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Meet some of the commissioners already confirmed!
Realscreen West is just around the corner, and we are excited to announce just a few of the top executives who will be attending this year's event. Join us in Dana Point to learn, pitch and network with some of the brightest minds in unscripted.
Amazon Studios' CJ Yu to keynote at Realscreen West!
As part of his current role as Head of Unscripted Development, Global Formats, CJ Yu leads a team that oversees unscripted slates for newer Prime Video territories such as Australia, Canada, Middle East, and supports the development of unscripted originals across Europe, Asia, Africa and Latam. He drives the expansion of hit original franchises around the world, such as All Or Nothing, LOL: Last One Laughing, Luxe Listings, and Wild and Free.
In this keynote conversation, CJ Yu will discuss what he and his team are looking to achieve with their producing partners on the local originals front, their strategy around global unscripted formats, and provide perspective on the kind of series they’re looking to put into the development pipeline.
The CW’s Heather Olander to keynote at Realscreen West!
Earlier this year, veteran television executive Heather Olander – previously EVP of alternative development and programming for NBCUniversal’s USA Network, Syfy and Peacock – was named as the head of unscripted programming at The CW, a newly created position that signals an important shift in the strategy for the U.S. broadcast network.
In this keynote conversation, Heather Olander will outline her plans for ramping up unscripted at The CW, and share her thoughts on the challenges and opportunities ahead for the genre.
Browse the 2023 agenda!
The agenda is live, featuring world-class speakers, ground-breaking formats, innovative creators and influential leaders in all sectors. Join us in Dana Point in June and get inspired through cutting-edge content and topical discussions aimed at shaping the future of unscripted.
Rock your pitches after Dave Noll masterclass!
You have a great show idea, but the real question is... are you ready to pitch it? After his hugely popular pitching masterclass at Realscreen Summit in January, Dave Noll is back at Realscreen West to walk you through the pitching mindset! How a young Stephen King teaches us that in pitching... there is NO fear. How Oprah faced down every type of "No." You'll hear a pitching story about Walt Disney that Dave heard from Walt's own nephew, Roy Disney. Before you pitch... let's all get in the perfect headspace. Not to be missed!
Dave Noll has sold 200+ shows to just about every network in the past 20 years. More than 60 have made it to series, including the Chopped franchise, relationship shows, doc series, talk shows, creative competitions, and game shows including the hit America Says.
Arthur Smith to join Realscreen West for keynote conversation!
Realscreen is excited to announce the first keynote conversation for the upcoming edition of Realscreen West — Arthur Smith, founder of the prodco A. Smith & Co. and chairman of Tinopolis USA.
Currently in his 40th year in the television business, Smith has spearheaded more than 200 shows for more than 50 networks, including some of the longest-running unscripted franchises on television today, such as Hell’s Kitchen for Fox and American Ninja Warrior for NBC. Other recent projects of note include the long-running Unsung for TV One, Floor is Lava for Netflix, and Profiled: The Black Man for Discovery+ and OWN.
In addition to creating larger-than-life formats, Smith has led the company’s commitment to hiring and growing diverse talent. As part of that commitment, A. Smith & Co. has partnered with The Handy Foundation, which creates a framework for networks, showrunners and production companies to implement diverse hiring practices.
Smith’s keynote conversation will also come directly on the heels of the launch of his non-fiction book, Reach, which chronicles his career in television thus far and takes the reader behind the scenes of dozens of pivotal moments in sports and television history.
Introducing the Realscreen West 2023 Advisory Board
We’re delighted to reveal the advisory board for Realscreen West.
This formidable group will help steer the content for the 2023 edition of this staple on the industry events calendar.
Visit the Advisory Board page of the Realscreen West website to learn more about every member.
Reserve your room at Laguna Cliffs Marriott at a discounted rate
Ensure you have peace of mind at Realscreen West by staying on-site at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa.
Room rates are based on the length of stay and we are unable to accommodate single-night stays. The rates are as follows: 4 nights - $335/night; 3 nights - $450/night; 2 nights - $650/night. Please select the package that best fits your needs at the hotel reservation link. The block is limited and WILL sell out. Avoid disappointment and secure your room now.
30 days prior to your check-in date, you will be charged a 100% non-refundable deposit. Until that time, you have the ability to cancel or change your reservation if needed, without penalty. The reservation cut-off date is officially Monday, May 15, 2023, but we recommend booking in advance to better your chances of securing a guest room!