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China Corruption Bust: CCTV9 Doc Channel Director Liu Wen Arrested for Programming Graft

2014 August 1
by Peter Hamilton

From Caixin Online, Beijing. The Communist Party’s anti-graft campaign has brought down another executive at China Central Television, the country’s state broadcaster, one who was responsible for a widely popular food show. Liu Wen, director of the CCTV-9 documentary channel, was taken away by prosecutors on July 30, sources with knowledge of the matter said. [...]

Update: Mercury Media’s Tim Sparke

2014 July 30
by Peter Hamilton

Our very brave friend Tim Sparke wrote from London today that he is ‘fighting for life’ after surgery. He is out of recovery in intensive care, but his ‘prognosis not good.’ Tim was diagnosed with brain cancer a little more than two years ago. He and his young family have been in our thoughts and prayers ever [...]

UK Nonfiction Hits, 2014: Beckham Bends One Into the Top 10

2014 July 24
by Peter Hamilton

The latest UK unscripted viewing data is always a pleasant surprise for this US-based viewer. The quality and eclectic mix stand out year after year. There is a thriving appetite for nonfiction programs across genres and formats. They include obs docs, hosted series and specials, Blue Chip Wildlife, popular Science, high end Lifestyle, Travel, and [...]

Sunnyside of the Doc Takeaways: #1 The ‘Non Anglo-Saxons’ Lead the Way

2014 July 15
by Peter Hamilton

Sunnyside was recently under threat when Sheffield Doc / Fest rescheduled its prestigious event from the autumn to early June. Many buyers were obliged to choose between South Yorkshire or the French seaside. The ‘Anglo-Saxons’ mostly opted for Sheffield. The ‘Franco-phones’ stayed at a diminished SSD. La Rochelle is a historic city dominated by medieval siege [...]

US Unscripted Networks: How Many Homes Reached? Trends & Takeaways. Debut for the Smithsonian Channel

2014 July 2
by Peter Hamilton

Here is a July 4 Weekend treat: a snapshot of the estimated distribution universe of a majority of the US cable channels that schedule unscripted programs. The data raises the question: Is there a wave of cord-cutting that is eroding the channels business model? See my Takeaways below. International Documentary Buyers’ Guide, 2014-2015 20% Discount [...]

South Africa Workshops by ATFT / nfvf Documentary Funding Spotlight

2014 June 21
by Peter Hamilton

South Africa is a dynamic market right now. A combination of national and provincial funding is motivated by: Job creation; Development of IP; ‘Transformation’ which is the RSA term for empowering the populations left behind under the old order. The funding is in the form of tax rebates and various grants. And driving it all [...]

International Documentary Buyers’ Guide, 2014-2015. 160+ Key Contacts. Out Now! Save 20%

2014 June 4
by Peter Hamilton

An invaluable and unique resource for producers who are seeking international partners and commissioners. Created for the Hot Docs Forum 2014. 94 Network Buyers. 163 Contacts. 47 distributors. 11 funds. 8 digital players. 15 Countries. 200+ pages The slots. The deciders. Their filters. Special June Offer: $119.60 – Save 20% Regular: $149.95 Order and Download [...]

South Africa: ATFT’s Sunnyside of the Doc 2014 prep workshops in Durban, Cape Town & Johannesburg

2014 June 3
by Peter Hamilton

I am excited to be leading Sunnyside of the Doc Prep Workshops in Durban, Cape Town and Jo’burg organized by dti and ATFT - The Association for Transformation in Film and Television. Below and here is the letter from Zukiswa Boyce (ATFT) with all the workshop details including how to register. I hope to see our [...]