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Streamers & Legacy Networks: Opportunities for Producers! A Liz Levenson / Dan Salerno Webinar

Legacy networks and streamers are still buying programs despite all the chatter about “tough times” for unscripted and documentary producers. What do the buyers want? What’s the scale of their greenlights this year compared with prior years? Who gets them? Liz Levenson (Cactus Tree Entertainment and GRB Media Ranch) hosts a revealing conversation with veteran […]

TRUE CRIME BOOM: “Where’s OUR Quiet on Set?” by StoryCentric’s Ed Hersh

By Ed Hersh, StoryCentric, New York. The popularity of True Crime programming across all platforms — broadcast, cable, streaming, and podcasting — continues to defy gravity. Peter reported just last month that True Crime dominates all other genres in terms of net added programs on four of the Big 5 major streaming platforms. And of

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True Crime: The Boom Continues. What’s Breaking Through?

The True Crime boom continues. And evolves. Ampere Analysis‘ findings presented at the recent MIPDOC capture how True Crime (in light blue) dominates all other genres in net added programs on four of the Big 5 major streaming platforms. And ID‘s disturbing Nickelodeon expose Quiet On Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV dominated minutes

Netflix Dominates the Streamers: Comparing 2023’s Most Viewed Unscripted Shows

Netflix rolls on, leaving its competitors far behind! Netflix just announced the second largest quarterly uptick in subscribers (13.1 million) in the company’s history, second only to Q1 2020 (15.8 million), which benefitted from the onset of the COVID pandemic. Cutbacks in spending on programs and marketing by Netflix’s streaming rivals is a key factor

Documentary Landscape: Year-End Snapshot. A Pact Webinar with Dan Salerno

I spend many hours in conversation with veteran programming executive Dan Salerno interrogating the industry data and charts that land on our desks. We always ask ourselves: What does the data reveal for factual producers? Today’s webinar recaptures the spirit of those conversations by exploring the trends revealed by six slides. This is episode #9

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Netflix Dominates the Streamers: The Comparative Audience Makes a Big Statement

Netflix dominates its streaming competition. Spell that D-O-M-I-N-A-T-E-S! My survey of the audience for US streamers in 3Q’23 focused on the Top 2 Documentary and Reality programs for eight platforms. The chart tells the story: Legend The blue bar represents the US audience in thousands for the highest-rated unscripted program for each streamer in August

The True Crime Boom: What’s Hot in 2023?

The True Crime genre boom continues. What kinds of stories do the streamers prefer? Who gets the greenlights? Does your project fit the market? With seventeen projects from Hulu, Netflix, Max, Showtime, Peacock and ID, we continue Camran Shealy‘s survey of the genre. Previous True Crime Posts Part 1 includes The Tinder Swindler.  Part 2