I missed it when released in late spring, but the Center for Social Media at American University released a new report by Pat Aufderheide titled, The New Deal: How Digital Platforms Change Negotiations between Public Media and Independent Producers. Says the press release:
... The study discovered that television programmers are asking for and obtaining rights for digital distribution, without having concrete plans for distribution on new platforms. The study recommends that producers clarify their expectations and that public television programmers clarify their plans for use of video content. The study concludes that this is an excellent time for documentarians and public media executives to work together on demonstration projects online. ...
Updated 10 November 2007:
Center for Social Media (pdf). Important reading for public television types. Lessons for others as well.
Thanks to Jake Shapiro who, in the comments below, provided a link to an updated version (6/07) of this report. Link: Center for Social Media. --Dennis