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Sweet Spots: U.S. Factual Networks’ Production Cost Benchmarks 2015-16

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?

DocumentaryTelevision.com interviewed dozens of executives and producers to create a unique source of proprietary information about network budgets

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Contents

  • Budget Benchmarks: Signature, High, Sweet Spot, Low
  • What networks pay for programs!
  • Docs and Reality series
  • 30 Channels: Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, ID, Science, Planet Green, Military, Velocity, OWN, Discovery Fit & Health, History, A&E, FYI, Nat Geo Channel, Nat Geo Wild, truTV, mtv, Spike, WE tv, Bravo, SyFy, Oxygen, Sundance Channel, Style, Ovation, Smithsonian Channel and more
  • Pipeline: Hours commissioned each year
  • Distribution: The scale of the potential audience
  • Viewing benchmarks: Targets demos. How many are watching?
  • Key contacts: Who to pitch?
  • The deal: Producer Equity? Or Work-for-hire
  • Branding & Taglines
  • Recent green lights and promotions
  • Competition
  • Analysis, including mini-studies of the commissioning process for certain channels
  • Tables ready for import into your presentations
  • Links to program schedules

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