7:00am PT by Evan Real
MTV to Launch RealityCon in Summer 2020
MTV on Tuesday announced plans to launch RealityCon. The first-ever event will convene stars, producers and creators of reality TV's biggest franchises — including original MTV hits such as The Hills, Jersey Shore, The Real World and The Challenge, among others.
RealityCon will take place in the summer of 2020 with a soft launch this fall. According to a press release, the event will feature fan activations, performances, interviews and roundtable discussions exploring the genre's impact on society, representation of diversity in media and influence on entertainment, among other topics.
Aside from MTV's own programming, RealityCon will welcome familiar faces from other networks' roster of reality. Key players from Big Brother, The Bachelor, RuPaul's Drag Race, Survivor, Duck Dynasty, Love & Hip Hop, Mob Wives and The Real Housewives are also expected to participate.
RealityCon is the latest expansion in MTV's fast-growing live events business, which already includes the SnowGlobe Music Festival and MTV Spring Break. A location and venue for RealityCon will be announced at a later date.
MTV's event follows the trend of networks holding daylong events to promote their own shows. Freeform just held its second annual summit in March, while Comedy Central is hosting its third annual Clusterfest comedy festival for three days this June.