Here, there and everywhere

I'll hazard a guess that the majority of delegates at MIPTV had never heard of Iceland's Eyjafjöll volcano before they embarked on their homeward flights.
May 1, 2010

I’ll hazard a guess that the majority of delegates at MIPTV had never heard of Iceland’s Eyjafjöll volcano before they embarked on their homeward flights. Industry newsletters and trades brimmed with post-market stories about delegates left stranded by the volcanic ash cloud that forced international airspace closures. For some, being trapped in the south of France was far from a hardship. But for others, prolonged absences from home and the sheer financial burden levied on them made for a different story. It was a bizarre end to a market that, while not notching up the attendance numbers of a few years back, was abuzz with deal making and some incredible networking opportunities.

As we go to press we are putting the finishing touches on the second edition of the Factual Entertainment Forum in Santa Monica. Well over 300 broadcast and cable execs, producers, agents and other stakeholders in the reality TV/factual entertainment industry will be on hand for a couple of days of networking, inspiration and discussion.

In our quest to deliver fresh, compelling content we enlisted the help of three incredible individuals who have really gone above and beyond in securing A-list speakers and coming up with new session ideas. A very sincere thank you to Thom Beers, CEO and executive producer of Original Productions, for his counsel and ability to liven up any conference call, and huge thanks also to both Sharon Levy, EVP original series and animation at SPIKE TV and to Paul Telegdy, EVP alternative programming and production at NBC and Universal Studios, who both made immense contributions to the event.

A tremendous thank you as well to our generous sponsors and to all of the speakers who so freely offered up their time to participate. The success of our events is predicated on your participation and support. We truly appreciate it.

’til next time go well

Claire Macdonald


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.