StoryScout 2024

Documentary Business

Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc

Streamers & Legacy Networks: Opportunities for Producers! A Liz Levenson / Dan Salerno Webinar

Legacy networks and streamers are still buying programs despite all the chatter about “tough times” for unscripted and documentary producers.

  • What do the buyers want?
  • What’s the scale of their greenlights this year compared with prior years?
  • Who gets them?

Liz Levenson (Cactus Tree Entertainment and GRB Media Ranch) hosts a revealing conversation with veteran programming exec Dan Salerno.

Working off Dan’s unique tracking data, they focus on:

  • Nat Geo Channel / Disney+
  • Discovery Networks / Max / Discovery+
  • A&E Networks

Liz and Dan analyze how these unscripted giants balance three strategic drivers:

  • How they sustain their profitable linear channels,
  • Supply their robust branded streamers,
  • And license content to 3rd parties.

Watch here (26′)


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Liz Levenson is an international television executive who works with global platforms, producers, and distributors to develop and distribute top-quality content around the world. She is the co-founder of Cactus Tree Entertainment and EP of true crime series My Name is Reeva and documentaries The Ripple Effect and The Race for the Cure. Liz has shared her experience on panels and at conferences around the globe, including MIPTV, MIPCOM, Realscreen, NATPE and more. Prior to co-founding Cactus Tree Entertainment, Liz was the Vice President of Sales and Acquisitions at GRB Studios, and has held senior level positions at Pilgrim Studios, RiveGauche Television, and CABLEready. Liz is heading to NATPE Budapest and will share her Takeaways soon after.

Dan Salerno’s career spans multiple platforms across the global television business. He has been a key member of the leadership team for established and emerging networks, with an emphasis on strategic planning and content development. Most recently National Geographic’s Head of Programming, focusing on programming, development, and strategy, Dan’s career also includes BBC, Gospel, Fuse, and the original launch team at Discovery and its sister channels.

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