With a new year in bloom, realscreen continues to quiz figures from across the factual spectrum for their 2013 highlights, lowlights, reflections and future aspirations. Discovery Networks International’s VP of factual production and development, Sarah Davies, (pictured), continues the series.
My favorite factual program of 2013 was:
Nik Wallenda Skywire Live.
I never thought they’d make a program about:
Treehouses [Treehouse Masters]… and it was brilliant.
In 18 months no-one will be talking about:
The mockumentary debate.
The most positive development in the non-fiction content industry this past year was:
How much most creative teams are trying to be non-derivative and are developing new ideas, whether it is live, scripted, interactive or just plain brave.
The most troubling development in the non-fiction content industry this past year was:
Thinking it is OK to be derivative. It isn’t.
The idea I really wish I thought of was:
The idea I’m happiest to have had this year was:
To do paranormal. Well… to not go gothic and over the top, but make a series like The Unexplained Files that is built on great journalism and very real evidence.
If 2013 taught me one thing it was:
A good show and a sticky show are not always the same. They can be very different.
The buzzword I don’t want to hear in 2014:
‘Authentic.’ We get it. Let’s keep pushing the boundaries of how we do things… even ‘authentic’ will be reinvented.
My New Year’s resolution for 2014 is:
To try and develop more, have fun and watch more TV… and get my U.S. driver’s license.