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Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav’s Compensation in 2014: $156 Million

2015 April 6
by Peter Hamilton

According to last Friday’s regulatory filing by Discovery Communications, in the first year of his new contract, CEO David Zaslav earned $156.1 million, up from $33.3 million in 2013. The package covers: $3 million in salary. $94.6 million in stock awards that vest over six years if Discovery achieves certain goals. $50.5 million in option […]

Thessaloniki Takeaway #3. Video: Trends in the Documentary Distribution Business by Jan Rofekamp, Films Transit International

2015 March 31
by Peter Hamilton

What are the key trends for 2015 in documentary distribution? Jan Rofekamp is president & ceo of Films Transit International and a veteran documentary sales agent based in Montreal. He has been associated with many classics and major award-winners. My top pick among these is Noam Chomsky on ‘Manufacturing Consent’. His catalog is here and […]

Thessaloniki Takeaways # 2: Leo Dicaprio Builds His Resume. The False Hope of NETFLIX

2015 March 29
by Peter Hamilton

Leonardo Dicaprio was a winner at Thessaloniki. The Peter Wintonick Audience Award in the International category went to VIRUNGA by Orlando von Εinsiedel. VIRUNGA is ‘A NETFLIX Documentary’ EP’d by Dicaprio. It’s about endangered mountain gorillas in the Virunga National Park of the DR Congo. Virunga was also nominated for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards this […]

Thessaloniki Takeaways: Pitching Lessons. Access. Funding Strategies. NETFLIX Wins. And Great Food!

2015 March 24
by Peter Hamilton

The 17th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival & Market far exceeded my expectations. Here’s why! Video by US director Michael Galinsky, who pitched All the Rage about the back pain miracle worker, Dr Sarno. 1. A Lesson in Political Economy  Thessaloniki is the #2 Greek city. The horizon across Thermaikos Gulf is graced by snow-covered Mt Olympus, […]

ITN Source Short Film Competition, in Association with Sheffield Doc/Fest & Audio Network / £1,000 Prize

2015 March 20
by Peter Hamilton

ITN Source, the footage licensing division of ITN, launched its first short film competition, calling on filmmakers to create a one minute film using footage from its archive. and ITN Source are partners in promoting the creative use of the archive in unscripted films. Prize / Terms: The ITN Source Short Film Competition, in association […]

On BBC4: ‘The Polio Story: The Vaccine That Changed The World’ Triples Average Audience for its Slot

2015 March 15
by Peter Hamilton

Just in: The Polio Story earned ‘three times the average audience for its slot.’ Tonight on BBC Four: ‘The Polio Story: The Vaccine That Changed The World’ This is possibly one of the most inspirational stories of the 20th century. Polio was one of every parent’s nightmare. It was 1952, and polio gripped the world in […]

MIPDoc Panels: ‘Going Global & Digital’ / ‘Getting Funders + Incentives’

2015 March 13
by Peter Hamilton

Watch out for two big, expert panels at MIPDoc that I will happily moderate: Producers Toolbox : Bright Ways To Go Global & Digital, Sunday 12 April at 9.30 in Agora Room: A highly relevant question in the new multifaceted landscape of today. Stay ahead of the curve and discover first-hand how to work with new digital […]

ITN Source & Announce Sponsor Partnership

2015 March 10
by Peter Hamilton

We are delighted to launch a full year sponsor partnership with ITN Source, the footage licensing division of leading news and multimedia content provider, ITN. The sponsorship will support our coverage of the use of the archive in documentary films. Our unique and detailed Case Studies in the History genre include: Origin of the Killer Virus MLK […]