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Realscreen lists the world's top 100 nonfiction production companies for 2011

Realscreen lists the world's top 100 nonfiction production companies  for 2011 | Documentary World | Scoop.it
It's that time of year once again - time to salute the 100 top worldwide non-fiction production companies operating today, as chosen by realscreen readers. Click through to see the full list.
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15 Documentary Features Advance in 2013 Oscar® Race

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Lots of good filmmaking and storytelling in the short list of documentaries up for an Oscar. 

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Participant, Doha Film Institute launch $100m film fund

Participant, Doha Film Institute launch $100m film fund | Documentary World | Scoop.it
Participant Media is teaming up with the Doha Film Institute to launch a US$100 million revolving fund, and to explore creating content for Participant's TV network, launching in August.
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$42.6m raised for docs through Kickstarter

$42.6m raised for docs through Kickstarter | Documentary World | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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Discovery to buy SBS Nordic in $1.7bn deal

Discovery to buy SBS Nordic in $1.7bn deal | Documentary World | Scoop.it
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.
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I believe better societies are built not by political or economic systems, but by better individuals.

"I’m making this movie, because I believe that better societies are built not by political or economic systems, but by better individuals."

 

--Filmmaker Viktoria Ershova

 

A documentary about growing up between two worlds and the true meaning of positive transformation.

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Michael Moore's New Plan: Eliminate the Oscar Documentary Rules (Exclusive) | The Wrap Awards

Michael Moore's New Plan: Eliminate the Oscar Documentary Rules (Exclusive) | The Wrap Awards | Documentary World | Scoop.it
After years of tweaking and changing the Oscar documentary rules, Michael Moore says he's going to propose ending the special treatment...
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Fall Festival Wishlist: The Films We Hope To See in Venice, Toronto and/or Telluride

Fall Festival Wishlist: The Films We Hope To See in Venice, Toronto and/or Telluride | Documentary World | Scoop.it
Even as Cannes announced its lineup, speculation and predictions loomed about what was in store for the triad of major festivals of the very early fall (or, technically, the very late summer).
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Bye, Bye Joost: Adconian Folds Video Platform Launched by Skype Founders Into Smartclip 05/10/2012

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.

Read more: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/174347/bye-bye-joost-adconian-folds-video-platform-into.html?edition=46673#ixzz1uU9pwjRj

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PBS moves ‘POV,’ ‘Independent Lens’ to Monday nights

PBS moves ‘POV,’ ‘Independent Lens’ to Monday nights | Documentary World | Scoop.it
The long-running doc strands will begin airing on Monday nights at 10 p.m. when the next season of 'Independent Lens' premieres on October 29.
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To TOWIE or not to TOWIE: Structured reality vs. documentary

To TOWIE or not to TOWIE: Structured reality vs. documentary | Documentary World | Scoop.it
While the debate about structured reality negatively impacting documentary may be as old as the hills (or, more specifically, The Hills) in the U.S., with the increasing popularity of programs such as The Only Way is Essex (pictured) in the UK,...
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CNN, ABC, CBS, The BBC and Al Jazeera Among 2012 Peabody Award Winners - TVNewser

CNN, ABC, CBS, The BBC and Al Jazeera Among 2012 Peabody Award Winners - TVNewser | Documentary World | Scoop.it
CNN, ABC, CBS, The BBC and Al Jazeera Among 2012 Peabody Award Winners...
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CBC and doc makers align to mentor emerging talent

CBC and doc makers align to mentor emerging talent | Documentary World | Scoop.it
Canada's Giving Voice: Filmmakers Working with Filmmakers initiative has named five apprentices to work with industry veterans on documentary projects for four months.
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2011 Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards Winners Announced

2011 Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards Winners Announced | Documentary World | Scoop.it

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.

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The Unreal Rise of Reality Television

The Unreal Rise of Reality Television | Documentary World | Scoop.it
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...
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Microsoft's Weapon in the Original Programming Wars: Xbox 'Interactivity' | Digital - Advertising Age

Microsoft's Weapon in the Original Programming Wars: Xbox 'Interactivity' | Digital - Advertising Age | Documentary World | Scoop.it
microsoft builds a production studio in santa monica staffed with 150 to produce original programming for the xbox.
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Participant Media Acquires Documentary Channel And Halogen TV, Will Combine Services To Launch Network For Millennials

Participant Media Acquires Documentary Channel And Halogen TV, Will Combine Services To Launch Network For Millennials | Documentary World | Scoop.it
Film producer Participant Media is further expanding its TV footprint by launching of its own TV network. Participant has purchased the Documentary Channe
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Global Lives Project's curator insight, December 19, 2012 3:52 PM

The makers of "An Inconvenient Truth" and other socially relevant entertainment are launching a TV Station. 

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Beth Hoppe upped to chief programming exec at PBS

Beth Hoppe upped to chief programming exec at PBS | Documentary World | Scoop.it
The promotion is part of a management restructuring that will see previous programming head John Wilson take on a new role as senior vice president, pledge strategy and special projects.
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An important doc about what is most important in life. Children of the Silent Revolution

A documentary about growing up between two worlds and the true meaning of positive transformation.
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Federal intervention could slam TV biz, analyst warns - Entertainment News, TV News, Media - Variety

Federal intervention could slam TV biz, analyst warns - Entertainment News, TV News, Media - Variety | Documentary World | Scoop.it
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..
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Chinese delegation pulls out of Sheffield Doc/Fest in protest of doc about Chinese censorship of the Internet

Chinese delegation pulls out of Sheffield Doc/Fest in protest of doc about Chinese censorship of the Internet | Documentary World | Scoop.it
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...
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Natgeo Launches London Commissioning Hub

Natgeo Launches London Commissioning Hub | Documentary World | Scoop.it
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...
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MediaPost Publications Barry Diller Tells Senate: Online Video Same As Trad TV 04/25/2012

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Planet Green to rebrand as Destination America

Planet Green to rebrand as Destination America | Documentary World | Scoop.it
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.
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Oprah talks up OWN issues - Entertainment News, TV News, Media - Variety

Oprah talks up OWN issues - Entertainment News, TV News, Media - Variety | Documentary World | Scoop.it
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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