ITVS: $191+ Million Spent on Independent Productions Since 1990

I Am Not Your Negro would have earned my vote for the Feature Documentary Oscar for 2017. ITVS was a key funder of Raoul Peck’s marvelous film which envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America. ITVS’s contribution to independent documentaries deserves a big cheer at this moment when publicly …

MIPDoc Takeaways: Here Comes Amazon Prime, The Big Disrupter of the Video Industry

MIPDoc and MIPTV made a big impression this year because my panels and conversations revealed how quickly our video ecosystem is accelerating into the online era. Here are my Takeaways: Amazon Prime: The Big Disrupter. A very welcome contributor to my ‘MIPDoc Coproduction Summit’ panel was Conrad Riggs, the head of Amazon’s Unscripted Originals unit. Mr …

How Did Rupert Become ‘Murdoch the Kingmaker’? An ANZAC Day Reflection on the ‘Aussie Prince’ Who Powered Brexit and Trump Populism

Last week’s sacking of Fox News super-star Bill O’Reilly provoked widespread speculation about a shift in power in 21st Century Fox from Rupert Murdoch to his sons Lachlan and James. Despite a decade of corporate scandals, Rupert Murdoch cemented his power as a king-maker in 2016 by shaping the Brexit and pro-Trump / anti-Hilary populist …

MIPTV Takeaways: International Distribution Contracts: What’s New?

A very practical primer on international distribution contracts caught my eye at MIPTV. It was moderated by experts Catherine Buresi and Brian Levine under the Creative Europe MEDIA umbrella, with Pauline Mazenod, the CEO of Windrose. Here are the highlights: Distributor vs Sales Agent A distributor differs from a sales agent in that they make …

MIP CHINA: Chinese Majors Are Seeking Coproduction Partners. Hangzhou, May 23-25

A big Takeaway at MIPDoc and MIPTV is that “CHINA IS COMING BACK!” China’s appetite for international coproductions is surging after state regulators restricted broadcasters from acquiring international content. MIP CHINA is the first ever one-to-one partnership forum that that brings together international producers with Chinese companies who are actively seeking copro partners. The format …

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

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) …