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The LOST Kennedy Home Movies – Unlocking an Archival Treasure for History U.S.

2017 May 29
by Peter Hamilton

Today is John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday, which we recognize by republishing our “Lost Kennedy Home Movies Case Study” which was originally published on another anniversary, November 22, 2013. ‘The LOST Kennedy Home Movies’ is a History U.S. special that captures our lasting fascination with the Kennedy’s. It is a reminder on a harsh anniversary, that […]

U.S. Networks: Subscriber Decline Is Modest But Steady

2017 May 25
by Peter Hamilton

The latest Nielsen Universe data reveals accelerating but still modest declines in the subscriber base of most U.S. channels that commission or acquire factual programs. Cord-cutters and cord-nevers are a tiny fraction of the cord-keepers. Multichannel Economy: Channels will continue to spend on programming because they enjoy long-term agreements with cable and satellite operators. For the operators, […]

Donald Trump and the Rightwing Documentary Ecosystem

2017 May 23
by Peter Hamilton

Last week, in the darkest days yet of his presidency, Donald Trump made a call for help. It was to a prolific documentary producer. David Bossie led a small rightwing nonprofit in Washington DC. He was inspired by Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” to turn to documentary production. His effort resulted in a historic Supreme Court […]

M研究院|Facebook原创内容将至,美国内容行业的反应是……

2017 May 16
by Peter Hamilton

My “Facebook Originals Are Coming!” post was translated by our friends at Content China. China’s documentary sector has been a regular subject of analysis in this newsletter. The promise of the early years of this century were frustrated by an array of regulatory and commercial factors. However, I can see that the pendulum is shifting. China’s VOD services […]

Facebook Originals Are Coming!

2017 May 8
by Peter Hamilton

Facebook aims to launch its slate of commissioned programs next month. There are two buckets for the 24+/- greenlights to date: Signature, big budget programs “Shorter, less expensive shows of about 5- 10 minutes that would refresh every 24 hours.” Reporters Nathan McAlone and Alex Heath uncovered some of the mystery of Facebook video in […]

Cezame: Your Partner in Creating Music for Documentaries

2017 May 5
by Peter Hamilton

Cezame Music Agency was originally dedicated exclusively to music for documentaries. Founded and led by Frédéric Leibovitz since 2003, Cezame has since stood true to its roots in the documentary production process. Original Compositions: We are constantly producing original music with the conviction that music for image is a vital creative field in its own right. […]

Netflix: Licensed and Not Original Shows Dominate the SVOD Giant’s TV Streams

2017 May 2
by Peter Hamilton

Netflix is a lot like Discovery Channel in the late 1980’s. Like Discovery back in the day, Netflix viewers watch a lot more acquisitions than original commissions. Only 15% of its total U.S. streams in 1Q ’17 were for Netflix Originals. More than than 85% were licensed acquisitions. Those findings were reported by research firm […]

ITVS: $191+ Million Spent on Independent Productions Since 1990

2017 April 25
by Peter Hamilton

I Am Not Your Negro would have earned my vote for the Feature Documentary Oscar for 2017. ITVS was a key funder of Raoul Peck’s marvelous film which envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America. ITVS’s contribution to independent documentaries deserves a big cheer at this moment when publicly […]