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Sweet Spots: U.S. Factual Networks’ Production Cost Benchmarks 2015

Production Cost Benchmarks for U.S. Factual Networks

  • What do 30 channels pay for programs?
  • For documentaries? And reality series?
  • Is our commissioning team paying more or less than our competition?
  • Do preferred producers earn a premium?
  • Does my pitch fall in the budget sweet spot for my target network? interviewed dozens of executives and producers to create a unique source of proprietary information about network budgets

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Sunny Side Global Documentary Decision Makers Guide

Our unique Sunny Side Guide provides industry professionals with invaluable information:

  • Which channels worldwide buy documentaries and specials?
  • Who are the key decision-makers?
  • What is their contact information?

The Decision Makers Guide features:

  • 335 buyers
  • 145 broadcasters, networks and multi-channel operators
  • 50 countries
  • 14 funds.

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How to Develop a Reality TV Hit: The Five Key Success Factors by Stephen Harris

Stephen Harris is Marlon Wayans’ Reality TV Production Partner in Workaholics Entertainment.

Read Stephen’s valuable Five Takeaways on how to develop and pitch a Reality TV hit. He shares the insider information that has helped launch Marlon's successful move into the Reality TV business.

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Diary of a U.S. Reality Network Program Development Executive

Veteran Development Executive Stephen Harris Describes How U.S. Networks Commission Factual Programs

A How-to for producers on improving their chances of scheduling pitch meetings with commissioners, and then winning green lights for their concepts.
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The Rise & Rise Leftfield Entertainment, Producer of ‘Pawn Stars’

Pawn Stars became the breakout hit for History US that created Leftfield Entertainment, acquired recently by ITV Studios in a $450 Mn deal.

  • In 2007, Leftfield produced 1 television hour.
  • This year: more than 330!!

Leftfield is the biggest winner of all in the Reality TV boom.

  • How was the Pawn Stars concept conceived?
  • And how did Leftfield execute so brilliantly?

Our interview-based Case Study analyzes the 'secret sauce' behind Leftfield’s trajectory from a single hit producer to a leading international player with a head-spinning valuation.

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Webinar: Getting to Greenlight: Five Key Success Factors for Non-fiction Producers

In’s first Webinar with my special guest, veteran U.S. programmer Ed Hersh, I cover strategies and tactics for improving a producer's chances of success in navigating the network development process. And we'll explore how networks develop concepts from the pitches, through green light to transmission… and what YOU can do make sure you're pitching the right way.

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CASE STUDY E-BOOK: Ten Documentary & Reality Projects

Ten Case Studies document key moments in the successful creation of unscripted films and television programs.

We cover concept development, the pitch, the network evaluation process, financing and deal-making, broadcast and theatrical exhibition, and the after-market.

Our Case Studies address both U.S. and international projects, including Australia and Europe. They include hit television series and theatrical films.

Our Case Study 10-pack is a valuable resource for producers, network executives, hopeful new entrants to careers in the nonfiction industry, and students.

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Production Budget Template for a Documentary Special, 2014 Edition

By Elizabeth Ventura

Elizabeth is a Senior Consultant in Production Management with years of experience working on documentary and nonficton budgets for US and international networks. Her comprehensive production budget package saves producers time and uncertainty by immediately establishing professional credibility with network production managers. The package includes 35 account categories and many special features, including an Assumptions page and a Schedule Template.

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