Sunny Side of the Doc

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from Sunny Side of the Doc

Grey clouds might have been in the skies above Sunny Side of the Doc but down below, the event was as vibrant as ever as the industry plotted strategies to deal with the ongoing turmoil, writes Marie-Agnès Bruneau. Storms threatened and the sun was not always shining at this year’s Sunny Side of the Doc […]

Exclusive: Sunny Side of the Doc plans immersive content focus for 2023 edition

Sunny Side of the Doc, the French international documentary event, is putting a focus on innovative and immersive experiences, particularly extended reality (XR), at the heart of its 2023 edition, TBI has learned. The annual event, which will take place from 19-22 June in the seaside town of La Rochelle, aims to showcase international creation […]

Bilibili & WaterBear share co-pro budgets, rights flexibility & content demands

Chinese SVOD giant Bilibili and environmental-focused streamer WaterBear have shared their content demands, budgets and rights models in an informative panel at Sunny Side of the Doc this week. Taking part in a panel discussion at the market, the two streaming services shared their differing models, with both diving deep into co-production opportunities. Wei Su, […]

Arte France looks for environmental docs, renews PBS agreement

Arte France and PBS in the US have renewed their co-production agreement, the former’s head of society and culture unit, Fabrice Puchault, told TBI at Sunny Side of the Doc. Previously speaking at Fipadoc in January, Puchault regretted that the agreement renewal was not moving forward as quickly as hoped due to the pandemic. “More […]

France’s RMC Story looking for mystery documentaries

French factual broadcaster RMC Story, part of the Altice Group, is currently looking to co-produce mystery documentaries through the group’s production and content arm RMC Production.  That can be all kind of mysteries, for instance about Jesus or Cleopatra, RMC Story and Découverte director, Stéphane Sallé de Chou, told TBI. He added that the broadcaster […]

Exclusive: Sunny Side’s Mathieu Béjot on bringing “new blood” to factual

Sunny Side of the Doc is back as a physical event this week after two years online due to the pandemic, and organiser Mathieu Béjot says it is making emerging talent its priority. Talking to TBI here at the market in La Rochelle in France, Bejot, who is Sunny Side’s head of strategy and development, […]

Yves Jeanneau, CEO of Sunny Side of the Doc, dies aged 69

Yves Jeanneau, CEO and co-founder of Sunny Side of the Doc and Asian Side of the Doc, has died aged 69. Jeanneau was a giant within the documentary industry and recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of Sunny Side of the Doc, the factual-focused event in La Rochelle, France, that brings together broadcasters, investors, distributors, content […]

TBI Weekly: Netflix’s rare transparency serves “global inspiration” to producers

Netflix’s unprecedented transparency in detailing its documentary strategy at this week’s Sunny Side of the Doc market in France has provided “global inspiration” to producers while raising the bar for broadcasters.  A year into his role at Netflix, former Canal+ exec Diego Buñuel, who serves as a director of original documentary at the streamer, took […]

China’s CCTV-9 boards Zed’s ‘Wild Treasures Of China’

French producer-distributor Zed and China’s CCTV-9 have teamed for blue-chip series Wild Treasures Of China. The 5 x 52-minute programme, unveiled at this week’s Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle, focuses on the rare species that inhabit China’s untamed wilderness. The project has a budget of €3m ($3.4m) and will be shot in […]

Inside Netflix’s original documentary strategy

Netflix exec Diego Buñuel has called for “insane” contemporary stories that can “punch through the grid” as the business ramps up European production going into 2020. The exec, who delivered a presentation at Sunny Side of the Doc in La Rochelle on Tuesday (25 June), impressed delegates with his candour about working for the SVOD […]