Consultancy

CONVERGENCE • LEAN-FORWARD • LEAN-BACK • CABLE VOD • AVOD • SVOD • FVOD • DTO • DTR • NON-THEATRIC • INFLIGHT • BROADCAST • TERRESTRIAL • CABLE • SATELLITE • PAY-TV • FREE-TV • IPTV • OTT • STREAMING • EST • MOBILE • APPOINTMENT VIEWING • ACQUISITIONS • PRE-SALES • COPRODUCTIONS • COMMISSIONS • WORK-FOR-HIRE • CATCH-UP RIGHTS • MOD • BOD • STATION RELATIONS • FORMAT SALES • PLATFORMS • 3D • 4K…

We speak the language of media. Our fingers are on the everyday pulse of the international marketplace, the digital media marketplace, the home-video marketplace, the non-theatrical marketplace, the in-flight marketplace, the educational marketplace, the college and university marketplace. We know the environment for production, co-production, and sales.

The Janson Media Consultancy can help with…

  • U.S. PUBLIC TELEVISION (PBS)

We can help decode the mysterious landscape of U.S. public television, and provide insights on its many layers and players… the stations, the networks, the distributors, the series and strands, what works, what doesn’t, who to pitch, and how best to design a project for PBS, whether for pledge or for the regular schedule. We also distribute to the U.S. public television market on a station-by-station syndication basis; read more about that here.

  • CONTENT SOURCING/ACQUISITIONS

We provide a content sourcing/acquisitions service for major media companies seeking large libraries of programming for new media ventures or cable, satellite, IPTV, internet, or VOD launches.

  • COPYRIGHT LIBRARY SALES

We can broker the sale of copyright libraries, large or small, whether to investors seeking a gateway into the entertainment business, or media companies looking to quickly build their existing asset libraries.

  • CATALOG & PROJECT EVALUATIONS

For international content suppliers seeking to break into the U.S. market, we can provide an analysis of your program catalog and its potential in the U.S. market. For projects in development or in production, or finished programs or series’ pilots, we can provide evaluations in terms of production quality, presentation quality, and overall marketability and potential for sale to both American and international television and/or DVD-video markets. We can also recommend companies (networks or distributors) which would be the best fit for your project, and provide rough revenue estimates.

  • CONTRACT NEGOTIATION

We can help with the negotiation of major deal points in production or license agreements (co-production, pre-sale or acquisition) with television networks, offering experience with contracts that rivals that of the best entertainment attorneys.

  • SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGY

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, Posterous, RSS Feeds… Are you using these platforms yet for your brand or company? If not, you need a social media strategy.

The Process

Our consultants are available on monthly retainers for long term projects (content sourcing, stations relations, underwriter search). Project budgets and time frames vary widely, and can include travel expenses if meetings are called for, and incentive commissions when projects involve a search for financing. An initial one-hour telephone conversation is complimentary if a retainer agreement is signed; if not, the hour is billable at $500.

We often work on short-term projects as well, which typically take the form of one or two hour telephone advisory sessions, or the engagement of a consultant to work at specific conferences, festivals and markets, etc.. Telephone conferences are scheduled after a thorough review of available materials (footage, screeners, treatments, presentations, etc.). The minimum telephone consultation is for one hour, and the minimum fee includes billable time for our consultant’s preparation (reading, screening, etc.). Clients may also request half-day or full-day in-person meetings with our consultants, which must be scheduled well in advance and which entail travel expenses.

Our consultants offer a wide range of expertise in the business of content production and distribution. Please click through to read their backgrounders. You can choose the consultant with the kind of experience that would be the best fit for your project, or we will do it for you. Depending on their schedules, Stephen Janson and Jesse Janson are also available for short-term telephone-based consulting projects. (see Team)

  • Tom Friedmann [Specialties: Cable VOD and PPV, Online Video, Contracts, Program Acquisitions
  • Joan Lence [Specialties: PBS Station Relations, Independent Docs]
  • Jim Scalem [Specialties: PBS Pledge Programming, PBS Station Relations]
  • Niki Vettel [Specialities: Program Development, Production, and Executive Production; PBS Pledge Programming]

And then let us know about your project and your budget — complete our inquiry form and we will respond promptly.