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Ob doc formats dissected

The observational documentary – or docu-soap – has brought big characters and weird and wonderful occupations to screens around the world. But how formattable are these shows – and is the genre on the wane? New research conducted by Eurodata TV for TBI helps to dissect the ob-doc genre Observational docs have provided broadcasters around […]

A&E channel heads to Spain, Portugal

A+E Networks’ general entertainment channel A&E will continue its international rollout next week with the launch of the channel in Spain and Portugal. As with its launch in Germany, Austria and Switzerland last week, A&E will replace Bio in these territories. A+E Networks initially announced its plan to roll out A&E in the German-speaking markets, […]

A&E channel heads to Spain, Portugal

A+E Networks’ general entertainment channel A&E will continue its international rollout next week with the launch of the channel in Spain and Portugal. As with its launch in Germany, Austria and Switzerland last week, A&E will replace Bio in these territories. A+E Networks initially announced its plan to roll out A&E in the German-speaking markets, […]

A&E channel launches in Germany

A+E Networks’ A&E channel has launched in German-speaking territories in Europe. The channel replaces The Biography Channel, taking over the latter’s frequency on distribution platforms. A&E is launching in both standard and high-definition formats, with the HD version available on the Kabelkiosk platform and Deutsche Telekom’s Entertain platform. The channel is available on Sky Deutschland […]

A&E channel launches in Germany

A+E Networks’ A&E channel has launched in German-speaking territories in Europe. The channel replaces The Biography Channel, taking over the latter’s frequency on distribution platforms. A&E is launching in both standard and high-definition formats, with the HD version available on the Kabelkiosk platform and Deutsche Telekom’s Entertain platform. The channel is available on Sky Deutschland […]

Duck Dynasty producer launches YouTube prodco

Former Duck Dynasty co-executive producer Hank Stepleton is partnering with the co-founders of multichannel network Machinima to create a digital production and marketing studio. Stepleton, his younger brother Luke Stepleton and Angelo Pullen have hooked up with YouTube personalities Adam Montoya (aka SeaNanners) and Tom Cassell heSyndicateProject (TheSyndicateProjec) to create 3BlackDot. The company was “created […]

A&E set for Germany, Iberia, Africa launches

A&E is to launch in 10 million homes across Europe and Africa this autumn. The A+E Networks International-owned channel will go live in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal and Portuguese-speaking Africa. It will replace the Bio channel, which is rebranding. In German-speaking Europe, this is scheduled for September, while Iberia and Africa will follow in […]

The factual landscape: ducks, docs and digital

The business of selling factual programming is changing – with free-to-air slots for classic factual shows hard to come by, distributors are looking to other categories of non-fiction, as well as to digital, big-screen and even virtual reality platforms, writes Stewart Clarke. For the largest factual distributors the business has got more complex and, increasingly, […]

Duck Dynasty ratings slide on new season opener

Duck Dynasty’s sixth season premiere on US cable channel A&E pulled in just 4.6 million viewers. In comparison, the unscripted ob doc’s fourth season launch smashed ratings records with 11.8 million. The season six launch is also down nearly four million on the season five launch, which took 8.5 million. The Gurney Productions show, which […]

Ob docs: obsolete or of the moment?

Rumblings that the ob doc trend is stifling creativity on both sides of the Atlantic have divided the factual programming industry. Is the genre coming to the end of its cycle, or is it simply evolving, asks Jesse Whittock The commissions of History’s Pawn Stars and American Pickers in 2009 and 2010 respectively ushered in […]