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What is the Impact of 3D on Factual Budgets? 2/2 – Graphics, Post, Deliverables & Takeaways

What has changed in the 3D production process for a ‘typical’ cable hour since last April? What is the impact of 3D on the budget? Are costs dropping? Preferred producer Hoff Productions is kindly helping us give the 3D process an annual checkup. This week Graphics Post (Off- and On-line) Deliverables Takeaways Last post: Case Study Assumptions; …

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3D versus 2D/HD: What’s the Impact on Budgets? Part 1 – Field Production

Last April, we asked Hoff Productions to explore 3D production costs: We wanted to know: What is the additional cost for 3D versus HD for a ‘typical’ cable episode? (Here is the link to our ‘set up’ of Hoff’s analysis) Hoff Productions is a Real Screen Global 100 producer that has delivered hundreds of programs to leading U.S. channels: …

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Secrets of Unscripted / Documentary Television: Twelve Popular Reports

This week, a random look at twelve posts that continue to be read and re-read by visitors to our fast-growing service And BTW, many thanks for all your encouragement since our launch in February 2010: 1. OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. Read our updates on OWN’s doc acquisitions Coming soon: Could Discovery possibly close shop and …

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Montz v. Pilgrim Films & Television, Inc. – Correction

By Pamela Jones, Attorney There were numerous errors in my prior posting concerning the “Ghost Hunters” case and summary of the 9th Circuit’s ruling earlier this month.  The Court’s decision focused solely on the legal issue of whether federal copyright law pre-empts a state law ‘implied in fact’ contract claim.  The Appellate Court held that the …

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‘The Bible’ 3/3: A Meditation on the Costs of the Signature Docu-drama and Scripted TV Series

We continue to explore issues raised by the commissioning process for The Bible, a 10-hour docu-drama series from the U.S. History channel In previous posts: Creation Theory #1: History Channel Refreshes a Golden Oldie. Chooses a Promotable, Rock-solid Producer Creation Theory #2: An A+E Networks’ Stakeholder is Eager to Establish a 50%-owned Production Company as a …

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History Refreshes ‘The Bible’. Creation Theory #2

Last week, History announced The Bible, a five-part, 10-hour docu-drama that explores Biblical stories The series will screen in 2013 According to History’s press release “THE BIBLE series is being produced for HISTORY by Lightworkers Media and Hearst Entertainment & Syndication.  “Executive Producers are Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Richard Bedser.” So what is the …

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History Channel Refreshes ‘The Bible’. Creation Theory #1

The History Channel recently announced The Bible, a 10-hour dramatic series – History calls it a ‘docu-drama’ – that explores Biblical stories. Mark Burnett is the producer. For History, it’s another big stride out of its Factual comfort zone and further towards Scripted television and signature docu-dramas And it’s a new direction for Burnett, a …

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The Sundance Channel: Redford Fading. The Filters? How Many Green Lights? Which Producers?

Where is the Sundance Channel headed after 15 years? Founder Robert Redford is an occasional presence at the channel He’s certainly not gripping the tiller Is there anything left of his vision?  A clue: What did Sundance green light at the 2011 Upfronts?  Ownership Robert Redford, Universal Studios and Showtime Networks launched the Sundance Channel …

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