Sundance Film Festival Selections 2019: What are the Odds for Documentaries?

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 program? Submissions 2,649 Documentary Features were submitted to the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, which opens on January 24: 767 were from the …

Distributing Documentaries & Non-fiction Programs. A Podcast with Ludo Dufour, Off The Fence’s MD for Sales & Copro’s

Ludo Dufour is the Managing Director, Sales & Co-Productions for OFF THE FENCE, the leading independent non-fiction specialist based in Amsterdam. We connected last June in Durban at NEWF, that super-exciting African conference linking Conservation and Filmmaking. I was taken by Ludo’s presentation on the nuts and bolts of financing and distributing quality documentaries and unscripted programs. …


Netflix’s Deals with Producers and its Impact on the Channels. A Podcast with John Ford, GM of the NPACT Producers’ Association

This week’s podcast covers Netflix. Our focus is on its deals with producers. And on how the channels’ deal terms are evolving in response to the rise of the online video platforms. Sharing his experience is veteran programming executive John Ford. John is an extremely well-placed analyst of the market in his current position as General Manager …

Global Demand for Food Programs. A Podcast with Parrot Analytics’ Insights Director Karina Dixon

Our topic for this week’s podcast: Measuring demand for FOOD programs in the U.S., UK and Europe. Sharing her expertise and analysis is Karina Dixon, the Insights Director of Parrot Analytics. Karina Dixon, Insights Director of Parrot Analytics. Top Food Shows In the podcast, Karina surveys the top Food shows measured by audience demand in the UK, U.S. and Western Europe. PODCAST …

Revenues Drain from the U.S. Cable / Satellite Programming Ecosystem. Part 2: Subscriber Losses for a Snapshot for 23 Channels

In my previous post, Byron Media’s Dr John Morse captured the year-to-year subscriber losses for a selection of U.S. Cable / Satellite channels. Nat Geo Wild and Smithsonian gained subscribers, though from smaller footprints than the major networks. Read the full report here. Lost Revenues: What is the revenue impact of these subscriber losses? Basic …

Factual Channels Continue to Lose Distribution & Revenues. Part 1: A Snapshot with Byron Media’s Dr John Morse

U.S. Basic Cable / Satellite channels are experiencing powerful headwinds from three sources: Households Using Television (HUTS) are in decline as viewers seek their entertainment from online platforms. The Distribution footprints of channels are shrinking as viewers cut the cord or switch to skinny bundles. And Ratings for the channels are falling as the audience shifts to …

The Development History of NATIVE AMERICA, a $3-4 million Signature PBS Series. A Case Study

NATIVE AMERICA is a premium PBS series that explores the world created by America’s first peoples. It describes their foundational belief systems that synthesize science and spirituality. The 4-part series captures the incredible diversity of the expressions of these beliefs across North, Central and South America. Providence Pictures’ President and Executive Producer/Director, Gary Glassman was preparing …