The world is watching: The international outlook for acquisitions, copros and commissions
The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the foundations of television broadcasting the world over, with pilot seasons, major sporting events and production schedules for new content upended for the short to mid term, and no way of knowing when "business as usual" may return. But the good news in all this is that the demand for content remains as strong as ever, if not stronger. As broadcasters around the world contend with what may be a drastically redrawn advertising landscape, acquired programming can provide immediate relief, while coproductions and other innovative approaches to commissioning content may offer comfort to compromised bottom lines when production resumes in some capacity. Here, international distributors, producers and commissioners offer insight on the challenges and opportunities emerging out of the disruption.
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Reimagined reality: How we rescued our series
The restrictions placed upon people around the world as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold brought the production industry to a standstill - a situation that is still evolving as some of the lockdowns are beginning to ease internationally. But networks and production partners, working together, seized the opportunity to keep their franchises alive by adopting new production techniques and approaches. From shiny-floor talent competitions to character-led docureality series, this session brings together executives who will peel back the curtain and reveal how they 'reimagined' reality.
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Gain valuable intel from leading network execs
At Realscreen Live, we strive to provide delegates access to premier networking opportunities designed to develop meaningful industry connections, such as our signature 30 Minutes With sessions.
These live, interactive sessions feature some of the most in-demand unscripted buyers and commissioners talking about their programming strategies, future plans and priorities. The opportunity to submit questions to the commissioners will be available during the session.
Here is the list of speakers that will be speaking at 30 Minutes With sessions throughout Realscreen Live. Please refer to the agenda for more information.
Perfecting your virtual pitch
It used to be the goal to sell the show in the room... now it's all about selling it over Zoom. Even in times such as these, deals are being done, and great content is being developed, bought and sold. Here, you'll learn from producers and network execs what works best when pitching your idea virtually, and you'll also gain some valuable wisdom about what not to pitch and what might resonate best in the current climate. During the Perfecting your virtual pitch panel at Realscreen Live some of the industry's most successful execs will share how you can perfect your virtual pitch and get your show greenlit.
Navigating the New Normal
It's a phrase that has been used often to describe changing conditions in the visual content landscape, the arrival of new platforms and viewing practices, et cetera. But the advent of COVID-19, a global crisis that has upended practically every aspect of our lives, is rewriting the rule book for content production and consumption, even as you read this. How are producers and networks preparing to meet this "new normal" head on? What are the practices and protocols that will need to be adopted as production ramps up again? How can networks and their production partners work together most effectively to keep the unscripted industry flourishing in these uncertain times? Some of the industry's most successful execs will discuss how to adapt and excel during these challenging times in the Navigating the New Normal panel at Realscreen Live.
HBO Max's Jennifer O'Connell to keynote at Realscreen Live
Realscreen is thrilled to announce that Jennifer O'Connell, EVP, Original Non-Fiction and Kids Programming for HBO Max, will be featured in a keynote conversation, interviewed by Brian Tannenbaum, content executive from Quibi on June 3 at Realscreen Live.
O'Connell leads original non-fiction and kids programming at HBO Max, where she is developing a unique slate for the new streaming platform that encompasses live action, animation, scripted and unscripted fare, with a broad range of compelling original feature-length documentaries, docuseries, and reality programming, as well as kids and family entertainment and programming that leverages WarnerMedia's vast portfolio of brands.
HBO Max's unscripted slate being developed under O'Connell is full of smart, multilayered documentaries and docuseries covering a wide array of social issues and culturally relevant subjects. The streamer also takes a curated approach to pinpointing significant content to engage kids and family, Gen Z, millennial and female skewing audiences. Working with prestige creators and brands as well as with new voices and storytellers, HBO Max is designing a slate of high-level and entertaining programming that has something bigger to say about our world.
Before HBO Max, the Lionsgate alum oversaw the development and production of the studio's unscripted slate across all platforms as EVP and Head of Worldwide Alternative Programming. O'Connell has also held positions at NBCU, Core Media Group, Shed Media U.S., Disney Channel and the Family Channel, guiding and developing such projects as the Emmy® Award-winning The Matthew Shepherd Story, The Biggest Loser, Who Do You Think You Are?, The Real Housewives of New York City, Kevin Hart: What the Fit, Bethenny Ever After, and Selling Sunset.