Documentary Business

Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc

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True Crime: The Boom Continues. What’s Breaking Through?

The True Crime boom continues. And evolves. Ampere Analysis‘ findings presented at the recent MIPDOC capture how True Crime (in light blue) dominates all other genres in net added programs on four of the Big 5 major streaming platforms. And ID‘s disturbing Nickelodeon expose Quiet On Set: The Dark Side of Kids TV dominated minutes

Factual Trends 2024. What I Learned about Buyers, Buckets and Budgets

What are the key trends for Factual producers and buyers as we work our way towards 2Q24 and MIPTV? I’ve been checking in with industry insiders and analysts for their key Takeaways, and here my highlights from these conversations. Top Finding: The Documentary business boomed in the ‘Eighties thru the late ‘Teens as dozens of

Netflix 2024: What You Need To Know Now!


Netflix Dominates the Streamers: Comparing 2023’s Most Viewed Unscripted Shows

Netflix rolls on, leaving its competitors far behind! Netflix just announced the second largest quarterly uptick in subscribers (13.1 million) in the company’s history, second only to Q1 2020 (15.8 million), which benefitted from the onset of the COVID pandemic. Cutbacks in spending on programs and marketing by Netflix’s streaming rivals is a key factor

Sundance 2024: $887 Million Spent on Docs That Missed Out??

A Sundance Film Festival award lags only behind an Oscar nomination as a measure of success for documentarians. 1.9%! Are those really the odds that a documentary will earn a slot on the Sundance program? $887 million! Did producers spend close to a billion dollars on all those submissions that missed out? Here is my 2024 update

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Netflix Dominates the Streamers: The Comparative Audience Makes a Big Statement

Netflix dominates its streaming competition. Spell that D-O-M-I-N-A-T-E-S! My survey of the audience for US streamers in 3Q’23 focused on the Top 2 Documentary and Reality programs for eight platforms. The chart tells the story: Legend The blue bar represents the US audience in thousands for the highest-rated unscripted program for each streamer in August