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Realscreen Panel: Formula for a Hit… Audience Research and the Program Greenlight Process

2015 January 19
by Peter Hamilton

Watch out for the great panel on trends in programming research that I’m delighted to be moderating at Realscreen 2015. The session updates the ‘Quants’ vs ‘Gut Instinct‘ theme that fascinates us here in the newsletter and in my consulting practice. The panelists combine executive skills and guru expertise to manage the relationship between audience research and […]

Why Are US Cable Ratings Falling? Getting Back to Win-Win for Programmers, Advertisers and Producers!

2015 January 19
by Peter Hamilton

Ratings for the US unscripted network category have fallen recently. Why? Are viewers fatigued with me-too Reality-based schedules? Or have ratings services, particularly Nielsen, failed to count viewers who have shifted from linear TV to a variety of VOD and 2nd screen options? John Morse is president and chief strategist at Byron Media, a New […]

UK: A Selection of Top Documentary & Unscripted Programs in 2014 for 50 Channels

2015 January 13
by Peter Hamilton

This week’s table captures a selection of the highest-rated programs for 50+/- UK channels in 2014. The networks range from the broadcast giants BBC, ITV, C4 and C5 to tiny niche services like the Africa Channel and PBS America. Discovery’s bouquet of channels is included. We’ll share data for the suites of channels from A+E and Fox / Nat […]

Baking is Hot: The Top 50 UK Factual & Lifestyle Programs for 2014, Plus Takeaways

2015 January 5
by Peter Hamilton

This week we cover the 50 highest-rated Factual + Lifestyle programs in the UK for 2014, plus my Takeaways. Perfectly Baked. The Great British Bake Off from BBC 1 and Love Productions takes the prize for 2014. Its 23.1 rating and audience of 13.5 million is streets ahead of #2, The Apprentice (14.1 / 8.2mn). Bake Off’s Key Success […]

World Congress: 5 Takeaways from Hong Kong

2015 January 2
by Peter Hamilton

The World Congress of Science & Factual Producers is a conference run by industry professionals for producers and buyers of quality factual television. It is an event where network buyers and their producers can confidentially share their projects and industry intelligence. The 2014 Congress was relocated to Hong Kong from Beijing. It was a disruption […]

A very Happy New Year to all our readers!

2014 December 17
by Peter Hamilton

  Many thanks for a wonderful year to all my readers, sponsors, partners, editorial collaborators, operations team and friends. My adventure turns five next February. It has been the gift that keeps on giving. A highlight for 2014 has been my work in South Africa. Lots of gratitude to ATFT and South African Indies for […]

Public Television Funding: Comparison Across 18 Western Countries

2014 December 10
by Peter Hamilton

What is the level of government funding for public broadcasters worldwide? How important are commercial revenue streams in the mix? These questions matter at a time when public television faces fierce cutbacks from ideologically-driven governments. That’s certainly the situation in Australia, where the governing Coalition announced a $254 mn cutback for the ABC, and proposed a doubling […]

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

2014 November 30
by Peter Hamilton

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 does the interspecies transmission of a virus take place? It takes us back to the first chapter of HIV […]