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Sunny Side of the Doc

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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Sunny Side of the Doc: Who came? Who won? Most attended session? And much more! Highlights of the successful 2021 Virtual Edition.

Here are the numbers that highlight the success of Sunny Side of the Doc 2021. Delegates Industry professionals: 1,500 Decision Makers: 380 Women: 58.5% Countries: 58 Companies Companies registered: 891 International: 68% Exhibitors: 310 Contacts made: 1,025 Platform Visits: 57,000 Projects/Programs: 475 One-to-one meetings: +1,000 Messages exchanged: 16,360 Audience Hours of industry sessions: 53 Total

SUNNY SIDE OF THE DOC – NEWS ROUNDUP, June 2021: Unscripted Investment Frenzy & more

Story of the Month: Investors Target Unscripted Production. There’s a frenzy of investment in unscripted production // Wall Street Journal. New SVOD’s fail to understand that success depends on streaming addiction // Lightshed Partners. Netflix Australia: Revenues surge but avoids taxes and local production // The Age + Documentary Business. Audiences want more documentaries in streaming libraries

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Discovery Documentaries: SVP Howard Swartz reveals “The docs we’re looking for!”

Howard Swartz is the Senior Vice President Docs and Specials, Factual Networks & Streaming, for Discovery. For Sunny Side of the Doc‘s Meet the Executive session, he joined Peter Hamilton to share Discovery’s documentary strategy and key buckets. Following are session highlights, including clips of several projects that reveal Howard’s priorities. MISSION & STRATEGY What

A PERFECT CRIME: Creating Germany’s First Netflix Original Documentary Series

A Perfect Crime is a four-part documentary series for Netflix that analyzes the murder in 1991 of powerful politician Detlev Rohwedder. This German-produced True Crime series reveals the dark side of German reunification. The assassination shook Germany’s recently reunified people. The crime remains unsolved, and resonates even today. Christian Beetz is co-head of Gebrueder Beetz