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BBC, Sundance Institute launch radio doc partnership

The BBC World Service and Sundance Institute have launched a collaborative venture that will focus on the production of a series of radio documentaries and podcasts. The partnership will result in ...
June 15, 2017

The BBC World Service and Sundance Institute have launched a collaborative venture that will focus on the production of a series of radio documentaries and podcasts.

The partnership will result in six long-form documentary projects launching in 2018 that explore the theme of “Neighbor.” The audio docs will be made available for consumption across the BBC World Service, reaching a global audience of 75 million, and via podcasts.

Each English-language documentary will run 30 or 60-minutes in length for radio and podcast together with an accompanying short digital visual storytelling component for the BBC’s web and social channels.

The series has been commissioned by the BBC World Service’s Mary Hockaday (pictured, left) and Simon Pitts, in consultation with the Sundance Institute’s Keri Putnam and Tabitha Jackson (right).

“We believe artful storytelling can transform conversations and cultures, and this collaboration with the BBC World Service offers another medium for the global community of nonfiction artists we support to shine a light on the world around us,”said Jackson, director of Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program, in a statement.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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