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Documentary Production by Peter Hamilton. Peter’s expertise is documentary production, documentary budgets, documentary funding & how to make a documentary.

History Channel Refreshes ‘The Bible’. Creation Theory #1

The History Channel recently announced The Bible, a 10-hour dramatic series – History calls it a ‘docu-drama’ – that explores Biblical stories. Mark Burnett is the producer. For History, it’s another big stride out of its Factual comfort zone and further towards Scripted television and signature docu-dramas And it’s a new direction for Burnett, a […]

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‘Pawn Stars’ 4/4: Leftfield Puts Casting Under a Microscope

‘Character-crazy’ is a phrase that captures the mood at the 2011 Real Screen conference. Yet we noticed that Leftfield Pictures was one of the very few producers, if not the only one, represented by an executive who heads a Casting department. We continue our talk with Leftfield’s co-founder Brent Montgomery, focusing on Casting as one of his firm’s competitive strengths. In

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8 Ways to Create an Unscripted Cable Hit: Lessons from 2010

For our Real Screen 2011 panel, we gave AETN’s Don Robert 5 minutes to nail the question of the day:  What are the common elements that go into making an unscripted cable hit? by Don Robert Senior Vice President of Research, AETN  We looked at some of the top unscripted series on cable in 2010 and came

Network Deliverables: Tape trends? Audio. Archive tips. How to avoid pitfalls! (3/3)

By David Kaplan David Kaplan led the Quality Control team for A&E Television Networks for the last eight years. He has worked with “hundreds of producers on thousands of hours of programs in dozens of evolving formats.”   In the 3rd of a 3-part post, David continues his expert commentary on: Leading tape and audio formats Dealing with a variety of archive formats