About This Course

Discover the Insider Secrets to Crafting Documentary Ideas That Sell!

Perhaps you've dreamt of the satisfaction of watching your film premiere to an enthusiastic audience... but you're unsure about where to start, how to develop your ideas, or what makes a documentary idea sellable? 

This breakthrough session is led by Peabody Award-Winning Producer Tom Jennings, who has delivered over 500 films to top streamers including Netflix, Nat Geo, Disney+, PBS, and many more. He shares his step-by-step process for developing winning ideas that get the greenlight from top buyers.

As a bonus, you get:

  • Pitch Deck Sample (PDF)
  • Documentary Idea Development Worksheet 

Co-produced and moderated by renowned media strategist Peter Hamilton, this information-packed panel promises an insightful session that will equip you with the skills to find, develop, and pitch documentary ideas that SELL!

What's Inside

Find, Develop & Pitch Documentary Ideas That Sell

    1. Unit 01: Welcome - You're In!

    2. Unit 02: How To Choose A Documentary Idea That Sells

    3. Unit 03: How to narrow down 50+ ideas to THE one winning idea

    1. Unit 01: How To Anticipate What Film Buyers Will Want In The Future (Part 1)

    2. Unit 02: How To Anticipate What Film Buyers Will Want In The Future (Part 2)

    3. Unit 03: Student Check-In

    1. Unit 01: Thinking Outside the Box To Find Great Stories

    2. Unit 02: Three Questions To Ask During The Research Phase

    3. Unit 03: Going deeper - What's Your Story REALLY About?

    4. Unit 04: How To Find Hidden Gems In The Archives

    1. Unit 01: Selling Your Idea (What Film Buyers REALLY Want)

    2. Unit 02: Pitch Deck Sample - "The Real Right Stuff"

    1. Unit 01: Next Steps - Producing a Sizzle Reel or Trailer

    2. Unit 02: TRAILER - The Real Right Stuff

    3. Unit 03: TRAILER - Diana: In Her Own Words

    1. WORKSHEET | Documentary Idea Development


About this Course

  • 12 Video Lessons
  • Pitch Deck Sample (PDF)
  • Documentary Idea Development Worksheet

Your Instructor

Director/Producer Tom Jennings

Peabody award-winning producer and co-founder of 1895 Films. Jennings has developed 500+ films for Netflix, Disney+, Nat Geo and more; including the Netflix and National Geographic special, DIANA: IN HER OWN WORDS; the Nat Geo and PGA-winning APOLLO: MISSIONS TO THE MOON; ALIEN ABDUCTION for Discovery+; MLK: THE ASSASSINATION TAPES for Smithsonian Channel, and many more!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long will I have access?

    The workshop comes with a 1-Year Access Pass.

  • Can I download class materials?

    Yes! Any PDF assets or other resources inside the course are yours to download and keep!

  • Who can I contact if I have a question?

    Please contact Customer Service by sending an email to support@desktop-documentaries.com

Find, Pitch & Sell Winning Documentary Ideas

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