Trillion-dollar Death Stars are Existential Threats to Legacy Media Players. 2021 Media Universe Map by Evan Shapiro

 “When you look at the entertainment war for attention and you realise that there are seven trillion-dollar Death Stars – Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Tencent and Alibaba – all with unlimited resources and diversified revenue models, you understand why scale is the most important thing,” says Evan Shapiro, producer, media commentator and creator of …

Documentary Decision-makers Guide. New and Updated from Sunny Side. 260 Buyers. 42 Countries! Save $69.95!!!

Who are key documentary buyers worldwide? What programs and series do they want? How can you reach them? 260 decision-makers / 137 companies / 42 countries   The expanded and updated Sunny Side of the Doc Guide to Documentary Decision Makers is now available for $99.95. That’s a 33% instant savings of $50 off the regular …

Crime Pays: Documentary sub-genres that are most In Demand by viewers. Research findings from Parrot Analytics (chart)

My News Roundup for July — a content partnership with Sunny Side of the Doc – leads with a catchy chart from Parrot Analytics. Parrot quantified consumer demand for six genres, from Crime to Sports, comparing 2019-20 with 2020-21. Parrot scoops up consumers’ ‘demand expressions’ from across the online universe, and weights them, for example …

NHK Japan’s $6.5 Million “Cosmic Shore”: A space science coproduction that compares favorably with billionaire-funded space tourism

The hyped rocket jaunts by Jeffrey Bezos and Richard Branson remind me of the combination of publicly-funded Space Science and broadcasting revealed in my COSMIC SHORE Case Study from Japan. Public broadcaster NHK developed a $100K space camera for a US$6.5 million coproduction with PBS‘s NOVA strand. Their mission: capture the edge of our world, where …

Sunny Side of the Doc: Who came? Who won? Most attended session? And much more! Highlights of the successful 2021 Virtual Edition.

Here are the numbers that highlight the success of Sunny Side of the Doc 2021. Delegates Industry professionals: 1,500 Decision Makers: 380 Women: 58.5% Countries: 58 Companies Companies registered: 891 International: 68% Exhibitors: 310 Contacts made: 1,025 Platform Visits: 57,000 Projects/Programs: 475 One-to-one meetings: +1,000 Messages exchanged: 16,360 Audience Hours of industry sessions: 53 Total …

Nielsen’s The Gauge: Streaming Rises. Cable / Broadcast Viewing is Resilient… for Now. Watch Out for Young Viewers

Last week Nielsen released The Gauge, a very useful pie chart that captures the total time Americans spent watching cable TV, broadcast TV and streaming services. Digging deeper reveals the seismic shift that our industry is experiencing. The Gauge: Here it is… Let’s dig into the findings: Cable + Broadcast: 64% Cable (39%) & Broadcast …

SEASON OF THE OSPREY: A Beautiful Blue Chip Wildlife Special from Love Nature, CosmoVision and PBS/WNET’s Nature.

Today’s announcement of the production wrap of the superb SEASON OF THE OSPREY special is particular thrill. I’m honored to have joined director Jacob Steinberg on much of his long journey from concept to distribution with industry-leading partners Nature, Love Nature and Blue Ant International. And thankful to everyone on the editorial and commercial teams …

SUNNY SIDE OF THE DOC – NEWS ROUNDUP, June 2021: Unscripted Investment Frenzy & more

Story of the Month: Investors Target Unscripted Production. There’s a frenzy of investment in unscripted production // Wall Street Journal. New SVOD’s fail to understand that success depends on streaming addiction // Lightshed Partners. Netflix Australia: Revenues surge but avoids taxes and local production // The Age + Documentary Business. Audiences want more documentaries in streaming libraries …