MIP CANCUN: New Co-production Matchmaking Market. Cancun, Mexico. November 15-17, 2017. SAVE NOW!

The new MIP Cancun Co-Production Matchmaking Market promises to become the leading one-to-one partnership forum for Latin America. The format includes guaranteed pre-scheduled 1-to-1 meetings, roundtable networking, screenings and more. Participants in the co-production market will have cross-networking opportunities with those at the MIP Cancun Distribution Market, including top buyers in Latin America and international …

Sunny Side Takeaway #2: “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week”. Fab 4 Archive Case Study

A highlight of Sunny Side 2017 was my Archive Masterclass on Grammy and Focal Award winner THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK. The stars of our standing-room-only panel were Apple Corps executive producer Jonathan Clyde and Matthew White who originated the concept to create an archive-based film about Beatlemania. Takeaways About the archive… Home movie footage related to …

Jeremy Clarkson’s “Grand Tour” Scores Big for Amazon in Parrot Analytics’ New Measure of Cross-platform Demand For Content

How do you measure the performance of unscripted and documentary programs online and in social media? It’s a big question because Amazon, Netflix and other online platforms don’t share their data on the performance of their programs. And that’s a problem for the unscripted / documentary eco-system, which has enjoyed at least some access to …

U.S. Networks: Subscriber Decline Is Modest But Steady

The latest Nielsen Universe data reveals accelerating but still modest declines in the subscriber base of most U.S. channels that commission or acquire factual programs. Cord-cutters and cord-nevers are a tiny fraction of the cord-keepers. Multichannel Economy: Channels will continue to spend on programming because they enjoy long-term agreements with cable and satellite operators. For the operators, …

MIPTV Takeaways: International Distribution Contracts: What’s New?

A very practical primer on international distribution contracts caught my eye at MIPTV. It was moderated by experts Catherine Buresi and Brian Levine under the Creative Europe MEDIA umbrella, with Pauline Mazenod, the CEO of Windrose. Here are the highlights: Distributor vs Sales Agent A distributor differs from a sales agent in that they make …

GRAMMY FOR BEST MUSIC FILM: “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week”. Fab 4 Archive Case Study

(Originally published, August 2016). I was thrilled when I heard that Apple Corps is the force behind a major cinema release of an archive-based documentary on the rise of The Beatles. Then I saw a rough cut of THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK, and for this early boomer, it delivers one emotional hit after …

Sundance Film Festival 2017: What Are The Odds for Documentaries?

The Sundance Film Festival will screen 45 feature-length documentaries. A total of 1,701 feature documentaries were submitted. 823 were from the U.S. 878 were international. The success rate for feature docs in 2017 was 2.6%! Sundance Funding: Of the 45 selections, 12 had received prior funding from the Sundance Institute. Takeaway: If your documentary is not on …

mipcom Takeaways: Ten Tips for Working with a Distributor

How can a producer best establish a winning relationship with a distributor? Creative Europe Media sponsored a workshop on distribution at mipcom that was moderated by Jone Aldave and featured Windrose’s Pauline Mazenod. The workshop complements our unique post on how a documentary distributor like Windrose manages its workflow at a major industry events like mipcom. …