Inside PBS’s POV Documentary Strand (1/2): How Many Greenlights? The Fees? Budgets? And Rights? Plus Changes at the Top

Personnel changes at POV reminded us to update our detailed profile of the PBS documentary flagship. Congrats to Simon Kilmurry who was appointed Executive Director of the International Documentary Association. Simon served POV for 16 years. The new key management team is: Chris White, Executive Producer. Eliza Licht, VP of Content Strategy & Engagement. Chris and Eliza are each …

The Business of the Documentary & Unscripted Business. Thirteen Case Studies

My newsletter features detailed Case Studies that reveal the life cycles of documentary films, factual television specials and reality series. We tell the inside story of each project, from development through funding, production and distribution. And we usually have the numbers: budgets, copro deals, box office, license fees and more. Why Case Studies? In my consulting practice, clients …

ITVS Profile: $170+ Mn Spent on Indie Production since 1990

We recently caught up with the Independent Television Service (ITVS) team to refresh our annual profile of a very important US funder of independent documentaries. This is the first of two posts. The next one covers the ITVS-curated PBS doc strand Independent Lens. ITVS: Funds, presents, and promotes independent documentaries and dramas on public television. Creates innovative new media …

CNEX: Takeaways from the Chinese Doc Forum, Taipei (CCDF-5)

by Pat Ferns Creative documentaries are alive and well in Taipei. The highlight of the 5th edition of the CNEX Chinese Doc Forum (CCDF-5) was the Awards Ceremony in which eight Chinese documentaries were celebrated by a stellar cast of world broadcasters, festivals, foundations, funders and distribution companies. Three days of intensive training preceded the …

GZDOC Guangzhou & WCSFP Hong Kong: Close Proximity, Collaboration and Joint Discount

by Michel Noll Board Member, GZDOC When China’s most influential documentary festival, GZDOC in Guangzhou (formerly Canton) learned that Science Congress will hold its 2014 event in Beijing, the Board decided to intensively cooperate with WCSFP. The aim: To promote networking between foreign and Chinese filmmakers, broadcasters and producers. The rationale was that there are at …

International Documentary Buyers’ Guide, 2014-2015. 160+ Key Contacts. Out Now! Save 20%

An invaluable and unique resource for producers who are seeking international partners and commissioners. Created for the Hot Docs Forum 2014. 94 Network Buyers. 163 Contacts. 47 distributors. 11 funds. 8 digital players. 15 Countries. 200+ pages The slots. The deciders. Their filters. Special June Offer: $119.60 – Save 20% Regular: $149.95 Order and Download …