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Docuseries are an increasingly popular format to craft and develop a story that does not fit within the boundaries of a feature documentary. However, to make a docuseries work, filmmakers must take many creative and financial factors into consideration. In this three-hour Master Class, gain insights from award-winning director Liz Garbus (What Happened Miss Simone?) and producer Dan Cogan (Icarus, Won’t You be My Neighbor?), who share their insights on how to create a compelling and engaging docuseries from both the creative and business perspective.


Download the list of resources from Liz Garbus, Dan Cogan and Sundance Co//ab

Topics covered include:

    00:00 - Welcome and Introductions from Sundance Co//ab

    05:15 - Introductions From Liz and Dan

    06:50 - Framing the Docuseries

    12:15 - Determining If a Story Will Work as a Limited Series

    40:00 - Q&A

    49:38 - How Do You Get the Audience to Keep Coming Back?

    1:03 - Q&A

    1:09 - How a Docuseries Differs From a Documentary Feature

    1:27 - Q&A

    1:40 - An Analysis of the Current Marketplace

    2:02 - Q&A

    2:07 - Strategies for Successfully Pitching a Project

    2:32 - Returnable Series vs. Limited Series

    2:43 - Q&A

    2:51 - Closing Remarks

Two-time Academy Award®-Nominee, two-time Emmy Winner, Peabody Winner, Grammy Nominee, DGA Nominee, and BAFTA-nominated director Liz Garbus is one of America’s most celebrated filmmakers, renowned for her documentary work and also for her breakthrough scripted debut. Her work has been featured in film festivals from Sundance to Telluride to Toronto and the New York Film festival and has appeared in theatres and across streaming platforms as well as premium cable television, and she is known for her propulsive, socially incisive storytelling across genres. more...
Dan Cogan is one of the most prominent non-fiction producers working today. Both an Academy Award®- and Emmy Award®-winner, Dan founded Story Syndicate with Liz Garbus in 2019. Previously, Dan was the founding Executive Director of Impact Partners. He has produced more than 100 films and series, including ICARUS, which won the 2018 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?, which won the 2019 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary, THE COVE, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and THE APOLLO, which won the 2020 Emmy for Outstanding Documentary. more...

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