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

2017 January 6
by Peter Hamilton

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 […]

Amazon Prime Video Undercuts Netflix in Worldwide Rollout

2016 December 20
by Peter Hamilton

Amazon has officially launched Prime Video in 200+ countries and territories. Prime Video will be included for Amazon Prime members in Belgium, Canada, France, India, Italy and Spain. In countries with no “physical goods” or Amazon warehouse presence, Prime Video is being offered for either $2.99 or 2.99 Euros per month for the first 6 months. It […]

Happy Holidays!

2016 December 18
by Peter Hamilton

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Many thanks to my sponsors, contributors and more than 20,000 readers. A particular thanks to ITN Source for supporting our original analysis of the comeback for archive-based programs. Thanks also to the conference and workshop programmers who we have been so honored to work with. Publishing DocumentaryTelevision.com is a lot of […]

Science Congress Takeaway #3. LIVE! Leads ‘What’s the Buzz!’ Cab/Sat Model Looks Fragile

2016 December 18
by Peter Hamilton

What’s The Buzz? LIVE! The famous session that covers the year’s editorial trends led off with safariLIVE, the Nat Geo Wild daily feed from Kruger National Park. We covered safariLIVE in a panel at Wildscreen in October. It’s a groundbreaking brand-builder for Nat Geo Wild that also attracts new viewers on Facebook. The immiediacy and authenticity […]

Science Congress Takeaway #2. Megyn Kelly and Living in Dangerous Times

2016 December 16
by Peter Hamilton

Science Producers Congress was a success this year, thanks to the host public broadcaster SVT, the organizers, and the most beautiful city of Stockholm. The panels I attended were very rewarding. There were two beautiful events: at the Golden Room in City Hall where Nobel prizewinners celebrate; and the Vasa Museum which is built around a […]

U.S. Presidential Election 2016: Why Polling Missed the Mark. Trump’s Secret Research Weapon

2016 December 13
by Peter Hamilton

My valued colleague Dr. John Morse attended the ARF (Advertising Research Foundation) symposium on the Election and Polling Research. The panel shed light on how Hillary Clinton convincingly carried the popular vote, but was narrowly defeated in enough states to lose the archaic electoral college. Here are John’s recap and key insights: The difference between what people […]

The Rightwing Documentary Producers Who Are Shaping Trump’s America

2016 December 1
by Peter Hamilton

By Gregory Crofton, publisher and editor of ChannelNonfiction.com. President-elect Donald J. Trump’s new right-hand men David Bossie and Steve Bannon are committed producers of hard Right documentaries. We spoke to Bossie last year about the film studio he led as president and chairman of Citizens United (CU), a conservative political advocacy group. CU has produced […]

WCSFP: Where to Drink, Eat and Swim in Hipster Stockholm. Plus Designer Shopping, Museums and more…

2016 November 26
by Peter Hamilton

Our son James Hamilton teaches and practices architecture in beautiful Stockholm. It’s become my #3 home town after Melbourne and New York, with countless lovely city landscapes, and of course great food… For visiting guests at their wedding last summer, Malin Heyman and James prepared this list of Stockholm highlights, and I’m sharing it here […]