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SMASH: Celebrating the Best Science Media, Boston, September 20-22

2016 August 10
by Peter Hamilton

I’m very excited about moderating a conversation about the BIG TRENDS in Science Media at the SMASH Conference in Boston next month. The session follows the opening Keynote by MIT Media Lab’s Joi Ito. Here is the presser from the Jackson Hole / WGBH team behind SMASH: As the curators of the Science Media Awards […]

UK’s Fabulous 50 Documentaries + Factual, 1H 2016: The Brexit Predictors

2016 August 2
by Peter Hamilton

Our veteran UK audience research guru correctly predicted the Brexit LEAVE vote based on the factual shows that were hits this year prior to the vote. The values of Olde Englande led the list. Four of the Top 5 shows feature the royal family. And the ode to rural life, Countryfile topped them all. Countryfile […]

Meet the Budget Whisperer: A Production Budget Template for a Documentary Special, 2016-17 Edition

2016 July 28
by Peter Hamilton

How do you present a 100% credible production budget to a network or funder? For my clients’ projects, I work with the Budget Whisperer — the respected senior consultant, Elizabeth Ventura. Elizabeth has worked for 12+ years as a Production Manager on programs for dozens of US networks. Docs and specials that she budgeted have been approved by: […]

The Future of Video & the Internet: The Year of Live! Millennials, China, Shifts in Adspend, and More.

2016 July 22
by Peter Hamilton

Mary Meeker is a legendary Silicon Valley analyst, guru and investor. Each year, she delivers her annual Internet trends report to a rapt audience at Code Conference. Disruption: I’m sharing Meeker’s work because she provides both context and specific examples of the huge and accelerating disruption that all of us in the video industry are experiencing […]

UK TV: ‘Generation Gap’ Widens. Viewing Time Drops. Ofcom Annual Report

2016 July 14
by Peter Hamilton

The UK broadcast regulator Ofcom confirms a very significant shift in British viewing habits: People under 25 are watching around 25% less broadcast TV than in 2010. And they are shifting from Live and Recorded TV to VOD as well as ‘Short online video clips’. These important findings are published in Ofcom’s Public Service Broadcasting Annual […]

Facebook Live. A Fatal Shooting Marks a Historic Tipping Point for Video

2016 July 12
by Peter Hamilton

Last week marked a historic tipping point in the public’s ability to both use and respond to live video. Facebook Live’s video stream of the immediate, devastating aftermath of a fatal shooting in Minnesota has either dominated or framed both the news cycle and the public conversation since. We haven’t digested the implications of Facebook’s broadcast, […]

Sunny Side Takeaways: BREXIT Strands Projects, EC Payback Time, 4K Picks Up, China, SVOD and More…

2016 June 28
by Peter Hamilton

Here are my quick, top seven Takeaways from the very rewarding and compatible Sunny Side of the Doc: 1. BREXIT Several UK agents and producers reported that their fast-track projects were recently stranded due to BREXIT uncertainty. Trump wasn’t helping either. They said that many UK broadcast and satellite channels were in an “unofficial buying freeze.” […]

SHEFFIELD  DOC/FEST 2016: HBO’s Sheila Nevins, Sharp Minds, Original Thinkers, VR & Artificial Intelligence

2016 June 25
by Peter Hamilton

by Madelyn Most. Sheffield’s Doc/Fest is the UK’s largest documentary festival and the world’s #3. Attendance: This 23rd edition from June 10-15th attracted almost 33,000 participants and audience members: They included filmmakers, activists, curators, journalists, commissioning editors, directors, heads of foundations, religious leaders, lawyers, educators and film lovers. 3,500+ industry delegates attended from 60 countries. […]