Now it can be told.
The Realscreen Summit, the foremost conference for the non-fiction and unscripted content industry, is moving to New Orleans for 2019 and 2020, after 20 years in the Washington, DC area.
The move follows a period of consultation with past Realscreen Summit delegates and participants, and reflects what realscreen VP and publisher Claire Macdonald calls “an appetite for a change of location over the last few years.”
“DC has been very, very good to us and some incredible programming, relationships and memories have been created there,” she says. “After significant consultation with our audience and consideration of a number of destinations, we decided on New Orleans. It’s vibrant, offers incredible dining and entertainment options and has incredible energy.”
In terms of travel to the Summit for international delegates, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has expanded its international service and offers direct flights to many North American cities as well as to London and Frankfurt.
The 2019 Realscreen Summit will take place from Monday, January 28 to Thursday, January 31. The host venue for the 2019 and 2020 Summits will be the Sheraton New Orleans.
“Sheraton New Orleans is very well-equipped to provide an excellent conference experience,” says Macdonald. “It’s on Canal St., steps from Bourbon St. and the French Quarter.”
As for how long the Summit will remain in NOLA, Macdonald says the team behind the Summit will “assess extending that run after the 2019 event.”
Change is also on the way for another significant Realscreen event in the industry calendar. The Realscreen Awards, held for the past eight years during Realscreen West in Santa Monica, will be moving to the Realscreen Summit in time for its New Orleans debut in 2019.
“The Realscreen Awards program has grown to a size where we feel a more ‘gala-like’ experience is in order and that more of our audience should be able to join in the celebration of excellence,” explains Macdonald. “As the original and flagship event, the Realscreen Summit attracts twice the number of delegates. The hotel will provide the right space for the reimagined awards show.”
As a result, the Realscreen Awards will not take place during the 10th anniversary edition of Realscreen West in June of 2018, but will be returning in time for the Realscreen Summit’s New Orleans debut in 2019.
Meanwhile, preparations are well underway for the upcoming, special 20th anniversary edition of the 2018 Realscreen Summit, taking place from Sunday, January 28 to Wednesday, January 31. Its final year in Washington DC will feature the presentation of special Realscreen Legacy Awards, meant to mark both the 20th anniversary of the event, and the significant contributions to the non-fiction content industry made by the honorees.
More information about these special presentations will be released soon.
(Photo courtesy of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau)