How to Make a Documentary
His website for making / producing documentaries, DocumentaryTelevision.com helps documentary producers successfully develop, produce and market documentary ideas. He has published numerous specials on how to produce a documentary.
His clients since 1987 have included leading makers of documentaries, including Discovery Communications, A+E Networks, Smithsonian Channel, NBC, BBC, Scripps Networks, Weather Channel, ABC Australia, Singapore’s Media Development Authority, and Paul Allen’s Vulcan Foundation. Notably, he developed the business plan for Discovery International, now a $12Bn enterprise.
For established players and newcomers, Peter Hamilton assesses documentary ideas, undertakes market studies, creates business plans, identifies partners, develops strategies for making documentaries, and actively contributes to their successful implementation. His firm has helped plan and launch dozens of documentary ideas.
Peter Hamilton is a former CBS executive who earlier earned his MBA at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania where he wrote a thesis on ‘how to make documentaries’. He is a frequent speaker 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 Hamilton’s documentary workshops focus on how to produce a documentary for network executives and producers, most recently at the Sorbonne University for a colloquium of French industry leaders.
His ‘indispensable’ e-newsletter DocumentaryTelevision.com is the leader amongst documentary websites and it serves network executives, producers and industry professionals by providing current information about making documentaries.
Peter Hamilton has authored several books about how to make a documentary that are valued by 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).
About Peter Hamilton, DocumentaryTelevision.com
Peter Hamilton publishes DocumentaryTelevision.com, a TV industry newsletter on how to produce a documentary TV special and reality television series. His expertise is unscripted TV, the documentary budget, funding a documentary, selling a documentary, and how to make a documentary.