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October 9, 2019

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***ZDFE Factual***At a price tag of about $400 million, Discovery, Inc.’s ten-year deal for the exclusive SVOD rights to BBC Studios’ natural-history slate (outside of the U.K., Ireland and Greater China) marked a defining moment in the doc streaming wars. To gain the attention of doc lovers, Discovery’s streamer will not only be competing with the likes of Netflix—whose One Planet landed ten Emmy nominations this year—and Disney+, the SVOD home of National Geographic, but also CuriosityStream, Smithsonian Channel Plus, Love Nature and more. All this competition is fantastic for consumers and even better for producers, who now have many more places to pitch. For distributors, the streaming space presents loads of opportunities—and complications. More clients—great. Pressures on traditional broadcast clients—not so great. Complex windowing strategies—worth it if the deals are lucrative; less so if it’s a rev-share pact with a platform that has yet to reach scale. Layer on top rapid-fire consolidation that is locking up a lot of talent, and it’s clear that the doc-distribution game is not what it used to be. Whereas you could in the past pick up a fully funded completed show and take it worldwide, these days you generally need a seat at the table with producers and you have to be smart about how you slice and dice the rights you have to offer. To help factual-programming producers, distributors and buyers navigate this changing marketplace, we have made a host of resources available to check out before heading to MIPCOM.

Visit our Screening Rooms for MIPCOM to view clips and read information about the latest factual programming. You can search by keywords like documentary, lifestyle, reality and more.

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Read the digital edition of TV Real for these special features and interviews:

  • ***Image***Leading distributors discuss evolutions in the factual-content-sales business.
  • What’s new in travel series.
  • Damian Lewis on what appealed to him about his first factual show, Damian Lewis: Spy Wars.
  • Smithsonian Networks’ Tom Hayden on the doc service’s strategy in the U.S. and globally.
  • Joe Kenda reflects on the last season of ID’s Homicide Hunter.
  • Fenton Bailey discusses World of Wonder’s slate.

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Want to know what factual broadcasters are paying for acquisitions?

TV Real’s Program Price Guide features average pricing for documentary specials, documentary series, lifestyle shows and factual entertainment.

The comprehensive guide features:

Price Ranges: The high and low prices for a broad range of documentary and factual genres.
Analysis: Determining Prices: A look at how the price ranges are determined, and general trends in how broadcasters are valuing shows today.
Analysis: Hot & Cold Spots: Where are prices rising, and where are they falling?
Analysis: Dealing with OTTs: Perspectives on working with nonlinear platforms and their evolving business models.

World Screen also offers Program Price Guides for scripted programming and kids' programming. The Factual Program Price Guide is available for $149, and all three reports are available to download for a special introductory price of $389.

More information on all three reports here.

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This Week's Top 5

Twofour’s Melanie Leach & Andrew MacKenzie Set New Venture

Twofour CEO Melanie Leach and CCO Andrew MacKenzie are launching the new production company South Shore.

BBC Studios Sends Seven Worlds, One Planet Across the Globe

BBC Studios has inked presales for the natural-history series Seven Worlds, One Planet with a number of international broadcasters.

Ken Burns’ Country Music Shores Up Sales

PBS International has notched up a range of deals on Country Music, the critically acclaimed new documentary series from director Ken Burns.

GRB Studios & Zig Zag Enter Co-Pro Pact

GRB Studios and Zig Zag Productions have signed a co-production agreement for a slate of unscripted projects in the U.S. and U.K.

BBC Studios Production Taps New Head of Doc Unit

BBC Studios Production has appointed Amy Flanagan to be the head of The Documentary Unit.


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