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Documentary Business

Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc

Australia

Sunnyside of the Doc Takeaways: #1 The ‘Non Anglo-Saxons’ Lead the Way

Sunnyside was recently under threat when Sheffield Doc / Fest rescheduled its prestigious event from the autumn to early June. Many buyers were obliged to choose between South Yorkshire or the French seaside. The ‘Anglo-Saxons’ mostly opted for Sheffield. The ‘Franco-phones’ stayed at a diminished SSD. La Rochelle is a historic city dominated by medieval siege …

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International Documentary Buyers’ Guide, 2014-2015. 160+ Key Contacts. Out Now! Save 20%

An invaluable and unique resource for producers who are seeking international partners and commissioners. Created for the Hot Docs Forum 2014. 94 Network Buyers. 163 Contacts. 47 distributors. 11 funds. 8 digital players. 15 Countries. 200+ pages The slots. The deciders. Their filters. Special June Offer: $119.60 – Save 20% Regular: $149.95 Order and Download …

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Australia on the ‘Threatened Public Television System’ List. Takeaways for Doc Creatives

Next week’s visit to New York by Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott got me thinking about the state of documentary funding in my homeland. The headline is that in its first budget, the conservative Abbott government took the razor to the key documentary funders: Screen Australia. ABC. SBS. And after the razor comes the machete! …

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NEW!! International Documentary Buyers’ Guide 2013. Available Now!!

What Do the Channels Want? The International Documentary Buyers’ Guide answers these questions: Which channels worldwide buy documentaries and specials? How many do they buy? What are their dedicated slots? What are they looking for? What are their filters? And: Are the buyers open to international partnerships? Who are the key contacts? How can you reach them? …

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An Aussie / ABBA Love Doc is a Case Study in ‘How Local Can Trump Global.’ PLUS: Screen Australia’s $15+ Million for Docs

“Australian viewers have gone local.” That was the big message from programmers at AIDC. They want Aussie stories, Aussie characters and Aussie talent. By and large, imports just don’t hit the hot buttons any more. That’s all well and good.  But there’s a commercial sweet spot for programs that appeal locally AND are exportable. What if …

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‘The Unscripted Entertainment Vine’ from Nat Geo Channels CEO David Lyle

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A highlight of the AIDC Conference in Adelaide was the ‘Big Chart’ presented by Nat Geo Channels CEO David Lyle in his keynote. His graphic addresses the evolving landscape of nonfiction television entertainment. It shows how formats and sub-genres are being forever blended and hybridized into new categories. When we caught up with David Lyle after …

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Takeaways from AIDC: The Australian International Documentary Conference

 1.       Planning: Unlike convict-stained Sydney, Adelaide was founded in the 1830’s as a planned colony, a utopia for English gentry in a distant land. You can feel those original vibes to this day:  In Adelaide, and in Sydney! AIDC picked up on Adelaide’s ‘model planning’ theme.  It was an excellently administered conference, with: Solid and …

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NEW: International Documentary Buyers’ Guide 2012 / Buyer Profile: SBS Australia

Our International Documentary Buyers’ Guide 2012 is an invaluable and unique resource for producers who are seeking international partners: 37 channels and slots. 40+ buyers. 17 countries. The International Documentary Buyers’ Guide was researched, edited and published for delegates who attended the Hot Docs Forum 2012. Photo: Karina Astrup CONTENTS What do the Channels Want? The Guide …

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