Sundance: Buyers Bid $20 Million as the Feature Documentary Category Booms

The feature documentary is booming. That’s the message from Sundance 2019. Reported bids for rights approach $20 million. Topping the list is Knock Down the House, the Sundance Audience Award winner that captures the run for Congress in 2018 of the “AOC” superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The SVOD giant reportedly bid $10 million for worldwide rights. That’s …


An Expert Challenges The “China’s Booming Middle Class” Theory

A colleague writes from China in response to my post that opportunities will be created from China’s addition of 870 million middle class consumers: You miss the point about the growing Chinese middle class and, come to think of it, about SVOD here in China. Where to start? First, let’s talk about the middle class television …

M研究院|Facebook原创内容将至,美国内容行业的反应是……

My “Facebook Originals Are Coming!” post was translated by our friends at Content China. China’s documentary sector has been a regular subject of analysis in this newsletter. The promise of the early years of this century were frustrated by an array of regulatory and commercial factors. However, I can see that the pendulum is shifting. China’s VOD services …

MIP CHINA: Chinese Majors Are Seeking Coproduction Partners. Hangzhou, May 23-25

A big Takeaway at MIPDoc and MIPTV is that “CHINA IS COMING BACK!” China’s appetite for international coproductions is surging after state regulators restricted broadcasters from acquiring international content. MIP CHINA is the first ever one-to-one partnership forum that that brings together international producers with Chinese companies who are actively seeking copro partners. The format …