Windrose Case Study : A Boutique Documentary Distributor Prepares for MIP

(First published, March 28, 2016. Reposted for MIPCOM, 2016). This week’s focus is on the business and operations model of the boutique, international documentary distributor. Windrose is a Paris- and Nurnberg-based firm headed by Pauline Mazenod. In this unique Case Study, Pauline shares in generous detail her strategy, key business practices, advice for documentary producers, and much, …

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 …

UK’s Fabulous 50 Documentaries + Factual, 1H 2016: The Brexit Predictors

Our veteran UK audience research guru correctly predicted the Brexit LEAVE vote based on the factual shows that were hits this year prior to the vote. The values of Olde Englande led the list. Four of the Top 5 shows feature the royal family. And the ode to rural life, Countryfile topped them all. Countryfile …

UK TV: ‘Generation Gap’ Widens. Viewing Time Drops. Ofcom Annual Report

The UK broadcast regulator Ofcom confirms a very significant shift in British viewing habits: People under 25 are watching around 25% less broadcast TV than in 2010. And they are shifting from Live and Recorded TV to VOD as well as ‘Short online video clips’. These important findings are published in Ofcom’s Public Service Broadcasting Annual …

UK Factual Hits: The Sizzling Sixty for 2015

Publishing the ‘Best UK Factual’ each January makes me wish for just a moment that I had left Melbourne in 1981 for an up-and-coming Brit ‘hood like Glasgow instead of Brooklyn. Maybe not quite so much this year. Let’s see why. Bake Off The Great British Bake Off was a huge, super-hit with more than …

In Ebola’s Wake: Case Study of a High-risk, Fast Turnaround Documentary

In Fall 2014, producer Antje Boehmert was in post-production with Berlin-based director Carl Gierstorfer on Rise of the Killer Virus, a medical detective story on the pre-history of HIV. The team closely followed the breaking news on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Carl began to look for opportunities to cover the story. His research went into …