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Documentary Business

Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc

Sunny Side Videos: Select Trends in China, U.S., Germany, Singapore, Asia, Europe, South Africa, Taiwan, France and More

Sunny Side 2015 revealed lots of valuable insights into the development, production and distribution of documentaries and unscripted television programs.

Here are nine brief video interviews with industry leaders, from CICC China, Nat Geo Wild U.S., South African Indies, ChannelNewsAsia Singapore, 422 South Graphics UK, France 3,  EUROVISION Science & Knowledge Group, the Taiwan Film Institute, and Autentic Germany.

Liz Mcleod

Few Western senior production executives know China like Liz Mcleod, Executive Producer & Consultant, CICC (China).

  • She shares her tips on how to best work with Chinese partners.
  • What to pitch?
  • What is the Chinese audience interested in?

Liz also announces the launch of the English version of the DOC CHINA APP that will connect you with the Chinese documentary industry.

Janet Han Vissering

Nat Geo Wild is a fast-emerging digital channel.

  • Wild’s programming team has successfully worked all the angles to record steady audience growth.
  • This is a big accomplishment at a time when most fully-distributed U.S. networks are losing viewers.
  • Here, Janet shares Wild’s mission and programming focus.

Pascal Schmitz

Association for Transformation in Film & Television and South African Indies‘ co-leader Pascal Schmitz is a valued client.

Here, Pascal reports on the benefits that South Africa brings to co-pro’s. He describes the ATFT mission and its strategy for attending major markets.

Mok Choy Lin

Mok Choy Lin, VP Programming & Promotions – Channel NewsAsia (Singapore) outlines her commissioning strategies for 2016-2017, what she’s looking to acquire and co-produce.

Andy Davies-Coward

Joint MD of 422 South (Bristol, UK) Andy Davies-Coward describes trends in CGI and how he works with producers.

We highlighted Andy’s geo-tracking solutions here in ‘Flight Data Visualization: 30,000 European Flights in 2 Marvelous Minutes’

Clemence Coppey

Dans cette interview, Clémence Coppey, directrice de l’unité documentaire de France 3, présente la ligne éditoriale de la chaîne en termes de documentaires Histoire et les nouvelles perspectives de co-productions internationales sur cette thématique.

Asta Dalman

For the second consecutive year, the EUROVISION Science & Knowledge Group organized its annual pitching session in cooperation with Sunny Side of the Doc.

Asta Dalman is Acquisitions Executive at UR (Sweden) and Chairperson of EUROVISION Science & Knowledge Group.

She discusses the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) commitment to helping the production of the best new Science projects in the global doc market.

Teling Chen

For their first participation to Sunny Side of the Doc, Teling Chen, Vice Director of the Taiwan Film Institute, introduces the project “Taiwan Docs” and its active role to promote international exchanges and coproductions.

Patrick Hoerl

Patrick Hoerl is CEO of SPARK and Managing Director at Autentic (Germany). He has been a valued colleague since his days as a senior exec at Discovery Germany.

  • Patrick discusses the high attendance of German professionals in La Rochelle.
  • And he reflects on the reinvention of History programming.
  • He also announces the upcoming launch of SPARK ASIA, the first pan-Asian documentary channel.


Thanks to Aurelie Reman, Communications & Community Manager and her Sunny Side teammates for coordinating the video effort.

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