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Doc Finance Lab – London, Tues 3rd – Fri 6th June, 2014

  In the world of documentary filmmaking, a great idea is essential in giving your project legs, but, unfortunately, a good idea alone is not enough to bring the money in, or bring audiences to your film. This 4 day intensive Doc Finance Lab will take you through each important stage of getting finance for […]

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BAFTA Masterclass – Factual TV: The Craft Of Contributor Casting – London, Monday 28th April, 2014

It’s all in the people. From straight documentary, to obs-docs, to fixed rig, to constructed – there’s never been more hunger for captivating contributors to sit at the heart of the nation’s biggest and most talked about factual programmes. Whether it’s the gentle yet characterful commentary of the Gogglebox-ers; the provocative and challenging story-telling of […]

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Mini-Meetmarket @ Sheffield Doc/Fest Open For Applications – Deadline Monday 5th May, 2014

The Mini-Meetmarket is a unique opportunity for new and emerging documentary filmmakers to meet Executive Producers and pitch their idea in an intimate roundtable environment. Submit your project to this pitching and steering session, taking place on the morning of Tuesday 10th June 2014. The aim is simple: to enable you to get feedback on […]

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Realscreen West – Santa Monica, Wednesday 4th June -Thursday 5th June, 2014

Realcreen West conference is gearing up for June with panels, speed pitching opportunities and networking events. Aimed at those who produce, distribute or broadcast non-scripted TV. (Photo by Alexis Fam - CC BY)

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NYTF Independent Pilot Competition – Procrastinator Deadline Friday 27th June, 2014

The Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) is the NYTVF’s flagship, annual competition, accepting independently-produced, original television pilots and web series from around the globe. Pilots should be between 4 and 22 minutes in length. If submitting an unscripted/docu-series pilot, sizzle reels and/or character tapes are allowed. Official Selections in the IPC have the exclusive opportunity to […]

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Online Course: Proposal Writing For TV Producers and Independent Documentary Filmmakers

Whether you are working for a global ‘super-indie’ production company or are an independent filmmaker with a passion project there are some simple proposal writing principles that will increase your chances of attracting channel executives and investors. These principles are the same wherever you are in the world, and whichever TV commissioner, funder or buyer […]

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Out: Debbie Adler Myers, General Manager and Executive VP, Science Channel

Debbie Adler Myers, has let her role as General Manager and Executive Vice President at Science Channel. Read more: Realscreen

