GZ DOC Panel: Global Factual Content Summit: 2021 VOD Platforms & Festivals

What are the key demand trends in the documentary sector across platforms, and how are the festivals responding? That was the ambitious topic for this morning’s recording of an engaging panel for the upcoming Guangzho International Documentary Film Festival 2021. China had almost fallen off my radar after many years of deep involvement in the …

Netflix’s 41% of Time Spent dominates viewing of commissioned & acquired programs

What is Netflix’s share of U.S. viewing? Last month I reported on Comscore’s June 2021 findings that Netflix (26% market share) and YouTube (21%) dominate viewership on connected TV’s. The key Comscore measure is ‘Time Spent’. Here’s the chart: Misleading However, the data is misleading if you are a producer, distributor or programmer whose job …

News Roundup: Climate Change Documentaries Breaking Through?

The COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference opens in Glasgow on October 31, bringing urgency to the race to save our planet. Documentary commissioners, producers and distributors have responded with lots of new orders. Does global warming have the urgent audience appeal of programs that address hot button issues like true crime, gender, and social …

Netflix & YouTube dominate viewing of streamers. End of Discovery+ as a standalone?

Netflix (26% market share) and YouTube (21%) dominate viewership on connected TV’s. The launch and rollout of powerful new streamers like Disney+, HBO Max, Paramount+ and Discovery+ hardly dented their dominance. Their combined share of the key measure of Time Spent dropped only 2% in 18 months. The outlook is not promising for the new …