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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 …

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Sundance 2024: $887 Million Spent on Docs That Missed Out??

A Sundance Film Festival award lags only behind an Oscar nomination as a measure of success for documentarians. 1.9%! Are those really the odds that a documentary will earn a slot on the Sundance program? $887 million! Did producers spend close to a billion dollars on all those submissions that missed out? Here is my 2024 update …

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How to Navigate SVOD, AVOD & FAST Options & Rights for Your Documentary. MIPCOM Webinar with Wendy Bernfeld

Wendy Bernfeld is expert in the key issues and opportunities related to SVOD, AVOD and FAST. I moderated her standing-room only presentation at MIPCOM, which we set about covering in this webinar. Wendy has more than 25 years experience in content licensing, rights strategy and management, and she is Canadian based in Amsterdam. Watch the …

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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 …

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LIVE Webinar: Sales Agents & Distributors. Launching a Successful Partnership. Thursday, September 14

Do you want to expand the global reach (and revenues) of your documentary? Join me for a LIVE Q&A with expert distributor Pauline Mazenod, this Thursday, September 14 @ 12 p.m. EST. Pauline is the Head of Acquisitions and Sales for Windrose Distribution, a boutique French distributor of documentaries, animation series, fiction series and performances. …

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The Music Documentary Rocks: New bios on Donna Summer, Willy Nelson and more…

Platforms and channels love to love the Music genre. Leading off with Willie Nelson & Family and Love to Love You, Donna Summer, Camran Shealy updates her January 2023 profiles with eight new commissions that feature musical celebrities and cultures. The Music Production Challenge at MIPCOM Sharing his best practices at my Meet the Expert session …

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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 …

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Nielsen Gauge: Streaming and Netflix Roll On. Latest Data

Streaming continues to increase its share of viewing at the expense of Cable and Broadcast. The May Nielsen Gauge confirms these and other key trends. Highlights: Streaming usage is now at a dominant 36.4% share — up from 31.9% a year ago. Cable TV viewing continues to decline — down 14% to a 31.1 share …

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