Ford’s $50M for Docs; Discovery Fit & Health; OWN Picks 3; Alaska is Hot! Discovery Nets Restructured

Several very interesting developments occurred this week in the ever-expanding world of Documentary and Factual Television:

Ford Foundation

  • Ford announced a $50 million initiative to fund docs over 5 years
  • The aim is to help find and support a new generation of filmmakers whose works address urgent social issues.
  • The new initiative is called JustFilms. It “will invest $10 million a year over the next five years to support and expand the community of filmmakers and mediamakers around the world focused on creating documentaries with passion and purpose, but who often lack funding to realize their visions or reach audiences.”

Discovery Fit & Health

  • On 1/1/11, Discovery Health was absorbed by OWN. That closed the chapter on a Discovery strategy of creating (Health) or acquiring (Travel) channels to provide services to consumers of entire industries
  • Now Health is back. It will be relaunched in a merger with FitTV
  • Discovery Fit & Health will reach 50 million TVHH. That’s more than the Sundance Channel!
  • Today’s Real Screen reports on the new channel’s programming priorities

Oprah’s Doc Club

Discovery

We’re at Real Screen

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