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China at MIPTV: Profile Shrinks, But Size Tells Another Story. Greenlight Back On

2015 May 20
by Peter Hamilton

China made a loud promise during MIPDoc and MIPTV in 2012 to bring its massive scale to the global unscripted video market. For a few days, the Croisette resembled Shanghai’s famous Bund. Luo Ming, CCTV’s VP for economic affairs captured China’s strategy when he said: “Size is important at MIPTV.” “And the higher the profile of Chinese content […]

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

2015 May 15
by Peter Hamilton

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 […]

MIPDoc Takeaways: Copro Model Under Fire. Aussie Financing Solutions

2015 May 10
by Peter Hamilton

This week: two video snapshots of cofinancing trends after our lively panel at MIPDoc. Off The Fence Managing Director Distribution Bo Stehmeier (above) explains why there is a trend towards presales and away from copro’s. Context The further context to this structural shift is that the cab/sat channel sector has reached maturity and is tending to shed viewers rather than […]

MIPDoc Takeaway: Iran on the Launch Pad? What Does Press TV Pay?

2015 May 10
by Peter Hamilton

At MIPDoc 2015, my attention was engaged by the prospect of Iran’s TV industry coming out of the penalty box of economic sanctions. Roohollah Rezaei, director of documentaries, Press TV, Tehran attended MIPDoc as a buyer. We struck up a conversation on the Croisette. (Poor audio.) Following are my notes and Takeaways. IRIB: National Broadcasting Authority Press […]

NETFLIX & the VOD Explosion #2. Pitching Tips, Windows, Titles and More…

2015 April 30
by Peter Hamilton
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We continue our coverage of the meteoric rise of VOD and what it means for unscripted producers. This was a very hot topic at this month’s MIPDOC and MIPTV. Today: Kinonation’s Roger Jackson shares several insider Takeaways. Earlier: MIPDOC Takeaways: VOD / SVOD / AVOD Windows Explained. 1.THE VOD WINDOW IS ‘EXPLODING’ The Documentary / Unscripted category […]

MIPDOC Takeaways: What Does Netflix Pay? VOD / SVOD / AVOD Windows Explained.

2015 April 27
by Peter Hamilton
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We hear of “Netflix panic” in the Cable / Satellite network executive suites. The Wall Street Journal says that they’re “freaking out.” Cable TV viewing is falling. Losses of 10% were reported in 3Q14, 9% in 4Q14 and an estimated 12% in 1Q15. Video-on-Demand is on the rise, accounting for around 40% of the loss in […]

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. Marlon Wayans is the $1Bn+ box office earner who successfully launched the Reality production company, Workaholics Entertainment. Last month, Workaholics earned its 1st US network primetime commission. Their NBC show is I Can Do […]

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 […]