Choppertown Rides Facebook Video to Earn Multiple Revenue Streams (2 of 3)

We continue our Case Study of Choppertown, the indie documentary producer that evolved into a model mini-network for the Facebook Era. Here is the link to Part 1 of 3 including Choppertown’s history and the sizzler. And a link to my 16-minute podcast audio conversation with Zack Coffman. Hybrid Revenue Streams In 2016, Choppertown evolved into a Facebook Video …

Very Sad News: Mercury Media’s Tim Sparke

We learned that our friend and partner Tim Sparke passed away on Wednesday after a long illness. Our condolences to Vidya, Abigail and Oliver, and to Tim’s friends and family. The funeral has now been confirmed for Friday 9th Sept at 1.30pm, at the Holy Trinity Church in Dorchester.   Tim’s family requested that any friends …

Successful Factual, Documentary & Reality Projects Revealed: 18 Detailed Case Studies, from a $40 Mn Box Office Hit to Passion Docs

I enjoy studying the life cycles of documentaries, factual specials and reality series. My goal is to uncover: The inside story: from development through funding, green light, production and distribution. The deal: budget, copro terms, box office, license fees and more. And, of course, Takeaways. For the holiday season, here is a selection of my popular and …

Kickstarter Success Stories: The Win/Loss Rate and Payoff Amongst 13,049 Launched Projects

Kickstarter and its crowd-funding peers are not an easy path to success. Since Kickstarter’s launch in 2009, 13,049 launched projects have earned $108.4 mn in total commitments. However, only 38% or 4,815 projects met their funding targets. These successful appeals raised $92.7 mn. That’s an average of only $19,257.70 for each successful project. The unsuccessful projects raised an …

ITN Source & DocumentaryTelevision.com Announce Sponsor Partnership

We are delighted to launch a full year sponsor partnership with ITN Source, the footage licensing division of leading news and multimedia content provider, ITN. The sponsorship will support our coverage of the use of the archive in documentary films. Our unique and detailed Case Studies in the History genre include: Origin of the Killer Virus MLK …