Distribution Masterclass with Alex Hryniewicz

Join Alex in a hands-on masterclass where he will workshop the distribution possibilities of the documentary projects presented by participants.  This masterclass is an ideal opportunity for documentary filmmakers to present their project and receive editorial feedback on how their project aligns with what audiences are looking for on different digital platforms. There are a limited number of spaces available for observers (those without a project to discuss but who are keen to learn more about documentary distribution).

Please complete a brief EOI (complete this form OR phone us on 6223 8344) by Feb 28

Who will find this session valuable?

  • Documentary filmmakers who have projects in development (from early stage to quite advanced.) You will need a short synopsis, some visual material and an idea of audience (at a minimum) to participate
  • Filmmakers who are interested in documentary will find the observer place valuable
  • Writers, researchers, activists etc who are new to filmmaking will find the observer place valuable

Where: Wide Angle Screen Centre, 6 Washington Street, South Hobart
When: Friday March 6 from 9.30am - 12.30pm
Cost: $20 for WAT members / $77 for non-members / Observer places - $55.  This includes morning tea and a light lunch.

‘Supported by Screen Tasmania’s Industry Development Program’

About the Presenter - Alex Hryniewicz

Alex is Head of Owned Channels at Little Dot Studios, a next generation broadcaster and producer.

Little Dot Studios are the biggest distributor of premium factual content on YouTube. Every month they generate 6 billion views to their factual brands. Their Real Stories documentary channel has over 3 million global subscribers, regularly attracting daily audiences of millions to a mixture of acquired, commissioned and produced documentary content. They have equivalent sized channels in genres such as history, science and nature & wildlife, reaching 5 million viewers on YouTube every day. Beyond YouTube, Little Dot's channels broadcast on Facebook Watch, IGTV, Snap Discover and are syndicated to Broadcaster VoD services such as STV & My5.

Alex was Executive Editor for the Real Stories documentary channel from mid-2016 until late 2018, before stepping up to lead Little Dot Studios’ Owned Channels division in December 2018, overseeing a team of 15 staff working across more than 20 channel brands. Alex oversees the strategic development of the channels as they expand onto new platforms, syndicate content to 3rd party VoD services and expand their commissioning, production and brand partnership opportunities.

Prior to that he was Head of Multiplatform at Maverick Television, working across numerous award-winning cross-platform projects for major UK broadcasters and commercial clients. He developed and produced the BAFTA-award winning Embarrassing Bodies Online in 2008, won a second BAFTA for Embarrassing Bodies Live in 2010 and then developed the My HealthCheckersuite of tests and Apps that won BAFTA & International Emmy awards in 2012 as part of the innovative Skype-based health show, Embarrassing Bodies: Live From The Clinic. He co-developed the cross-platform comedy panel show ‘Was It Something I Said?’ for Channel 4, and produced the Emmy award-winning and BAFTA nominated Reverse The Odds, a mobile game in partnership between Channel 4, Stand Up To Cancer and Cancer Research UK which enabled ordinary members of the public to take on the role of citizen scientists and help carry our real scientific research to bring a cure for cancer closer.

Alex was part of the MediaGuardian FastTrack in 2007, was named a Broadcast Hotshot in 2008 and Broadcast International Rising Star in 2015. In addition to his BAFTA and Emmy wins, his projects have received awards and citations from the Royal Television Society, BANFF Rockies, Broadcast Digital Awards, British Interactive Media Association and Cannes Lions.

Attending AIDC to look for: Mid-form docs (15-30 mins) that can be commissioned as pilots for bigger series/feature length ideas. Films must have a pathway to grow into something bigger, or be innovative/impactful enough to garner international awards recognition. 

GENRES: Crime, Factual Entertainment, History, Human Interest 

FORMAT: Series, Single/One-off, Short film, 30’, 52’/60’, Online 

NUMBER OF SLOTS/HOURS: 20 Mid-form docs in 2020, 20 Fixed-fee Acquisitions, unlimited revenue share commissions. 


March 06, 2020 at 9:30am - 12:30pm
Wide Angle Screen Centre, 6 Washington Street, South Hobart
Abi or Danielle · · 0362238344
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