Tom Brady Gave a Facebook Filmmaker Intimate Access to His Private Life. “It’s Like Therapy”

Facebook’s rising power comes partly from its unique access to the hardest-to-get documentary stories. That’s a key message of a fascinating article by Mark Leibovich in the Sports section of today’s The New York Times. Brady and his wife, Gisele Bündchen, after losing to the Giants in the Super Bowl in 2012. Credit Rob Carr/Getty Images “Tom vs Time” “Tom vs Time” …

Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War’ Triples PBS’s Primetime Average

‘The Vietnam War’ from Ken Burns & Lynn Novick earned a hit-level PBS audience. This post wraps up my coverage of PBS’s factual ratings by focusing on the 18-hour Vietnam series with an estimated production budget of $30 million. I also added a comment on the series based on my experience as a 22 year …

PBS Series Ranker: The Audience For History & Science Strands, 2014-2017

Science and History programs are anchors of PBS’s programming strategy. This series of posts covers the audience and pipeline for these two popular genres. The Big Picture Chart: Strands: Science: NOVA. History: American Experience, American Masters and Secrets Of The Dead. Other genres captured in the Series Ranker are Drama (Masterpiece Theater, until recently driven by Downton …

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Archive Valley is an innovative online platform that gives documentary filmmakers convenient access to fresh archive footage sources and to top archive researchers worldwide. This new efficient archive research solution is online, and Archive Valley encourages you to take advantage of free access to our Beta platform! Our Mission Archive Valley’s goal is to make it faster, …


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 …

Princess Diana: The Archive Wave. Or Wars?

Nat Geo Channel today announced the September premiere of Diana: In Her Own Words. It’s the latest in a series of network specials timed for the 20th anniversary of Diana’s passing. Here is NGC’s powerful trailer: No Narration: The program is created in the “no narration /cinematic” style that is bringing the archive back into …

Sunny Side Takeaway #2: “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week”. Fab 4 Archive Case Study

A highlight of Sunny Side 2017 was my Archive Masterclass on Grammy and Focal Award winner THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK. The stars of our standing-room-only panel were Apple Corps executive producer Jonathan Clyde and Matthew White who originated the concept to create an archive-based film about Beatlemania. Takeaways About the archive… Home movie footage related to …