Marriott Marquis | Washington, DC | Sunday, January 28 – Wednesday, January 31, 2018


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  • Congratulations to our Realscreen West contest winner, Jay Skinner!

    We are pleased to announced the winner of our Realscreen West 2018 contest, Jay Skinner. Jay is founder of Sound Arsenal Music. Sound Arsenal provides custom score and library music services to the advertising and TV industry. He collaborates with music supervisors, show runners, production companies, ad agencies, production music houses, agents, editors and direct with clients to create and/or find impactful music that amplifies their projects message. The Sound Arsenal music catalog is available to the entire television, film & advertising community.
    Thank you to everyone that took the time to enter!
    Jay Skinner
  • Actor, author and exec producer, Leah Remini joins as keynote

    The 10th anniversary edition of Realscreen West will feature a special one-on-one keynote conversation with Leah Remini — New York Times best-selling author, creator, executive producer and star of A&E Network's hit non-fiction series, 'Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath'.
    The series examines the controversial church through the experiences of Remini and other former members. In 2017, the show won an Emmy award in the category of "Outstanding Informational Series or Special," a Television Critics Association Award in the category of "Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming," and a Producers Guild Award in the category of "Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television." Season three of the hit series will premiere this fall.In addition to her show, Remini recently expanded her relationship with A+E Networks with an overall, exclusive first-look development deal. In her new role, she will be collaborating to develop and produce new documentary programming over the next two years that will go beyond the subject of Scientology.
    Additionally, Remini can currently be seen starring on CBS' hit comedy Kevin Can Wait, reuniting with her former co-star Kevin James. James and Remini starred together for nine seasons on the hit series The King of Queens, also on CBS.
    On the big screen, Remini will next be seen starring alongside Jennifer Lopez in the romantic comedy, Second Act, set for release on November 21.
    In the fall of 2015, Remini released a memoir, Troublemaker. The tell-all book explores an eye-opening, insider account of Remini's tumultuous and heart-wrenching 30-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology. Troublemaker quickly became a New York Times bestseller, as did the paperback edition, which was released earlier this year.
    In 2014, Remini created, produced and starred in her own reality show Leah Remini: It's All Relative, which successfully ran on TLC for two seasons. The show chronicled her life in Los Angeles as she allowed cameras to capture her family and their funnier-than-fiction reality. At Realscreen West, Leah Remini will discuss bringing her story and the stories of other former Scientology members to the screen, the challenges inherent in producing the hit series, and her ambitions for developing more groundbreaking non-fiction content.
    The keynote conversation takes place at 4:15 pm on Thursday, June 7.
  • "Trading Spaces" talent and execs talk reboot strategy

    We are pleased to announce that the upcoming 10th anniversary edition of Realscreen West will host a special case study of the return of TLC's iconic series "Trading Spaces" onĀ Wednesday, June 6 at 4:15pm. Reboots are all the rage these days, both in the scripted and unscripted genres. Reviving familiar properties can be a surefire way to generate buzz before the premiere, but once people tune in, the show has to appeal to fans of the original and new audiences. How much of the "DNA" of the original should you retain, and how much do you dare to freshen up for a new generation of viewers? This session will provide a special case study of TLC's Trading Spaces. Learn from execs and talent behind the series about the strategy behind bringing the updated version to life.

  • Amazon Studios' Heather Schuster joins as keynote

    We are delighted to announce that Realscreen West will host a one-on-one keynote conversation with Heather Schuster, Head of Unscripted TV for Amazon Studios, on Tuesday, June 5 at 4:15 p.m.

    Heather Schuster

    Amazon Studios

    In her post, Schuster oversees documentary series, unscripted formats and alternative comedy. In her first six months at Amazon, she has overseen the launch of the larger 'All or Nothing' sports programming brand and Will Ferrell's live comedy special on New Year's Day, as well as spearheading new development, including the recently-announced Lorena Bobbitt docuseries from executive producer Jordan Peele. Prior to Amazon, she served as chief creative officer for Detour, a location-aware travel content app founded by Andrew Mason, founder of Groupon, where she scaled the company up for a global launch and staffed 40 producers from around the world to create 120 hours of content. Before Detour, Schuster launched and was CEO for All3Media-backed unscripted prodco Morocco Junction Entertainment. Prior to that, she served as SVP/head of unscripted television for Ryan Seacrest Productions; and also spent four years with Reveille/Shine America as a showrunner and as SVP of creative affairs. Cable and broadcast franchises she has developed and overseen include Tabatha's Salon Takeover, Biggest Loser, and MasterChef. She has produced cable and broadcast series for studios such as Mark Burnett Productions, ITV and FTVS. In her keynote conversation, Heather Schuster will discuss her ambitions for Amazon's unscripted division, the impact of new buyers and platforms upon the unscripted content industry, and how producers can work with her and her team.

  • Meet our 2018 Advisory Board!

    We're pleased to announce our Realscreen West 2018 Advisory Board:

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