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President Awards Nation’s Highest Honor to Indie Director, DP and PBS NOVA

President Macky Sall awarded the National Order of the Lion, Senegal’s highest honor to director Ruth Berry, NOVA’s Chis Schmidt and DP Bernhard Popovic in Dakar. The occasion? The packed theatrical premiere screening of Star Chasers of Senegal, a Terra Mater Studios / NOVA co-production. Star Chasers features the story of astronomer Maram Kaire and his …

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NAKED – Generation Gender: How a topical Canadian-German Coproduction Happened! Watch my MIPCOM Case Study Panel

Three of the decision-makers who created the topical docuseries NAKED – Generation Gender shared their inside stories at MIPCOM 2022 in Cannes. This German-Canadian copro takes a daring look at the biological factors and cultural forces that impact our expression of gender at every stage of our lives. On my Unscripted International Coproduction Case Study …

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STAR CHASERS OF SENEGAL: Indie Producer’s Terra Mater Studios / NOVA Copro. A MIPCOM Case Study

Independent producer / director Ruth Berry creates for Terra Mater Studios and PBS’s NOVA series, a fast-track special that navigates the many cultural challenges to successful field production in Africa while revealing that space exploration is for everyone – not just for the wealthiest countries. Watch our MIPCOM 2022 Coproduction Case Study panel video here. …

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MIPCOM Case Studies. Three Revealing International Copro’s. Wednesday, October 19

Producers and decision-makers attending MIPCOM will be inspired to learn from three sets of documentary insiders how their very different projects stood above the competition and won the backing of their funding and distribution partners. We will track each production team’s step-by-step process from “big idea” to delivery! I’m producing and moderating the triple Case …

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Season of the Osprey: How It Happened! The Development, Production & Global Distribution of a Blue Chip Wildlife Special

Our Season of the Osprey case study captures in unique detail the journey of a blue chip Nature documentary special from initial concept to successful distribution worldwide. It is a roadmap for independent wildlife filmmakers – serving both as an inspirational tool and as a sobering reality check. The players involved in the story include …

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MIPDoc: Gédéon’s “Sagrada Familia: Gaudi’s Challenge” Case Study. Coming Soon

At the MIPDoc Coproduction Summit, Gédéon Programmes‘ Stéphane Millière revealed the development, the deal, and the ground-breaking CGI solutions employed to deliver Sagrada Familia: Gaudi’s Challenge. I will share and expand on Stéphane’s video presentation later this month. Intro: In my introduction to his presentation, I wrote: “Stéphane’s work is important for its creative merit and for …

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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 …

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Happy Holidays from Stockholm: Wrapping up 2021. Excited about 2022!

  Wishing my friends and colleagues a happy holiday season from Stockholm! Our family is gathering in Uppsala for Christmas; its the first time that we’re all together since 2019! For 2022, I’m excited about providing you with more analysis and context, particularly covering how the revolutionary shift from channels to streamers is impacting documentary …

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