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France’s CNC: Centre National du Cinema et de l’Image Animee. 700+ Mn Euros for Cinema & Television. How Much for Docs?

2014 October 10
by Peter Hamilton
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France’s Centre National du Cinema et de l’Image Animee (CNC) is a powerful force in the French video and cinema industry. The CNC disburses the tax receipts that are levied on the industry to producers and other contributors to the value chain. It is a pillar of France’s stable cadre of documentary and nonfiction television producers, and drives co-productions, […]

Le Rendez-Vous: Elegance and Access to Buyers on the Clifftops in Biarritz

2014 October 3
by Peter Hamilton
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Le Rendez-Vous is the very compatible TV market organized by TV France International, the professional association of French distributors. Last month, I attended the 20th edition in the beautiful seaside town of Biarritz. It was a very informative and stress-free event that deserves to fly higher above the radar on the international market calendar.   Mission The mission of […]

CNEX: Takeaways from the Chinese Doc Forum, Taipei (CCDF-5)

2014 October 1
by Peter Hamilton
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by Pat Ferns Creative documentaries are alive and well in Taipei. The highlight of the 5th edition of the CNEX Chinese Doc Forum (CCDF-5) was the Awards Ceremony in which eight Chinese documentaries were celebrated by a stellar cast of world broadcasters, festivals, foundations, funders and distribution companies. Three days of intensive training preceded the […]

The Fidel Archive Case Study: Inside a PBS / NGC International Copro

2014 September 21
by Peter Hamilton
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The PBS documentary The Fidel Castro Tapes caught our attention with its compelling and unseen footage of the Cuban revolution and the Cold War drama that followed. We wondered about the challenges of creating an archive-based film about an 88-year old Spanish-speaking personality who can be dangerously controversial, and who is the founding father of […]

Leftfield Entertainment Snapshot, Networks Served (2 of 2)

2014 September 14
by Peter Hamilton
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We round out our 2014 snapshot of the poster-baby of the Reality TV Boom, Leftfield Entertainment: Which networks are buying? And where is the growth? The #’s speak for themselves: A 900% +/- increase in networks served over 5 years. Notably a shift from reliance on Pawn Stars and A+E Networks, which was achieved through organic development by Leftfield […]

GZDOC Guangzhou & WCSFP Hong Kong: Close Proximity, Collaboration and Joint Discount

2014 September 14
by Peter Hamilton
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by Michel Noll Board Member, GZDOC When China’s most influential documentary festival, GZDOC in Guangzhou (formerly Canton) learned that Science Congress will hold its 2014 event in Beijing, the Board decided to intensively cooperate with WCSFP. The aim: To promote networking between foreign and Chinese filmmakers, broadcasters and producers. The rationale was that there are at […]

World Congress of Science & Factual Producers Relocates to Hong Kong

2014 September 5
by Peter Hamilton

by WCSFP, Toronto, September 4, 2014. The World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) has announced that it has relocated its upcoming Congress from Beijing to Hong Kong. The event will now take place at the luxurious Kowloon Shangri-La Hotel on the same dates, November 18-21, 2014. The decision to relocate follows recent events […]

Leftfield Entertainment: The Snapshot After the Acquisition, 2014 (1 of 2)

2014 September 4
by Peter Hamilton
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This week and next: the Leftfield Entertainment Snapshot, 2014: How many hours? What are the shows? Which networks are buying? And where is the growth? Most of us were stunned when Leftfield Entertainment, the force behind the History hit Pawn Stars was recently acquired by ITV Studios at a valuation of $450 Mn. The Rise and Rise of Leftfield Entertainment […]