MIP CANCUN: New Co-production Matchmaking Market. Cancun, Mexico. November 15-17, 2017

The new MIP Cancun Co-Production Matchmaking Market promises to become the leading one-to-one partnership forum for Latin America. The format includes guaranteed pre-scheduled 1-to-1 meetings, roundtable networking, screenings and more. Participants in the co-production market will have cross-networking opportunities with those at the MIP Cancun Distribution Market, including top buyers in Latin America and international …

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 …

Letters from Baghdad: A Case Study of an Archive-based Documentary With a $1.2 Mn Budget

Letters From Baghdad is a beautiful documentary that uncovers the story of British adventurer, diplomat and Arabist, Gertrude Bell. Filmmakers Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbühl reveal the struggles of a brilliant, lone woman in an all-male world. Their research uncovered a largely forgotten but mesmerizing film and photographic archive of the early 20th century. Their film blends footage …

“The Beatles” at Sunny Side of the Doc, La Rochelle, June 19-22. Speaking Engagements

Here are my masterclass and moderation opportunities at Sunny Side of the Doc, La Rochelle, June 19-22. Master Class “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” Jonathan Clyde, Executive Producer, Apple Corps, UK; Matthew White, Executive Director, ACSIL, USA. Tuesday, June 20 4:00p. Jonathan and Matt will describe how the production team uncovered rare …

Donald Trump and the Rightwing Documentary Ecosystem

Last week, in the darkest days yet of his presidency, Donald Trump made a call for help. It was to a prolific documentary producer. David Bossie led a small rightwing nonprofit in Washington DC. He was inspired by Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” to turn to documentary production. His effort resulted in a historic Supreme Court …

ITVS: $191+ Million Spent on Independent Productions Since 1990

I Am Not Your Negro would have earned my vote for the Feature Documentary Oscar for 2017. ITVS was a key funder of Raoul Peck’s marvelous film which envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America. ITVS’s contribution to independent documentaries deserves a big cheer at this moment when publicly …

MIP CHINA: Chinese Majors Are Seeking Coproduction Partners. Hangzhou, May 23-25

A big Takeaway at MIPDoc and MIPTV is that “CHINA IS COMING BACK!” China’s appetite for international coproductions is surging after state regulators restricted broadcasters from acquiring international content. MIP CHINA is the first ever one-to-one partnership forum that that brings together international producers with Chinese companies who are actively seeking copro partners. The format …

Coproduction: A Growing Trend in Factual. MIPDOC Panel Preview

I’m looking forward to MIPDoc, and particularly to the Coproduction Summit and the SVOD panel. Here is the Agenda: MIPDOC COPRODUCTION SUMMIT Sunday, 2 April 8.45      Fire-Side Chat with David Royle, Executive Vice President, Programming & Production, Smithsonian Networks, USA 9.05      Roundtable discussion 9.20      Panel Discussion / Market evolution when it …