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Barack Obama Special Issue: President Launches Nat Geo’s “Cosmos” / Update of “2016 Obama’s America” and its $40+/- Million Payday

Here’s a press release lead that caught my eye: “President Barack Obama will introduce the highly anticipated series premiere episode of COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY airing this Sunday, March 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on 10 Fox Networks Group Channels, including FOX and National Geographic Channel. In the video message, which leads into the premiere episode, President Obama invites […]

IDFA Amsterdam: Seven Key Success Factors at This Year’s Documentary Pitch Forum

The IDFA Forum is the leading European, and possibly international co-financing and co-production market for documentaries. Our reporter Eli Brown returned to Amsterdam with the mission of spotting the Key Success Factors for documentarians, as measured by the responses from decision-makers to the pitches at this year’s Forum. And here they are, Eli’s 7 KSFs at IDFA in

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Chinese Documentary Smashes Crowd-funding Record. Takeaway #1 from Science Producers’ Congress

Super Boy (快乐男声) is a Chinese hit show for male singing contestants that was inspired by the UK elimination format Pop Idol. Hunan Satellite Television has broadcast Super Boy since 2005. The producer EE Media has a background in pop music. Here’s a taste of Super Boy from YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uZHT86523A At last week’s brainy Science & Factual Producers’ Congress in Montreal, I learned that Super

Independent Lens: The Curators’ Vision & Commissioning Process (2/2)

Last week, we began our coverage of Independent Lens (IL), the flagship U.S. public television documentary strand. This week, we cover IL’s vision and commissioning process AND, we asked Dana Bramble to pick 3 recent IL docs that each lit a fire for her classmates at American University. See the clips below. PLUS, for doc producers:

Case Study: ‘BESA: A ‘Passion’ Theatrical Doc Project (2/2)

By Alex Watson, Associate, DocumentaryTelevision.com. Our 2-part Case Study continues: JWM Productions is a highly-regarded nonfiction producer that is dedicated to delivering programs to Discovery, Nat Geo and others. At the same time, JWM works for seven years on a passion project: It’s an inspiring documentary about how a sacred, wartime promise is fulfilled across decades and faiths. The Project: BESA:

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Case Study: ‘BESA: The Promise’ – An Established Nonfiction Producer Carries off a ‘Passion’ Theatrical Project (1/2)

By Alex Watson Associate, DocumentaryTelevision.com In our 2-part Case Study: An established, commercial nonfiction producer works for seven years on a ‘passion’ documentary project. The Project: BESA: The Promise. It’s an inspiring documentary about how a sacred, wartime promise is fulfilled across decades and faiths. The Producer: JWM Productions I spoke with Jason Williams, president of

Webinar: Getting to Greenlight: Five Key Success Factors for Non-fiction Producers

Getting to Greenlight: Five Key Success Factors for Non-fiction Producers On Thursday, June 20th, I hosted a webinar with my special guest, veteran U.S. programmer Ed Hersh. Ed is a media executive and strategist whose career encompasses print, broadcast and documentary journalism, non-fiction cable production and programming, and the rapidly evolving multi-platform environment. His focus is