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David Attenborough’s U-Boat Explores the Great Barrier Reef for BBC1

2015 December 29
by Peter Hamilton
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David Attenborough is featured on BBC1 this week diving in a Triton submarine to capture magical sequences on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This story flags several questions about the direction of the Wildlife genre: Kit Wars? Will costly kit like the Triton edge out the legendary patience and expertise of the wildlife cinematographer as the key success factor for […]

Five Takeaways from Guangzhou Doc Fest 2015 / Asian Side of the Doc 2016 Announced

2015 December 20
by Peter Hamilton
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By Bill Graff. Market Format: More of a Festival/Seminar than a market. Around 20 Exhibitors, mostly municipal or regional film commissions, as well as footage and translation companies aimed at the filmmakers. Formal pitching sessions daily, with comments from Chinese and International commissioning editors, distributors and other experts as to the quality of each pitch […]

Harry Butler: The Aussie Talent Who Helped Build Discovery Off the Backs of Snakes and Lizards

2015 December 16
by Peter Hamilton
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We read last week that Australian conservationist Harry Butler had passed away in Perth. He is a largely forgotten but breakout talent who helped propel Discovery from battling startup to global giant. Discovery Channel was then searching for its identity and brand, as it struggled to make payroll from week to week. It’s hard to imagine, but […]

Happy Holidays!

2015 December 14
by Peter Hamilton
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On the beach at Cannes. Thanks to my readers, clients, sponsors, partners and friends for a great year in the life of DocumentaryTelevision.com and Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc. This year’s highlights: BBC / Attenborough Credits. BBC4 broadcast The Polio Story: The Vaccine That Changed The World, which I had earlier and proudly co-EP’d for the Smithsonian Channel […]

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

2015 December 11
by Peter Hamilton
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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 […]

Ten Takeaways for Creating a Successful Fundraising Trailer

2015 December 9
by Peter Hamilton
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I’m just back from Vienna for the sold out World Congress of Science and Factual Producers. Pitching strategies were very much part of the conversation. We invited Fernanda Rossi, the globe-trotting trailer-guru to share her expertise on the Do’s and Don’t’s of creating a winning sizzler. Thanks Fernanda! by Fernanda Rossi, Author of Trailer Mechanics: […]

AIDS: ‘The Rise of the Killer Virus’ A Case Study in an International Co-pro Event

2015 December 1
by Peter Hamilton
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The Rise of the Killer Virus: Our unique Case Study of a complex international co-production, republished for World AIDS Day, 2015 The Rise of the Killer Virus is a scientific detective story that traces the pre-history of HIV back to its moment of origination in Africa around 1908. The film asks the difficult question: How and why […]

Nearly $3M for a Blue Chip Citizen Science / Crowdsourcing Series from NSF! Coming to WCSFP Vienna…

2015 November 23
by Peter Hamilton
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The Crowd & The Cloud is a hot project for next week’s World Congress of Science & Factual Producers in Vienna. Citizen Science is a trending topic: Regular folks are using their mobiles and other devices to collect data and contribute to cloud-based solutions to big science challenges. The Crowd & The Cloud tells their stories. […]