PBS Nature series launches Season of the Osprey promotion

The WNET Group’s Nature series — celebrating its 40th award-winning year – announced the October 27 broadcast date for Season of the Osprey This blue-chip Nature special explores the life of the incredible sea raptor with a depth and intimacy never before attempted. Paul Giamatti is the narrator. I’m a proud co-executive producer of Jacob …

In memory of Matt White, passionate archivist and producer: David Royle’s tribute

Matt White recently passed away due to cancer. Here, his friend and colleague, David Royle, pays tribute to the passionate archivist, producer and longtime active member of documentary community. Few people have made a more important contribution to the world of non-fiction program-making than Matt White, but his name seldom appeared in the credits and …

Shark Week vs SharkFest: Quick bites on strategy, audience, $23 million production spend, and more

The giant Discovery and Nat Geo shark promotions are going strong 33 summers after the launch of Shark Week in 1988? What do these promotions tell us about how the legacy channels are transitioning to streaming? And is the Shark programming niche really a $23+ million opportunity for producers? Veteran programming executive and senior consultant …

Netflix Subscribers: Democrats or Republicans? Plus more charts on the demographics of U.S. streamers

A random email blast from streaming promoter KillTheCableBill revealed lots of fascinating data about the streamers – their subscribers and their economics. The Netflix breakdown by political party is a favorite: What does it mean? Demographics Cable subscribers are found more in U.S. counties and households that are characterized by lower income, but above poverty. …

Afghanistan in Documentaries: Sunny Side’s Story of the Month. Plus: Is Barack Obama a celebrity-fixated documentary producer?

Essential Afghan Documentaries – War boosters & critics: 15 key documentaries about Afghanistan, From ‘Taxi to the Dark Side’ to ‘Hell and Back Again‘ // Variety ‘Pat Tillman‘ and other films both critical and supportive of the war // Washington Post Art Workers in France Mobilize to Help Afghan Creators // Artnet Women journalists fear brutal Taliban // Vice Director’s escape from …

PBS Strategy in the Streaming Era: Meet Sylvia Bugg, PBS Chief Programming Executive & General Manager at Sunny Side of the Doc

Sylvia Bugg is PBS‘s highly-respected Chief Programming Executive & General Manager, General Audience Programming. Sylvia shares her strategy and program highlights in our engaging Meet the Executive session for Sunny Side of the Doc. Watch the Session: Key Themes I begin by asking Sylvia how PBS is adapting to the streaming era. She references clips …

The NATURE strand celebrates 40 years as the U.S. home of great Wildlife programs! Congrats to The WNET Group and PBS.

PBS’s Nature strand is celebrating its 40th year of global leadership in Wildlife programming. A highlight episode for the anniversary year is SEASON OF THE OSPREY (October 27). I’m honored to have co-xecutive produced OSPREY for director Jacob Steinberg and the co-production partners Love Nature and The WNET Group. The project is loaded with personal meaning: 40 …