High-Demand Documentaries: Tracking the growing global demand for Factual and Documentary Content

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Every edition, we try and bring you trends on content demand trends within our industry. Vitrina tracks transactions across IP-Development, Production, Distribution, Acquisition and Collaborations from 60+ markets. This gives us the best global scan and understanding of what contents hot and what’s not.

In this edition, besides our usual fare of latest Production Financing, Distribution and Acquisition trends, we have an additional attraction – DOCUMENTARIES! Factual and documentaries have been the new darlings of a host of streamers and licensees. Easy and bite-sized content for viewers, they are also relatively easier to localize and travel far and beyond the original shores they were intended for. In this edition, we look at the latest trends in international documentary productions and acquisitions.

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WEBINAR: Documentaries Content Acquisition Strategies

Missed our webinar? During the webinar we reviewed the most successful Documentary titles as well as ways to acquire hot, trending and high-demand Documentary content. Watch the recording now!

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Hot & Trending

Examining the BBC’s content catalog for 2023/24 reveals a notable reduction of nearly 1000 hours overall. However, documentary programming has experienced a deliberate surge, commissioned to nearly 2000 hours—second only to drama. This strategic reorientation underscores a discernible global trend, emphasizing networks’ increasing reliance on the potency of documentary storytelling. As the world grapples with uncertainty, the rise of factual narratives reflects not just an evolution in content preferences, but a testament to the enduring allure of real stories in an ever-changing media landscape.

BBC Documentary Xplorer
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High impact documentary content

So which high-impact documentary titles have already shown to be successful in other markets and streaming services?

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Most distributed documentary titles

Which documentary titles have been chosen by platforms globally? This is one of the powerful indicators tracked by Vitrina to determine high demand and high impact content. We found more than 3200 titles that have been acquired by multiple platforms.

The Green Planet
Expedition with Steve Backshall
Top Gear
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Most active distributors of documentary content (last 2 years)

Every year, many documentaries get licensed, and some companies stand out in this field. Vitrina keeps an eye on these deals as they happen. This way, you can connect with the best in the business to get new documentary titles. If you’re a documentary producer, it’s important to know about these companies.

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Top dealmakers for documentaries

Who are the most influential dealmakers in the industry for documentaries?

Vitrina tracks deals, transactions and catalogs across Content IP, Development, Production, Acquisitions and Collaborations. We follow the activities of influential dealmakers across genres, countries, and companies. Understanding key distributors of documentary content is valuable. However, identifying influential dealmakers brings you closer to finalizing deals. Check out top dealmakers picked up by our system. Click on link to know the others

Jonathan Ford Abacus Media Rights

Jonathan Ford

Abacus Media Rights
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Rachel Job

All3Media International
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Jens Richter

Fremantle
Zai Bennett

Zai Bennett

Sky UK
lisa heller

Lisa Heller

HBO
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Angela Bates

Screen Australia
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Top buyers of documentary content

Who are the largest acquirers for Anime content? From our daily monitoring of content acquisition deals as well as streamer catalogs, we are able to create lists of the largest buyers for every genre, language and country. For Anime, the three largest buyers are:

SBS
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SVT
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Recently trending documentaries

Let’s take a look at some of the most notable titles in documentaries being acquired globally. Starting with trending documentaries, we also look at some of the most acquired titles in recent weeks including a special mention of documentaries featured at the recently concluded MIPCOM 2023 event

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Recently acquired documentaries
Untold Artic Wars
Planet Earth 3

TV Series | 2023 | 1 Season
English Documentary – Returning Series
Country of origin: United Kingdom

Journeying to the far reaches of our planet, this eight part series follows some of the world’s most amazing species, telling extraordinary stories that are dramatic, thrilling, funny and sometimes heart-breaking, but always full of hope.

