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CCTV10: The Sizzle from China’s Science & Culture Channel, Reaching 136 Million Daily

2014 April 1
by Peter Hamilton

CCTV9 The Documentary Channel came out with a blast at MIPDoc in Cannes last year. Last month, it was CCTV10′s turn at Asian Side of the Doc in Chengdu. CCTV10 is the public broadcaster dedicated to disseminating China’s Science and Culture. The channel’s executive team presented an enthusiastic slate of new historical, ethnographic, nature and science [...]

MIPDoc: Over 1,300 programmes are waiting to be discovered

2014 March 30
by Peter Hamilton

Flight Data Visualization: 30,000 European Flights in 2 Marvelous Minutes

2014 March 14
by Peter Hamilton

At a time when we’ve been thinking too much about flight tracking, we received a superb animation of European airspace data from 422 South’s Andy Davies-Coward for NATS. Here’s the video (click the graphic), and a mini-Case Study of the process and tools.   The Client NATS: a UK-based provider of global air traffic management [...]

Barack Obama Special Issue: President Launches Nat Geo’s “Cosmos” / Update of “2016 Obama’s America” and its $40+/- Million Payday

2014 March 9
by Peter Hamilton

Here’s a press release lead that caught my eye: “President Barack Obama will introduce the highly anticipated series premiere episode of COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY airing this Sunday, March 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on 10 Fox Networks Group Channels, including FOX and National Geographic Channel. In the video message, which leads into the premiere episode, President Obama invites [...]

“Gravity” Wins Oscars! But Failed to Lift Off at Science Producers’ Congress in Montreal. Why?

2014 March 4
by Peter Hamilton
Gravity At World Congress

At last year’s buzzy World Congress of Science and Factual Producers in Montreal I decided to field a mini-survey.  I asked two questions about Gravity which was then raging at the world’s box office?   “Have you seen it?  “Did you like it?” The delegates were leading producers and commissioners in the ‘content-rich’ or ‘authored’ field of television. Here [...]

“Gravity: Where’s the Story & Characters?” A Comment from Paul Gasek

2014 March 3
by Peter Hamilton

By Paul Gasek, Stony Brook Films, Cape Cod So here’s my own big lesson from watching Gravity and reading your report on the factual producers’ relatively negative reaction: Bottom line: I loved the physics and the visualizations. It was a vision, a revelation of a world people think they know, as alien as the deck [...]

2014″亚洲阳光纪录片大会“: 抓住最后机会提交您的提案,参加”最佳提案竞评“ !抢先看 : “研讨会”与“工作坊” !

2014 February 20
by Peter Hamilton

The British Invasion: Takeaways from a UK Indie on How to Get and Keep a Slice of the American Unscripted Television Pie

2014 February 17
by Peter Hamilton
Chef Race

Roy Ackerman is a respected and award-winning UK Indie who’s been involved with shows from Man Vs Wild to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and major documentaries from Richard Pryor Omit the Logic to The House I Live In. He admits to “a mix of good and bad experiences” during his pursuit of business in America. [...]