The D-Word Forum: Dealing with Netflix: What you need to know NOW!

The 18,000-member D-Word documentary community is hosting my online conversation on the topic : Dealing with Netflix: What you need to know NOW! Here is how host Doug Block set up the conversation: In the current documentary landscape, Netflix is the giant elephant in the room, and everyone else — be it filmmaker, broadcaster, distributor …

NETFLIX 2020: What You Need To Know Now! Save 20%

NETFLIX 2020: What You Need To Know Now! is my updated study of how Netflix buys documentaries. Netflix has been a black box for the documentary production community. My new research reveals much more about Netflix’s strategy, programming decisions, budgets, deal terms, preferred producers, and the business model that drives it all. The new study …


Australia’s Stadium Documentary Project: An A$1.25 Mn Production Inspires a New Format for the Multi-Platform Video Era

The Nyoongar Stadium Documentary project is an inspiring story of how new digital screens, multi-platform distribution and an imaginative approach to outreach combined to create a well-funded documentary format. The Challenge: Perth’s state-of-the-art football stadium was being built on a traditionally significant meeting ground of the Aboriginal first nation Nyoongar people. How could West Australia’s …

Sue Dando shares her programming strategy for CBC-Canada’s The Nature of Things, in its 59th season. A Podcast from Sunny Side of the Doc

Sue Dando has been the head of The Nature of Things, CBC Television’s flagship documentary science and nature series, for seven years. The strand is one of the most successful television series in the world: it is now heading into its 59th season. Sue shared her strategy and commissioning process at Sunny Side’s Science-themed Meet The …

NETFLIX DOCUMENTARIES, FRANCE : The Top 20 Originals in 2019 from Parrot Analytics. Comparison with U.S., UK, Australia & Germany

This post covers the online demand for Netflix Original Documentaries in France. Measuring Audience Demand: The data is provided by research firm Parrot Analytics which measures online audience demand for programs across all platforms. Today’s post continues my series on Netflix’s Top 20 Original Documentaries. Parrot Analytics has generously shared their proprietary data on the Top 20 Documentary …

Case Study: STORMBORN. A $1.5 Mn Wildlife Coproduction by Love Nature, Smithsonian Channel, ARTE, BBC Scotland & Screen Scotland. Maramedia is the Producer

The sharing of costs and rights on editorial partnerships is becoming increasingly important in the ‘Netflix Era.’ Our STORMBORN Case Study is an inspiring example of a successful coproduction. It’s the story of how a medium-sized Scottish production company developed a compelling Natural History concept that attracted the multiple partners who could realize a limited …