Secrets in the Ice

TV Series | 2023 | 1 Season
English Documentary – Returning Series
Country of origin: United Kingdom

Journeying to the far reaches of our planet, this eight part series follows some of the world’s most amazing species, telling extraordinary stories that are dramatic, thrilling, funny and sometimes heart-breaking, but always full of hope.

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New documentaries being produced
super surgeons

Super Surgeons: A Chance at Life

TV Series | 2022 | 1 Season | NR – English
Documentary – Returning Series
Country of origin: United Kingdom

Documentary following pioneering surgeons at Royal Marsden Hospital as they face some of the most complex and challenging oncological cases in the world.

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Doctor Who Unleashed

Doctor Who: Unleashed

TV Series | 2023 | 1 Season – English
Documentary – In Production
Country of origin: United Kingdom

Following the same format of Doctor Who: Confidential, Steffan Powell will take you behind the scenes of each episode of BBC’s Doctor Who.

The Circus

Super Surgeons: A Chance at Life

TV Series | 2022 | 1 Season | NR – English
Documentary – Returning Series
Country of origin: United Kingdom

Documentary following pioneering surgeons at Royal Marsden Hospital as they face some of the most complex and challenging oncological cases in the world.

Doctor Who: Unleashed

TV Series | 2023 | 1 Season – English
Documentary – In Production
Country of origin: United Kingdom

Following the same format of Doctor Who: Confidential, Steffan Powell will take you behind the scenes of each episode of BBC’s Doctor Who.

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Documentaries At MIPCOM 2023
The Wonders of Europe

The Wonders Of Europe

TV Series | 2023 | 1 Season – English
Documentary Returning Series
Country of origin: France, United Kingdom

THE WONDERS OF EUROPE is a four-part docuseries that tells the story of the people who built some of the biggest and most unique landmarks in Europe.

JFK

JFK: The Home Movie That Changed The World

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Coco Chanel Unbuttoned

The Wonders Of Europe

JFK: The Home Movie That Changed The World

Coco Chanel Unbuttoned

TV Series | 2023 | 1 Season – English
Documentary Returning Series
Country of origin: France, United Kingdom

THE WONDERS OF EUROPE is a four-part docuseries that tells the story of the people who built some of the biggest and most unique landmarks in Europe.

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WEBINAR: Documentaries Content Acquisition Strategies

Missed our webinar? During the webinar we reviewed the most successful Documentary titles as well as ways to acquire hot, trending and high-demand Documentary content. Watch the recording now!

Our Regular Features

Our weekly global scan of new Productions getting greenlit/ financed as well as high-demand content and IP being acquired from around the world.

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Vitrina’s Methodology

Our “High-Demand Content” lists are based on following dealmakers – thousands of leaders in Content Acquisition for every major and minor streamer, broadcaster and distributor. We follow their actions individually as well as cumulatively to understand global demand. We call this approach “Collective Wisdom of Content Curators“. Read more about our methodology.

Latest TV Productions
Latest Film Productions
Give me your eyes
Paramporul

Prime Video picked up streaming rights for Paramporul from AP International. Also, Aha acquired rights to the same title from Kavi Creations

Born to fly

Red Bull Media House licensed ‘Born To Fly’ to 8 networks around Europe

High Demand UnScripted Drama’s
Huset
La Storia

Beta Film signed licensing deals with 6 Scandinavian networks for currently in-production (produced by Picomedia and Thalie Images) Italian drama ‘La Storia’

The Long Shadow

All3Media International signed acquisition deals with 8 broadcasters and networks worldwide at the recently concluded MIPCOM 2023 event for ‘The Long Shadow’

Trending TV Formats
Got Talent
Temtation Island

JioCinema to adapt ‘Temptation Island’ for India. The recently signed a Format Adaptation deal with Banijay Asia

The Genius Game United Kingdom

ITV signed a Format Adaption deal with Banijay Group owned Remarkable Television for ‘The Genius Game United Kingdom’

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WEBINAR:Documentaries Content Acquisition Strategies

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