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AIDC #2: Australia’s Documentary Conference Was A Winner / Updated

2017 March 30
by Peter Hamilton

Here are 6 reasons why the 2017 edition showed AIDC as rising towards the top tier of documentary conferences.   “The Australian International Documentary Conference Board is delighted to announce that Alice Burgin, who programmed a very successful 30th anniversary conference in Melbourne earlier this year, has been appointed to the role of AIDC Director.” (May 1, 2017) […]

Coproduction: A Growing Trend in Factual. MIPDOC Panel Preview

2017 March 19
by Peter Hamilton

I’m looking forward to MIPDoc, and particularly to the Coproduction Summit and the SVOD panel. Here is the Agenda: MIPDOC COPRODUCTION SUMMIT Sunday, 2 April 8.45      Fire-Side Chat with David Royle, Executive Vice President, Programming & Production, Smithsonian Networks, USA 9.05      Roundtable discussion 9.20      Panel Discussion / Market evolution when it […]

AIDC: Australian International Documentary Conference. Post #1. The Guardian’s Filters & Deals

2017 March 6
by Peter Hamilton

The Guardian‘s Head of Documentaries is Charlie Phillips. I caught up with him on the sunny terrace of Melbourne’s Federation Square. It was one of lots of productive conversations with buyers and sellers that I enjoyed during Day 1 of AIDC. Charlie recapped his hot buttons and key terms. I found the information to be […]

Titles: How To Win In The New Programming Arms Race

2017 March 1
by Peter Hamilton

(Originally posted Sept 7, 2015) The head of a mid-sized U.S. network was searching for a breakthrough to the next level. I asked him: “What would be the answer to your prayers?” He replied: “A fresh, loud, buzzy show that feels unique and has breakout ratings potential.” “What Queer Eye was to Bravo or Ruby to […]

“Who The F*@% Is Frank Zappa?” $1.1 Mn Pledged. Kickstarter Documentary Record Smashed

2017 February 20
by Peter Hamilton

Kickstarter smashed its record for the documentary category when 8,688 backers pledged $1,126,036. The campaign? “Frank Zappa is one of the strangest, most amazing and influential figures of our era, but his definitive story has never been told. Now, for the first time ever, the Zappas have given us complete, unrestricted access to the contents […]

More on Facebook’s ‘Video-First’ Strategy and Exec Hires. Apple Sits on Fence

2017 February 14
by Peter Hamilton

In this post: more on Facebook’s Originals and a glance over at Apple. Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘Video-First’ strategy for Facebook’s 1.8 Bn active monthly users goes beyond Live video feeds and clips sent by your BF’s. 97% of the company’s $7 Bn in Q3 ’16 revenue (up 56% vs. Q3 ’15!) was advertising-based. To maintain that […]

“The Beatles: Eight Days A Week”. Fab 4 Archive Case Study. Grammy and Focal Award Winner

2017 February 12
by Peter Hamilton

I was thrilled when I heard that Apple Corps is the force behind a major cinema release of an archive-based documentary on the rise of The Beatles. Then I saw a rough cut of THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK, and for this early boomer, it delivers one emotional hit after another, song by song […]

Realscreen Takeaways: Documentary Budgets, Facebook Strategy, China’s New Buyers, and More

2017 February 8
by Peter Hamilton

Realscreen Summit 2017 came at a moment that felt weighted with history. It kicked off in Washington the day after the massive Women’s March in which many delegates participated, and ended as my new president set of alarm bells by slamming down the phone on my prime minister. In between was the hard realization that […]