March 22, 2017
In this week's edition:
• World Screen Factual Trendsetter Awards
• Bon Voyage
World Screen Factual Trendsetter Awards
Some of today’s great TV dramas draw a lot of attention and generate considerable buzz, but all programmers know of the ongoing appeal of factual programming. No doubt, the quality and scope of many nonfiction specials and limited series rival the high-end production values seen in dramas.
In today’s world where so many real-life events are infinitely more captivating than the best fictional stories, factual programs and documentaries do more than illustrate or explain current events; they transport us to the farthest reaches of the universe or exotic locales on planet Earth. They motivate us through stories of individual courage, resilience and stamina. They inspire us when showcasing scientific breakthroughs. They bring history to life and shed light on crimes. They entertain us with personal makeovers and home improvement.
Executives in charge of commissioning and sourcing nonfiction programming need to blend factual accuracy with entertaining elements to inspire, inform and even spark a sense of wonder among viewers.
In acknowledgement of this vital segment of the television industry, World Screen, in partnership with Reed MIDEM, is presenting the second-annual Factual Trendsetter Awards to honor four individuals who have made significant contributions to the television business.
The honorees represent services that offer the best in factual programming: Hamish Mykura of National Geographic, Hannah Barnes of Foxtel in Australia, Andrew Solomon of ORF in Austria and Isabelle Antraygue of Canal+ Group in France.
These four programming executives will take part in the panel View from the Top: What Do Buyers and Commissioners Want? at MIPDoc on Saturday, April 1, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., in the Grand Theatre of the JW Marriott Cannes. World Screen’s group editorial director, Anna Carugati, will moderate a lively discussion that will focus on identifying ideas for shows that will satisfy viewers’ curiosity about the world around them.
Continue reading here for profiles of the 2017 Factual Trendsetters.
By Sara Alessi
In a cluttered landscape, travel shows need to be so much more than guidebooks to stand out.
We all want to be taken places and see locations we could only dream of visiting. Thanks to travel series, we can do that from the comfort and safety of the living room. But these days, viewers don’t just want to be shown the sites; they want an immersive experience with an engaging host who takes them along on a journey of discovery.
“The traditional bread-and-butter travel shows are not something buyers would look at today,” says Jon Kramer, the chairman and CEO of Rive Gauche Television. “They look at things that are out of the box. A show doesn’t have to be a pure travel series—it just has to take you places. It could be about eating, but it’s a travel show if you get to visit places.”
From aspirational to down-the-middle to adventure to food and character-led series, the travel genre now has something for everyone.
Angela Neillis, the director of non-scripted content at FremantleMedia International (FMI), finds that “there is still a demand for inspirational and educational travel shows. To appeal to audiences, series need to be specialized, provide something new and take viewers to places that they normally wouldn’t see or have the chance to experience.”
This “underlines the need for either a fresh approach to travel or the need to combine other sub-genres,” according to Natalie Lawley, the managing director of Escapade Media.
Indeed, with traditional sightseeing out, a new breed of series has emerged, combining elements of the travel genre with another component that grabs audiences’ attention. “Keeping travel at the forefront but bringing in another element like food, lifestyle, history or survival, works well,” says Kate Llewellyn-Jones, the managing director of TCB Media Rights. “Anything that embraces the reasons people travel or is relevant to the experiences people want to have when they travel” can make a show successful internationally.
With this shift in the travel genre, Maartje Horchner, the executive VP of content at all3media International, has noticed a surge in demand for hybrid programs. “The standard way of showing what a location is like does not travel very well internationally.”
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