Last week I was invited on a panel at the renowned World Congress of Science and Factual Producers. The topic of our discussion was how to crack the international co-production market, an important subject in times as these. I strongly feel that broadcasters need to pool their assets to generate budgets for high-end documentary productions. For the directors and producers involved, this means creating versions which address the frequently contradictory needs of their backers. This may seem daunting at first but there are strategies to facilitate the process. These and other aspects of international co-production were discussed thoroughly. In my presentation, I included clips from my recent production on the death of Roald Amundsen which rated healthily on ZDF's “History” strand and is set to go out on National Geographic U.S. in 2011.
Details on the panel can be found here: http://wcsfp.com/index.php/2010/popup/event/cracking_the_co-pro_market/
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