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Your take on 2019: Nat Geo’s Geoff Daniels

It’s that time of year again, to look back at the past 12 months, assess the highs and the lows, and maybe make a quip or two while doing so. ...
December 6, 2019

It’s that time of year again, to look back at the past 12 months, assess the highs and the lows, and maybe make a quip or two while doing so. Look for more from our annual year-end survey here at Realscreen.com and in our upcoming January/February issue. We begin our look at the year that was with Geoff Daniels, executive vice president of global unscripted entertainment for National Geographic.

My favorite factual program/series (or feature documentary) of 2019 was:
Sorry, but I’m going all in for team NG with Free Solo and the Disney+ series launch of The World According to Jeff Goldblum. Incredibly elevated, stylish, entertaining.

I never thought they’d make a program about:
The happiness that comes from folding socks the right way…

The program/series/doc people will be talking about in five years is:
The Cave from filmmaker Feras Fayyad. Brutal, powerful, transformative, inspiring at every level.

The best factual content I’ve seen online this year was:
The Weekly. Provocative and enterprising with half the self-indulgence.

The most positive development in the non-fiction/unscripted content industry this past year was:
Streaming wars opening up a vast new range of unscripted opportunities for a far more diverse group of creators than ever before.

The most troubling development in the non-fiction/unscripted content industry this past year was:
Streaming wars fueling so much content creation it is going to be harder than ever for anyone to break out of the pack.

The idea I wish I thought of was:
Deadpool: The Musical franchise. Twisted genius!

The idea I’m happiest to have had this year was:
Spending significantly more time with people in the real world than following social media or responding to emails. Followed VERY closely by staging Jurassic Halloween in my front yard.

If 2019 taught me one thing it was:
No one knows anything so you better know where you stand.

The buzzword I don’t want to hear in 2020 is:
“Metrics.” I’m an English major so let’s all trade in more authentic, empowering, creatively ambitious words…

My New Year’s resolution for 2020 is:
Play more and… learn to fold my socks the right way!

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