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Your take on 2019: 44 Blue’s Stephanie Drachkovitch

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 20, 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 continue our look at the year that was with Stephanie Drachkovitch, president and co-founder of 44 Blue Productions.

My favorite factual program/series (or feature documentary) of 2019 was:
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

I never thought they’d make a program about:
Pimples or toes.

The program/series/doc people will be talking about in five years is:
Queer Eye will still be making the world a better place!

The best factual content I’ve seen online in 2019 was:
Impeachment hearings—as a former boss of mine would say, “the highest and best use” of television’s power to reach millions.

The most positive development in the non-fiction/unscripted content industry this past year was:
Streamers taking risks on concepts that basic cable would not, hopefully compelling basic cable to do the same!

The most troubling development in the non-fiction/unscripted content industry this past year was:
Programming and greenlight decisions still being made by committee—”the room.”

The idea I wish I thought of was:
Dating Around.

The idea I’m happiest to have had in 2019 was:
44 Blue community volunteer day.

If 2019 taught me one thing it was:
Trust your instincts.

The buzzword I don’t want to hear in 2020 is:
Two buzzwords: “bucket” and “premium.”

My New Year’s resolution for 2020 is:
Less email and more personal contact.

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