Summit ’14: FYI, Al Jazeera U.S. to set out stall

Senior execs from Reelzchannel, The Weather Channel, Al Jazeera America, FYI and LMN will use the 2014 Realscreen Summit to outline the unscripted programming that they are looking for.
January 24, 2014

Senior execs from Al Jazeera America, Reelzchannel, The Weather Channel, FYI and LMN will take to the stage at the 2014 Realscreen Summit to outline the unscripted programming they are looking for.

The execs will talk on the Summit’s annual ‘Amping Up Unscripted’ panel session, which spotlights newcomers networks that are either moving into factual programming or upping their non-fiction output, on January 29 at 11.30 a.m. EST at the Washington Hilton.

Speaking at the session (and pictured above from left to right) will be Mary Ellen Iwata, VP of original content development at The Weather Channel; Kathy Davidov, senior exec producer for documentaries at Al Jazeera America; Steve Cheskin, senior VP of programming at Reelzchannel; and Jana Bennett, president of the A+E Networks-owned FYI and LMN channels.

The news comes as the Summit solidifies a program that also features senior execs from networks including A&E, AMC, American Heroes Channel, Animal Planet, ARTV, the BBC, BET Networks, Bravo, the CBC, CMT, CNN, Condé Nast Entertainment Group, Cooking Channel, Crime & Investigation Network, The CW, Destination America, Discovery Channel, Discovery Fit & Health, Discovery Networks Canada, Discovery Networks International, DIY Network, E! Entertainment, Esquire Network, Food Network, Fox Sports Media, Great American Country, GSN, H2, HBO, HGTV, History, HLN, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime, Maryland Public TV, MSNBC, MTV, MTV2, Mun2, Nat Geo Wild, National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Channels International, NBC, OWN, Oxygen, PBS, Pivot, RLTV, Science Channel, Shaw Media, Smithsonian, Spike TV, Sundance Channel, Syfy, TBS, TLC, TNT, Travel Channel, TruTV, TVGN, USA Network, Velocity, Veria Living TV, VH1, WE tv and Xbox.

  • The 2014 Realscreen Summit takes place from January 26-29 in Washington DC. For more information or to book a ticket, click here.
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.