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Star Chasers of Senegal: Terra Mater Studios / NOVA Fast-track Copro Premieres February 8

Star Chasers of Senegal premieres on PBS next Wednesday, November 8. Our inspiring Case Study reveals in great detail how indie producer / director Ruth Berry overcame the odds to forge a successful Terra Mater Studios / NOVA coproduction. Read the Case Study here. Our MIPCOM 2022 Coproduction panel video features TMS’s Sabine Holzer with …

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Discovery Channel & Animal Planet: What are they buying? Dan Salerno’s deep analysis of their program schedules. A Pact Webinar

Are the channels still buying programs as we move into the Streaming Era? That’s the key question that I explore with veteran programming executive and highly-respected senior consultant, Dan Salerno. And if the channels are buyers, what does Dan’s deeply-researched study of their program schedules tell us about what they want from their producers? Dan …

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Sundance 2023: $852 Million Spent on Docs That Were Not Selected

A Sundance Film Festival award lags only behind an Oscar nomination as a measure of success for documentarians. 2.4%! Are those the odds that a documentary will earn a slot on the Sundance program? $852 million! Is that really the total production spend on all those submissions that missed out? Read on for my 2023 update on …

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Netflix 2023 What You Need To Know Now


Shedding Light on the Business of the Documentary Business. 2022 Report Card. Mission for 2023

My unchanging editorial goals since launching my Documentary Business newsletter in 2011 are to: Capture in a few words how the ever-evolving unscripted ecosystem shapes opportunities for industry veterans and rookies alike, and Publish detailed Case Studies that reveal how productions that aren’t by award-winning A-listers are developed, funded and ultimately delivered to grateful audiences. …

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Resilience Rules at World Congress of Science & Factual Producers, 2022. Impressions by Indie Producer Ruth Berry

By Ruth Berry. Six hundred eighty-four producers, broadcasters and content makers filled the cavernous (but warm) hall of Glasgow’s Scottish Events Campus for the 30th anniversary of WCSFP hosted by BBC Studios Scotland. Over 30% of the delegates were newcomers. It was always going to be special. After a three-year hiatus, contact was craved, masks …

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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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Congress ’22: Inspiration & Connection in Glasgow. SOLD OUT!

  Congress is SOLD OUT! Register on the waiting list here: registration@wcsfp.com. We’re one month away from the World Congress of Science & Factual Producers‘ 30th anniversary event! Congress ’22 will take place in Glasgow from November 28 to December 1. It is made possible with the generous support of host sponsor BBC Studios Productions and signature partners …

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