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Condolences Following Copenhagen Attacks / EDN Docs in Thessaloniki Master Class, March 19

2015 February 16
by Peter Hamilton

I was in the middle of arranging a workshop in Thessaloniki sponsored by EDN, the European Documentary Network, when news broke of the Copenhagen attacks. The events turned out to be closer to our friends than we could have imagined. I learned from EDN’s Ove Jensen that murdered filmmaker Finn Norgaard shared an office with his […]

From New York Times: CCTV, China’s Propaganda Tool, Finds Itself at Center of Antigraft Drive

2015 February 15
by Peter Hamilton

The New York Times’ Edward Wong reports this weekend on events sweeping CCTV, China’s national broadcaster. He describes the intra-party fighting and allegations of corruption that have dashed CCTV’s reputation. A further casualty is the high expectation among Western producers and channels that China was rapidly becoming a reliable buyer and financial partner. Chengdu during Asian Side […]

Asian Side of the Doc, Xiamen, March 17-20, 2015. Connecting with the Asian Factual Market

2015 February 9
by Peter Hamilton

Asian Side of the Doc is a must-attend coproduction platform and program sales market for documentaries and specialist factual in Asia. Asian Side of the Doc 2015 follows the sold-out success in Chengdu (China) last year: 1500m² market 120 exhibiting companies 130 decision makers 650 documentary professionals from 45 countries. Xiamen The 6th edition of Asian Side of […]

Realscreen 2015. Ten Takeaways: More Delegates. Snow-zilla. Uncertainty. Scale. Humble. Fear. Back to Content? Diversity.

2015 February 6
by Peter Hamilton
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I really enjoyed last week’s Realscreen Summit. It felt like the end of one era and the beginning of …???? Definitely of… Uncertainty!! That’s what made Realscreen so interesting: A lot of disruption. Which is always a good thing for senior consultants. Here are my Takeaways: 1. Congrats to the Organizers! The Toronto-based B2B publisher & […]

Super Bowl by the Second: The Top 10 Commercials from TiVo Research

2015 February 3
by Peter Hamilton

At last week’s Realscreen Summit, the turnout at our excellent panel on audience research indicated a strong interest by unscripted professionals in research tools and how they impact programming decisions. I’ll post my findings from the panel soon. Our discussion did touch on second-by-second ratings. Although Super Bowl XLIX is off our factual content focus, this […]

Independent Lens Spends $2.5 Million on Docs: The Mission, Filters, Budgets, Rights & Submission Process

2015 February 1
by Peter Hamilton
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Independent Lens is the award-winning PBS documentary series that ‘averages 1.2+ million weekly’ US viewers. IL highlights include: Provided $2.5mn +/- in production & acquisition funding for the 2014-15 season. Schedules 22-24 new programs + 5-7 encores each season in its Monday 10pm slot. In 13 seasons: 358 films broadcast – 313 feature-length & TV-hours & […]

ITVS Profile: $170+ Mn Spent on Indie Production since 1990

2015 February 1
by Peter Hamilton
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We recently caught up with the Independent Television Service (ITVS) team to refresh our annual profile of a very important US funder of independent documentaries. This is the first of two posts. The next one covers the ITVS-curated PBS doc strand Independent Lens. ITVS: Funds, presents, and promotes independent documentaries and dramas on public television. Creates innovative new media […]

Prepping for Realscreen: How to Target and Pitch the Buyers

2015 January 25
by Peter Hamilton

Here’s a recap of the best of our five years of coverage about how to target and pitch commissioners: Pitching mistakes and how to avoid them: Brilliant insights from Sohini Das, a veteran MTV developer, and Michael Cascio, a Nat Geo Channel alum. Case Studies are for study! Our Case Studies aren’t silver bullets. They reveal a mosaic […]