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NEW: International Documentary Buyers’ Guide 2012 / Buyer Profile: SBS Australia

Our International Documentary Buyers’ Guide 2012 is an invaluable and unique resource for producers who are seeking international partners:

  • 37 channels and slots.
  • 40+ buyers.
  • 17 countries.

The International Documentary Buyers’ Guide was researched, edited and published for delegates who attended the Hot Docs Forum 2012.

Photo: Karina Astrup


What do the Channels Want?

The Guide answers these questions:

  • Which channels worldwide buy documentaries?
  • How many do they buy?
  • What are their dedicated slots?
  • What are they looking for?
  • What their filters?


  • Are the buyers open to international partnerships?
  • Who are the key contacts?
  • How can you reach them?

Also, whenever we have the data:

  • What do the channels pay?
  • For acquisitions?
  • For co-productions?

The Buyers’ Guide is an invaluable resource for producers who are working on their strategies for pitching ideas or selling completed programs to channels.


17 countries

  • Australia, Canada, China, Columbia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, UK, US and more

37 broadcasters

  • SBS Australia, PBS, ITVS, Astral Media, CBC News Network, CBC, Discovery Channel Canada, High Fidelity HDTV, Knowledge Network, Shaw Media, SRC- Canada, Super Channel, TVO, ZoomerMedia
  • CCTV Documentary Channel, Hunan TV Station, RTVC, DR Denmark, YLE Finland, ARTE France, NDR Germany, Noga, yesDocu, Rai Italy,
  • NHK Japan, Once TV México, AVRO Netherlands, NRK, SVT & SVT2, BBC, A&E, POV, CNN, Documentary Channel, HBO, Link TV, NBC Universal and more


  • Executive Personnel
  • Channel Profiles
  • Documentary Profiles
  • Recent acquisitions and green lights
  • Analysis of how and what broadcasters are looking to acquire
  • Current strands
  • Final takeaways — so that you can make informed, research-based decisions


  • Links to broadcaster websites
  • Further valuable reading and resources from


  • The International Documentary Buyers’ Guide 2012 is an outcome of the work completed by Peter Hamilton Consultants with the team behind Hot Docs Forum 2012.
  • Industry veteran Joseph Langhan (a key player in the planning and launch of the Food Network) and Peter Hamilton contributed research and strategic takeaways to the Hot Docs Guide to Attending Buyers.

Sample Chapter
Click here for the Table of Contents and our profile of SBS Australia.

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