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Documentary Business

Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc

Successful Factual, Documentary & Reality Projects Revealed: 18 Detailed Case Studies, from a $40 Mn Box Office Hit to Passion Docs

I enjoy studying the life cycles of documentaries, factual specials and reality series.

My goal is to uncover:

  • The inside story: from development through funding, green light, production and distribution.
  • The deal: budget, copro terms, box office, license fees and more.
  • And, of course, Takeaways.

For the holiday season, here is a selection of my popular and instructive Case Studies.

  • Read now!
  • All this free, helpful research and analysis will soon vanish behind my Amazon / WordPress paywalls.


A Giant Screen Hit

  • Flight of the Butterflies: $40 million box office… and counting.
  • Post includes Nat Geo‘s all-time Top 5 Giant Screen hits.

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Archive Successes

Many thanks to ITN Source, sponsor of our archive case studies.


Theatrical Docs

  • BESA: A seven year WW2 passion project. It’s a timely story: How Moslem Albania protected its Jewish citizens and refugees.
  • Sweet Micky is backed by the Fugees’ Pras Michel and wins Slamdance.

Kickstarter How To’s

Aussie Winners

Reality Revealed



  • I’m looking forward to meeting many of my readers at Realscreen Summit in Washington DC, January 28 – February 3.
  • And then back ‘home’ in Melbourne for AIDC, 28 February – 2 March 2016.
  • Details to follow regarding my panels.