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Tuesday, September 11 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Structuring Reality

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Today's reality producers are facing increasing challenges when making high-concept series.  By now everyone knows that some creative license is taken in the editing room, but how do today's producers maintain the balance between portraying authentic characters and keeping the audience entertained in an increasingly crowded marketplace? How are the narratives of unscripted shows really written?  Hear from industry creators as they discuss how a complicated reality arc is conceived, developed and executed.

Moderated by Brian Lowry

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Jim Casey

Founder & President, Painless Productions
After writing, producing and editing for an eclectic range of television projects from news magazines to The New Mickey Mouse Club, Jim Casey launched Painless Productions with one primary goal: to take a personal, hands-on approach to creating truly unique television concepts borne... Read More →
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Sharon Levy

Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike TV
Sharon Levy serves as executive vice president, original series Spike TV. Levy joined Spike in 2005 and has overseen the development of many of the network's most ambitious and successful series including Auction Hunters, American Digger, Bar Rescue, Flip Men, InkMaster, Repo... Read More →
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Brian Lowry

Chief TV Critic, Variety
Brian Lowry has been a columnist and critic for Variety since September 2003. Before that, he spent seven years at the Los Angeles Times as a reporter and columnist covering the television industry, which was preceded by a nine-year stint at Variety.  Lowry has been a contributor... Read More →
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Nick Rigg

President, Leopard Films USA
Nick Rigg is president of Leopard Films USA, a leading producer of reality and non-fiction television and digital programming, focusing on lifestyle and entertainment content.  Under Rigg’s leadership, the company has built a stronghold in lifestyle franchises, including the... Read More →
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Tom Rogan

Co-Founder & CEO, Authentic Entertainment
After serving in the trenches of some of the biggest reality production companies in Los Angeles, Tom co-founded Authentic Entertainment in 2000. Since then, the company has grown to become one of the leading producers of reality television.  Authentic has produced hundreds of... Read More →

Tuesday September 11, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
Theater 11