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045 MATT BETH SHARP BURKE CEO and founder Sharp Entertainment Owner/executive producer BSTV Entertainment My favorite factual program/series (or feature documentary) of 2018 was: Dancing Queen on Netfl ix. No tea, no shade. I never thought they'd make a program about: Arts & crafts. Making It was a delight. When the ousted maker would come out in the end scene with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, that was genius. The program/series/doc people will be talking about in fi ve years is: Nailed It! Nicole & Jacques — BFFs. In 18 months, no one will be talking about: Reboots. The best factual content I've seen online this year was: RBG. She needs to live forever. The most positive development in the non- fi ction/unscripted content industry this past year was: Women speaking up. I never thought they'd make a program about: Popping pimples! The most positive development in the non-fi ction/unscripted content industry this past year was: Actually, a move toward positivity itself. Shows from Queer Eye to America's Got Talent prove that America wants something, and someone, to root for. The most troubling development in the non-fi ction/unscripted content industry this past year was: It's getting harder to break through the content clutter. There were a lot of great premieres this past year that just didn't catch on. The idea I wish I thought of was: Live PD. It's the perfect nexus of an elevated tried and true format with an ambitious, new TV construct never before attempted. The most troubling development in the non- fi ction/unscripted content industry this past year was: The length of time it takes to get something on the air. The idea I wish I thought of was: The Fixer Upper Network The idea I'm happiest to have had this year was: My business partner Blake Swerdloff-Helms and I produced content for a non-profi t supporting LGBTQ teens called Live Out Loud. It's so important now, more than ever, to use our voice in media to support those who need one. If 2018 taught me one thing it was: You gotta step away from the Twitter from time to time The buzzword I don't want to hear in 2019 is: Organic and/or authentic. My New Year's resolution for 2019 is: More water, less tequila. The idea I'm happiest to have had this year was: Before the 90 Days. Okay, I had the idea last year, but I'm happy about it this year as well. As an extension of Sharp's 90 Day Fiancé franchise, Before the 90 Days follows couples' journeys before they have ever met in person which opens up the show to incredibly fresh types of storytelling, including the specter of a love interest not actually being who they say they are. If 2018 taught me one thing it was: Viewers want authenticity over contrivance. The buzzword I don't want to hear in 2019 is: Live… for the sake of being live. Yes, I wish I thought of Live PD, but I think "Knitting Live" is where we should draw the line. It has to make sense and be strategic. My New Year's resolution for 2019 is: Introducing the world to the next big thing (and yes, we have it!). It's getting harder to break through the content clutter. There were a lot of great premieres this past year that just didn't catch on."

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