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‘The Unscripted Entertainment Vine’ from Nat Geo Channels CEO David Lyle

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A highlight of the AIDC Conference in Adelaide was the ‘Big Chart’ presented by Nat Geo Channels CEO David Lyle in his keynote. His graphic addresses the evolving landscape of nonfiction television entertainment. It shows how formats and sub-genres are being forever blended and hybridized into new categories. When we caught up with David Lyle after […]

Takeaways from AIDC: The Australian International Documentary Conference

 1.       Planning: Unlike convict-stained Sydney, Adelaide was founded in the 1830’s as a planned colony, a utopia for English gentry in a distant land. You can feel those original vibes to this day:  In Adelaide, and in Sydney! AIDC picked up on Adelaide’s ‘model planning’ theme.  It was an excellently administered conference, with: Solid and

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How to Succeed at the IDFA Doc Pitch Forum, 2/2. Plus: ‘The NY Times’ on the Rise of Thom Beers’ Reality Empire

From ‘Modern Witch Hunt’ to ‘Killing in the Family’: This week Eli Brown covers 11 more pitches – and the commissioners’ responses – at IDFA Forum. Read on below to discover which film wins ‘Best Pitch at IDFA’ … and what happens when commissioners put themselves on the line and pitch their own documentary concept. ———————– The Reality

How to Succeed at an International Documentary Pitch Forum: IDFA Takeaways, 1/2

We continue’s coverage of the deep dynamics of the great pitch sessions with a report on the recent IDFA Forum by New York-based documentary filmmaker Eli Brown. By Eli Brown What’s the vibe of one of the documentary sector’s great, global pitch sessions? The IDFA Forum is a dramatic, three-day event held in Amsterdam