Cannes… here we come again! Barry, Lindsay, Kerry and I will be descending on MIPDOC & MIPTV in a few weeks. Once again realscreen is hosting two sessions at MIPDOC. First, it’s the annual Co-Production Challenge on Saturday, March 28 at 4 p.m. in the Grand Salon at the Carlton. Then on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. it’s the MIPDOC Accelerator, a matchmaking breakfast for producers and broadcasters. Looking forward to meeting many of you there!
Networks, distributors and producers alike rolled into Vegas to take in NATPE 2009. The annual market and conference gave industry folk time to shop new projects and solidify relationships. Our Kelly and Melissa report that while the event definitely had a more intimate feel this year, content was not lacking, with tons of non-fiction sessions ranging from finessing your sizzle reel to docu-storytelling in a multiplatform world.
It was refreshing to come back from the Realscreen Summit with renewed energy and a generally positive outlook for the business of factual entertainment.
The mood was decidedly upbeat. Our paid registration numbers were up by eight percent over the previous year and we once again played host to over 1,100 people from 25 countries. Feedback from the event has been decidedly positive, though several constructive suggestions have been made for improving the Summit as we move forward. Next year’s dates are set and we look forward to an even bigger and better gathering at the Renaissance D.C. Hotel, February 1 to 3. I’m thrilled to announce that Nancy Dubuc has agreed to co-chair the event for 2010. Watch this space for further updates next issue.
We’re also hard at work building a new one-day, ‘can’t miss’ event for your calendar. The Factual Entertainment Forum: The Real Deal is taking place in Santa Monica, California on May 20 and like the Summit, will bring together some of the big names and brightest minds from the production, broadcast network and cable sectors for a day of discussion, inspiration and networking. We’re developing a program that aims to shed light on the state of reality TV today and hopefully cast an eye or two towards where it’s going. We hope to see you there!
‘Til next time, go well