ARTE EDITORIAL GUIDELINES - page 36

ARTE DÉCOUVERTE
ARTE ENTDECKUNG
ARTE Découverte | ARTE Entdeckung
documentary series whose content, quality and
technical levels put them in the top rank of national and international co-productions. The films
are aimed at a family audience. The horizontal spread of the programming will allow for
serialized broadcasts of documentaries capable of building viewer loyalty around high-interest
subjects. As part of its themed programming, ARTE will also occasionally present series as
special events.
ARTE Découverte | ARTE Entdeckung
is a regular showcase for the best series in the fields
of travel, nature, wildlife and science. The aim is to draw viewers into different, but highly
attractive worlds.
The science- and knowledge-based approach to subjects is nonetheless accessible to a
mainstream audience, as well as highly ambitious in its intentions. The prime objective is to
ensure that all programmes, even when scientific in character, are like journeys of discovery.
Each documentary deals with a clearly identifiable subject. The programme brings a fresh and
individual perspective on the central topic, with catchy, dramatic writing that can keep viewers
hooked, leading to a clear, persuasive conclusion. Straightforward juxtaposition of opposing
aspects of the issue at hand should be avoided.
The narrative mode should be clear, accessible and coherent, allowing the audience to pick up
a series at any point, or to begin watching any particular film midway through. The opening of
each film should however receive particular care: it must clearly post the subject to be dealt
with, awaken viewers’ interest using strong visual hooks, at the same time appealing to their
emotions. It should provoke curiosity, while tending to surprise or provoke. The narration of the
series is sober and factual, occasionally tinged with humour but never straying towards an over-
dramatised, over-familiar tone or into sensationalism. Interviews or other contributions should be
made “on location”, with expert opinions limited to what is strictly necessary. Re-enactments
must be fully justified in dramatic terms, with high performance standards. In this respect, priority
should be given to message rather than effect. Reportage is not suitable for this slot.
LENGTH AND GENRE
43 minutes
Monday through Friday
Documentaries
ARTE GEIE UNIT: KNOWLEDGE
SLOT CODE:
829
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