscreen Summit takes place in Washington, DC from February 1 to 4. Check for daily updates on what’s happening at the event.

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.