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U.S. Factual Networks Scorecard: Who’s Hot? Who’s Not! 2Q11 versus 2Q10

How are they doing this year? We continue our quarterly, high-level snapshot of how U.S. Factual channels are gaining or losing prime time viewers year-to-year. Our report is compiled by John Morse, president of leading audience research firm Byron Media. Our selection is not apples-to-apples: It includes channels that are dedicated to non-scripted, for example […]

Ten Negotiation Secrets of the Pawn Stars

Documentary and Reality TV is a mature business.   Negotiating leverage forever flows towards a shrinking cartel of network operators, platforms and, perhaps, super-duper-producers.   When we sit down at the negotiation table, we need all the help we can get.   Tom Porter, our great friend from Discovery’s golden days, told us about Gary

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UK Viewers: What Do They Watch? Top Factual Programs, 2011 YTD

Brits and Americans are two peoples separated by lots more than a common language. For a start, take the television viewing preferences of the world’s #1 and #2 English-speaking television markets. A friend shared a recent a top level report on the ratings of UK Factual and Documentary programs broadcast this year through the end

Ovation Is Rising: What Are The Filters? How Many Hours? What Do They Pay?

Ovation is the only U.S. television network dedicated to arts and contemporary culture. It is expanding rapidly. SVP Programming Kris Slava kindly shared his mission, filters, sources and budget ‘sweet spots’. History Launch: 1996. In 2006, the channel was acquired by management and private investors. At that time, there were 5 million subscribers. The new

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The Plimpton! Kickstarter Crowd-funding Case Study. Part 2: The Campaign

The Plimpton! Kickstarter Case Study is based on several conversations and email exchanges with co-producers Tom Bean and Luke Poling.   Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself is a feature-length documentary about the life and times of Paris Review co-founder, ‘participatory journalist’, literary impresario, and friend of too many to count. The film is a

The Plimpton! Kickstarter Crowd-funding Case Study. Part 1: The Backstory

Crowd-funding is earning a lot of attention as a financial strategy for documentarians and independent filmmakers. Kickstarter is the leading brand amongst the emerging field of crowd-funders. Its monthly ‘pledges’ rocketed from zero in April ’09 to more than $9 million in April 11! But does crowd-funding work? And how? We chose to shed some