ITVS: $191+ Million Spent on Independent Productions Since 1990

I Am Not Your Negro would have earned my vote for the Feature Documentary Oscar for 2017. ITVS was a key funder of Raoul Peck’s marvelous film which envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America. ITVS’s contribution to independent documentaries deserves a big cheer at this moment when publicly …

MIPDoc Takeaways: Here Comes Amazon Prime, The Big Disrupter of the Video Industry

MIPDoc and MIPTV made a big impression this year because my panels and conversations revealed how quickly our video ecosystem is accelerating into the online era. Here are my Takeaways: Amazon Prime: The Big Disrupter. A very welcome contributor to my ‘MIPDoc Coproduction Summit’ panel was Conrad Riggs, the head of Amazon’s Unscripted Originals unit. Mr …

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 …

AIDC #2: Australia’s Documentary Conference Was A Winner / Updated

Here are 6 reasons why the 2017 edition showed AIDC as rising towards the top tier of documentary conferences.   “The Australian International Documentary Conference Board is delighted to announce that Alice Burgin, who programmed a very successful 30th anniversary conference in Melbourne earlier this year, has been appointed to the role of AIDC Director.” (May 1, 2017) …

Coproduction: A Growing Trend in Factual. MIPDOC Panel Preview

I’m looking forward to MIPDoc, and particularly to the Coproduction Summit and the SVOD panel. Here is the Agenda: MIPDOC COPRODUCTION SUMMIT Sunday, 2 April 8.45      Fire-Side Chat with David Royle, Executive Vice President, Programming & Production, Smithsonian Networks, USA 9.05      Roundtable discussion 9.20      Panel Discussion / Market evolution when it …

Titles: How To Win In The New Programming Arms Race

(Originally posted Sept 7, 2015) The head of a mid-sized U.S. network was searching for a breakthrough to the next level. I asked him: “What would be the answer to your prayers?” He replied: “A fresh, loud, buzzy show that feels unique and has breakout ratings potential.” “What Queer Eye was to Bravo or Ruby to …

More on Facebook’s ‘Video-First’ Strategy and Exec Hires. Apple Sits on Fence

In this post: more on Facebook’s Originals and a glance over at Apple. Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘Video-First’ strategy for Facebook’s 1.8 Bn active monthly users goes beyond Live video feeds and clips sent by your BF’s. 97% of the company’s $7 Bn in Q3 ’16 revenue (up 56% vs. Q3 ’15!) was advertising-based. To maintain that …