Sunny Side of the Doc


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 […]

Sunny Side up

On the final day of La Rochelle specialist factual market Sunny Side of the Doc, event chief Yves Jeanneau tells TBI about current trends, how distribution is changing and the impact of dedicated documentary SVOD platforms.   TBI: The event hall seems busy and there are plenty of new projects at the event. What does […]

Sunny (Chinese) Side of the Doc

The screening and copro documentary market Sunny Side of the Doc remains a very French event, but China was the territory on everyone’s lips this week, reports Pascale Paoli-Lebailly. A study by research house The Wit ranks France as part of the top three documentary distributing countries, behind UK and the US thanks to the […]

Swedish pubcaster goes Up in Flames

Swedish educational broadcaster UR has prebought Life in Flames, a documentary for Discovery about firefighters in Andalucia, Spain. The doc, which distributor Java Films packages as 1x52mins, 1x90mins and 3x45mins versions, follows an elite Spanish team who battle raging fires that rapidly spread through the vast areas of vegetation. It comes from Spanish producer La […]

ABC Oz ‘will turbo charge natural history and can rival the BBC’

Phil Craig, the head of documentaries at Australian public broadcaster the ABC, says that a new international outlook and partnership with its US counterpart PBS means it will be able to rival the BBC in terms of international influence in the natural history sphere. Craig was speaking at the Sunny Side of the Doc event […]

France Télévisions preps wide-ranging transmedia projects

France Télévisions has unveiled plans for a two large-scale coordinated on-screen and online projects. Speaking at the Sunny Side of the Doc festival in La Rochelle, Cannes, Boris Razon, the French public broadcaster’s digital content boss, said that a project is underway to make all of the 1,500 documentaries France Télévisions makes each year available […]