Documentary Business

Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc

Discovery Channel & Animal Planet: What are they buying? Dan Salerno’s deep analysis of their program schedules. A Pact Webinar

Are the channels still buying programs as we move into the Streaming Era?

That’s the key question that I explore with veteran programming executive and highly-respected senior consultant, Dan Salerno.

And if the channels are buyers, what does Dan’s deeply-researched study of their program schedules tell us about what they want from their producers?

Dan dives into the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet schedules in today’s webinar.

It’s the first episode in a series produced by Pact, the UK producers’ association, in partnership with Documentary Business.

Watch here (20 min)


Here is his Discovery Channel schedule as featured in the webinar. Dan’s message is that “the color tells the story!”

And here is Dan’s Animal Planet schedule…


“Linear still matters!” That’s the theme of my upcoming Pact webinars with Dan on the channels’ programming strategies:

  • Nat Geo Channel and Nat Geo Wild
  • A&E and History


  • Kathleen Finch, Chairman and Chief Content Officer of Warner Bros. Discovery’s U.S. Networks Group promoted her post-merger programming strategy in a Realscreen keynote yesterday.
  • Read Deadline‘s report here.


  • StoryCentric Founder Ed Hersh unpacks the latest trends in the seemingly unlimited appetite for True Crime programming on every platform.
  • He discusses how the definition of the genre is expanding and what producers need to know before pitching True Crime ideas.
  • Watch our 20-minute Pact / Documentary Business episode here.