IDA's Doc U: Docs on TV - Evolution of the Broadcast Landscape

The last few months have seen a number of shifts in the broadcast landscape for nonfiction programs. CNN launched CNN Films (upping the network’s commitment to long-format documentaries), Participant Media acquired both the Documentary Channel and Halogen TV (to be re-branded and launched this summer as a new channel featuring scripted and non-scripted programming), and KCET has merged with Link TV to form a new transmedia independent network that acquires, produces and distributes provocative global programming. With other evolving players on the scene as well, we’ll take a look at the outlook for docs on TV. What programming will these new channels be seeking? How do these new outlets increase the visibility and availability of docs and non-fiction content? How do these new initiatives, acquisitions and mergers signal the future for non-fiction works on TV? Join Tom White (editor, Documentary magazine) and a panel of industry insiders including Belisa Balaban (SVP, Unscripted Programming at Participant Media) and Lizzie Kerner (Director of Development & Acquisitions, CNN Films), as they discuss the changing landscape.