Documentary Business

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Commissioning Process

How do channels commission new factual programs?

‘The Bible’ 3/3: A Meditation on the Costs of the Signature Docu-drama and Scripted TV Series

We continue to explore issues raised by the commissioning process for The Bible, a 10-hour docu-drama series from the U.S. History channel In previous posts: Creation Theory #1: History Channel Refreshes a Golden Oldie. Chooses a Promotable, Rock-solid Producer Creation Theory #2: An A+E Networks’ Stakeholder is Eager to Establish a 50%-owned Production Company as a […]

History Refreshes ‘The Bible’. Creation Theory #2

Last week, History announced The Bible, a five-part, 10-hour docu-drama that explores Biblical stories The series will screen in 2013 According to History’s press release “THE BIBLE series is being produced for HISTORY by Lightworkers Media and Hearst Entertainment & Syndication.  “Executive Producers are Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Richard Bedser.” So what is the

History Channel Refreshes ‘The Bible’. Creation Theory #1

The History Channel recently announced The Bible, a 10-hour dramatic series – History calls it a ‘docu-drama’ – that explores Biblical stories. Mark Burnett is the producer. For History, it’s another big stride out of its Factual comfort zone and further towards Scripted television and signature docu-dramas And it’s a new direction for Burnett, a

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The Sundance Channel: Redford Fading. The Filters? How Many Green Lights? Which Producers?

Where is the Sundance Channel headed after 15 years? Founder Robert Redford is an occasional presence at the channel He’s certainly not gripping the tiller Is there anything left of his vision?  A clue: What did Sundance green light at the 2011 Upfronts?  Ownership Robert Redford, Universal Studios and Showtime Networks launched the Sundance Channel

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‘Pawn Stars’ 4/4: Leftfield Puts Casting Under a Microscope

‘Character-crazy’ is a phrase that captures the mood at the 2011 Real Screen conference. Yet we noticed that Leftfield Pictures was one of the very few producers, if not the only one, represented by an executive who heads a Casting department. We continue our talk with Leftfield’s co-founder Brent Montgomery, focusing on Casting as one of his firm’s competitive strengths. In

POV: The PBS Doc Strand Announces the 2011 Schedule

We recently published a detailed 2-parter on POV – the flagshipPBS documentary strand: Click here for part 1: POV’s mission, history, budgets And part 2: the filters, selection process, critical dates, typical fees, and more Last week, POV announced its schedule for 2011. We reprint it here. And next week: we begin a 2-parter on Independent Lens, the doc