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Filmmakers challenge PBS for its lack of diversity // NPR

TIDF presents a new category for indigenous filmmakers // TIDF

Microaggression in representation in the documentary industry // IDA

Beyond Inclusion is a BIPOC-led group of non-fiction media professionals

EBU calls for more diversity in casting decisions // EBU

Diversity is high at the Oscars, but is it COVID related? // The Guardian

Pat Younge speaks on diversity and inclusivity in television // K7 Media

C4 boss Alex Mahon on achieving diversityon screen, behind scenes and among viewers // The Dum
HBO gives director Raul Peck free reign on new documentary about colonialism // NYT

Seaspiracy shines light on the ecologically destructive fishing industry // The Guardian

Apple and Imagine Documentaries join forces for Louis Armstrong doc // RealScreen

Gender questions in Ken Burns & Lynn Novick's Hemingway doc // CounterPunch+

QAnon documentaries hit screens after Capitol riots // Politico

Discovery+ will premiere Sean Penn doc about his humanitarian efforts // TV Real

Apple TV greelights1971 Rolling Stones gen Music doc series // Realscreen

Apple TV's Jamie Foxx / Kevin Hart docs about Hollywood's Black actors // Realscreen

MY OCTOPUS TEACHER wins Documentary Oscar. Acceptance speech. // YouTube

How we sold OCTOPUS to Netflix” podcast. Listen to executive producer Ellen Windemuth, a great friend of Sunny Side and DocBiz (Update) // Documentary Business

2021: a landmark year for diversity at the Oscars. Why did it take nearly a century? // WAPO
Are channels being cannibalized by SVOD's? Animal Planet and the roll out of discovery+ // Dan Salerno in Documentary Business

Netflix will spend $300Mn on Spanish-language originals // C21

We are in a new era of TV // Broadcasting+Cable

Western Europe SVOD subscriptions to reach 234Mn // Rapid TV News

Netflix commissions first Harry and Meghan series // C21Media

Love Nature's Carlyn Staudt: AVOD & FAST are the perfect platforms for Natural History // TBI

Smithsonian Networks' James Blue III drops specialist documentary focus for mainstream unscripted projects, often led by celebrities // Broadcast

Facebook unscripted exec joins Discovery+ // RealScreen

Florence Sala becomes Head of International Distribution & Marketing for ARTE
Alt-right content creator breaks YouTube algorithm // NYT

UK unscripted TV fund develops workforce // TV Real

Upping conservation content is the way to go // TBI

Upfronts are changing the advertising landscape // Beet.TV (Video)

Uptrend in non-scripted post-pandemic // Deadline

TikTok founder under scrutiny // The Age
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