Title A Media Format on the Rise. The Journalistic Investigation Documentary on Netflix and Prime Video
Authors CAMARERO CALANDRIA, EMMA
External publication No
Means Media Educ.
Scope Article
Nature Científica
Area International
Publication date 01/01/2021
ISI 000693624800003
DOI 10.13187/me.2021.3.415
Abstract According to a study based on all the films indexed in the Internet Movie Database (IMDB, 2018), between 1990-2018, the documentary genre has experienced a growth in viewers\' preferences never seen before, going from 5 % to 22 % of all films released. The key seems to lie both in being a cheap genre to produce in comparison with fiction, and in the rise of online platforms, where documentaries, especially journalistic documentary, are consumed as both news and a film product. The goal of this research is to analyze the growth in productions and number of viewers of the journalistic investigation documentaries, taking as a reference the offer of documentaries and series on Netflix and Amazon Prime, without neglecting the incidence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the consumption of the documentary in 2020. The results suggest that this growth shows an upward trend that must do both with a growing commitment of these online platforms for this type of content, as well as a change in the preferences of viewers regarding content news consumption in audiovisual format.
Keywords journalistic investigation documentary; non-fiction; online platforms; Netflix; Prime Video; VOD; documentary; COVID-19; user; viewer
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