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DISCOP AFRICA 2014: A Bustling and Optimistic Event. Videos & Takeaways

2014 November 13
by Peter Hamilton

Last week’s DISCOP in Joburg was a revelation. Africa has scale. And is coming alive: A continent-wide market of 1.2 Bn people. New channels and platforms are being launched across 55 countries. 30% year-to-year growth in attendance at the market. And an uplifting, optimistic atmosphere. Sales! What Sales? Annual TV sales in Africa have shot […]

PBS Comes Back: Beyond the Super-hits ‘The Roosevelts’ & ‘Downton Abbey.’ A Lesson for History?

2014 November 6
by Peter Hamilton

At MIPCOM, I caught up with Beth Hoppe who heads national programming for PBS. I had long wanted to publish a snapshot of PBS and its remarkable recent performance. Here we go, with input from Beth and her colleagues. HOLDING STEADY… PBS viewing held steady over a decade of erosion for broadcasters, and surged nearly 40% since 2008-09. The commercial free-to-air […]

South African Delegates come to WCSFP, Hong Kong

2014 November 3
by Peter Hamilton

South African Indies heads to Hong Kong South African Indies is sending a strong delegation of emerging producers to World Congress in Hong Kong. The effort is funded by the RSA Department of Trade & Industry, and supported by the Gauteng provincial film commission. The filmmakers are excited about joining the WCSFP member community. Here […]

‘Pitching in the Rain’ … MIPCOM Takeaways

2014 October 21
by Peter Hamilton

MIPCOM 2014 was hard. It began to rain on Sunday, and it poured on and off until Wednesday. Meetings often ran late or were cancelled. People were soaked and uncomfortable. So what did I learn at arguably the world’s leading international video marketplace? Several Takeaways stuck in my mind after days of dashing around Cannes […]

France’s CNC: Centre National du Cinema et de l’Image Animee. 700+ Mn Euros for Cinema & Television. How Much for Docs?

2014 October 10
by Peter Hamilton

France’s Centre National du Cinema et de l’Image Animee (CNC) is a powerful force in the French video and cinema industry. The CNC disburses the tax receipts that are levied on the industry to producers and other contributors to the value chain. It is a pillar of France’s stable cadre of documentary and nonfiction television producers, and drives co-productions, […]

Le Rendez-Vous: Elegance and Access to Buyers on the Clifftops in Biarritz

2014 October 3
by Peter Hamilton

Le Rendez-Vous is the very compatible TV market organized by TV France International, the professional association of French distributors. Last month, I attended the 20th edition in the beautiful seaside town of Biarritz. It was a very informative and stress-free event that deserves to fly higher above the radar on the international market calendar.   Mission The mission of […]

CNEX: Takeaways from the Chinese Doc Forum, Taipei (CCDF-5)

2014 October 1
by Peter Hamilton

by Pat Ferns Creative documentaries are alive and well in Taipei. The highlight of the 5th edition of the CNEX Chinese Doc Forum (CCDF-5) was the Awards Ceremony in which eight Chinese documentaries were celebrated by a stellar cast of world broadcasters, festivals, foundations, funders and distribution companies. Three days of intensive training preceded the […]

The Fidel Archive Case Study: Inside a PBS / NGC International Copro

2014 September 21
by Peter Hamilton

The PBS documentary The Fidel Castro Tapes caught our attention with its compelling and unseen footage of the Cuban revolution and the Cold War drama that followed. We wondered about the challenges of creating an archive-based film about an 88-year old Spanish-speaking personality who can be dangerously controversial, and who is the founding father of […]