How documentary story-telling is changing in the Netflix Era, and what it means for producers. A podcast with StoryCentric’s Ed Hersh

How is non-fiction storytelling evolving in the age of Netflix? I talk with Ed Hersh of consultancy StoryCentric about his work with producers and channels. His focus is on how Netflix and a host of new Direct-to-Consumer subscription platforms are challenging the storytelling conventions that once dominated in the Linear/Cable/Satellite era. You’ll hear about: Program …

Documentaries in the Streaming Era: 2020 predictions, Apple TV+’s The Elephant Queen, and much more in our Monthly News Highlights

Here are our top stories for December ’19, curated with our friends at Sunny Side of the Doc. Losing Yves Jeanneau: Read a selection of tributes to Yves Jeanneau, Sunny Side of the Doc co-founder, executive director and our friend, who passed away on November 14 // Sunny Side’s Official Announcement // Peter Hamilton // Realscreen // TV France International // Telerama and many more. Development …


The Five Top Trends in 2019 from Veteran Producer Michael Hoff. Podcast

Michael Hoff is a veteran producer who has delivered more than 1,000 hours of mainly male-targeted Factual Entertainment to dozens of clients. Michael shares his 5 Top Takeaways for 2019… focusing on how the shift to streaming is changing the ways that cable channels commission programs. Listen to Hoff Productions’ Michael Hoff (25 min) Michael …

Are U.S. Cable Channels Heading Over a Cliff? An audience snapshot at the end of the ‘Teens

Are Netflix and the streamers killing the channels’ business? And thus are opportunities shrinking for producers at the end of the ’20-teens’? Sample – 12 Factual Channels: For my presentation to the upcoming New York State Bar Association annual conference, Nielsen aggregated the Primetime audience for 12 channels that focus on Factual programs. They are: …

DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION ROADMAP: 34 CASE STUDIES – A new resource packed with valuable detail and strategic Takeaways

A new publication packed with original research from Peter Hamilton and DocumentaryBusiness.com: DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION ROADMAP: 34 CASE STUDIES From Concept & Development to Production & Distribution Contents Complete set of 34 detailed Case Studies of award-winning projects 200+ pages of original research Projects in U.S., Australia, UK, Germany, Japan, France, Scandinavia and more. Compelling Takeaways …

Netflix: 73 New Releases Streamed in November

Netflix is flooding subscribers with 73 original releases, series and specials. In November! A friend who is a veteran cable programming exec calls it “stunning.” I agree: That’s what an estimated $12 billion (2018) and $15 billion (2019) content spend can deliver. For consumers, its a powerful motivator to retain their Netflix subscription. It underlines …

“We Are Netflix” — The #1 streamer’s team describe their work in 18 podcasts

Netflix is sharing a series of very insightful podcasts in which its staff talk about their work. Contributors to “We are Netflix” are drawn from diverse roles, levels and territories. Here are 18 of them, led by an influential Unscripted programming decision-maker… Podcasts VP, International Originals: Bela Bajaria Director of Content: John Derderian Chief Product …