Realscreen’s Global 100 for 2016

Realscreen’s Global 100 for 2016


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The 2017 realscreen Global 100 list, showcasing innovation, business acumen and, of course, great content, is celebrating  11 years in publication. As has been the tradition since 2006, the list is painstakingly compiled by our staff using input directly from you — the producers, network executives, distributors, agents and others working in the industry. We put the call out for your votes on the non-fiction and unscripted programs and documentaries that you believe were the most original, best executed and just plain best productions of 2016, and the production companies behind them. And, again, you’ve responded with enthusiasm.

Some of the names here will be familiar — established veterans who’ve graced many a Global 100 list. Other companies, meanwhile, have earned a spot here for the first time, winning you over with their creativity and expertise in everything from natural history and science to social-issue docs and reality television.

Some things never change, however. Our intent, always, is to provide a snapshot of the past year in global factual content. We trust you will enjoy the results. — Darah Hansen, managing editor


Headquarters: Toronto  |  www.
Hours produced in 2016: Over 90 hours
Employees: 305 (includes freelancers)
Recent/current titles: Hockey Wives, Pardon My French, Pressure Cooker
Upcoming titles: 150th Playlist Live: Juno’s Edition, Canada: The Story Of Us

Toronto-based Bristow specializes in creating multi-platform content across all genres including scripted, lifestyle, reality, documentary and sports. The prodco’s hit Hockey Wives was recently greenlit for a third season by Corus Entertainment’s W Network after it landed among the top-ranked series on the network for women aged 25 to 54, according to Numeris data provided by Corus. The show found fans on iTunes Canada with episodes of Hockey Wives, which centers around the oh-so-Canadian lives of the wives and girlfriends of NHL hockey players, ranking as the number-one reality series on the media player, Corus notes.

More recently, Canadian pubcaster CBC commissioned the company to produce the forthcoming drama docuseries Canada: The Story of Us (pictured), which will broadcast as part of CBC’s original programming commissioned to celebrate the nation’s 150th anniversary this year (July 1, to be exact). The 10 x 60-minute series, based on Nutopia’s original format, explores the people, places and events that have shaped the nation, using techniques such as fact-based dramatizations, CGI animation and interviews.

The company was created in 2013 by broadcast executive and producer Julie Bristow, whose 20-year career at the CBC includes stints as executive director of factual entertainment, sports and Olympic entertainment, and studio and unscripted content.

The prodco recently appointed Marlo Miazga as VP of content. Miazga will work with Bristow to lead the production and development of content. Bristow says the company is now focused on growing its factual slate in two key areas: modern-history programming and the sports-adjacency space. It’s also set its sights outside Canada’s borders, with a push to expand internationally. To that end, the company has partnered with Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions in the UK for development to bring its creative content across the pond. Selina Chignall