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Examining the “Hatfields & McCoys effect”

With significant input from this year’s advisory board helmed by Robert DeBitetto, President & General Manager, A&E Network and BIO Channel, and Eileen O’Neill, Group President, Discovery, TLC and Discovery ...
November 9, 2012

With significant input from this year’s advisory board helmed by Robert DeBitetto, President & General Manager, A&E Network and BIO Channel, and Eileen O’Neill, Group President, Discovery, TLC and Discovery Fit & Health Networks, the agenda promises to deliver a combination of relevant, practical and inspirational content as well as ample time to take meetings and get deals done.

In Factual Drama: Fusing Fact and Fiction, senior execs will examine what could be called the “Hatfields & McCoys effect.” While factually-based drama is not a new phenomenon, the massive success of History’s miniseries starring Kevin Costner (averaging close to 14 million viewers over three nights) put the genre back on the programming radar in a major way for networks around the world. How can factual producers take advantage of this trend, what do they need to know before taking a stab at the genre, and what are networks looking for in factual drama?

MODERATOR:
Howard T. Owens
President
National Geographic Channels

Leslie Greif
Founder and CEO
Thinkfactory Media

Dirk Hoogstra
SVP Development and Programming
History

Jane Root
Founder & Chief Executive
Nutopia

John Smithson
Creative Director
Arrow Media

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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 HMV.com. 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.

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