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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: …

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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 …

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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 …

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Sundance Film Festival Success Stories: What Are the Odds for Documentaries?

This year, the Sundance Film Festival screened 119 feature-length films from 32 countries, including works from 51 first-time makers. These works were selected from: 12,146 submissions. Including 4,044 feature-length films. And 8,102 shorts. Digging deeper, of  2,350 narrative features: 1,227 were from the U.S. And 1,123 were international works.   Documentaries A total of 1,694 feature documentaries …

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