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 …

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) …

Inmigración 411: A Timely Spanish-language Public Television Series On Immigration Law

In 2008, I was retained to develop programming strategy for HITN-TV, a Spanish-language public television network located in Brooklyn’s historic Navy Yard. The recommendation:  Create low-cost, primetime series that respond to the urgent information needs of around 50 million U.S. Latinos. Immigration was the no-brainer as topic #1. With super-scarce resources, we went on to …

“Hamilton’s America”: A Snapshot of the Television, Digital & Social Media Audiences for a PBS Hit

Hamilton’s America is a recent PBS documentary hit that sets helpful benchmarks for the U.S. public television audience. The data also captures how PBS measures – and values – social media engagement. Presented by WNET’s GREAT PERFORMANCES strand, Hamilton’s America features Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the Broadway super-hit Hamilton. The feature-length documentary chronicles the life …

Science Congress Takeaway #2. Megyn Kelly and Living in Dangerous Times

Science Producers Congress was a success this year, thanks to the host public broadcaster SVT, the organizers, and the most beautiful city of Stockholm. The panels I attended were very rewarding. There were two beautiful events: at the Golden Room in City Hall where Nobel prizewinners celebrate; and the Vasa Museum which is built around a …

The Rightwing Documentary Producers Who Are Shaping Trump’s America

By Gregory Crofton, publisher and editor of ChannelNonfiction.com. President-elect Donald J. Trump’s new right-hand men David Bossie and Steve Bannon are committed producers of hard Right documentaries. We spoke to Bossie last year about the film studio he led as president and chairman of Citizens United (CU), a conservative political advocacy group. CU has produced …

The Fidel Archive Case Study: Inside a PBS / NGC International Coproduction

(Originally published, September 21, 2014). The PBS/NGCI documentary The Fidel Castro Tapes caught our attention with its compelling and unseen footage of the Cuban revolution and the Cold War drama that followed. We wondered about the challenges of creating an archive-based film about an 88-year old Spanish-speaking personality who can be dangerously controversial, and who …