World Congress of Science & Factual Producers. WCSFP Takeaways with Ed Hersh. Podcast

For last week’s World Congress of Science and Factual Producers I reached out to Ed Hersh, industry vet and consultant, to share his top takeaways. It’s always been one of the go-to gatherings of documentary producers, commissioning editors, and funding foundations, but this year it was online instead of in some exotic global city. We …

discovery+. What You Need to Know! Key Facts and Takeaways

Discovery Inc. President and CEO David Zaslav announced the discovery+ streaming service on Wednesday. Here are: The key facts. Takeaways from veteran programming exec Dan Salerno and myself. And another veteran network exec added valuable feedback. Mission “With discovery+, we are seizing the global opportunity to be the world’s definitive product for unscripted storytelling.” David …

President Trump to pardon Netflix’s Joe Exotic, the Tiger King?

Today’s New York Times links two stars of Reality TV in a report about the U.S. president’s end-of-term power of clemency. Donald Trump (The Apprentice / NBC) is being lobbied to pardon Joseph Maldonado-Passage (Tiger King / Netflix). “Others seeking creative ways to forge ties to the president include Joseph Maldonado-Passage, the former Oklahoma zoo …

Who are the documentary buyers? What do they want? How many? Deal highlights and more

Twelve documentary buyers and producers reveal what drives their decisions. Each commissioner is driven by a particular strategy, pipeline and budget ‘sweet spot’. Each producer describes a unique path from concept through funding and production to distribution. Since 2010, the mission of my Documentary Business newsletter has been to reveal how these individual production pathways …