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Congress ’23 Heads to Seattle, November 28–December 1, 2023

  This year, the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP) takes place from November 28 to December 1 in Seattle, Washington. The host sponsor is National Geographic. Congress ’23 promises a dynamic lineup featuring thought-provoking sessions with key decision-makers from around the world—creating a unique opportunity for science and factual producers, digital producers,

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

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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

Meet the Experts at MIPCOM: Conversations about managing rights with Wendy Bernfeld (Rights Stuff) & Peter Worsley (Altitude Rights)

I’m excited to moderate two MIPCOM Meet The Executive conversations. Sharing their expertise are WENDY BERNFELD (Rights Stuff, NL) and PETER WORSLEY (Altitude Rights, UK). Wendy’s topic: “How to Navigate SVOD, AVOD & FAST Options & Rights for Your Documentary“.) Peter’s topic: “The Music Documentary Challenge: Keeping the Peace Between Producers, Estate Stakeholders & Commissioners.)

What French Viewers Like About Documentaries. CNC Study Highlights at Sunny Side

France, Germany and other European documentary economies offer funding opportunities that feel distant to U.S. producers. An ambitious deep study by the CNC, France’s media regulator, helps us better understand how French consumers relate to the documentary genre. The study was commissioned for France’s Year of the Documentary and was presented at Sunny Side of

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Sundance 2023 and Beyond – Stark Realities, Golden Opportunities, by Peter Broderick

Peter Broderick’s latest Distribution Bulletin sparked lots of soul-searching about the state of the documentary sector. Peter is a highly regarded, veteran distribution strategist, senior consultant, and friend of this masthead. He writes that this year’s “Sundance revealed that the Golden Age of major sales and numerous acquisitions is over for documentary filmmakers.” He explains that

Juan Carlos I: Downfall of a King. Interview with Producer Christian Beetz

Christian Beetz reveals in this interview and in our detailed case study how Berlin-based Gebrueder Beetz developed, funded and delivered his €2.5 Mn, 4-part docu-series that sheds new light on the former King’s notorious personal life and dramatic abdication. Watch here (20 min)   Read our Case Study Juan Carlos I: Money, Sex, Power and