Realscreen Summit, Sunny Side of the Doc announce partnership

The partnership will see the two influential factual events exchange curated content focused on building coproduction opportunities in the specialist factual genres.
November 19, 2015

Sunny Side of the Doc and Realscreen are embarking upon a new partnership which will commence with the upcoming editions of the Realscreen Summit in Washington, D.C. and Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle, France.

The collaboration between the industry-leading conferences and markets will take shape through various marketing and editorial endeavors. “We are delighted to announce this partnership with Sunny Side,” said Claire Macdonald, VP, Publisher, realscreen. “Each brand has an exceptional reputation as a productive and invaluable venue for deal-making and collaboration in the international non-fiction and unscripted communities. Our partnership will open up further opportunities for our respective communities globally.”

Yves Jeanneau, CEO of Sunny Side markets also commented: “Two of the most influential factual events in North America and in Europe are joining forces to witness and feature the return of specialist factual and high-profile blue chip documentaries. Our partnership promises to further develop intercontinental coproduction, including with emerging territories, and provide new market and networking opportunities for documentary professionals, on an international level.”

As part of the editorial partnership between the two parties, Sunny Side of the Doc will curate a special session at the upcoming Realscreen Summit in Washington DC, taking place from January 31-February 3, 2016, which will put the accent on international coproduction within the specialist factual sphere. The session, bringing together commissioners and producers from established and emerging copro markets in Europe and Asia, will examine new developments in coproduction, how to find and develop themes that cross borders, and new opportunities for North American producers and broadcasters in the international copro arena.

Realscreen, meanwhile, will curate a series of morning one-on-one sessions with North American specialist factual commissioners for Sunny Side of the Doc at La Rochelle, taking place from June 20-23, 2016. These sessions will serve to illuminate for the international audience new initiatives or slots on the way from the featured networks; topics or subject matter that the networks are seeking to explore in the coming year; the assorted networks’ commissioning policies and how international producers and broadcasters fit within them; and an overview of the North American factual content industry, and where it is headed.

“The Sunny Side of the Doc conference has long been regarded as one of the essential meeting places for the international factual content community, and we are extremely excited to collaborate with Yves Jeanneau and his team on this initiative,” said Barry Walsh, editor and content director for realscreen.

Reciprocal registration benefits and discounts are now available through the partnership.

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