Broadcasters say boom and bust

Discovery's Justin Albert says the doc boom may be over, but La Cinq's Ann Julienne sees a bright future for factual in France.
December 20, 2000

Justin Albert, VP of production and executive producer, digital networks and advanced television, Discovery Networks U.S.

Predictions: The doc boom may be over! We will now see a greater emphasis on quality rather than quantity.

Wish list: A beach, an umbrella and a long, cold drink!

Ann Julienne, head of acquisitions and coproductions for French pubcaster La Cinquieme

Predictions: I see the future for documentaries in a healthy light in France. La Cinquieme (one of the three France Television channels) is definitely strengthening its commitment to documentaries and I believe that international coproductions of documentaries will continue to be on the rise.

Wish list: I’d like to see more projects for really strong documentary half-hours. The format still works here in France.

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