KTTV, Fox 11 in Los Angeles, is airing its next documentary tonight at 7 p.m. Peter Wilgoren, KTTV’s acting news director, says the documentaries “have a huge life on digital while also still serving broadcast which is our bread and butter every day.”
KTTV, Fox 11, the Fox O&O in Los Angeles, is airing its next documentary tonight at 7 p.m. preempting normal programming.
“Hell // No Water” looks at the vicious cycle of drought and wildfires, who’s fault is it and what can be done now as the water is running dry in Southern California.
“Hell // No Water” is the fourth release from KTTV’s documentary production team dedicated to full-length documentary productions shedding a spotlight on in-depth storytelling and important local stories.
The first release, Rising Up, traced the history of the social justice movement and aired on broadcast outlets in Los Angeles and San Francisco and streaming platforms including YouTube, Tubi and Fox Soul as did all the others the team has produced.
KTTV followed that with When Magic Shocked the World, which looked back at the 30th anniversary of Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s 1991 HIV announcement.
“Lost Angeles: City of Homeless” KTTV’s third release, examined the homeless epidemic in the city of Los Angeles. On YouTube alone, it garnered 2 million views, accounting for more than half a million hours of streaming, KTTV said.
Peter Wilgoren, KTTV’s acting news director, says the documentary team members all have other jobs at the station.
“These are producers who have newscasts, videographers who turn other stories and the anchors/reporters who have other assignments,” Wilgoren says.
Wilgoren says it all works within the news budget.
“The only way it works is that we work with our existing staff and figure out how to make that happen,” Wilgoren says. “We do these amazing productions while still doing the news each day.”
Wilgoren says while the documentaries are important to KTTV’s broadcasts, but “that is gone in an hour,” he says.
What is not gone, in an hour, he says, are KTTV’s unique documentaries that reach people on other platforms forever. “It’s the digital streaming on YouTube and other platforms that is the best type of advertising we could ever do.”
Somewhere in the middle of broadcasting and streaming is the magic recipe, he says.
“We build these really rich products that we know will have a huge life on digital while also still serving broadcast which is our bread and butter every day,” Wilgoren says.
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