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Marlon Wayans: Celebrity Reality. Launching a Reality Production Company

2015 April 13
by Peter Hamilton

It’s no secret: celebrity cuts through the clutter on the TV schedule: That applies to documentaries as well as Reality TV. And many A-listers do want to make a difference through their documentary passion projects! Marlon Wayans is the $1Bn+ box office earner who successfully launched the Reality production company, Workaholics Entertainment. Last month, Workaholics […]

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

2015 April 13
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 […]

Atlanta Master Class: ‘Built for Success: Developing & Producing Non-Fiction Programming.’ Saturday, May 16

2015 April 6
by Peter Hamilton

We are delighted to announce the Atlanta Master Class, presented with leading local production company, Tomorrow Pictures. Built for Success: Developing & Producing Non-Fiction Programming Get insider insights on US Networks: What do they Want? What’s the Deal? Plus: Pitch process secrets. Join me on Saturday, May 16th for this intensive workshop dedicated to helping producers understand the […]

Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav’s Compensation in 2014: $156 Million

2015 April 6
by Peter Hamilton

According to last Friday’s regulatory filing by Discovery Communications, in the first year of his new contract, CEO David Zaslav earned $156.1 million, up from $33.3 million in 2013. The package covers: $3 million in salary. $94.6 million in stock awards that vest over six years if Discovery achieves certain goals. $50.5 million in option […]

Thessaloniki Takeaway #3. Video: Trends in the Documentary Distribution Business by Jan Rofekamp, Films Transit International

2015 March 31
by Peter Hamilton

What are the key trends for 2015 in documentary distribution? Jan Rofekamp is president & ceo of Films Transit International and a veteran documentary sales agent based in Montreal. He has been associated with many classics and major award-winners. My top pick among these is Noam Chomsky on ‘Manufacturing Consent’. His catalog is here and […]

Thessaloniki Takeaways # 2: Leo Dicaprio Builds His Resume. The False Hope of NETFLIX

2015 March 29
by Peter Hamilton

Leonardo Dicaprio was a winner at Thessaloniki. The Peter Wintonick Audience Award in the International category went to VIRUNGA by Orlando von Εinsiedel. VIRUNGA is ‘A NETFLIX Documentary’ EP’d by Dicaprio. It’s about endangered mountain gorillas in the Virunga National Park of the DR Congo. Virunga was also nominated for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards this […]

Thessaloniki Takeaways: Pitching Lessons. Access. Funding Strategies. NETFLIX Wins. And Great Food!

2015 March 24
by Peter Hamilton

The 17th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival & Market far exceeded my expectations. Here’s why! Video by US director Michael Galinsky, who pitched All the Rage about the back pain miracle worker, Dr Sarno. 1. A Lesson in Political Economy  Thessaloniki is the #2 Greek city. The horizon across Thermaikos Gulf is graced by snow-covered Mt Olympus, […]

ITN Source Short Film Competition, in Association with Sheffield Doc/Fest & Audio Network / £1,000 Prize

2015 March 20
by Peter Hamilton

ITN Source, the footage licensing division of ITN, launched its first short film competition, calling on filmmakers to create a one minute film using footage from its archive. and ITN Source are partners in promoting the creative use of the archive in unscripted films. Prize / Terms: The ITN Source Short Film Competition, in association […]