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On the Road Again in ’24. Takeaways from NATPE and Realscreen Summit

The 2024 Conference season kicked off in earnest in January with back-to-back-to-back events in Miami (NATPE) and New Orleans (Realscreen). Producers, distributors, and content platforms all gathered once again to network and pitch as our industry tries to steady itself coming out of a challenging 2023. Cactus Tree Entertainment President Liz Levenson and True North’s …

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Sundance 2024: $887 Million Spent on Docs That Missed Out??

A Sundance Film Festival award lags only behind an Oscar nomination as a measure of success for documentarians. 1.9%! Are those really the odds that a documentary will earn a slot on the Sundance program? $887 million! Did producers spend close to a billion dollars on all those submissions that missed out? Here is my 2024 update …

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Docsville: 3 Months Free!! The streaming home for indie docs. Subscribe Now and Save!

Docsville is the true streaming destination for documentary viewers worldwide. They are now inviting YOU to join this innovative streaming community for independent, thought-provoking and inspiring documentary films! For a limited time, Documentary Business readers can now enjoy a free 3-month subscription to Docsville where you can access all of their compelling documentary content from …

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How to Navigate SVOD, AVOD & FAST Options & Rights for Your Documentary. MIPCOM Webinar with Wendy Bernfeld

Wendy Bernfeld is expert in the key issues and opportunities related to SVOD, AVOD and FAST. I moderated her standing-room only presentation at MIPCOM, which we set about covering in this webinar. Wendy has more than 25 years experience in content licensing, rights strategy and management, and she is Canadian based in Amsterdam. Watch the …

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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 …

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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 …

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LIVE Webinar: Sales Agents & Distributors. Launching a Successful Partnership. Thursday, September 14

Do you want to expand the global reach (and revenues) of your documentary? Join me for a LIVE Q&A with expert distributor Pauline Mazenod, this Thursday, September 14 @ 12 p.m. EST. Pauline is the Head of Acquisitions and Sales for Windrose Distribution, a boutique French distributor of documentaries, animation series, fiction series and performances. …

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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 …

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