Documentary Business

Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc

Reality Television Production

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Peter Hamilton is a New York-based expert in the business of reality TV production. He is a senior consultant to reality television producers. Peter is the founder/editor/publisher of the weekly newsletter ‘’ that serves reality television production companies and networks.

His newsletter has evolved into a reality show production company.  He is the co-EP of THE SHOT FELT AROUND THE WORLD, the story of Jonas Salk and his polio vaccine that will be broadcast in April 2013 as a primetime special on the Smithsonian Channel (US).  Bill Gates recently agreed to appear in this documentary production, which may evolve into a reality show production. Peter is considering working with new reality tv producers, including on webinar projects that focus on reality video production.

Peter is a former business development executive with CBS Enterprises. His clients have included reality TV production commissioners and funders such as: Discovery Communications, A+E Television 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 reality 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 reality TV producers, most recently at the Sorbonne University for a Colloquium of French reality television production companies and reality TV channels.

For established reality TV producers and reality television production companies as well as newcomers to reality TV production, Peter Hamilton assesses reality TVy 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 reality television producers.

Peter Hamilton has authored several books that are valued by reality 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 reality TV 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.

Sign up here to receive and its many studies about how to make a documentary. Read more about Peter’s studies of reality TV here.


  1. “5k execution”
    Hello. I am returning after 15ys to produce my next documentary and I am confused and concerned after reading C21 Media where Mr. Hamilton states 5k execution to be the new standard.

    Am I mis-interpreting 5k to mean producing my documentary with a budget of only $5,000?

    I can’t help but suspect and hope that the industry has a different definition for “5k”. If so, what would that be?

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