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Documentaries Double-Dip for Emmy and Oscar Consideration

16 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In the past decade, half of all documentaries nominated for an Academy Award went on to receive a Primetime, News and Doc or Intl. Emmy nomination.

Unlike “Moonlight,” “Spotlight” and “12 Years a Slave,” nonfiction feature Oscar winners including “CitizenFour,” “Taxi to the Dark Side” and “Born Into Brothels” can also tout an Emmy win.

Why? Because documentaries are by and large a product of television or digital platforms and not film studios. Without funding from small-screen distributors such as HBO, PBS, A&E and streaming services including Netflix and Amazon, the Oscar feature documentary category wouldn’t exist.

But docu filmmakers, similar to narrative filmmakers, want the same thing: for their film to be seen in a movie theater with an audience. So outlets, including HBO and PBS, have selectively facilitated that desire for primarily two reasons: to please directors and perhaps more importantly, to qualify for an Academy Award, which »

- Addie Morfoot

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Documentaries Double-Dip for Emmy and Oscar Consideration

16 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In the past decade, half of all documentaries nominated for an Academy Award went on to receive a Primetime, News and Doc or Intl. Emmy nomination.

Unlike “Moonlight,” “Spotlight” and “12 Years a Slave,” nonfiction feature Oscar winners including “CitizenFour,” “Taxi to the Dark Side” and “Born Into Brothels” can also tout an Emmy win.

Why? Because documentaries are by and large a product of television or digital platforms and not film studios. Without funding from small-screen distributors such as HBO, PBS, A&E and streaming services including Netflix and Amazon, the Oscar feature documentary category wouldn’t exist.

But docu filmmakers, similar to narrative filmmakers, want the same thing: for their film to be seen in a movie theater with an audience. So outlets, including HBO and PBS, have selectively facilitated that desire for primarily two reasons: to please directors and perhaps more importantly, to qualify for an Academy Award, which »

- Addie Morfoot

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PBS’ Independent Lens Announces Season 16 Slate (Exclusive)

22 June 2017 11:05 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Despite the fact that President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget calls for the eventual elimination of government funding for public TV, Independent Lens isn’t going anywhere… at least not for the next 12 months.

The long-running documentary series that airs on PBS will launch its 16th season on Nov. 6 with John Scheinfeld’s “Chasing Trane.” About John Coltrane, the film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival last September followed by a screening at Toronto Intl. Film Festival. Pic includes interviews with Wynton Marsalis, former President Bill Clinton, and Common, with Coltrane’s own words spoken by Denzel Washington. Abramorama »

- Addie Morfoot

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UK doc outfits Roast Beef, Nutopia strike production partnership

8 June 2017 9:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Companies set to collaborate on feature and TV docs.

Ahead of this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK documentary specialist companies Roast Beef Productions and Nutopia have struck a creative partnership to produce feature and television projects.

Roast Beef, the company behind 2014 Oscar-nominated feature docs The Square [pictured] and Hell And Back Again, will join Nutopia in its newly-expanded London office.

Television-focused Nutopia’s credits include the 2010 Primetime Emmy-winning series America: The Story Of Us and 2013 series The ’80s: The Decade That Made Us.

In their new partnership, the companies will develop feature and television documentaries, including long-form and short-form projects, aimed at the international market.

The Roast Beef team is led by Oscar-nominated producer Mike Lerner and also includes Martin Herring, Havana Marking and Janet Knipe.

The company’s latest feature, Lana Wilson’s The Departure, premiered Tribeca and will have its European premiere at Doc/Fest on June 9.

Nutopia is led by Jane Root. The company »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Jane Root’s Nutopia Joins With ‘Pussy Riot: a Punk Prayer’ Producer Roast Beef

8 June 2017 6:58 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The producer of feature documentaries “Pussy Riot: a Punk Prayer” and “Afghan Star” has aligned itself with Nutopia, the factual company run by former BBC and Discovery executive Jane Root.

Roast Beef is run by Mike Lerner and its credits include Oscar nominated films “Hell and Back Again,” Egyptian revolution film “The Square,” as well as “The Russian Woodpecker,” which scooped the Grand Jury Awards at Sundance in 2015.

The partners said that joining forces will creation of a factual producer working across features, TV, shortform and digital projects.

Root was the controller of BBC Two and president of the Discovery Network before creating Nutopia in 2009.

Its best-known project is “America: the Story of Us” for the History channel in the U.S. Its upcoming documentaries include “Civilisations” for the BBC and PBS, and, in association with Darren Aronofsky, “Strange Rock” for the National Geographic Channel.

“After eight years of pioneering the mega-doc, and »

- Stewart Clarke

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Doc Specialists Roast Beef, Nutopia Join Forces for Collaborative Partnership (Exclusive)

8 June 2017 3:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

Just days before this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest kicks off, two powerhouse British documentary specialists have announced that they are joining forces to form a new collaborative partnership.

Roast Beef Productions, behind Oscar-nominated features such as The Square and Hell and Back Again, is teaming with Nutopia, which produced the Emmy-winning series America: The Story of Us, and has 42 hours of programming on North American networks this year alone.

The deal will see Roast Beef move into Nutopia’s newly expanded London offices, with the two harnessing their expertise across the film and TV worlds to develop a new slate of »

- Alex Ritman

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Doc Specialists Roast Beef, Nutopia Join Forces for Collaborative Partnership (Exclusive)

8 June 2017 3:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Just days before this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest kicks off, two powerhouse British documentary specialists have announced that they are joining forces to form a new collaborative partnership.

Roast Beef Productions, behind Oscar-nominated features such as The Square and Hell and Back Again, is teaming with Nutopia, which produced the Emmy-winning series America: The Story of Us, and has 42 hours of programming on North American networks this year alone.

The deal will see Roast Beef move into Nutopia’s newly expanded London offices, with the two harnessing their expertise across the film and TV worlds to develop a new slate of »

- Alex Ritman

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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — J. Ralph (‘Jim: The James Foley Story’)

10 January 2017 2:30 PM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

J. Ralph (Courtesy: Mark Abrahams)

By: Scott Feinberg

The Hollywood Reporter

“They’re all about these giant concepts — climate change, the war, autism, species extinction, globalization, one after the next,” says songwriter/composer J. Ralph of the documentaries to which he has contributed music over the years, as we sit down at his Malibu home to record an episode of THR‘s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast. They have included several films that won the best documentary feature Oscar (2008’s Man on Wireand 2009’s The Cove) or were nominated for it (2012’s Hell and Back Again and 2014’s Virunga). However, 2016’s Jim: The James Foley Story, the most recent doc to which he lent his talents, is different. “This one was about one person,” he notes, namely the eponymous freelance American war correspondent who, in 2014, was killed in Syria while trying to bring attention to the humanitarian crisis occurring there. “I wanted »

- Carson Blackwelder

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