Realscreen West close to capacity

History seems set to repeat, as realscreen's West Coast conference for the unscripted television industry is close to selling out, like its sister conference, the Realscreen Summit in Washington, did in January.
May 11, 2012

History seems set to repeat, as Realscreen West, realscreen‘s West Coast conference for the unscripted television industry, is close to selling out, like its sister conference, the Realscreen Summit in Washington, did in January.

At present, the event is tracking to draw 550 delegates to sunny Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar on May 30 and 31. Approximately one-quarter of those registered thus far are programmers and commissioners.

The event’s agenda, touching on myriad topics arrived at in consultation with the Realscreen West advisory board, will feature many of unscripted television’s top producers and programmers, ranging from Original Productions’ Thom Beers, Leftfield Pictures’ Brent Montgomery, Bunim/Murray Productions’ Jon Murray and 495 Productions’ SallyAnn Salsano, to National Geographic Channels CEO David Lyle, A&E programming EVP David McKillop, and Discovery Channel programming SVP Dolores Gavin, among many others. A list of speakers confirmed thus far can be found here. A number of representatives from the agent and distribution sectors will also be participating.

The event will also feature the third annual Factual Entertainment Awards, designed to celebrate the top achievements in unscripted television internationally, by bestowing a range of honors in categories that had not been suitably recognized in the awards circuit prior to this event.

“Realscreen West is now firmly entrenched as the must-attend conference for unscripted on the West Coast,” said realscreen publisher Claire Macdonald. “Everyone is looking to make deals and connections and the combination of content, networking opportunities and the celebration of excellence in the genre seems to have hit the right note.”

Interested potential delegates are advised to act quickly in order to avoid disappointment. For more information on how to register, click here.


About The Author
Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.