American crowdfunding site Kickstarter has passed the US$100 million mark for funds pledged to film projects, with $42.6 million of that amount raised for documentary projects.
Edwin Stepp's insight:
This news is very encouraging, however a little less than half of Kickstarter campaigns are successful. But with the right planning and forethought your idea can get a big boost from crowdfunding like this. And the money is not the only big benefit from crowdfunding. The community built around your project has long term potential for you and your film.
Discovery Communications has reached an agreement with ProSiebenSat.1 Group to buy the company's SBS Nordic operations for US$1.7 billion in a deal that radically shakes up the European channel ownership landscape.
Joost, the online video service founded by Skype and KaZaa co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis and once touted as the next big video content delivery platform, has quietly been suspended by its current owner, Adconian Media Group. On Wednesday, Adconian said it would subsume Joost Media into smartclip, a video ad company it acquired last fall.
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The annual IRE Awards recognize outstanding investigative work and help identify the techniques and resources used to complete each story. Entries are placed in the IRE Resource Center, allowing members to learn from each other. The IRE Awards were established in 1979.
Once the home to archive driven, heavily narrated non-fiction shows featuring Nazis, sharks and WWII airplanes, a large part of cable television has opened its arms to truck drivers, crab fishermen, pawnshop owners and the denizens of Louisiana...
A Wall Street media analyst issued a dire warning to the TV industry on Friday, cautioning that government interference could risk the loss of 1 million U.S. jobs, hundreds of TV channels and hundreds of billions of dollars in market capitalization..
A delegation of 10 Chinese commissioning editors has pulled out of attending Sheffield Doc/Fest at the last minute, after the UK festival refused demands from the Chinese Embassy in London to drop Alison Klayman's doc Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry...
Hamish Mykura (pictured), National Geographic Channels International's executive VP and head of international content, says the company's new London-based commissioning and programming hub will allow it to "take a bigger approach to the programming...
The network, to be officially launched on May 28, will target adults 25-54 and aims to be "the first network that showcases the essence of American innovation and hard work at its core," says Discovery Communications president and CEO David Zaslav.
Oprah Winfrey fessed up Monday to "101 mistakes" in launching her OWN network and said in hindsight she would have prepared differently, including waiting until her own syndicated show was over.. TV News from the entertainment source: Variety.
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