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The Future of Wildlife Television: Interviews from Wild Talk Africa (2/3). The Rise of the UK Agent

At Wild Talk, our expert video vignettes cover the recent rise of the UK agent, three big trends in Natural History from a veteran BBC NHU exec who is now working in South Africa, and an analysis of the flow of work coming to a leading South African DOP. ————— UK Agent: My Role and the Value …

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The Future of Wildlife Television: Interviews from Wild Talk Africa (1/3)

In our video vignettes: Key trends in Wildlife television according to a BBC Natural History Unit EP, and a Nat Geo Wild commissioner evaluates what she finds at Wild Talk. BTW, Wild Talk was my first attempt at capturing expert interviews using a cellphone. The results were mixed: my camera work is wobbly and the sound is …

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Sunnyside of the Doc: Access, Networking and Valuable Information!

Sunnyside offers access to decision-makers, networking events, and a full program of panels on key trends in nonfiction television — all in a compatible seaside city. A feature of SSD 2013 will be the attendance by a full delegation of documentary channels and producers from China. This is an important accomplishment for festival director Yves Jeanneau. I will moderate …

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MIPDoc Takeaways: Access for Vancouver’s LaDiDa Media / Latest on China’s CCTV-9 Documentary Channel and the ‘Pivot’ to Europe

Canada’s LaDiDa Media Sylvie Peltier is president of LaDiDa Media, an experienced Vancouver-based factual producer who has been working with Canadian channels. Sylvie decided to expand her horizons by attending MIPDoc. She was looking for international pre-buys and co-productions, as well as for opportunities to refresh her Canadian contacts.  Sylvie engaged us to help develop and …

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Free-to-Watch Online Documentary Content: The Top 15 Aggregators. What’s the Business Model?

The 30-year boom in unscripted content is being unsettled by several distant clouds. 1. Pay-TV sub fees have been the biggest driver of the factual TV boom. However, consumers are beginning to lose their loyalty to pay-TV as their #1 delivery system for video entertainment. Analysts estimate that US cab/sat distributors lost between 1.3 – 2.7 million …

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Asia Side of the Doc: Five Big Takeaways from Tokyo

France Television’s Ann Julienne and NHK’s Sayumi Hori. Last week’s Asia Side of the Doc was a memorable event. Senior-level decision-makers attended. There were lots of involved delegates from across the region. The backdrop was a huge city that is still reeling from last year’s catastrophes. Here are my “Big Five” Takeaways: 1.Tohoku Pitch The …

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Social Television Summits: Five Takeaways for Factual / Great Access to Commissioners at History Makers Summit, NYC

By David Rosen Top experts and decision-makers recently came to New York to throw light on how the commercial TV business is adapting to the disruptive force called “social television.” I joined them at three conferences: The Social TV Summit focused on how the industry is responding to “out-of-the-box” changes. The Future of TV Forum …

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The Big Trends in Home Entertainment. What Does It Mean for Docs? / Great Discount at History Conference in NYC

The U.S. Home Entertainment industry is experiencing tremendous change. New online models are coming on fast.  Who are the new players? What are the revenue models? And where are the opportunities for doc producers? We invited our valued, long-time colleague Al Cattabiani to share his year-end survey, including his three big Takeaways for the non-fiction …

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