It spoke volumes that Reality Revolution was one of the least popular panels. In fact, it was pretty empty: maybe 4 dozen people in the audience. The speakers focused on the current problem with Reality TV: that, at first, any new idea was considered a great new idea, but now it’s become more difficult to think up new shows. David Goldberg, Chairman of Endemol North America, said he hopes that new ideas can still be encouraged by the networks and studios who seem to be settling for just variations on dancing or singing shows. “We as producers need to be more inventive and widen the net,” said Goldberg. The panel members agreed it’s unfortunate that the pattern today is for “grandfather” reality shows (American Idol, Big Brother, etc.) to survive season after season, while new ideas die. “That’s what keeps me up at night,” said Goldberg. The panelists did see the U.S. now taking the lead on creating new and even ground-breaking Reality TV content. “I think the UK is a mess,” said John Saade, SVP of Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night for ABC Entertainment. — posted by DHD stringer Rebecca Ford.
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