71 – Making a Netflix Docuseries with Flint Town Producer, Gary Kout

These are pretty amazing times for documentary filmmakers. Not only have the popularity of documentary films increased exponentially, not only are there far more resources available these days to doc filmmakers, but the distribution platforms that are out there are plentiful, not the least of which are the Netflixs, Hulus, and Amazons of the world. And now, these distro platforms have opened the doc playing field to the long form, the docuseries.


And for episode #71 we speak with Gary Kout, producer of Netflix series, Flint Town, about the journey that Flint Town took from a short film to a full-fledged Netflix-budgeted documentary series.


Topics Discussed

  • how a short film became a full-fledged Netflix docuseries
  • how a distro platform like Netflix can best be approached
  • how a company like Netflix decides to fund a docuseries project
  • how Netflix makes editorial decisions with a filmmaker
  • tips on selling your docuseries to Netflix


5 Tips for Producing Your Docuseries

  1. Killer Pitch
  2. Sizzle Reel
  3. Don’t Make Reality TV
  4. Secure the Rights to the Story
  5. Be Friendly, Don’t Be Their Friends


Related Resources

° NY Times Op-Doc, Policing Flint

Check out the short film that became the Netflix docuseries, Flint Town:



° Watch the trailer for Flint Town

° Watch the T. Rexdocumentary trailer


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Host and TDL Founder, Chris G Parkhurst

Chris is a documentary filmmaker and the founder and host of The Documentary Life, a platform which aims to inform and inspire documentary filmmakers from around the globe.

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