National Geographic was beaming into Europe, John Hendricks was MIPCOM’s personality of the year, and Nick Fraser was talking up his about-to-launch BBC concoction, Storyville. With Issue 1, Volume 1 we vaulted into the chasm and hoped. Our mandate was simply to find out what was going on out there.
In the meantime, things got interesting. Discovery and the BBC plumped the pillows and tucked each other in. News Corp, carrier of Nat Geo in Europe and Australia via BSkyB, out-maneuvered at least ten other swains to procure 80% of TVNZ’s Natural History Unit. Both Disney and CNN, in a chorus of ‘Me too!’, jumped on the doc bandwagon. Factual broadcasting bigwigs in the U.K. continued their games of musical chairs and red rover (and will keep on playing from the looks of things).
Now, 12 issues in and finding our bearings, our mandate will shift somewhat. In Volume 2 we’ll endeavor not only to be on top of what’s happening, but to dig deeper and cast our nets wider. We intend to strengthen our coverage of technology, ancillary markets and alternative financing; finding new niches of the niche.
Our inaugural year, despite some hell and high water, was sweetened immeasurably by feedback and encouragement from readers the world over. We had hoped the industry would notice us, but we could not have expected the waves of endorsement. Happily, readers have not hesitated to pick up the phone or tap out an email, which seems fitting in this era of interactivity. This year we challenge you to challenge us on issues and areas you feel are under-served, and to ignite our pages with the debates you’ve been having in your offices, on the market floor and out in the field.
Now that the industry’s autumn delirium is on top of us again, our editorial staff will be packing their bags and racking up frequent flier points in pursuit of data and dialogue. We’ll see you out there.
Mary Ellen Armstrong