This year, Realscreen‘s Global 100 celebrates its 10th anniversary. Intended to celebrate innovation, business acumen and of course, great content, the list first appeared in the April/May issue of 2006. As with every year since, it was compiled with input from the industry itself, including producers extolling the virtues of their peers, network executives sharing their thoughts on trusted partners, and various other stakeholders.
Of course, the non-fiction and unscripted industry of 2016 is a far different animal than it was a decade ago. With the explosion in popularity of reality TV in the U.S. and abroad, the list’s appearance changed often, and indeed, with more networks programming non-fiction and unscripted fare, the amount of high-rating programming to factor into consideration also grew exponentially. Now, with new platforms moving aggressively into the space, there is even more great work out there, and naturally, more prodcos worthy of noting. But our intent on providing a snapshot or reflection of the past year in global factual content remains intact.
Some of the names listed this year are familiar faces and have been on the list since its inception. Some frequent G100 prodcos might be absent from this year’s list, with other companies earning a spot for the first time. As then-editor Brendan Christie wrote in his introduction to the 2007 Global 100 list, “Creative churn drives the film and television industries. It’s what keeps viewers coming back for more.”
We have also included a list of honorable mentions in addition to the Global 100, for companies that may not have received as many votes or that were nominated for single programs, but whose work merits recognition.return