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 …

Nat Geo Sets High Bar for Diversity and Inclusion. Releases Detailed Production Standards and Benchmarks

Courteney Munro, National Geographic President Content yesterday released Nat Geo’s Content Inclusion Standards. The standards apply to feature docs, specials, series and scripted programs. The Nature category is broken out for detailed coverage. Our mission is to inspire, support, and elevate diversity and inclusion in every aspect of our daily work, storytelling, and content and product offerings, …

Streaming Addiction: New SVOD entrants are all making a critical strategic mistake

Two articles on the state of the industry caught my attention this week: A brilliant analysis of a key success factor for streamers from Lightshed Partners. And a ho-hum Wall Street Journal story that nonetheless captures the current investment frenzy for Unscripted productions. Nat Geo also shared an updated INCLUSION STANDARDS. Scroll down for the …