U.S. Cable Channels: Legacy networks retain significant if declining footprints

We often listen in to discussions about the rise of Netflix and the streamers as if cable / satellite channels have gone the way of VHS tapes. Not so fast! Byron Media‘s John Morse generously shared a 4Q 2021 snapshot of the distribution footprints of U.S. cable channels, filtered here for documentary/unscripted buyers and news …

At Risk in Russia: Soviet-Era Nuclear Icebreaker Smashes Arctic Floes… and the Budget! (Case Study)

The Siberian Nuclear Icebreaker Case Study (April, 2011) reveals how producer Vinnie Kraylevich risked his life and finances when he hitched a ride on a Soviet-Era icebreaker. It is my all-time favorite post about the risk that producers take on when they pursue the jeopardy-filled stories sought by platforms, channels and viewers.   His Nuclear …

Vacation. Coming up: Dan Salerno webinar and MIPDOC

I’m enjoying time with family in Melbourne and posting infrequently. Thanks to all of you who registered, attended and followed up after our Show&Tell workshop. Coming up: March 24: my Desktop Documentaries webinar on the unscripted buying strategies of channels & streamers with programming guru Dan Salerno April 4-6: MIPDOC returns to Cannes. I’ll moderate …

The Sundance Documentary Economy: $848 Million Spent by Producers Who Miss Out

A Sundance Film Festival award lags only behind an Oscar nomination as a measure of success for documentarians. But what are the odds that a U.S. or international documentary will earn a slot on the Sundance program? Is $848 million really the total spent on all those submissions that missed out? Read on for my …

FREE NETFLIX WEBINAR with Show&Tell: What the streamers want. Pitching strategy. The deal.

Many of my readers want to know the Truth About Netflix Deals: Pitching, Negotiating, Getting Acquired & Getting Paid. I’m tackling these hard questions in a free webinar with co-host and distribution expert, Show&Tell’s Keith Ochwat. More than 700 documentarians have enrolled already! For the first 30 minutes, we’ll survey: Netflix’s programming strategy: Originals & Acquisitions How …

Top 100 UK Documentaries in 2021: Attenborough and familiar talent stand out in a 2nd troubled year of Covid

The BBC dominates the Top 10 most viewed Factual programs in the UK for 2021. The mix of documentary and lifestyle programs is led by the Attenborough-narrated A Perfect Planet, with more than 7 million viewers and nearly 30% share. Storm Clouds: This week, the troubled Boris Johnson government announced an ominous overhaul of the BBC’s …