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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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Technical Deliverables: Chaotic Industry Practices Add to Producers’ Costs. MIPDOC Interview with Ian Cross

There is a lack of standardization across the platforms for the technical standards covering audio, video and related program deliverables. This chaotic situation creates confusion for production teams, and adds time and finally, unreimbursed costs. So reports Ian Cross, the prolific veteran producer behind such global franchises as Globe Trekker. Watch our MIPDOC Conversation here …

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TLC Buys Series. Dan Salerno’s Program Schedule Analysis & Takeaways for Producers. A Pact Webinar

TLC is actively premiering new programs as we move into the Streaming Era! Discovery Networks US plans to order 4,500 new hours in 2023, according to Kathleen Finch, chairman and chief content officer at Warner Bros Discovery (WBD) US nets. What pitches do TLC decision-makers want to see from producers? The short answer: female-targeted Reality …

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A&E & History Channel: What Are They Buying? Dan Salerno’s Program Schedule Analysis. A Pact Webinar

Are A&E and History Channel still buying programs as we move into the Streaming Era? What do they want from their producers? Unlike Nat Geo and Discovery, A+E Networks’ decision-making is not complicated by the need to synchronize with their corporate parent’s streamer. Veteran international programming executive and respected senior consultant Dan Salerno dives deep …

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National Geographic Channel & Nat Geo Wild: What are they buying? Dan Salerno’s Program Schedule Analysis. A Pact Webinar

Are National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild still buying programs as we move into the Streaming Era? What do they want from their producers? Veteran programming executive and highly-respected senior consultant, Dan Salerno dives deep into their programs schedules in today’s revealing webinar. This is episode #2 in a series produced by Pact, the …

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Is Peacock the “New Quibi?” Wall Streeters say “Stop! Put a bullet in it!”

Influential Wall Street analysts Lightshed Partners report that NBCUniversal has spent $2.5 Billion on its Peacock streaming service. And what has it got? Peacock subscribers are stuck at around 14 million. There were zero subscriber gains for the recent quarter. Peacock lags far behind its competitors Netflix (221 million subscribers), Disney+ (138 Mn), HBO Max (77 …

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Streamers Spend on Music Documentaries. Big Stars. Unique Access. Sky High Budgets. $25 Million for Billy Eilish

You’d have to look hard to find a more compatible pair than the Music documentary and the streaming ecosystem. The genre relies on the celebrity artist and is therefore pre-sold to an intense fan base that crosses borders, delivering on the streamers’ global ambitions. The market leaders can spend big on Music: $25 million by …

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Netflix & the Rise of the Streamers: What do the Charts Say?

Netflix and the streamers share only a sliver of useful data about their viewing audience. However, a steady flow of independent research provides a jigsaw puzzle of insights into the streaming ecosystem. Lots of worthwhile data crossed my desk this month. Here are 12 highlight charts, with just a little commentary. Don’t miss my Desktop …

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