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Nat Geo & Disney+: How They Balance Programming Strategies. A Pact Webinar

Nat Geo is a legendary brand for documentary filmmakers and viewers. But how is the Nat Geo channel evolving, now that it belongs to the Disney family and is a subsidiary brand to Disney+? Veteran programming executive Dan Salerno answers this question and more in our most recent webinar. Latest: Nat Geo Wild Loses Subscribers Following …

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WB Discovery’s ID Network Orders Originals. Pact Webinar with Dan Salerno

Warner Brothers’ ID: Investigation Discovery network is actively ordering new originals. While many legacy channels are cutting back on their commissions, ID‘s strategy is relatively unchanged in the streaming era. What is ID buying? Veteran programming executive Dan Salerno, answers this question and more in our latest webinar. This is episode #7 in a series on …

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HGTV & Food: Dan Salerno’s Program Schedule Analysis & Takeaways For Producers. A Pact Webinar

HGTV and Food Network are among Discovery Networks’ ratings leaders. How are these female-targeted Lifestyle channels adapting to the accelerating shift to the streaming economy? Will Discovery’s channels really order 4,500 new hours in 2023? What do HGTV and Food want from producers? Veteran programming executive and respected senior consultant Dan Salerno continues his unique, …

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Industry Trends: Stay ahead of the curve with Pact webinars: What the U.S. channels are buying

(Press release from my publishing partner Pact- the British producers’ association.) The US is the biggest export market for UK indies, accounting for 34% of all exports and generating £510m in 2022. Understanding the schedules and desires of the many channels and streamers can make the difference in securing that coveted green light or acquisition. …

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STAR CHASERS OF SENEGAL: Indie Producer’s Terra Mater Studios / NOVA Copro. A MIPCOM Case Study

Independent producer / director Ruth Berry creates for Terra Mater Studios and PBS’s NOVA series, a fast-track special that navigates the many cultural challenges to successful field production in Africa while revealing that space exploration is for everyone – not just for the wealthiest countries. Watch our MIPCOM 2022 Coproduction Case Study panel video here. …

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NEW!! How to Reach 260 Documentary Decision Makers by Sunny Side of the Doc

Our unique Sunny Side Decision Makers Guide provides information about buyers that producers need to know now! Which channels worldwide buy documentaries, specials and series? Who are the key decision-makers? What are they looking for? How you can reach them! Buy and download now! Price: $99.95 The Sunny Side Decision Makers Guide features: 260 buyers …

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TRUE ROYALTY: The Netflix for “super-engaged Royals fans”. A Podcast with CEO Gregor Angus (Republished)

Queen Elizabeth‘s passing reminded me of our 2019 coverage of TRUE ROYALTY, the ‘mega-niche’ streamer for “the 150M people worldwide who are Royal super-fans.” TRUE ROYALTY now carries a library of “450+ constantly-refreshed quality titles about Royalty today, around the world and throughout history.” First published, October 2019 TRUE ROYALTY is a London-based subscription video …

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Disney Dances Ever More Closely with Disney+ and the Streaming Model!

Disney announced that Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) is jumping exclusively to Disney+. It’s a move with potential implications for the documentary niche. DWTS’s 16 years (30 seasons) of primetime on Disney’s ABC broadcast network are over. CEO Bob Chapek‘s announcement accelerates the strategic shift in Disney’s investment in original programming towards Disney+ and away …

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