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Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc

TLC Buys Series. Dan Salerno’s Program Schedule Analysis & Takeaways for Producers. A Pact Webinar

TLC is actively premiering new programs as we move into the Streaming Era!

Discovery Networks US plans to order 4,500 new hours in 2023, according to Kathleen Finch, chairman and chief content officer at Warner Bros Discovery (WBD) US nets.

  • What pitches do TLC decision-makers want to see from producers?
  • The short answer: female-targeted Reality series and spinoffs.

Veteran programming executive and respected senior consultant Dan Salerno joins me in today’s webinar.

As we take a dive deep into TLC’s program schedule, I recall how I came to the U.S. with a 90-Day Fiancée visa, and then blew through the deadline!

This is episode #4 in a series produced by Pact, the UK producers’ association, in partnership with Documentary Business.

Watch here (23 min)


Here is Dan’s TLC schedule as featured in the webinar. His message is that “the colors tell the story!”

Download the full TLC presentation here.


  • Read Clive Whittingham’s helpful survey in C21 on Discovery Networks’ US strategy. Click here: TLCinC21_0223

More About “What the Channels are Buying!”

“Linear still matters!” That’s the theme of my Pact webinars with Dan on the U.S. channels’ programming strategies:

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About Dan Salerno

Dan Salerno’s career spans multiple platforms across the global television business. He has been a key member of the leadership team for established and emerging networks, with an emphasis on strategic planning and content development. Most recently National Geographic’s Head of Programming, focusing on programming, development, and strategy, Dan’s career also includes BBC, Gospel, Fuse, and the original launch team at Discovery and its sister channels.