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Sundance Panel Showcases Indies' Issues with Public TV

DocbustersWhether PBS and WNET will feature the TV series Independent Lens and POV in primetime on primary channels was brought up at the Sundance Film Festival Panel "DOCBUSTERS: Your Creative Vision and the Power of the PBS Audience," hosted by WNET and PBS on Saturday, January 24. Read more...

6 Reasons Why Indie Filmmakers Still Care If They’re on TV

POV DocsDoes anyone still need broadcast TV to reach an audience? I mean, hello, YouTube, and hey there, Amazon Prime.

That’s the question that hit independent documentary filmmakers across the country in late December, when it looked like the two public TV series that carry indie docs—Independent Lens and POV—might get moved to the programming equivalent of Siberia. A 1,200 signature petition changed WNET and PBS’s minds for the moment, and prompted a nation-wide listening tour. The first event on the tour, in San Francisco, packed a room with more than 200 people, speaking about how indie film on public TV makes a difference to soldiers, moms, vets, immigrants, young people and more.

But in a cord-cutting world, why are indie filmmakers so passionate about public TV? Read more...

Public TV Listens to Viewers, Indies

IndieCaucus.orgFollowing a dramatic show of support for the Indie Caucus Change.org petition, WNET has delayed its decision to pull documentary showcases Independent Lens and POV from its main channel. Starting today, January 5, Independent Lens will air at its previously scheduled time slot, 10 p.m. Mondays on THIRTEEN along with other stations across the country. Meanwhile, WNET and PBS agreed to embark on a "listening tour" over the next four months along with representatives from ITVS, Independent Lens, POV and member stations. Read more...

Indie Caucus Petitioning WNET Over Schedule Changes

WNET POV ILWNET is making headlines over pulling documentary showcases Independent Lens and POV from its main channel. The Indie Caucus, an informal group of independent filmmakers organized in support of the public media mission, responded with a statement and Change.org petition. Read more...

Online Magazine Tries New Revenue Model

latterlyLatterly, a new online magazine launched Nov. 18, aims to revive narrative journalism without relying on advertising. The publication would be based solely on contributions and reader subscriptions.

Readers can subscribe for $3 a month or $8 for three months, as well as make a donation to Latterly’s crowdfunding campaign. The magazine promises to invest 100 percent of its revenue back into its journalism for its first months. Read more...