YouTube RED: A New SVOD Pipeline for Documentary & Unscripted Commissions

YouTube Red is the new SVOD (Subscription Video on Demand) service that targets the booming market pioneered by Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. RED announced its first original documentary special and reality series at Sundance last month. That’s just the first step by the corporate Goliath which recently reported $21.4 Bn revenues for 4Q 2015. I …

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 …

Hoff Productions: An Independent Producer Manages the Ups and Downs

This week’s story is about how to succeed in the very tough world of independent production. Our case study is Hoff Productions, whose ups and downs we covered back in 2010 in a popular post titled A Preferred Producer: Hoff Productions between Basement and Buyout. Hoff was on a ride. But, as you can see from …

16 and Pregnant: Can Reality TV Promote Positive Social Change?

Can Reality TV be a force for positive social change? We invited David Rosen to survey the research findings that MTV’s 16 and Pregnant is a factor in the falling U.S. teen pregnancy and birth rates. by David Rosen. 16 and Pregnant has been a commercial and branding success for MTV and Viacom Networks. It generated high …

OnScreen Manitoba Leads a Delegation of Producers to Sunnyside of the Doc

OnScreen Manitoba‘s executive director Nicole Matiation is leading a strong delegation of producers to Sunnyside. It’s Manitoba’s first trip to the compatible market-by-the-sea at La Rochelle. The build-up featured my all-day workshop in Winnipeg on how to approach an international market, plus one-on-one prep with the delegates. The Sunnyside team has been very supportive by …

Discovery Founder John Hendricks Launches SVOD Factual Service, CuriosityStream. Meet Curiosity President Elizabeth Hendricks North at MIPDoc.

A welcome new face at MIPDoc was Elizabeth Hendricks North, President of Curiosity Project LLC. She was in Cannes to promote the ad-free Subscription VOD (SVOD) service CuriosityStream, launched in March to focus on premium factual content. Elizabeth’s father is Discovery Channel founder and industry legend John Hendricks. Mission The CuriosityStream mission is to apply …