Princess Diana: The Archive Wave. Or Wars?

Nat Geo Channel today announced the September premiere of Diana: In Her Own Words. It’s the latest in a series of network specials timed for the 20th anniversary of Diana’s passing. Here is NGC’s powerful trailer: No Narration: The program is created in the “no narration /cinematic” style that is bringing the archive back into …

Inmigración 411: A Timely Spanish-language Public Television Series On Immigration Law

In 2008, I was retained to develop programming strategy for HITN-TV, a Spanish-language public television network located in Brooklyn’s historic Navy Yard. The recommendation:  Create low-cost, primetime series that respond to the urgent information needs of around 50 million U.S. Latinos. Immigration was the no-brainer as topic #1. With super-scarce resources, we went on to …

“Hamilton’s America”: A Snapshot of the Television, Digital & Social Media Audiences for a PBS Hit

Hamilton’s America is a recent PBS documentary hit that sets helpful benchmarks for the U.S. public television audience. The data also captures how PBS measures – and values – social media engagement. Presented by WNET’s GREAT PERFORMANCES strand, Hamilton’s America features Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the Broadway super-hit Hamilton. The feature-length documentary chronicles the life …

Science Congress Takeaway #2. Megyn Kelly and Living in Dangerous Times

Science Producers Congress was a success this year, thanks to the host public broadcaster SVT, the organizers, and the most beautiful city of Stockholm. The panels I attended were very rewarding. There were two beautiful events: at the Golden Room in City Hall where Nobel prizewinners celebrate; and the Vasa Museum which is built around a …

The Fidel Archive Case Study: Inside a PBS / NGC International Coproduction

(Originally published, September 21, 2014). The PBS/NGCI documentary The Fidel Castro Tapes caught our attention with its compelling and unseen footage of the Cuban revolution and the Cold War drama that followed. We wondered about the challenges of creating an archive-based film about an 88-year old Spanish-speaking personality who can be dangerously controversial, and who …

WildLIVE! Crocodiles Attack. Blue Whales Surface. Real Time Takeaways from Wildscreen

This week, we capture the highlights of my Wildscreen panel on LIVE wildlife programming. Here is the panel description: WildLIVE! Understanding the Trend towards Real Time Wildlife Programming: LIVE video is the hottest trend on Facebook and in social media today. How are wildlife programmers riding the LIVE wave? BIG BLUE LIVE from the BBC …