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Happy Nyala Year: Wishing You Every Success in 2024!

  I dipped into my African photo library to celebrate the New Year because the pic of my surprise meeting with the superb Nyala somehow captures why so many of us do what we do. We search out the people, places, creatures, and landscapes that inspire compelling storytelling. My editorial goal for Documentary Business is to throw […]

The Music Documentary Challenge: Keeping the Peace Between Producers, Estate Stakeholders & Commissioners: A MIPCOM Webinar with Peter Worsley

Peter Worsley is a veteran documentary and concert film producer and distributor. He gave a standing-room only presentation at last month’s MIPCOM on the subject of Music documentary production in the age of Taylor Swift. The focus was balancing the integrity of the production with the interests of the Label, Music, Publisher, Artist Management and

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CNEX Chinese Doc Forum: Dan Salerno Reports on the Booming Asian Market from CCDF, Taipei

The 14th annual CNEX Chinese Doc Forum (CCDF) just wrapped up in Taipei, Taiwan, where industry veteran Dan Salerno immersed himself in the booming Asian documentary scene. From September 22 to 25, CCDF brought Taiwanese and Chinese documentary filmmakers together with industry professionals for a productive pitching forum that rivals its Western equivalents. Presenting for

Docsville Webinar: Meet the team creating the streaming home for indie documentaries

Docsville is the new streaming destination for independent, thought-provoking and inspiring global documentary films. Its curated offering spans the climate crisis to racism & inequality, true crime and inspiring personal stories. We recently grabbed the opportunity to speak with the Docsville team: James Ross, CEO of Lightning International Mark Froude, General Manager of Docsville Lawrence

Green Screen International Wildlife Film Festival: Dan Salerno Reports from Germany

For five days in September, the Green Screen International Wildlife Film Festival takes over the small fishing village of Eckernförde, Germany, inviting filmmakers, industry professionals, and wildlife-loving audiences from across the region. Industry veteran Dan Salerno attended on behalf of Documentary Business, and shares his takeaways. by Dan Salerno With no physical movie theaters, Eckernförde transforms its

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Nat Geo & Disney+: How They Balance Programming Strategies. A Pact Webinar

Nat Geo is a legendary brand for documentary filmmakers and viewers. But how is the Nat Geo channel evolving, now that it belongs to the Disney family and is a subsidiary brand to Disney+? Veteran programming executive Dan Salerno answers this question and more in our most recent webinar. Latest: Nat Geo Wild Loses Subscribers Following

The Music Documentary Rocks: New bios on Donna Summer, Willy Nelson and more…

Platforms and channels love to love the Music genre. Leading off with Willie Nelson & Family and Love to Love You, Donna Summer, Camran Shealy updates her January 2023 profiles with eight new commissions that feature musical celebrities and cultures. The Music Production Challenge at MIPCOM Sharing his best practices at my Meet the Expert session