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Chinese Documentary Smashes Crowd-funding Record. Takeaway #1 from Science Producers’ Congress

Super Boy (快乐男声) is a Chinese hit show for male singing contestants that was inspired by the UK elimination format Pop Idol. Hunan Satellite Television has broadcast Super Boy since 2005. The producer EE Media has a background in pop music. Here’s a taste of Super Boy from YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uZHT86523A At last week’s brainy Science & Factual Producers’ Congress in Montreal, I learned that Super […]

MIPCOM 2013 Takeaways: Cracking the Cannes Market #1

Cannes hosted 13,500 delegates who attended MIPCOM, the leading international television market. The vibe was positive: Meeting rooms were busy, Restaurants were full, And sales folks were smiling more often than at any recent post-GFC market. Here are my first impressions: 1. Here Comes Africa! Nigeria and South Africa caught my eye with their new

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Case Study: ‘BESA: The Promise’ – An Established Nonfiction Producer Carries off a ‘Passion’ Theatrical Project (1/2)

By Alex Watson Associate, DocumentaryTelevision.com In our 2-part Case Study: An established, commercial nonfiction producer works for seven years on a ‘passion’ documentary project. The Project: BESA: The Promise. It’s an inspiring documentary about how a sacred, wartime promise is fulfilled across decades and faiths. The Producer: JWM Productions I spoke with Jason Williams, president of

The Future of Wildlife Television: Interviews from Wild Talk Africa (3/3). Key Trends in Austria, France and South Africa

This week’s expert interviews from Wild Talk Africa cover Austria’s Universum stand, which is a keystone for pure wildlife productions, and France’s appetite for the ‘cute’ over the predatory. Also: explaining South Africa’s soft demand for unscripted programming, including Natural History. ———— Inside ORF-Austria’s Universum Strand  Thomas Matzek Deputy Head of NHU ORF, Vienna ORF is

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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

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