Last year was ripe for restructuring at Discovery Communications, with Eileen O’Neill, formerly the president and GM of TLC, named group president of Discovery Channel and TLC in January.
Since the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter was launched in 2009, more than US$17.5 million has been pledged to projects in the site’s documentary category – projects needing funds for everything from post-production to finishing.
After a decade spent shaping reality TV conventions with genre-defining hits such as Project Runway and Top Chef, Hollywood-based prodco Magical Elves expanded further into the worlds of fashion, food and art, as well as feature documentaries with the hit Justin Bieber 3D concert film, Never Say Never.
Filmmaker Katerina Cizek and her National Film Board of Canada partners, including NFB senior producer Gerry Flahive, have been immersed for the past two years in Highrise, a web doc series slated to feature numerous chapters over its life span.
When the doc slate for last autumn’s Toronto International Film Festival was first unveiled, the attention on new efforts from directors such as Herzog, Broomfield and Spurlock meant Wim Wenders’ latest – a 3D dance film inspired by the life of late German choreographer and ballet director Pina Bausch – was almost overlooked.
In her first five years in charge, Croall and her team have revitalized the event, bringing in international delegates and glitzy stars, and swelling overall attendance numbers: to 1,236 in 2007, 1,885 in 2009 and 2,310 in 2011.
More often than not, the team at C4 uses its unique remit as a launch pad for a host of innovative, risque and often quite brilliant programs. And in 2011, the network’s factual team seized the bull by the horns to deliver a slate of fascinating, innovative and memorable programming.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in the television industry, CABLEready shows no signs of slowing down. Here, founder and CEO Gary Lico, as well as other execs in the CABLEready family and beyond, reflect on the past two decades’ challenges and successes, both for the company and the cable TV industry at large.
Out & About
2012 marks the 15th year of realscreen‘s existence and, as one would expect, the evolution of the brand has mirrored that of the non-fiction industry. In 1997, realscreen touted itself as the source for info “about the business of docs, infomags and lifestyle programming.” My, how times have changed.