Happy Holidays!

Dear Friends & Colleagues, It’s been a fascinating year to report on the online video tsunami that is restructuring our industry. As the New Year approaches, we often feel that Netflix and Amazon Prime in particular are changing everything, and at an accelerating rate… I hope that my analysis of the emerging ecosystem for documentary and unscripted programs helps you …

Netflix: How Its Continuous Innovation Strategy Drives Programming Decisions

A senior Netflix executive recently presented his company’s strategy of continuous innovation. It reveals how BIG DATA drives the personalization of programming decisions. It’s a very useful read for anyone who is pitching to a SVOD service. (Don’t miss my in depth coverage of Netflix and the SVOD market.) Enjoy my selection of slides from …


MIPTV & MIPDoc Takeaways #1-5: That Unsettled Netflix Feeling Along the Croisette

What caught my attention at MIPDoc and MIPTV this year? Lots of producers and network executives called to ask. They are curious because their business models and career options are becoming more unsettled by the rise of Netflix and online video distribution platforms. Here are my Takeaways from Cannes (#1-5): 1. What You Know. And …

ARCHIVE VALLEY: FASTER, EASIER & MORE COST-EFFECTIVE RESEARCH & LICENSING. FREE ACCESS OFFER

Archive Valley is an innovative online platform that gives documentary filmmakers convenient access to fresh archive footage sources and to top archive researchers worldwide. This new efficient archive research solution is online, and Archive Valley encourages you to take advantage of free access to our Beta platform! Our Mission Archive Valley’s goal is to make it faster, …

Program Tune-in is Boosted by BIG DATA plus Psychographics plus Targeted Promo’s plus Addressable TV’s. New Case Study

BIG, BIG DATA combined with addressable program promotions is a recipe that drives targeted audiences to view programs on channels. That’s the key Takeaway from a Case Study shared by Cambridge Analytica (CA). The Good News: It means higher ratings, stronger revenue streams, and more money for programming. Cambridge Analytica: CA’s giant database captures 2,000 …

WildLIVE! Comes to Wildscreen, Bristol

WildLIVE!   Understanding the Trend towards Real Time Wildlife Programming. Wildscreen, Bristol UK, October 12. LIVE is as hot as chili peppers. LIVE is popping up across territories, genres and formats. For example, just this week, A&E announced a live COPS documentary mini-series located in Dallas TX. At Wildscreen in Bristol, the BBC’s James Honeyborne will …

Takeaways: Choppertown and the Wild West of Facebook Video (3 of 3)

Choppertown evolved from a credit card-financed first documentary to a profitable Facebook documentary channel. We profiled Choppertown‘s origins here (Part 1). And the takeoff as a hyper-niche Facebook Video channel here (Part 2). My podcast audio conversation with producer Zack Coffman is here. This week, here are my Takeaways… 1. Facebook Video: The Scale and …