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POV: The PBS Doc Strand Announces the 2011 Schedule

We recently published a detailed 2-parter on POV – the flagshipPBS documentary strand: Click here for part 1: POV’s mission, history, budgets And part 2: the filters, selection process, critical dates, typical fees, and more Last week, POV announced its schedule for 2011. We reprint it here. And next week: we begin a 2-parter on Independent Lens, the doc …

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Australian Co-pro: Dino Stampede – An ABC Commission Triggers a Cascade of Tax Benefits and International Licenses

Our Case Study: How an ABC Australia commission for a signature doc special engaged a set of  funding sources to execute a $1.2 million international co-pro. The project: Dino Stampede, Prospero Productions and the Australian International Co-production Model ($U.S.) Dino Stampede premieres on ABC1 on Tuesday, November 15, 2011. And in the U.S. on the …

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Case Study: Globe Trekker’s Business Model for a Deficit-financed Public TV Series (2/2)

This is part 2 of a two-part post on Globe Trekker, the leading PBS Travel series created by Pilot Productions’ Ian Cross. Last week:  Globe Trekker’s history, distribution and  audience This post: the business model and Takeaways. REVENUES Public TV Revenue Model Stations are given programs for free or for a comparatively low license fee The producer sells …

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Case Study: ‘Globe Trekker’ and How a Deficit Financed Travel Series Became a Winner for PBS and Pilot Productions (1/2)

Is there a way for Factual producers to succeed the old-fashioned way: in U.S. public television? In this week’s Case Study: How the Globe Trekker series blazed a path to a respectable living for Pilot Productions. At History Makers and then at Real Screen, we met with Ian Cross, Pilot Productions’ founder and managing director. Ian …

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NEH (U.S.) Awards Grants for Documentaries

NEH Bridging Cultures Through Film Grants Awarded By Michael Rose The first round of documentary filmmaker recipients of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) new Bridging Cultures through Film initiative were announced today.  “They were made, for a total of $1,116,715– three for development, and two for production of documentary films,” said …

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PBS Gets the Jitters: Rumble or Earthquake in LA?

The PBS system has championed the documentary for forty years. PBS factual strands and slots have provided opportunities for hundreds of thousands of professionals from across the television value chain and in dozens of countries.   Coming on top of a decline in viewing, an aging audience and the loss of corporate sponsors, the system is absorbing …

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