Since 1990, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato have been bringing their unique take on the world to screens both big and small. In an industry where yesterday’s doc becomes tomorrow’s reality show and the gay channel has to become less so to survive, the duo have not only produced some of the most most-watched, cutting-edge programming of the past two decades, but have also created one of the media world’s most successful independent production companies and distinctive brands, World of Wonder.
From award winning in-depth character studies (The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Monica in Black in White) to social issue docs (The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; The Last Beekeeper) and glitzy and splashy reality franchises (Rupaul’s Drag Race, Million Dollar Homes), their productions defy traditional labels and assert that compelling story and characters are what create good programs, across genres, niches, and expectations.
Join producer Eddie Schmidt (Beauty is Embarrassing, Troubadours) for a discussion with Fenton and Randy on the challenges of running a transatlantic production company, crossing genre boundaries, and managing the famous and infamous, while also hosting a cutting edge culture blog with over 200,000 hits per month.
Doc U is the International Documentary Association’s series of educational seminars and workshops for aspiring and experienced documentary filmmakers. Taught by artists and industry experts, participants receive vital training and insight on various topics including: fundraising, distribution, licensing, marketing, and business tactics.
Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 7:30pm
|Event Price:||General $20 IDA Members $15|
|Venue:||Silent Movie Theatre|
611 N. Fairfax
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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