YouTube RED: A New SVOD Pipeline for Documentary & Unscripted Commissions

YouTube Red is the new SVOD (Subscription Video on Demand) service that targets the booming market pioneered by Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. RED announced its first original documentary special and reality series at Sundance last month. That’s just the first step by the corporate Goliath which recently reported $21.4 Bn revenues for 4Q 2015. I …

Successful Factual, Documentary & Reality Projects Revealed: 18 Detailed Case Studies, from a $40 Mn Box Office Hit to Passion Docs

I enjoy studying the life cycles of documentaries, factual specials and reality series. My goal is to uncover: The inside story: from development through funding, green light, production and distribution. The deal: budget, copro terms, box office, license fees and more. And, of course, Takeaways. For the holiday season, here is a selection of my popular and …

Marlon Wayans: Celebrity Reality. Inside the Successful Launch of a Reality Production Company / Updated

It’s no secret: celebrity cuts through the clutter on the TV schedule: That applies to documentaries: Nat Geo Channel just announced projects with David Letterman, Adrien Brody, Ron Howard and others. As well as to Reality TV. Marlon Wayans is the $1Bn+ box office earner who successfully launched the Reality production company, Workaholics Entertainment. Workaholics …

OnScreen Manitoba Leads a Delegation of Producers to Sunnyside of the Doc

OnScreen Manitoba‘s executive director Nicole Matiation is leading a strong delegation of producers to Sunnyside. It’s Manitoba’s first trip to the compatible market-by-the-sea at La Rochelle. The build-up featured my all-day workshop in Winnipeg on how to approach an international market, plus one-on-one prep with the delegates. The Sunnyside team has been very supportive by …

Discovery Founder John Hendricks Launches SVOD Factual Service, CuriosityStream. Meet Curiosity President Elizabeth Hendricks North at MIPDoc.

A welcome new face at MIPDoc was Elizabeth Hendricks North, President of Curiosity Project LLC. She was in Cannes to promote the ad-free Subscription VOD (SVOD) service CuriosityStream, launched in March to focus on premium factual content. Elizabeth’s father is Discovery Channel founder and industry legend John Hendricks. Mission The CuriosityStream mission is to apply …

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

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 & …