THE CLEANERS An Anti-Case Study: A $1.3 Million Investigative Documentary Wins Sundance Acceptance But Faces Deep Deficit

THE CLEANERS ticked all the boxes. Despite Sundance selection and sales to prestigious broadcasters worldwide, the producers are digging out from a deep deficit. The business model for investigative documentaries has always been risky. It is now under siege… and needs new solutions. That’s the message presented by Christian Beetz, co-CEO of Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion …


Facebook’s Video Strategy: “Throw Lots Of Video Against The Wall. See What Sticks!”

Wall Street to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: “You have 2 billion monthly users and immense monetization capability. “Your move into video will have big knock-on impacts on producers, channels and others in the video ecosystem.” “So tell us: What is Facebook’s video strategy?” Zuckerberg: “Well, I think the answer to that is we don’t know …

MIP Cancun Co-production Matchmaking Market: Last Chance to Register for Pre-scheduled 1-to-1 Meetings with Industry Leaders

October 13 is the last date for producers and production executives to register for your eight guaranteed 1-on-1 meetings with potential copro partners like Netflix, Amazon, Televisa, FOX Networks, Discovery, Globo and more! The new MIP Cancun Co-Production Matchmaking Market, November 15-17, 2017, will be the leading one-to-one partnership forum for Latin America. Format As well as …

U.S. Cable Channels Forecast: Dark Clouds With Silver Linings. Takeaways

Industry analyst SNL Kagan forecasts a big decline in U.S. multichannel video subscriber homes: 2015: 98.1 million. 2027: 77.4 million. That’s down 21%. There are 119.6 million U.S. TV Homes  today. SVOD Expands: According to SNL Kagan the online video subscriber base will expand to 94.6 million homes from around 80 million today. The SVOD …

U.S. Factual Networks: Ten Year Viewing Trends. Sunny Side Takeaway #1

A 10-year ratings snapshot shows that U.S. factual networks are far from falling off a cliff. And Europe has increased potential as a co-production partner. That’s the message that I shared over and over in my panels and meetings at last week’s productive and enjoyable Sunny Side of the Doc. Chart Nielsen kindly shared a …