Nielsen’s Streaming Ratings 2020: Positive Takeaways for the Documentary / Unscripted Sector

Nielsen released their Top 10 Streamed Programs for 2020 (U.S.) in three categories: Originals, Acquisitions and Movies. Their key metric is Minutes-Streamed-per-Show. In the Originals category, the Top 10 is led by OZARK with 30.5 billion views in 2020. TIGER KING is #4 with 15.6 billion views. When I looked deeper into the data, I …

Selling OCTOPUS to Netflix. A podcast with executive producer & distributor Ellen Windemuth (reposted)

Ellen Windemuth executive produced Craig Foster‘s beautiful film MY OCTOPUS TEACHER, a new Netflix release. (I’m republishing my popular September 2020 podcast with Ellen in response to the undiminished hit-level appeal of “OCTOPUS” to Netflix subscribers of all ages and territories.) She describes the years’ long journey of her friend, South African wildlife filmmaker Craig …


Watch: Dalai Lama / Greta Thunberg. 1st ever meeting discusses Climate Feedback Loops

WATCH HERE… On Saturday January 9, 2021, a livestream event hosted by the Dalai Lama and Greta Thunberg, launched our new short film series on climate feedback loops. The series bridges the gap between climate scientists who are alarmed by the threat posed by climate feedback loops, and the public who knows little to nothing …

Today’s discovery+ launch spotlights David Attenborough’s 10 years of ratings dominance

David Attenborough is a promotional hook for Monday’s long-awaited launch of discovery+. The 94-year old legend narrates A Perfect Planet, a blue chip series that stands out among the new streamer’s higher quality programs. I am in awe of Attenborough’s lifetime contribution to documentary filmmaking. I earned a credit on one of his hit series. …

Netflix’s 3.3 Billion Minutes Viewed in a Week for THE CROWN. What it might mean for Unscripted. Dan Salerno’s Takeaways

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by Dan Salerno “Netflix users watched more than 3 billion minutes of The Crown in the week of Nov. 16-22”. That’s The Hollywood Reporter’s headline for its coverage of Nielsen’s latest streaming rankings. Nielsen noted that two thirds of The Crown’s viewers were over the age of 55. That inspires a question: Does the older …

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World Congress of Science & Factual Producers. WCSFP Takeaways with Ed Hersh. Podcast

For last week’s World Congress of Science and Factual Producers I reached out to Ed Hersh, industry vet and consultant, to share his top takeaways. It’s always been one of the go-to gatherings of documentary producers, commissioning editors, and funding foundations, but this year it was online instead of in some exotic global city. We …

Netflix’s THE CROWN creates a social media tsunami for DIANA documentary. Podcast with Tom Jennings

Tom Jennings’ DIANA IN HER OWN WORDS became a social media sensation when Netflix paired his documentary with the hit drama series THE CROWN on its user interface. In our podcast, Tom describes the massive, emotional wave that swept around the world, a mood captured by singer Demi Lovato‘s post to her 93.3 million followers: …