Greg Boustead shares Science Sandbox’s Grantmaking Strategy. A Podcast from Sunny Side of the Doc

Greg Boustead is director of Science Sandbox, a portfolio of strategic grantmaking at the Simons Foundation, focused on outreach and engaging new audiences with science. He shared his strategy and grant-making process at Sunny Side of the Doc’s Science-themed Meet The Executive session. We are publishing Greg’s very informative session as a podcast, though without …

Sports megastars emerging as new source of funding for documentary projects that address racial & cultural injustice

Ben Simmons is an NBA All-star with a US$170 million contract. He sent a message to the Sports and Documentary worlds by signing on as an executive producer of THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM. Passion Pictures‘ feature documentary captures the struggle of Aboriginal professional footballer Adam Goodes. Goodes was driven from the local game by unrelenting racial …


Apple TV+ Faces Dominating Competition from Disney+ in the Streaming Wars

Apple faces daunting competition in the Streaming Wars. As consumers turn to the SVOD / subscription / “All You Can Eat” video model,  they are cutting back on purchasing and renting programs. Take a look at the 3+ year trend in US Home Entertainment Spending revealed in the chart below from DEG and nScreenMedia: The …

Streamers vs Channels: A Reality Check on U.S. Video Entertainment Spending and What It Means for Producers

At Sunny Side of the Doc, producers packed into the presentation on Netflix’s documentary strategy. But they were less interested in learning What Do We Want? from the many broadcasters, cablers & foundations who presented later. The producers missed out on a lot of valuable information that could translate into new business. Here’s why the …

UK Documentary & Lifestyle Broadcast Ratings. The Top 100 for 1H 2019. Notorious British Crime Delivers

It’s always a pleasure to share the UK’s highest-rated documentary and unscripted programs. Here is my ratings snapshot for 1H 2019. #1-50 are followed by my brief Takeaways. Then #51-100. Why UK Matters! The UK is the #2 English-speaking television market. It enjoys a well-funded Factual sector that has been a creative innovator for generations. …

NETFLIX DOCUMENTARIES, GERMANY : Formula 1 leads the Top 20 Originals in 2019 from Parrot Analytics. Compare Demand for Documentaries with Scripted Originals like Black Mirror

This post covers the online demand for Netflix Original Documentaries in Germany. I also compare the demand for Netflix documentaries with the streamer’s Scripted Original hits like Black Mirror. Measuring Audience Demand: The data is provided by research firm Parrot Analytics which measures online audience demand for programs across all platforms. Today’s post continues my series on Netflix’s …

NETFLIX DOCUMENTARIES, FRANCE : The Top 20 Originals in 2019 from Parrot Analytics. Comparison with U.S., UK, Australia & Germany

This post covers the online demand for Netflix Original Documentaries in France. Measuring Audience Demand: The data is provided by research firm Parrot Analytics which measures online audience demand for programs across all platforms. Today’s post continues my series on Netflix’s Top 20 Original Documentaries. Parrot Analytics has generously shared their proprietary data on the Top 20 Documentary …