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Your take on 2020: Flame Distribution’s Fiona Gilroy

As 2020 (finally) draws to a close, Realscreen is offering industry professionals from around the globe the chance to sound off about the year that was by taking part in ...
December 14, 2020

As 2020 (finally) draws to a close, Realscreen is offering industry professionals from around the globe the chance to sound off about the year that was by taking part in our annual, and somewhat irreverent, year-end reader’s survey. If you’d like to weigh in, send your answers to the questions outlined via this link to press@realscreen.com and we will run a selection of responses.

We begin this year’s look back at the year that was (and that we can’t wait to see the back of) with Fiona Gilroy, content sales and acquisitions director at Flame Distribution.

My favourite factual program/series (or feature documentary) of 2020 was:
The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty from the BBC which was fascinating and horrifying all at once. Australia has gifted the world with many things, but the Murdochs and Westfield shopping malls are amongst the most profound.

I never thought they’d make a program about:
Dog grooming, as in the format Pooch Perfect, hosted by Rebel Wilson.

The program/series/doc people will be talking about in five years is:
I wish I knew so I could get planning for its production now!

In 18 months, no one will be talking about:
Anything to do with coronavirus (I hope!)

The best factual content I’ve seen online this year was:
The latest Travels with My Father on Netflix. It’s clearly not serious factual content but I love watching the relationship between Jack and Michael. It makes me smile which is what I needed this year.

The most positive development in the non-fiction/unscripted content industry this past year was:
The way in which producers were able to pull out all stops and find really creative approaches to content-making during unprecedented times.

The most troubling development in the non-fiction/unscripted content industry this past year was:
Unsurprisingly it was the huge disruption the pandemic created for everyone involved in this business — distributors, commissioners, buyers and producers. The revenue downturn for ad-funded broadcasters is certainly there and being felt by everyone in the chain. Hard to know how things could have been different in the circumstances, but it’s certainly not been all good.

The idea I wish I thought of was:
Zoom.

The idea I’m happiest to have had this year was:
To recruit some great new staff to the team, despite the pandemic.

If 2020 taught me one thing it was:
When the world is turning upside down, TV is a great tonic.

The buzzword I don’t want to hear in 2021 is:
“New normal.”

My New Year’s resolution for 2021 is:
I’d just like to walk the dog moreā€¦ and forget about a lot of the things that happened in 2020.

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 HMV.com. 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.

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