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MIP CANCUN: New Co-production Matchmaking Market. Cancun, Mexico. November 15-17, 2017

2017 August 14
by Peter Hamilton

The new MIP Cancun Co-Production Matchmaking Market promises to become the leading one-to-one partnership forum for Latin America. The format includes guaranteed pre-scheduled 1-to-1 meetings, roundtable networking, screenings and more. Participants in the co-production market will have cross-networking opportunities with those at the MIP Cancun Distribution Market, including top buyers in Latin America and international […]

David Attenborough Dominates Online Audience Demand Data. U.S. / UK Top 20 for Documentaries & Factual, Exclusively from Parrot Analytics (Q2 2017)

2017 July 28
by Peter Hamilton

David Attenborough is 90 and still the Alpha. That’s the message from Parrot Analytics‘ Top 20 rankings of online audience demand for programs in the Documentary & Factual category for the U.S. and UK for Q2 2017. Driving the rankings are: Big Brands. Big Talent. And the True Crime, Blue Chip Natural History and Science […]

Princess Diana: The Archive Wave. Or Wars?

2017 July 25
by Peter Hamilton

Nat Geo Channel today announced the September premiere of Diana: In Her Own Words. It’s the latest in a series of network specials timed for the 20th anniversary of Diana’s passing. Here is NGC’s powerful trailer: No Narration: The program is created in the “no narration /cinematic” style that is bringing the archive back into […]

UK Ratings Snapshot, 1H 2017: The Sizzling 60 Documentaries & Lifestyle Hits. A Note on the Ageing UK Audience

2017 July 19
by Peter Hamilton

It’s always a pleasure to share my semi-annual report card on the top-rated UK documentary and lifestyle programs. I enjoy the compelling diversity and quality of the UK industry. SIZZLING SIXTY Here are the Top 60 Documentaries, Lifestyle & Current Affairs programs for UK through June 30, 2017 (in thousands). Channel Programme ‘000 1 BBC 1 Countryfile 7,670 […]

Sunny Side Takeaway #2: “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week”. Fab 4 Archive Case Study

2017 July 3
by Peter Hamilton

A highlight of Sunny Side 2017 was my Archive Masterclass on Grammy and Focal Award winner THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK . The stars of our standing-room-only panel were Apple Corps executive producer Jonathan Clyde and Matthew White who originated the concept to create an archive-based film about Beatlemania. Takeaways About the archive… Home movie footage related […]

U.S. Factual Networks: Ten Year Viewing Trends. Sunny Side Takeaway #1

2017 June 26
by Peter Hamilton

A 10-year ratings snapshot shows that U.S. factual networks are far from falling off a cliff. And Europe has increased potential as a co-production partner. That’s the message that I shared over and over in my panels and meetings at last week’s productive and enjoyable Sunny Side of the Doc. Chart Nielsen kindly shared a […]

Big Trends in the Internet Video Economy: Takeaways from Silicon Valley

2017 June 13
by Peter Hamilton

Mary Meeker is a super-analyst of the Internet Economy. Her presentation at the annual Code Conference has earned cult status. Her predictions are followed by industry participants with such intensity that she reminds me of an ancient oracle. Not that I met one. Meeker’s exhausting analysis, with 355 slides, covers: Media, mobile, games (huge scale and […]

Letters from Baghdad: A Case Study of an Archive-based Documentary With a $1.2 Mn Budget

2017 June 6
by Peter Hamilton

Letters From Baghdad is a beautiful documentary that uncovers the story of British adventurer, diplomat and Arabist, Gertrude Bell. Filmmakers Zeva Oelbaum and Sabine Krayenbühl reveal the struggles of a brilliant, lone woman in an all-male world. Their research uncovered a largely forgotten but mesmerizing film and photographic archive of the early 20th century. Their film blends footage […]