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Nearly $3M for a Blue Chip Citizen Science / Crowdsourcing Series from NSF! Coming to WCSFP Vienna…

2015 November 23
by Peter Hamilton

The Crowd & The Cloud is a hot project for next week’s World Congress of Science & Factual Producers in Vienna. Citizen Science is a trending topic: Regular folks are using their mobiles and other devices to collect data and contribute to cloud-based solutions to big science challenges. The Crowd & The Cloud tells their stories. […]

Nat Geo Partners Reorg + Takeaways / Showtime Ups Docs

2015 November 20
by Peter Hamilton

Two press releases jumped out this week: one from Nat Geo and the other from Showtime. First off, National Geographic Partners announced its senior leadership team. NG Partners is the entity formed in September when the venerable National Geographic Society sold its stake in the channels as well as its magazine and other consumer assets […]

Hoff Productions: An Independent Producer Manages the Ups and Downs

2015 November 18
by Peter Hamilton

This week’s story is about how to succeed in the very tough world of independent production. Our case study is Hoff Productions, whose ups and downs we covered back in 2010 in a popular post titled A Preferred Producer: Hoff Productions between Basement and Buyout. Hoff was on a ride. But, as you can see from […]

Blackfish: Proof That Documentary Can Be a Powerful Force for Change

2015 November 12
by Peter Hamilton

by David Hickman Senior Lecturer in Film & Television Production, University of York (Originally published by The Conversation). It’s a rare and precious thing when a documentary changes some small part of the world for the better. And such rarity tells us a great deal about how heavily are the odds usually stacked against documentary – […]

Donald Trump: Reality TV’s Presidential Candidate Rides ‘Earned Media’ to the Nomination

2015 November 9
by Peter Hamilton

Political analysts distinguish between ‘earned’ or ‘free’ media and ‘bought’ media to explain Donald Trump’s unexpected, continuing dominance of the Republican presidential campaign. As an example of ‘earned’ media, they point to Trump’s appearance as host of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, which averaged a 6.6 rating, the highest for SNL since January 2012. They cite […]

National Geographic Society: Layoffs Prior to Expanded Partnership with Fox

2015 November 5
by Peter Hamilton

The National Geographic Society has announced the largest employee layoff in its venerable history. The move comes weeks before NGS expands its content partnership with Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. The Washington Post‘s Paul Farhi covers the layoffs here. The headline: “National Geographic chief says layoffs done to avert financial derailment.” Watch out for coverage of […]

Marlon Wayans: Celebrity Documentary. ‘Sweet Micky’, The Fugees’ Pras Michel & Winning Slamdance

2015 November 1
by Peter Hamilton

Sweet Micky for President is a Case Study in the marriage between a celebrity and his passion documentary. Tagged ‘When pop music and politics collide,’ Sweet Micky captures the eccentric campaign for president of Haiti by musician Michel Martelly. Micky was produced by The Fugees’ Pras Michel. Marlon Wayans is co-EP with our friend Steve […]

MIPCOM Takeaways: VOD Is Hot Business Along the Croisette

2015 October 30
by Peter Hamilton

A hot topic at MIPCOM 2015 was the rise of VOD platforms, with their many business models (SVOD or TVOD or  AVOD). We caught up with Kinonation’s Roger Jackson, who recently shared with our readers his invaluable insider information on the VOD market and defined all those -VOD’s. Here are Roger’s Takeaways from his packed schedule of meetings […]