UK Ratings Snapshot, 1H 2017: The Sizzling 60 Documentaries & Lifestyle Hits

It’s always a pleasure to share my semi-annual report card on the top-rated UK documentary and lifestyle programs. I enjoy the compelling diversity and quality of the UK industry. SIZZLING SIXTY Here are the Top 60 Documentaries, Lifestyle & Current Affairs programs for UK through June 30, 2017 (in thousands). Channel Programme ‘000 1 BBC 1 Countryfile 7,670 …

U.S. Factual Networks: Ten Year Viewing Trends. Sunny Side Takeaway #1

A 10-year ratings snapshot shows that U.S. factual networks are far from falling off a cliff. And Europe has increased potential as a co-production partner. That’s the message that I shared over and over in my panels and meetings at last week’s productive and enjoyable Sunny Side of the Doc. Chart Nielsen kindly shared a …

How Did Rupert Become ‘Murdoch the Kingmaker’? An ANZAC Day Reflection on the ‘Aussie Prince’ Who Powered Brexit and Trump Populism

Last week’s sacking of Fox News super-star Bill O’Reilly provoked widespread speculation about a shift in power in 21st Century Fox from Rupert Murdoch to his sons Lachlan and James. Despite a decade of corporate scandals, Rupert Murdoch cemented his power as a king-maker in 2016 by shaping the Brexit and pro-Trump / anti-Hilary populist …

“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 …

Sundance Film Festival 2017: What Are The Odds for Documentaries?

The Sundance Film Festival will screen 45 feature-length documentaries. A total of 1,701 feature documentaries were submitted. 823 were from the U.S. 878 were international. The success rate for feature docs in 2017 was 2.6%! Sundance Funding: Of the 45 selections, 12 had received prior funding from the Sundance Institute. Takeaway: If your documentary is not on …