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“How I go about writing a NATURE special for PBS.” WNET’s Janet Hess on Season of the Osprey

Janet Hess is the series editor of NATURE, PBS’s prime time wildlife series, and the writer of Jacob Steinberg‘s SEASON OF THE OSPREY. In conversation with Peter Hamilton, Janet recalls how she found her unique and enviable writing career. She describes her creative process, beginning with her deep immersion in the footage with her long …

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Scientist Dr. Alan Poole shares the wonders of the species with Melanie Wallace for Season of the Osprey outreach campaign

  Dr. Alan Poole is a leading osprey scientist and the author of the beautifully illustrated OSPREYS: THE REVIVAL OF A GLOBAL RAPTOR. In conversation with Melanie Wallace, longtime editor of PBS’s NOVA series, Alan describes the magnificent osprey, its evolution to become a superb fish-hunter, the role of the nest, its tender raising of …

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PBS’s Bill Gardner on programming strategy, working with the NATURE series, and Season of the Osprey

PBS programming exec Bill Gardner helped make Season of the Osprey happen. He describes why the Osprey pitch was a winner, and how it became a successful NATURE / Love Nature co-production. This podcast launches our Season of the Osprey platform, the cenrepiece of our outreach campaign. Listen to Bill Gardner on PBS, Natural History …

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Sunny Side News Roundup: 9/11 anniversary documentaries disappoint… & much more

  STORY OF THE MONTH: 9/11 IN DOCUMENTARIES That was the view from my Brooklyn study on 9/11/2021. It’s the same window from which I saw the 9/11 attacks, certain that we had lost family, close friends and neighbors, but waiting to find out which ones. For the 20th anniversary, the news media captured the …

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In memory of Matt White, passionate archivist and producer: David Royle’s tribute

Matt White recently passed away due to cancer. Here, his friend and colleague, David Royle, pays tribute to the passionate archivist, producer and longtime active member of documentary community. Few people have made a more important contribution to the world of non-fiction program-making than Matt White, but his name seldom appeared in the credits and …

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Afghanistan in Documentaries: Sunny Side’s Story of the Month. Plus: Is Barack Obama a celebrity-fixated documentary producer?

Essential Afghan Documentaries – War boosters & critics: 15 key documentaries about Afghanistan, From ‘Taxi to the Dark Side’ to ‘Hell and Back Again‘ // Variety ‘Pat Tillman‘ and other films both critical and supportive of the war // Washington Post Art Workers in France Mobilize to Help Afghan Creators // Artnet Women journalists fear brutal Taliban // Vice Director’s escape from …

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PBS Strategy in the Streaming Era: Meet Sylvia Bugg, PBS Chief Programming Executive & General Manager at Sunny Side of the Doc

Sylvia Bugg is PBS‘s highly-respected Chief Programming Executive & General Manager, General Audience Programming. Sylvia shares her strategy and program highlights in our engaging Meet the Executive session for Sunny Side of the Doc. Watch the Session: Key Themes I begin by asking Sylvia how PBS is adapting to the streaming era. She references clips …

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Documentary Decision-makers Guide. New and Updated from Sunny Side. 260 Buyers. 42 Countries! Save $69.95!!!

Who are key documentary buyers worldwide? What programs and series do they want? How can you reach them? 260 decision-makers / 137 companies / 42 countries   The expanded and updated Sunny Side of the Doc Guide to Documentary Decision Makers is now available for $99.95. That’s a 33% instant savings of $50 off the regular …

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