MIPDoc Takeaways: A Video Interview for China’s Unscripted Marketplace

Content China‘s Carrie Huo sat down with me in Cannes to chat about trends in the Unscripted video sector worldwide. The Mandarin-subtitled interview was aimed at China’s documentary and reality producers. The video is distributed on the ad-supported Media Plus China platform. It is worth a look just for the production value and ad load! Topics covered …

AIDC VOD Takeaways (1/2): The VOD Boom and ABC Australia

“DEMYSTIFYING VOD” was the ambitious goal for our featured panel at this month’s excellent AIDC in booming Melbourne. The sparkling panelists were: Rebecca Heap, Head of Strategy and Digital, iView / ABC Australia Sharon Ramsay-Luck, Head of Sales & Business Development, ABC Commercial Roger Jackson, Co-founder and COO, Kinonation, Los Angeles The feedback was that it was ‘mission accomplished’ for …


Documentaries are back. A report on Realscreen Summit 2016 by Jesus Chavez

Jesus Chavez covered our Case Study on the Challenger Disaster as a centerpiece of his report for AP on Realscreen Summit 2016. Challenger uses the ‘lost archive’ and a cinematic style to tell a gripping story. Tom Jennings produced Challenger Disaster for Nat Geo Channels International and U.S. Here is our detailed Challenger Disaster Case Study. And our snapshot of …

How To Win £1000: ITN Source launches Short Film Competition

Our sponsor ITN Source are opening up their footage library to filmmakers worldwide. They are offering free access to content for those taking part in the ITN Source Short Film Competition 2016, in association with Sheffield Doc/Fest and Audio Network. The challenge is to create a 1 minute short film using footage from ITN Source …

AIDC Melbourne 2016: Don’t Miss an Exciting Program + Networking. My Two Panels

AIDC moves to Melbourne later this month. The program promises energy, insight, contacts for pitches, networking, and good fun in a great, thriving city. I’m really pleased to be moderating two panels. Here they are: MAXIMIZE YOUR AIDC Sunday 28 February 3.30pm-5pm Program Notes Conferences are an overwhelming rush of sessions, contacts, and conversations. It can …

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 …

Ten Takeaways for Creating a Successful Fundraising Trailer

I’m just back from Vienna for the sold out World Congress of Science and Factual Producers. Pitching strategies were very much part of the conversation. We invited Fernanda Rossi, the globe-trotting trailer-guru to share her expertise on the Do’s and Don’t’s of creating a winning sizzler. Thanks Fernanda! by Fernanda Rossi, Author of Trailer Mechanics: …