Documentary Business

Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc

Documentary Production

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Peter Hamilton is a New York-based expert in the business of documentary production. He is a senior consultant to documentary and reality TV industry leaders, including documentary producers. Peter is the founder/editor/publisher of the weekly newsletter ‘’.

His newsletter has evolved into a documentary production company.  He is the co-EP of A SHOT TO SAVE THE WORLD, the story of Jonas Salk and his polio vaccine that premiered in October 2013 on the Smithsonian Channel (US).  Bill Gates is featured in my documentary and his foundation helped fund it.

Peter is a former business development executive with CBS Enterprises. His clients have included documentary production commissioners and funders such as: Discovery Communications, A+E Networks, Smithsonian Channel, CBS, NBC, BBC, Scripps Networks, Weather Channel, Travel Channel, CBC Canada, ABC Australia, Vulcan Foundation and many others.

He is a frequent speaker about documentary production at leading media industry events, including MIPDoc, Real Screen, Sunnyside of the Doc, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Hot Docs, Westdoc, Science & Factual Producers’ Congress and AIDC.

Peter leads workshops that focus on business strategy for network executives and documentary producers, most recently at the Sorbonne University for a Colloquium of French documentary production companies and channels.

For established documentary production companies and newcomers to reality TV production, Peter Hamilton assesses documentary concepts, undertakes market studies, creates business plans, identifies partners, develops marketing and distribution strategies, and actively contributes to their successful implementation. His firm has helped plan and launch dozens of networks worldwide that work closely with documentary production companies.

Peter Hamilton has authored several books that are valued by documentary production industry professionals and students, including the classic Off-Hollywood: The Making and Marketing of Independent Films (David Rosen, co-author, in association with The Sundance Institute and the Independent Feature Project).

The firm’s consulting teams include senior associates who are expert in documentary production and are based in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.


About Peter Hamilton,

Peter Hamilton publishes, a TV industry newsletter on how to produce a documentary TV special and reality television series. His expertise is unscripted TV, the documentary budgetfunding a documentaryselling a documentary, and how to make a documentary.

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