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UK’s Fantastic 50 Documentaries, 2016. Plus 25 Lifestyle Hits. The Brexit Predictors. And More!

2017 January 18
by Peter Hamilton
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What happened with UK punters in 2016? It was the year when Britain charged headlong out of the ‘hood and into a free trade agreement with nifty New Zealand. Factual TV audiences didn’t behave as oddly as UK voters. But 2016’s hits revealed lots of homely ‘Brexit-predictors.’ Olde Englande: Four of the Top 6 shows […]

“Hamilton’s America”: A Snapshot of the Television, Digital & Social Media Audiences for a PBS Hit

2017 January 12
by Peter Hamilton
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Hamilton’s America is a recent PBS documentary hit that sets helpful benchmarks for the U.S. public television viewing audience. The data also captures how PBS measures – and values – social media engagement. Presented by WNET’s GREAT PERFORMANCES strand, Hamilton’s America features Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the Broadway super-hit Hamilton. The feature-length documentary chronicles the […]

BAFTA NOM FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY: “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week”. Fab Four Archive Case Study

2017 January 9
by Peter Hamilton
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(Originally published, August 2016). I was thrilled when I heard that Apple Corps is the force behind a major cinema release of an archive-based documentary on the rise of The Beatles. Then I saw a rough cut of THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK, and for this early boomer, it delivers one emotional hit after […]

VR: Disillusionment at CES Las Vegas / Science Producers’ Congress Takeaway #1: VR is a Big Bust

2017 January 9
by Peter Hamilton
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Virtual Reality is suffering in the ‘trough of disillusionment.’ That’s the verdict on VR from the CES Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, according to Nick Winfield and The New York Times (January 9, 2017). The VR negatives keep piling up: Headsets come with sick bags. Price points induce sticker shock. Sales are slack. Headset […]

Sundance Film Festival 2017: What Are The Odds for Documentaries?

2017 January 6
by Peter Hamilton
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The Sundance Film Festival will screen 45 feature-length documentaries. A total of 1,701 feature documentaries were submitted. 823 were from the U.S. 878 were international. The success rate for feature docs in 2017 was 2.6%! Sundance Funding: Of the 45 selections, 12 had received prior funding from the Sundance Institute. Takeaway: If your documentary is not on […]

Amazon Prime Video Undercuts Netflix in Worldwide Rollout

2016 December 20
by Peter Hamilton
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Amazon has officially launched Prime Video in 200+ countries and territories. Prime Video will be included for Amazon Prime members in Belgium, Canada, France, India, Italy and Spain. In countries with no “physical goods” or Amazon warehouse presence, Prime Video is being offered for either $2.99 or 2.99 Euros per month for the first 6 months. It […]

Happy Holidays!

2016 December 18
by Peter Hamilton
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Dear Friends and Colleagues, Many thanks to my sponsors, contributors and more than 20,000 readers. A particular thanks to ITN Source for supporting our original analysis of the comeback for archive-based programs. Thanks also to the conference and workshop programmers who we have been so honored to work with. Publishing DocumentaryTelevision.com is a lot of […]

Science Congress Takeaway #3. LIVE! Leads ‘What’s the Buzz!’ Cab/Sat Model Looks Fragile

2016 December 18
by Peter Hamilton
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What’s The Buzz? LIVE! The famous session that covers the year’s editorial trends led off with safariLIVE, the Nat Geo Wild daily feed from Kruger National Park. We covered safariLIVE in a panel at Wildscreen in October. It’s a groundbreaking brand-builder for Nat Geo Wild that also attracts new viewers on Facebook. The immiediacy and authenticity […]