True Crime All the Time: Bulk Gives Way to Bespoke

by Ed Hersh. If there’s anyone out there who doesn’t yet believe that the media ecosystem is shifting under our feet, the tumultuous events of the last few weeks at Netflix, Warner/Discovery and CNN certainly should convince you. And nowhere can you see these shifts more clearly than in the still-burgeoning field of True Crime …

Netflix Bloodbath Explained (Part 2): Where’s the programming Zeitgeist?

In Friday’s post, I shared how the Netflix commentariat circled around three causes of Netflix’s subscriber slowdown: Covid recovery means less hours viewed. Competition from Disney+, HBO Max and others. Free, advertiser-supported AVOD services are attractive alternatives to the SVODs. Join my special Live Q&A webinar Bloodbath at Netflix: What’s Next for Producers? Tuesday April 26 …

Spotlight on the Netflix Bloodbath: Lessons Learned from Discovery International (Part 1)

Netflix’s market cap crashed to $100 Bn this week, That’s around one third of its peak valuation of $300+ Bn! The rout was precipitated by the company’s announcement that it had lost just 200,000 subscribers over the quarter. Questioning the Streaming Model? Industry analysts and media business journalists circled around three causes of Netflix’s subscriber …

Disney Dances Ever More Closely with Disney+ and the Streaming Model!

Disney announced that Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) is jumping exclusively to Disney+. It’s a move with potential implications for the documentary niche. DWTS’s 16 years (30 seasons) of primetime on Disney’s ABC broadcast network are over. CEO Bob Chapek‘s announcement accelerates the strategic shift in Disney’s investment in original programming towards Disney+ and away …

U.S. Cable Channels: Legacy networks retain significant if declining footprints

We often listen in to discussions about the rise of Netflix and the streamers as if cable / satellite channels have gone the way of VHS tapes. Not so fast! Byron Media‘s John Morse generously shared a 4Q 2021 snapshot of the distribution footprints of U.S. cable channels, filtered here for documentary/unscripted buyers and news …

The Sundance Documentary Economy: $848 Million Spent by Producers Who Miss Out

A Sundance Film Festival award lags only behind an Oscar nomination as a measure of success for documentarians. But what are the odds that a U.S. or international documentary will earn a slot on the Sundance program? Is $848 million really the total spent on all those submissions that missed out? Read on for my …

FREE NETFLIX WEBINAR with Show&Tell: What the streamers want. Pitching strategy. The deal.

Many of my readers want to know the Truth About Netflix Deals: Pitching, Negotiating, Getting Acquired & Getting Paid. I’m tackling these hard questions in a free webinar with co-host and distribution expert, Show&Tell’s Keith Ochwat. More than 700 documentarians have enrolled already! For the first 30 minutes, we’ll survey: Netflix’s programming strategy: Originals & Acquisitions How …