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Sunny Side Takeaways: BREXIT Strands Projects, EC Payback Time, 4K Picks Up, China, SVOD and More…

2016 June 28
by Peter Hamilton
la rochelle

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.” […]

“Discovery Communications Is Over-valued.” Wall Street Analysis & Takeaways

2016 June 13
by Peter Hamilton

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 […]

ITN Source Short Film Competition: Three Finalists

2016 June 10
by Peter Hamilton
ferguson, missouri

The top three films have been announced for the second ever ITN Source Short Film Competition in association with Sheffield Doc/Fest and Audio Network. The finalists are: Adam Forrester, an Assistant Professor of Art from Columbus, Georgia James Arthur Armstrong, a film critic and filmmaker from Liverpool Matthew Sanger, an Archive Producer for TV/film productions, […]

Vale Brian Beaton, Documentary filmmaker, advocate, and friend

2016 June 9
by Peter Hamilton

Brian Beaton was a generous friend of this newsletter and of my consulting practice. I was so saddened to read of his sudden passing. I learned just this month that as a young man Brian was a leader of the anti-conscription movement that opposed Australia’s draft of young men to fight in Vietnam. That took real bravery! And […]

Amazon Video Direct, the ‘Netflix Killer’? Analysis and Takeaways

2016 May 19
by Peter Hamilton
market cap

Amazon announced last week the launch of Amazon Video Direct. Most analysts reported that AVD is an assault by the online retail giant on YouTube and its User-generated Video (UGC) platform. That, at best, seemed like half the story to me. Amazon’s strategy is to dominate Video the way it does book publishing and distribution. Just […]

ACSIL Footage Expo, New York, June 9

2016 May 18
by Peter Hamilton

Join me on June 9th at the 2nd annual ACSIL Footage Expo, “where the world’s essential footage organizations meet up with media’s top players and visionaries.” I’ve been closely tracking a renewal of interest in the History genre by factual channels. The recent focus on dramatic reenactments has broadened to include specials that use the archive in fresh, […]

A Producer at Risk: Siberian Budget-buster! The Takeaways (Case Study 2/2)

2016 May 14
by Peter Hamilton
nep-ynn (19)

We continue our Siberian Case Study: How to manage productions in dangerous and remote locations. The post was first published in April, 2011, and republished here in honor of the fearless producer Vinnie Kraylevich, who passed away suddenly last week. This week: Takeaways from the Russian Permafrost. Last week: Producers, talent and network programmers push the limits That can […]

A Producer at Risk: Soviet-Era Nuclear Icebreaker Smashes Arctic Floes. And The Budget! (Case Study 1/2)

2016 May 13
by Peter Hamilton

I learned today from our friends at Realscreen that Vinnie Kraylevich had passed away suddenly. It is such a loss. Vinnie combined tremendous creative energy with an open heart. He was always prepared to share his wisdom and experience with his colleagues.  I’m particularly grateful to Vinnie because he helped set the editorial ambitions of my newsletter. Soon […]