Media Decoder: Documentary Channel Aims at an ‘Underserved’ Audience

As studios have largely sidestepped the genre, a distributor step is expected to step in this month with Docudrama Digital Channel, a free ad-supported service.

Howard Smith, Trend-Spotting Columnist, Dies at 77

Mr. Smith’s Scenes column in The Village Voice was the message board of the hippie counterculture in the 1960s.

Media Decoder: Epix Plans to Introduce Film on Altman

The television and digital movie channel Epix plans to surround the documentary about the candid director with several of his works.

CNN to Show Documentaries in 9 P.M. Time Slot

With the departure of Piers Morgan, who followed Larry King, CNN won’t install a new host but will instead show a variety of documentaries.

SeaWorld Questions Ethics of ‘Blackfish’ Investigator

SeaWorld Entertainment has come under fire after a documentary criticized its practice of holding whales in captivity. Now, the company is firing back.


Documentary Association Announces Awards Nominations

Dominating the feature film nominations were documentaries about issues and politics.


Hollywood Advancing Clinton Film

Though CNN and NBC both scrapped plans to produce projects about Hillary Rodham Clinton, “Rodham,” a feature film about Mrs. Clinton’s years as a young lawyer, is moving ahead.


CNN and NBC Scrap Projects on Hillary Clinton

Both sides of the political aisle registered objections to the projects, which would have explored the life of the former first lady and potential 2016 presidential candidate.


‘Salinger’ to Add Details on Relationships With Young Women

The Weinstein Company said that it planned to release a “special edition” of the film about J.D. Salinger with the additions. Also, the company plans a dramatic film based on the writer’s life.


Filmmaker Susan Lacy Leaves PBS for HBO

Ms. Lacy, the creator and executive producer of “American Masters,” has signed a multiyear deal to produce documentaries for the pay cable channel.


Roman Polanski Lends Voice to Documentary About Him

“Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out,” a 2012 documentary about Mr. Polanski’s effort to avoid extradition to the United States to face a sexual assault charge, will have its debut on Showtime on Sept. 27.


The Biopic Is Reborn for a New Generation

The musical biography film has faltered in recent years, but that did not stop John Ridley from making “All Is by My Side,” about a pivotal juncture in the career of Jimi Hendrix.


To Recount the Financial Implosion, a Magazine Turns to Film

Bloomberg Businessweek is releasing a documentary, “Hank: Five Years From the Brink,” centered on the anniversary of the financial crisis and the Treasury secretary’s role in trying to contain it.


ESPN Quits Film Project on Concussions in N.F.L.

Citing a lack of editorial control, ESPN ended its collaboration with the public affairs series “Frontline” on a two-part documentary set to run in October.


CNEX, a Nonprofit, Helps Filmmakers Document China

A foundation created by three Taiwanese with connections to the film industry provides financing and technical help to those making documentaries about today’s China.


Fox Decides Not to Produce Hillary Clinton Mini-Series

The decision by Fox Television Studios not to be involved in producing a hotly debated mini-series for NBC was a financial decision, one executive said, and not a political one.


Media Decoder: Time Magazine Branches Out Into Documentary Films

A new unit called Red Border Films will produce one 10-minute film a month, with longer projects planned twice a year.


CNN to Produce Documentary on Hillary Clinton

Two days earlier, NBC said it would make a four-hour mini-series on Ms. Clinton


SeaWorld’s Unusual Retort to a Critical Documentary

SeaWorld Entertainment began an aggressive public pushback against the new documentary “Blackfish,” which makes the case that orca whales in captivity suffer physical and mental distress.


Media Decoder: Documentary Planned on Malala Yousafzai, Girl Shot by Taliban

Davis Guggenheim, the documentary-maker behind “Waiting for Superman” and “An Inconvenient Truth,” is making a film about Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani education advocate.