This month’s coverage of the documentary and unscripted landscape is curated by your friends at Sunny Side of the Doc and DocumentaryBusiness.com.
- “The Inventor: Out For Blood” exposes the celebrity money cult led by Silicon Valley’s Elizabeth Holmes, founder of collapsed medical disrupter Theranos // The Guardian.
- Misogyny? That’s what a tech writer sees in the fuss about a failed entrepreneur who happens to be a woman // TechCrunch
- Barack & Michelle Obama’s production company announces its slate. How do regular producers compete against access like that? // BuzzFeed
- Hulu’s “Ask Dr Ruth” captures the life of celebrity TV sex educator // The Guardian
Development & Production
- Coproduction on the Croisette: Trends and success factors from the MIPDoc Copro Summit // DocumentaryBusiness.com
- Blue Chip Wildlife coproductions will be more of a challenge in the SVOD Era // TBI
- Programming execs are jumping to the streamers:
TF1 to Amazon France // TBI
A+E to Apple // Realscreen
ITN to Amazon UK // TBI
HBO Documentaries to MTV // WorldScreen
FOX to YouTube Originals // Tubefilter
Meanwhile: Nancy Dubuc is fixing the troubled ‘old model’ at VICE // AdAge
Programming: LIVE Hits, Crime and more…
- A&E’s “Rescue Live”… Cablers can still hit winners! // Multichannel News
- Moose migration LIVE: SVT Sweden wins online + broadcast viewers with ‘Slow TV’ // Göteborgs-Posten (Swedish)
- Netflix also commissions Reality series, including from inside prisons // Realscreen
- Brazil’s “Killer Ratings” for Netflix shares worldwide appetite for True Crime // Realscreen
- The Kardashian empire expands to True Crime commissions from Oxygen network // Variety
Distribution & Platforms
- The channels model is alive Channels offer advertisers valuable scale, safety, and LIVE viewing // The New York Times
- Disney strategy: The Mouse’s SVOD price looks like a winner // Videonuze
- SVOD secrets Netflix, Apple and Disney begin to share viewing data // Business Insider
- Programming rights are caught in an unresolved battle. Streamers want worldwide rights, but broadcasters, channels and producers have their own interests to defend // TBI
- Online Second Behind Pay TV as Europe’s Preferred Watch // Gracenote and nScreenMedia
Case Study: THE SIEGE OF MECCA
- Sunny Side of the Doc 2019 will shine the spotlight on Germany, a European country that’s hugely important when it comes to non-fiction co-productions and distribution.
- “The Siege Of Mecca” is a French / German coproduction of an investigative documentary with a 600,000+ Euros budget.
- Our detailed Case Study covers the development, pitching, funding, production and distribution of an important film that reveals a violent event that echoes today.
- Don’t miss our first Case Study / Podcast package, covering the Tribeca Audience Award winner, HBO’s “UNITED SKATES”.
Digital Cultures & Narratives
- Institut Français to host Focus on Digital Mediation and Cultural Innovation with international museums at Sunny Side of the Doc – PiXii Festival 2019 // Sunny Side Blog
- CNC’s unprecedented study on VR and immersive experiences in France // CNC website (French)
- Launch of the Digital Archives Initiative (DAI), a new project developed through partnerships with institutions and artists’ estates worldwide // Artforum
Well worth reading
- Finland is winning the war on fake news. What it’s learned may be crucial to Western democracy // CNN
- Kenyan / Swiss wildlife filmmaker Karl Ammann exposes criminals who run the cruel tiger-breeding and bone harvesting business // The Washington Post
- Why we need transnational journalism to better understand the world // Medium
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