‘What’s The Buzz?’ Takeaway # 2 from Science Producers’ Congress, Montreal. With Links and Clips for the Hot Shows

‘What’s The Buzz’ is always an informative and hilarious survey of the year’s trends across the nonfiction television sector.

WTB opens each World Congress of Science & Factual Producers, and this year’s edition was a wonderful treat.

  • Here are the big trending themes that captured the attention of the session producers, and the shows that illustrate them.
  • We included links and clips where we could find them.
  • I have a very busy week, and I’ll add commentary later.
  • And check out my detailed 3-part coverage of WTB 2012 – still very relevant and includes great clips!

The Producers

  • The session producers were Emily Dalton and Iain Riddick from Darlow Smithson. Great job!
  • The engaging moderators were Beth Hoppe (PBS) and Richard Bradley (Lion Television).
  • They did well navigating a very explicit clip from Make LoveMDR Germany’s special on the science of sex that had many in the audience checking their shoelaces.
  • Discovery Canada’s Paul Lewis and Ken MacDonald blew us away with a video that captured their journey from the Big TO to Montreal by way of their network’s franchise programs and an ambush by a horde of pitching producers.
  • Congrats and thanks to all!

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WHAT’S THE BUZZ

HOLD THE FRONT PAGE: STUNNING EVENTS

FACT OR FICTION: RESCRIPTING HISTORY

  • The Mill
  • A Day in the Life of a Dictator
  • MDR Top News
  • JFK The Smoking Gun

FACT OR FICTION: BLURRING REALITY

HOLD THE FRONT PAGE: PROVOCATION

NAVAL GAZING: INVESTIGATING FOOD

  • Nourriture Low Cost
  • Coca Cola: La formule secret
  • ZDF ZIET

NAVAL GAZING: CELEBRATING FOOD

GEEK CHIC: INTERACTIVITY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RT59O6T05A

GEEK CHIC: SMART PRESENTATION

GEEK CHIC BREAKING THE MOULD

  • Hugo’s Brain

http://vimeo.com/68154250

  • Your Inner Fish
  • Cosmos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBTd9–9VMI

NEW TRICKS WITH NATURAL HISTORY

WATCHING THEM WATCHING US

  • Gogglebox

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Our researcher from American U Dana Bramble assembled the links and clips.  Dana’s nominations for WTB would have been:

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Speaking Engagements

Real Screen Summit 2014
Washington DC
Sunday, January 26, 2014 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

How Audience Research Can Make or Break Your Pitch

Brad Dancer, SVP Programming, Planning and Research, Nat Geo Channel
Brent Stinski, Founder & CEO, Media Predict
Peter Hamilton, Moderator

This workshop will take you step by step through the program approvals process for typical channels highlighting the array of research tools that network executives use to help green light – or renew – your shows; outlining the research data that producers should have at their fingertips before they pitch network development teams; and analyzing how much the ‘gut feel’ of network programmers, producers and agents will give way to an approvals process that relies more heavily on consumer research input.

Asian Side of the Doc
Chengdu, China, March 18-21, 2014
Panel: Crowd-funding Platforms in Asia
Panel: 3D / IMAX/ BIG SCREENS for Docs

MIPDoc
Cannes, April 5-6, 2014
Panel: How to Get the Funds: Co-pro’s and Foundations
Interview: Louis Vaudeville, CC&C Paris: The Apocalypse Franchise

AND, don’t miss Hot Docs in the Big TO
April 24 – May 4, 2014