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Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc

WildLIVE! Comes to Wildscreen, Bristol

Understanding the Trend towards Real Time Wildlife Programming.
Wildscreen, Bristol UK, October 12.
  • LIVE is as hot as chili peppers.
  • LIVE is popping up across territories, genres and formats.
  • For example, just this week, A&E announced a live COPS documentary mini-series located in Dallas TX.
  • At Wildscreen in Bristol, the BBC’s James Honeyborne will guide us through the risky moments during the Big Blue Live PBS copro event.
  • The series celebrates a marine wildlife success story in Monterey Bay, California.
  • And Nat Geo Wild’s Dan Salerno and WildEarth’s Graham Wallington analyze the strategies and operational challenges behind safariLIVE.
  • safariLIVE is a twice daily online feed from Kruger National Park that is repackaged into repeatable programs, Facebook Video content, and more.
  • I’m pleased to be the panel producer and moderator because LIVE is the dynamic space where conventional television formats and events meet the Wild West of online video.
  • Channels need LIVE to capture the young viewers who are untethered from regular, scheduled television.
Two Solutions
Our Wildscreen session explores solutions at two levels:
  • Blue Chip event that is a copro between major public broadcasters.
  • And a continuing Live video window on to African wildlife.

A&E’s Fast Turnaround: COPS LIVE

  • Meanwhile, A&E is jumping in to the national conversation on policing in America with Live PD.
  • It’s a weekly live documentary series that takes viewers inside the country’s busiest police departments and the communities they patrol in real time.
  • The network has ordered eight two-hour episodes of Live PD from Big Fish Entertainment, for premiere Friday, October 28 at 9 PM.
  • Read more here…
  • Watch out for my  LIVE Takeaways from Wildscreen in a future post.


Speaking Engagements

  • WIVF’s ScriptDC, Washington DC, November 5: Documentary Distribution Landscape, moderated by Maryanne Culpepper
  • Realscreen Summit Master Class, Washington DC, January 23: Production Budgeting with Elizabeth Ventura, the ‘budget whisperer’.
  • AIDC, Melbourne, March 5-8. Btw, I’m very excited to join AIDC’s Advisory Committee. Great team! Great city! Great month to be a homie!!

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