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  • Discovery's Military Channel is rebranding as American Heroes Channel (AHC) from Monday 3rd March 2014. American Heroes Channel expands on the Military Channel's promise to honor the great defenders of our freedom, while providing a rare glimpse into major events that shaped our world and the trailblazers and unexpected advocates who made a difference. The brand expansion to American Heroes Channel features an expanded mix of programming targeted to an audience of P25-54, with an emphasis on men, and will be supported by on-air, off-air and online marketing elements rolling out starting in a few weeks. The only network dedicated to the timeless stories in which a challenge appears - be it a situation or a villain - and a hero arises, American Heroes Channel explores compelling and uplifting true stories of the bold men and women who have distinguished themselves by their actions. These are the stories of people and events that transcend time and place: from the heroes of Omaha Beach, to the scientists who worked tirelessly during the Space Race, to the SEAL Team Six takedown of Osama Bin Laden, to a young Marine who saved lives during Hurricane Katrina. These stories bridge the connection between lessons of past and legends of today, and demonstrate - for all generations -how courage and conviction shape the future. Source: Discovery Communications press release #
  • Launching summer 2014, A+E Networks' BIO Channel will be rebranded as FYI, a contemporary lifestyle network reflecting how people actually live their lives today.  Jana Bennett, President of FYI and LMN, will oversee the new network. For your inspiration, for your imagination or for your innovation, FYI will be a personalized experience for each viewer.  FYI embraces the way we really live our lives, proudly-hyphenated and not constrained by one passion or interest.  It blends the inspiring personal creativity of our viewers and the emergence of powerful digital entrants to this space with a linear reach that will create a platform for new approaches to content. "FYI is defined by the world we live in today - offering viewers a less prescriptive, more adventurous approach to their taste, space, social life and look," said Jana Bennett. "Gone are the days where consumers are looking for experts to instruct them how to live.  Together with our partners and audiences, we are building a new brand that embraces personal creativity and the sharing of the best ideas on air and online." Never an instruction manual and always an inspiration engine, the new network will appeal to a younger, upscale audience by becoming the first network on television that reflects the way a new generation experience their lives. FYI is in active development on more than 30 potential new series that will inspire, not instruct, today's viewer.  Programming announcements will be made in early 2014. FYI is approaching availability in 70 million homes.  Outside the United States, announcements about the evolution of the BIO brand will be forthcoming market by market. While the BIO channel will be rebranded, the BIO brand will continue to exist on various platforms throughout the United States. Source: A&E Networks press release (via TV by the Numbers) #
  • Discovery Networks CEEMEA is launching a new female-skewing channel across Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa in Spring 2014. The channel will focus on content that explores factual mysteries and suspense. Read more: Broadband TV News #
  • Gusto TV, Canada’s new Food & Lifestyle specialty channel launched on Wednesday, December 11, 2013. The independent media broadcast offers exciting new programming to viewers, through TV and subscription video on demand service, as well as the convenience of TV Everywhere, including broadband to computers, tablets and devices. Gusto features first-run cooking, food and lifestyle programming, never before seen in Canada. The service is a venture of Knight Enterprises, one of Canada’s most successful independent media production companies. Knight is known for innovative, captivating and highly stylized culinary and lifestyle programming, publishing and merchandising. Its award winning TV series include Cook Like a Chef, License To Grill, Edible Roadshow, and This Food That Wine, seen in more than 170 countries worldwide. GUSTO is an independent, privately owned Ottawa-based company, founded by industry veteran Chris Knight. Please visit www.gustotv.com for additional program information, and full program schedule. Source: Gusto TV press release #
  • National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) has announced the launch of Nat Geo People – a brand new channel that offers unfiltered, intimate access to the true, amazing and inspiring stories of real people all over the world.  Exploring the emotional and experiential journeys of fascinating individuals whose everyday lives both astonish and resonate, Nat Geo People embodies the hallmark characteristics of the National Geographic brand through innovative storytelling and powerful narrative. Nat Geo People provides partners and viewers with a diverse mix of programming that complements sister networks National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild.  Scheduled to launch early 2014 in 50 countries, Nat Geo People represents the next progression in National Geographic Channels International’s expanding portfolio of networks.  Nat Geo People replaces Nat Geo Adventure in markets where Nat Geo Adventure currently broadcasts. The network will be available in HD and both linear and non-linear formats across Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific.  The channel will feature stories of notable individuals and fascinating subcultures found across the globe through programmes like David Rocco’s Dolce Vita, Food Lover’s Guide To The Planet, Ladyboys, Don’t Tell My Mother and Hook, Line & Sisters.  Nat Geo People’s content and programming strategy will be overseen by NGCI’s global content hub team based in London under the leadership of Hamish Mykura with significant input from programming teams in local markets. National Geographic Channel will continue to differentiate itself with an extensive offering of lean-in programming that embraces adventure, exploration, world events and science while Nat Geo People will be devoted to the stories of people and cultures found around the world. Read more: National Geographic Channels press release #

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Doc Finance Lab – London, Tues 3rd – Fri 6th June, 2014
April 12, 2014
By Nicola Lees
BAFTA Masterclass – Factual TV: The Craft Of Contributor Casting – London, Monday 28th April, 2014
April 12, 2014
By Nicola Lees
Mini-Meetmarket @ Sheffield Doc/Fest Open For Applications – Deadline Monday 5th May, 2014
April 6, 2014
By Nicola Lees
Realscreen West – Santa Monica, Wednesday 4th June -Thursday 5th June, 2014
April 6, 2014
By Nicola Lees
NYTF Independent Pilot Competition – Procrastinator Deadline Friday 27th June, 2014
March 5, 2014
By Nicola Lees
Online Course: Proposal Writing For TV Producers and Independent Documentary Filmmakers
May 23, 2013
By Nicola Lees
Out/In: Rita Mullin, EVP Programming & Development, OWN to General Manager, Science Channel
Out/In: Rita Mullin, EVP Programming & Development, OWN to General Manager, Science Channel
April 18, 2014
By Nicola Lees
Up: Bill Gardner, VP Programming and Development, PBS
Up: Bill Gardner, VP Programming and Development, PBS
April 18, 2014
By Nicola Lees
In Development: After Party, E!
In Development: After Party, E!
April 18, 2014
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose, Channel 4
Greenlit: Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose, Channel 4
April 18, 2014
By Nicola Lees
Greenlit: Bad Teachers, Investigation Discovery
Greenlit: Bad Teachers, Investigation Discovery
April 18, 2014
By Nicola Lees

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