What are main sources of documentary revenue for directors and producers?
For their most recent film, the top five main sources of documentary revenue for nonfiction directors and producers are: subscription streaming video on demand (EX: Netflix, Hulu), education distribution (DVDs), educational distribution (streaming), public TV, and DVD sales (not including educational distribution).
The distinctive patterns for BIPOC filmmakers in terms of revenue from their most recent film are severe: BIPOC filmmakers are dramatically less likely to have received revenue from any streaming networks: subscription streaming video on demand (ex: Netflix, Hulu), and transactional streaming on demand (ex: iTunes). They were similarly less likely to report cable TV networks as a main source of documentary revenue for themselves. Public TV and physical theatrical distibution were their top “main” sources of documentary revenue for their most recent film.
Women makers report lower levels of main documentary revenue nearly across the board, and women are also much less likely than men – like BIPOC makers – to report main sources of revenue from streaming services (subscription or transactional streaming networks).