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RTS Futures’ The Only Way Is… Structured Reality

This week was RTS Futures‘ much-awaited The Only Way Is… Structured Reality held at the Hallam Conference Centre.

Discussing the concept of ‘structured reality’, the evening featured the major players of this genre: Sarah Dillistone (Executive Producer, Made In Chelsea), Claire Faragher (Executive Producer, TOWIE, series 2), Daran Little (award-winning television writer now Story Supervisor, MIC). And of course the evening was completed by reality TV stars Amy Childs (TOWIE) and Ollie Locke (MIC).

L-R Daran Little, Claire Faragher, Sarah Dillistone, Mark Dolan, Ollie Locke and Amy Childs

Certainly with shows like TOWIE and MIC, constructed reality shows are here to stay. The panel talked through the evolution of both of these key shows, from initial idea to production process, revealed a few trade secrets, fascinating tips and exclusive insider information along the way. One thing that became apparent is that there is an enormous amount of duty of care to the contributors from the production side of things and the latest technological advances are also shaping the way and speed in which these shows are being made.

Some interesting read about constructed reality:
- Mail Online: From The Only Way is Essex…to The Sloaney Way is Chelsea: After the success of the reality TV show, an upmarket version
- Mail Online: The Only Way Is Essex: How I created TV’s most reviled show – and won a Bafta
- The Guardian: A different kind of reality TV

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