How do you present a 100% credible production budget to a network or funder? For my clients’ projects, I work with the Budget Whisperer — the respected senior consultant, Elizabeth Ventura. Elizabeth has worked for 12+ years as a Production Manager on programs for dozens of US networks. Docs and specials that she budgeted have been approved by: […]
The Future of Video & the Internet: The Year of Live! Millennials, China, Shifts in Adspend, and More.
Mary Meeker is a legendary Silicon Valley analyst, guru and investor. Each year, she delivers her annual Internet trends report to a rapt audience at Code Conference. Disruption: I’m sharing Meeker’s work because she provides both context and specific examples of the huge and accelerating disruption that all of us in the video industry are experiencing […]
Last week marked a historic tipping point in the public’s ability to both use and respond to live video. Facebook Live’s video stream of the immediate, devastating aftermath of a fatal shooting in Minnesota has either dominated or framed both the news cycle and the public conversation since. We haven’t digested the implications of Facebook’s broadcast, […]
Here are my quick, top seven Takeaways from the very rewarding and compatible Sunny Side of the Doc: 1. BREXIT Several UK agents and producers reported that their fast-track projects were recently stranded due to BREXIT uncertainty. Trump wasn’t helping either. They said that many UK broadcast and satellite channels were in an “unofficial buying freeze.” […]
SHEFFIELD DOC/FEST 2016: HBO’s Sheila Nevins, Sharp Minds, Original Thinkers, VR & Artificial Intelligence
by Madelyn Most. Sheffield’s Doc/Fest is the UK’s largest documentary festival and the world’s #3. Attendance: This 23rd edition from June 10-15th attracted almost 33,000 participants and audience members: They included filmmakers, activists, curators, journalists, commissioning editors, directors, heads of foundations, religious leaders, lawyers, educators and film lovers. 3,500+ industry delegates attended from 60 countries. […]
Discovery Communications is an “over-valued” company. That was the influential call last week by a key Wall Street media industry analyst. By downgrading Discovery as an “underperforming” stock, Sanford Bernstein’s Todd Juenger rang a bell on 30+ years of tremendous growth in the value of enterprises dedicated to Unscripted / Documentary television. Key Factors Juenger cites […]