Documentary Business

Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc

Sweet Spots: Production Cost Benchmarks for U.S. Factual Networks, 2019. Save 20%. Order Now!

The 2019 Sweet Spots Study is out now!

The Study is an invaluable guide to cost benchmarks for network commissions.

  • What do 31 U.S. channels pay for original programs?
  • For documentaries and specials?
  • And for reality series?
  • Does my pitch fall in the budget “Sweet Spot” for my target network?

My interviews with executives and producers created a unique source of information about network budgets for Signature and Standard programs.

SAVE: 20% discount: $195.00 until 12/31/2018 – Regularly $245.00

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The Channels

31 Channels: Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, ID, Science, Velocity, OWN, History, A&E, FYI, VICELAND, Nat Geo Channel, Nat Geo Wild, truTV, mtv, WE tv, Bravo, SyFy, Oxygen, Sundance Channel, Ovation, Smithsonian Channel and more


  • Budget Benchmarks: Signature, High, Sweet Spot, Low
  • What do networks pay for programs?
  • Documentaries, specials, limited series and Reality series
  • Industry leaders and digital networks
  • Pipeline: Hours commissioned each year
  • Household Distribution: The scale of the potential U.S. audience with year-to-year trends
  • Viewing benchmarks: Ratings. Target demos. How many are watching?
  • The deal: Producer equity? Or Work-for-hire
  • Branding & Taglines
  • Programming buckets & priorities
  • Recent green lights and promotions
  • The competition
  • Producers who are working with the network
  • Analysis of the commissioning process for certain channels
  • Tables ready for import into your presentations
  • Links to program schedules

Key Contacts

  • Who to pitch?


  • 20% discount: $195.00 until 12/31/2018
  • Regularly $245.00

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