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Peter Hamilton Consultant

Peter Hamilton

David Royle presents the Smithsonian Channel programming strategy at Sunnyside
(Photo: Annette Scheurich)

Peter Hamilton directs Peter Hamilton Consultants, Inc. where he helps his clients to successfully develop, produce and market television content.

His clients since 1987 have included Discovery Communications, A+E Networks, Smithsonian Channel, NBC, BBC, Scripps Networks, Weather Channel, ABC Australia, Singapore’s Media Development Authority, and Paul Allen’s Vulcan Foundation.

Notably, he developed and helped execute the business plan for Discovery International, now a $12Bn enterprise.

For established players and newcomers, Peter assesses concepts, undertakes market studies, creates business plans, identifies partners, develops marketing strategies, and actively contributes to their successful implementation. His firm has helped plan and launch dozens of factual networks worldwide.

Peter Hamilton is a former CBS executive who earlier earned his MBA at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

He is a frequent speaker at leading media industry events, including MIPDoc, Real Screen, Sunnyside of the Doc, Hot Docs, Westdoc, Science & Factual Producers’ Congress and AIDC.

Peter leads workshops that focus on business strategy for network executives and producers, most recently at the Sorbonne University for a Colloquium of French industry leaders.

His ‘indispensable’ e-newsletter serves network executives, producers and industry professionals by providing current information about deals and trends.

He is the co-executive producer of A SHOT TO SAVE THE WORLD, a bio doc about Jonas Salk and his polio vaccine that premiered in 2013 on the Smithsonian Channel (US and now in Canada).  A SHOT features Bill Gates, and earned a CINE Golden Eagle in the Science category.

Peter Hamilton has authored several books that are valued by 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 based in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia.


“Quite frankly, Peter Hamilton is the smartest guy there is about the
whole business of unscripted television.”
Paley Center for Media, New York

“ is indispensable for network commissioners and producers.”

‘No single website contains more valuable information about development processes than”



Select List, 1986-Present


CBS Corp
Discovery Communications Inc
A+E Networks
Landmark Communications
National Geographic Television

NBC News
The Weather Channel
Scripps Networks
Sesame Workshop International
Smithsonian Networks


BBC – Americas
Booz.Allen & Hamilton
Alliance Atlantis Communications
CBC Canada
The Discovery Channel
KQED San Francisco
NBC News
Public Radio International
Rainbow Networks
Rodale Press
Sundance Institute
The Weather Channel
WNET New York

Europe & Middle East

Discovery Europe
Discovery Germany
Enterprise Ireland
RAI – Italy
TM3 Germany
Travel Europe
WDR – Cologne

Asia & Australia

MDA Singapore
Beijing Television Networks
Discovery International

Non Profits & Governments

Peter Hamilton helps leading non-profits to create successful “enterprises” strategies that leverage their media rights and their access to stories without compromising their core mission, assets and non-profit status.

Rockefeller Foundation
Sesame Workshop
Soros Foundation
Vulcan Foundation
WETA – Washington
Wildlife Conservation Society
WNET – New York

Government clients have included:

Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
Enterprise Ireland
MDA Singapore
Film Australia


Peter Hamilton Consultants
Tel. 718-624-3660

4 Responses
  1. May 9, 2010


    … I saw your posting on LinkedIn’s Documentary and Reality Television Production group and followed to your website. I mainly wanted to congratulate you on your website and the service you’re providing. Absolutely fascinating — and certainly informative. Keep up the great work!


    Richard Mackenzie.

  2. July 9, 2010

    Peter, great stuff. Thank you.

  3. Bill Pruitt permalink
    August 27, 2010

    Excellent site. I wish I’d come upon this sooner. Thanks for your contributions, Peter.

  4. December 15, 2010

    Please include me on your mailing list. This site contains such valuable information! Thank you!!

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