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POV: The PBS Doc Strand Announces the 2011 Schedule

We recently published a detailed 2-parter on POV – the flagshipPBS documentary strand: Click here for part 1: POV’s mission, history, budgets And part 2: the filters, selection process, critical dates, typical fees, and more Last week, POV announced its schedule for 2011. We reprint it here. And next week: we begin a 2-parter on Independent Lens, the doc […]

Case Study: Globe Trekker’s Business Model for a Deficit-financed Public TV Series (2/2)

This is part 2 of a two-part post on Globe Trekker, the leading PBS Travel series created by Pilot Productions’ Ian Cross. Last week:  Globe Trekker’s history, distribution and  audience This post: the business model and Takeaways. REVENUES Public TV Revenue Model Stations are given programs for free or for a comparatively low license fee The producer sells

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8 Ways to Create an Unscripted Cable Hit: Lessons from 2010

For our Real Screen 2011 panel, we gave AETN’s Don Robert 5 minutes to nail the question of the day:  What are the common elements that go into making an unscripted cable hit? by Don Robert Senior Vice President of Research, AETN  We looked at some of the top unscripted series on cable in 2010 and came

U.S. Cable Networks 2010 Scorecard: Who’s Hot? Who’s Not!

How are they doing? John Morse, president of the research firm Byron Media continues his quarterly snapshot of how the top U.S. factual channels gain or lose prime time viewers year-to-year. Click here to see John’s 3Q’10 report. Our list is not apples-to-apples: It includes channels that are dedicated to Docs and Unscripted, for example Nat

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Network Deliverables: Tape trends? Audio. Archive tips. How to avoid pitfalls! (3/3)

By David Kaplan David Kaplan led the Quality Control team for A&E Television Networks for the last eight years. He has worked with “hundreds of producers on thousands of hours of programs in dozens of evolving formats.”   In the 3rd of a 3-part post, David continues his expert commentary on: Leading tape and audio formats Dealing with a variety of archive formats