Woodcut Media’s Kate Beal Shares Three Key Guides to Success: Creativity, Commercial & Collaboration

At the invitation-only MIPDoc Co-production Summit, Woodcut Media‘s Kate Beal explored the three big ideas that are guiding her company’s successful strategy. Kate kindly shared her presentation with my readers. by Kate Beal. We started out as a small UK-based Indie, and thankfully have been growing steadily over the past three and a half years. I’ve been asked …

LE JAPON VU DU CIEL au MIPDoc. Étude du d’une co-production 4K couronnée de succès.

Une co-production à 1,5 million d’Euros entre la NHK, le diffuseur publique japonais et le français Gédéon Programmes a été un grand succès au MIPDoc 2018. La série : LE JAPON VU DU CIEL. Les producteurs exécutifs Shin Yasuda et Nicolas Deschamps ont partagé leur processus de co-production lors de mon panel juste après l’avant-première mondiale. …


JAPAN FROM ABOVE at MIPDoc. Case Study of a Successful 4K Co-production

A 1.5 million Euros co-production between Japan’s public broadcaster NHK and France’s Gedeon Programmes was a highlight of MIPDoc 2018. The series: JAPAN FROM ABOVE. Executive Producers Shin Yasuda and Nicolas Deschamps shared their co-production process in my panel after the World-premiere screening. We expanded the key points into an informative Case Study covering a …

MLK: The Assassination Tapes: Winning Awards by Overcoming the Challenges of Working with the Archive

To mark today’s 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination, I have republished our coverage of the Peabody Award-winning documentary “MLK: The Assassination Tapes.”  Originally published July 1, 2013. David Royle, EVP Programming & Production, Smithsonian Networks, and Tom Jennings, Executive Producer & Founder, 1895 Films explored the development and commissioning of their multiple-award-winning documentary at MIPDoc 2013. …

MIPDOC 2018 Conference Programme. Factual Attraction: Taking Non-Fiction To Premium

MIPDoc is coming up fast. Scheduled in Cannes during the weekend before MIPTV, MIPDoc combines valuable networking opportunities, screenings by buyers, and informative sessions on industry trends. You can read about the MIPDoc programme here. Rise of Online Platforms Last week, I went on a fascinating tour of U.S. broadcasters and cable channels. The meetings confirmed …

How to Work With a Boutique Distributor. Case Study: Preparing to Sell Documentaries at MIPTV & MIPDoc

This week’s focus is on the boutique, international documentary distributor, and particularly on their business model. Windrose is a Paris and Nurnberg-based firm headed by Pauline Mazenod. In this unique Case Study, Pauline shares in generous detail her strategy, key business practices, practical advice, and much more. This post is dedicated to documentary producers who …

Cable Distribution Snapshot: 48 U.S. Networks that Commission or Acquire Unscripted Programs

“How to respond to cord-cutting and the rise of SVOD?” That was the hot topic at a panel that I recently produced for the New York State Bar Association‘s annual conference. At first, veteran audience analyst Dr John Morse (Byron Media) shared his deep dive into changes in the viewing habits of the American television audience. The …

Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War’ Triples PBS’s Primetime Average

‘The Vietnam War’ from Ken Burns & Lynn Novick earned a hit-level PBS audience. This post on the 18-hour, $30 million ‘Vietnam’ series wraps up my coverage of PBS’s impressive factual ratings. I added a comment on ‘Vietnam’ that is based on my eyewitness experience in wartime Laos as a 22 year old researcher / reporter. The …